Empire City Casino to Present Hundreds of Donated Toys and Coats Thursday, December 15; Donation Will Assist Families & Children in Need this Holiday Season
Westchester, New York – In what has become an annual tradition and much-anticipated by social service organizations, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway president & CEO Timothy J. Rooney will present the hundreds of new toys and gently used coats collected in the Empire City’s 10th Annual “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive. The donated items will be presented to Catholic Charities organizations on Thursday, December 15, at 10:30 AM at the valet entrance of the casino. Donations will be accepted by the Catholic Charities executive director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, and others providing social services to families in need.
Local elected officials will also join Rooney & Sullivan to remind the public that while Westchester County is often considered to be entirely affluent and wealthy, with a median income of $83,422, there are extreme pockets of poverty in the county. Nearly 10 percent of the county population is living in poverty. Thirty-one percent of that population is under the age of seventeen.
For the 10th consecutive year, Empire City Casino and Catholic Charities are teaming up to make the holiday season warmer and happier for New York families in need. The “Christmas Spirit” Toy and Coat Drive began November 1st and generous donors have given over 600 toys and hundreds of coats. The items will be delivered to Catholic Charities-supported agencies for the Christmas Holidays. The Toy and Coat Drive has become a holiday tradition at Empire City Casino, and thousands of toys and coats have been donated since 2007 when the campaign was launched.
Josh Blake, President of California-based and family-owned company, The Gander Group, is bringing some West Coast warmth to New York families in need by donating hundreds of toys to the annual drive, and John Lennon, owner of Yonkers-based Smart Move & Storage, will again generously donate services to transport and store of all donations while they are distributed by local community organizations.
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Who: Timothy J. Rooney, President and CEO of Empire City Casino;
Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities Community Services;
Órla Kelleher, Executive Director, Aisling Irish Community Center;
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino;
Mayor of the City of Yonkers Mike Spano;
New York State Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins;
New York State Senator George Latimer;
New York State Assembly Member Shelley Mayer;
New York State Assembly Member Gary Pretlow;
Westchester County Legislator David Tubiolo.
What: Donation of over 600 toys and hundreds of coats for families in need to Catholic
Charities through Empire City’s annual Christmas Spirit Toy & Coat Drive
When: Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM
Where: Valet Entrance Empire City Casino
810 Yonkers Avenue, NY, 10704
GPS Address: 560 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704