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Opening of Oak Grove Racing, Gaming and Hotel paired with donations

2 October 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- To celebrate its grand opening, Oak Grove Racing, Gaming and Hotel made four donations of $3,500 each to area nonprofits with operations near the property. The funds were raised during a VIP pre-opening event on location on September 16 and then split among the planned recipients. Oak Grove is one of two Churchill Downs Incorporated properties to open recently, with the other being Newport Racing & Gaming.

The organizations honored included a local branch of United Services Organizations, which strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation; Aaron McNeil House, which promotes the well-being of families in the Hopkinsville/Christian County community through crisis relief and adult educational programs; Oak Grove Community Cares, which provides free holiday programs, educational and outreach opportunities to the citizens of the community of Oak Grove; and Fort Care, which honors our military soldiers, families and veterans for their tremendous sacrifice and service to our country.

Representatives of the nonprofits were welcomed at Oak Grove and were able to get one of the first looks at this exciting new destination. These deserving organizations were chosen based on their dedication to the greater Oak Grove area and their service of our military, and Churchill Downs was proud to in include these donations as part of its celebration around the opening of Oak Grove.

"We like it when our actions benefit multiple constituents," said Oak Grove President and General Manager Darold Londo. "In this case, we wanted to showcase our new facility, programming and team to the community and in so doing also practice our prescribed way of doing business with our community partners, local officials, Churchill Downs executive team and other VIPs. The proceeds of their patronage we wanted to transfer to our new community-based nonprofit and charitable organizations as a small testament to their cause and our commitment to supporting them going forward. We were pleased our VIP guests were so generous with their contributions on September 16."

Kari Moore, center director of USO Nashville and USO Fort Campbell, shared, "Truly, to be recognized as Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel joins the community is humbling. We're thrilled to have the support of what we know will be an entertainment and employment powerhouse. We're passionate about our USO mission and proud of the work we do, and it's exciting to have Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel on board to support that mission. A gift this size can support programming like the annual Great Gift Giveaway in December, the annual Female Soldier Day Out in the summer or about 350 Redeployment Kits throughout the year."

"It was truly an honor and pleasure to tour the amazing facility," said Tamara Watts-Hunter, administrative assistant at Aaron McNeil House. "I realize there are a lot of agencies doing phenomenal work in our community. Aaron McNeil House is so overwhelmed with gratitude to be acknowledged for the hard work we do and to be one of the recipients of this donation. We have many residents of Christian County who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 virus. There are some hard-working people who have not received their unemployment benefits and are unable to return to work. This donation will be used to ensure these same hard working people can remain in their homes, with running water, heat to keep them warm on cold nights and food to feed their families while they struggle to get back on their feet."

Finally, Amberlee Martin of Oak Grove Community Cares remarked, "Being recognized by Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel is an honor for Oak Grove Community Cares. It is amazing to have their support before they even opened their doors to the public. Community partnerships are what drive our mission, and this partnership is a blessing. With this partnership and this donation, we will be able to reach more children in our community during the holiday season and bring the spirit of Christmas to the citizens of Oak Grove. It will also lead us into the new year so we can get back to our mission here in this beautiful city of Oak Grove, Kentucky!"

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