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Fair Grounds, First American Bankcard Inc. Donate to United Way


NEW ORLEANS (February 13, 2017) – Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and First American Bankcard, Inc., made a donation of $12,522 on Friday to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana to aid in relief efforts following Tuesday’s tornadoes that impacted the Southern Louisiana region. The areas most heavily impacted were New Orleans East and Livingston Parish.

The donation included a portion of Friday night’s Starlight Racing ticket sales. In addition, Fair Grounds’ Official Soft Drink, Energy and Water Partner Coca-Cola® Bottling Company United, Inc. added to the relief efforts by including a pallet of Mutant 20oz Red Dawn and 15 cases of Fruit Punch Juice Boxes to the donation.

“We are pleased to partner with Anthony Rabito, Jr, President and CEO of First American Bankcard, Inc. to assist with the relief efforts following Tuesday’s tornadoes,” said Doug Shipley, Fair Grounds President and General Manager. “Our hearts are with those affected, and we are committed to helping the United Way of Southeast Louisiana provide food, clothing and other vital services to the affected communities.”

"Mother Nature has once again shown us she is in charge,” said United Way of Southeast Louisiana President and CEO Michael Williamson. “In just minutes, many families’ lives’ were forever changed by the powerful tornado. Our residents have weathered hurricanes, tornadoes and floods in recent years and proven they are resilient. But, they do need help. Long-term recovery and rebuilding takes time, money, and is more than just brick and mortar. United Way supported programs with nonprofit Community Impact Partners can also provide food, clothing, counseling and other services to make people whole.

“We thank Fair Grounds, a Churchill Downs Company, and First American Bankcard, Inc., for the generous donation to help our neighbors in need,” Williamson continued. “The employees and owners of these businesses are part of the fabric of New Orleans. They know that together, we can rebuild lives and communities.”

“We’ve donated nationwide to different educational funds and to last summer’s flood victims in Louisiana,” said Anthony Rabito, Jr., President and CEO of First American Bankcard, Inc. “At the end of the day, we want to be active in the community and help people anytime we can, especially with something as devastating as this week’s tornadoes. We’re happy to be part of this donation along with Fair Grounds.”


United Way of Southeast Louisiana has a Blueprint for Prosperity to eradicate poverty in our region.  We are strategically investing in programs, initiatives, collaborations and advocacy efforts to meet our community’s greatest needs. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and economically stable in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes. For more information, please visit unitedwaysela.org or call (504) 822-5540. You can find us on  facebook at UnitedWaySela or follow us on twitter: @UnitedWaySELA. Join United Way. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER.CONNECT.

About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 11 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 145th Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 104th running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 2016 through April 2017. More information can be found online at www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.