Empire City Casino will pay tribute to dedicated first responders for their life-saving services and in memory of those lives lost on 9/11 with a free barbeque buffet lunch on Friday, September 11th. Policemen, firemen and emergency medical technicians across the area are welcome to dine for free, guests of first responders will enjoy a discounted rate. The luncheon will be held in the Empire Terrace Restaurant from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and first responders presenting proper ID will receive a complimentary lunch. Any guest of a first responder will receive a discounted rate of $15 per person. The general public may also attend the buffet for $25 per person.
Breakout star of NBC’s Last Comic Standing seasons 1 and 3, Rich Vos, and two Bronx natives will keep laughs close to home in a Comedy Night performance on Wednesday, August 26th at Empire City Casino. Plainfield’s Vos will headline, accompanied by comedienne Adrienne Iapalucci and MC Vladimir Caamaño of The Bronx. Vos has been a regular guest on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He wrote for Chris Rock when Rock hosted The Academy Awards in 2005, and also played character Lenny Bruce on NBC’s American Dreams.
Summer has flown by in typical fashion and parents and students are gearing up for the beginning of the school year. For most, that means new clothes, shoes, and lots of school supplies. But for many, getting the school supplies their children need to start the year off right can be a financial burden. According to statistics provided by the National Retail Federation, the average parent spends hundreds of dollars on back-to-school items, including $101.18 on school supplies, $355.76 on clothing and shoes and $212.35 on electronics. To help families and students in need, the City of Yonkers is hosting its fourth annual “Backpack to School” drive to collect school supplies for elementary students who need them. That initiative just received a huge boost with the donation of 300 new backpacks from Empire City Casino.
Country music legend Trace Adkins packed the track Sunday at a performance at Empire City Casino. The sensational performer is a devoted supporter of veterans, and a spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). Therefore, it was fitting to have a group of military service members from WWP in the audience when the Grammy-nominated artist brought down the house at the August 9th outdoor summer concert.
Funnyman Rob Cantrell, who has brought his laugh-fest to sketches on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” and FX’s “Totally Biased,” will headline the award-winning Comedy Night at Empire City Casino on Wednesday, August 12th in the Good Time Room. Joining Cantrell will be Mark Serritella as the featured artist and Chris Millhouse as the MC for the night. Cantrell first gained national attention as a top ten finalist (#7) on the first season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, the year the show received an Emmy nomination. Rob has been seen on several TV networks (NBC, CBS, HBO, FX, Comedy Central), and has toured the country performing at clubs, theaters and festivals for many years. He has also performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW and the New York Comedy Festival.
On August 4th, the Yonkers 2nd Precinct Police Department will take a little time away from fighting crime to get to know their neighbors and celebrate “National Night Out – America’s Night Out Against Crime.” Sponsored by Empire City Casino, National Night Out will take place at Coyne Park from 6pm-9pm. National Night Out is an annual event designed to strengthen the community by encouraging neighborhoods to engage stronger relationships with each other and with local law enforcement partners. This free event will include a summer concert provided by Empire City Casino as well as food, games, prizes, and family fun activities.
In August 2014, Pat Quinn of Yonkers, NY and Pete Frates of Boston, MA, both ALS patients, co-founded the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The effort became a global phenomenon with more than 17 million videos of people taking the challenge being posted on Facebook last year. This August will bring a re-launch of the effort and Quinn has been joined by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, City Council President Liam McLaughlin and Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway to make it an unforgettable event. On Sunday, August 2 at 2pm hundreds will gather trackside at Yonkers Raceway where Quinn will lead participants in a simultaneous ice bucket challenge to reignite the viral social media movement through the month of August to benefit ALS research. The first 1,000 participants will receive a free 2015 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge t-shirt courtesy of Empire City Casino.
There was a different kind of celebration in the Yonkers Raceway Winner’s Circle recently. Instead of a trophy presentation to the owners and driver of a victorious horse, a champagne toast marked the engagement of Alisha Christine Cleary and Jordan Michael Herbert in what is believed to be the first such proposal in the 116-year history of one of the country’s most iconic racetracks. This “Call to the Post”, the ceremonious bugling that calls horses to the track, certainly had a different “ring” to it!
There were fireworks of the best kind at Empire City Casino on July 4, 2015 when a $100,000 jackpot was hit by a Bergenfield, New Jersey resident. This is the third jackpot won of this caliber on the Bally’s Double Jackpot Wild slot machine in less than four weeks by guests traveling from Bergen County, New Jersey.
Talk about doing a “Double” take! This is “Wild”! Dominic Santaite of Saddle Brook, NJ hit the jackpot for $100,020 on the appropriately-named Bally’s Double Jackpot Wild slot machine at Empire City Casino on Monday, June 29th at 9:23pm – his second time doing so in less than 3 weeks.