Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway announced today that for the fifth year, JDRF’s One Walk will be held on the track. On Sunday, October 23, thousands will come out and walk and raise funds that will help JDRF find a cure. Registration opens at 9 AM and the walk begins at 10 AM.
Empire City Casino has hosted the annual charity event the last five years to raise awareness for a cause that hits close to home. Empire City Casino VP and COO Bob Galterio’s daughter Cara has been a type one diabetic since she was nine-years-old. Motivated to help the millions of families impacted by diabetes each year, Bob Galterio swooped into action to host the annual event, which is one of more than 200 JDRF walks taking place around the world. Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables individuals to gather energy from food.
Throughout October, Empire City Casino is celebrating its tenth anniversary as a vibrant entertainment destination, an economic engine for the city of Yonkers and county of Westchester and a major source of education funding for New York State.
Since opening as a casino in 2006 and undergoing a $50 million expansion in 2013, Empire City Casino has created over 1,350 quality local jobs, generated hundreds of millions of dollars in direct and indirect spending and employed the use of local and state vendors to keep New York dollars in New York. Last year in Westchester alone, Empire City Casino invested over $10 million with local contractors and suppliers the casino uses in delivering a top tier experience. Statewide in 2015, Empire City Casino generated more than $825 million in economic output.
The 10 premier trotters in the world take center stage in the 38th edition of the Yonkers International Trot on Saturday afternoon, October 15, at America’s most historic harness racing venue, Yonkers Raceway. The $1 million purse, as it was last year, is the richest trotting race in both New York State and Yonkers Raceway history.
Six world-class trotters from Europe touched down this morning (October 5) at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York to compete in the 38th edition of the $1 million Yonkers International Trot, set for Saturday afternoon, October 15, at Yonkers Raceway.
The arriving-group represents five of the seven countries that will vie for the purse equaling last year’s New York State and raceway record. Elite trotters from Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, and Sweden (2) were on board, and will be joined by the United States (2) and Canada in the global trotting classic which was revived last year after a 20-year hiatus by raceway and Empire City Casino president and CEO Timothy J. Rooney.