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Kentucky Downs Gifts Franklin-Simpson Boys & Girls Club

8/20/2018
 
Super7 Promotion on Aug. 25
 
Kentucky Downs has donated $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson for the organization’s mission of helping youths “reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens.”
 
“Kentucky Downs is where excitement meets fun and luck, where dreams can come true,” said Valerie Strafe, Kentucky Downs’ vice president of operations. “A lot of kids are at risk of being left behind before they ever get started. We want to help put them on a path to where they also have a chance to realize their dreams.
 
“The Boys & Girls Club is a game-changer for these kids, and Kentucky Downs has always had the organization in our hearts,” Strafe continued. “We care about our community, we care about our employees and their families. The work that Boys & Girls Club does with our kids is a foundation for the future of this town. We are very proud to be able to help them continue the great job they’re doing, to help them develop the more than 300 kids and teens who attend the club every day. The club keeps them safe and develops them as responsible citizens. Franklin-Simpson should be very proud for having such an exemplary organization.”
 
The Kentucky Downs grant will be used toward back-to-school supplies; developing a program at the Boys & Girls Club’s new Teen Center where participants are the main creators, designers and bloggers for the club’s website and social media; buying a requested Christmas gift for all the kids and staging a holiday lunch or dinner for the kids and their parents; as well as money to assist in general expenses, supplies and expansion. 
 
“The Boys & Girls Club has been changing and making a difference in our kids’ lives for more than 11 years now,” said Jef Goodnight, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson. “We couldn’t do it without the support of the community and businesses like Kentucky Downs. The commitment to our club and what we are doing makes a statement to our kids, our parents and our community. We can’t thank Kentucky Downs enough for this donation and unwavering support over many years.“
 
Kentucky Downs has become an economic force in the city of Franklin and Simpson County, with 250 full-time and part-time employees that expand to 300 during its race meet. The stimulus is Historical Horse Racing (HHR), an innovative technology that marries electronic video games with parimutuel methodology to provide an alternative wagering experience based on the results of previously-run horse races.
 
Kentucky Downs has been on steep upward trajectory ever since installing HHR terminals in late 2011. The success of the gaming has allowed Kentucky Downs to offer the most lucrative average-daily purses in North America, offering $2 million a day at its all-grass meet Sept. 1, 6, 8, 9 and 13 over the country’s only European-style race course.
 
HHR also has allowed the track and entertainment facility the means to invest heavily in its community, such as Boys & Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson. To celebrate the seventh anniversary of gaming, Kentucky Downs is having its biggest giveaway ever with its Super7 promotion on Saturday, Aug. 25. Guests can earn weekly entries toward trying to win a 2019 Jeep® Cherokee Latitude, 2018 MINI Cooper Convertible, 2018 Dodge Ram® Quad Cab 1500, or part of thousands of dollars in cash prizes.
 
About Boys & Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson 
 
The Boys & Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson opened in 2007 and today provides hundreds of kids a day with a fun, safe, educational center that offers homework help, educational programs, character-building activities and various clubs. Children ages 6-18 are accepted, with the cost to join the Club only $12 per child for the entire school year, the small fee covering daily snack, specialized programs and all-day care on days when school is not in session.
Vision: We believe that every child, no matter where they are born, or to whom they are born, has the potential to be great, to be productive, to succeed, and to soar. We will help them visualize and realize their future through program that will both inspire and educate.
Address: 103 S Court St., Franklin, KY 42134
Phone: 270.586.6082
 
About Kentucky Downs
 
Located near the Kentucky-Tennessee border off Interstate 65, the year-round entertainment center offers more than 750 parimutuel gaming machines open every day except Christmas, with millions in jackpots paid out each month, as well live racing over its unique 1 5/16-mile European-style turf course in September. Simulcasting on horse tracks around the country is available seven days a week, as well as bingo, charitable gaming, dining and other events, including live entertainment Wednesdays through Sundays. Racing has been conducted at the facility since 1990, when it was called Dueling Grounds.
2018 live race meet: Sept. 1, 6, 8, 9, 13
Address: 5629 Nashville Road, P.O. Box 405, Franklin, KY 42135
Phone: 270.586.7778
Social media: facebook.com/KYDownsGaming; twitter.com/KYDownsRacing; instagram.com/kentuckydowns
 
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