On Monday, December 23 at Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts, Yonkers Raceway Police Benevolent Association (YRPBA) - the union representing the security personnel at Empire City - spread cheer and charity just in time for the holidays as they presented two checks of $22,500 each to local Westchester County charities Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley and Blythedale Children’s Hospital.
The presentation was attended by Michael Sandler, President, YRPBA; Emilio Filopei, Vice President, YRPBA; David Gordich, Union Trustee and Consultant, YRPBA; Christopher Mallari, Recording Secretary, YRPBA; Thomas J. Conklin, President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley; Abraham Almanza, Director of Marketing & Volunteer Management, Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley; Lisa Koch, Vice President of Development, Blythedale Children’s Hospital, as well as additional representatives from each organization.
"On behalf of the Yonkers Raceway Police Benevolent Association (YRPBA), it is a great honor to present these donations to two of the most valuable causes in Westchester County,” said Michael Sandler, President of the Yonkers Raceway Police Benevolent Association. “There is nothing more gratifying than to see the smiles on children's faces and know that we played a role in making their dreams come true."
Yonkers Raceway Police Benevolent Association consists of 105 uniformed peace officers who are committed to the safety and well-being of all visitors and staff at Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts. As part of their CSR commitment, these donations serve as an opportunity to help support the local community and allow YRPBA to lend another helping hand to the community, making a difference for thousands of children across the region.
“We are deeply grateful to Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts employees, especially the Yonkers Raceway Police Benevolent Association (YRPBA), for this incredibly generous gift. This will be a tremendous help in granting the wishes for children in the Lower Hudson Valley dealing with critical illnesses,” said Thomas J. Conklin, President & CEO, Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley.
“On behalf of Blythedale Children’s Hospital, we are grateful for the incredible generosity of the Yonkers Raceway Police Benevolent Association,” said Lisa Koch, Vice President of Development, Blythedale Children’s Hospital. “For over 128 years, Blythedale has been dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with medical complexities. Your commitment helps to ensure that Blythedale will continue to deliver state-of-the-art medical care, rehabilitation therapy and support services to well over 2,500 children and families every year.”
This presentation is just one of the many ways Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts gives back to the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.empirecitycasino.com.