NEWS RELEASE: Starlight-Starbright Provides Fast Benefits

Debuting at the February Starlight Racing event, Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ new community involvement program, Starlight-Starbright, proved a popular initiative with local groups and is offered again for the March 14 Starlight Racing date.

Starlight Racing is presented by Miller Lite and Blue Moon, and the March event will feature The Mixed Nuts in the clubhouse and DJ Kemistry in the Miller Time Beer Garden (guests must be 21 years old to enter the Miller Time Beer Garden). First post is 5 p.m.

Starlight-Starbright is a program that allows non-profit and for-profit entities to raise funds for their own charitable organization or for one that their company supports in its efforts to touch the community by receiving an admission rebate equal to 50% of the admission cost ($5.00 per person). Groups may pre-sell or direct their membership and supporters to purchase tickets to the designated Starlight even though the Fair Grounds online ticketing system.

“The genesis of the Starlight-Starbright Program derived from the success of the annual Young Leadership Council (YLC) partnership which provides YLC with a means to rally membership to raise funds for their organization, as well as generating both interest and exposure to racing for young professionals. We are excited that initial response to the effort has been so well received,” said Mark A. Conner, Sr. Director of Marketing.

One of the biggest beneficiaries of the initial event in February was the St. Benilde Men’s Club.

“We were drawn to the Starlight-Starbright program as an opportunity to raise money while creating a fun social event for the whole family,” said St. Benilde’s Social director Lucas Gallioto. “The many forms of entertainment offered at Fair Grounds allowed people of all ages to come out and support our organization. We had between 15-20 kids come out and they had a blast dancing to The Topcats in the clubhouse, and the money we raised with this event will pay one-third of the cost of uniforms for boys and girls sports programs, and that is fabulous. We will be making this an annual social event.”

Additional groups are lining up in advance of the March Starlight-Starbright fundraising opportunity, including the United Fire Fighters Association, a group whose mission isto “enrich the lives of all first responders by helping those who serve the community unselfishly have a balance within their lives between work and family through social activities and camaraderie.” The United Fire Fighters Association can be found on the web at http://www.uffnofd.com/and can be supported on Facebook on their page, United Fire Fighters Association.

Caps For Kids (http://www.capsforkids.org/) also plans on participating in the March Starlight-Starbright event. Caps For Kids is a charity that provides baseball caps autographed by athletes, celebrities, and entertainers, to children diagnosed with cancer. The group’s mission explains their goal: To a child who has lost their hair due to the chemotherapy treatments, the caps help them establish a special bond with their caregiver/physician and their celebrity hero. We have found that many of the children garner strength from the autographed caps, and they feel as though their celebrity hero is right there with them fighting the battle against their illness.”

"Caps For Kids is delighted to partner with the Fair Grounds for their upcoming Starlight-Starbright event. This opportunity allows us to raise additional funds and continue to work towards our goal of putting a celebrity signed ball cap on the head of every child throughout the country who has lost their hair due to cancer treatment. We encourage everyone to participate and join us on this fun evening. Hats off to the Fair Grounds for their generosity and support," said Ellen Kempner, Caps For Kids Board President.

How to Register: Companies may register as an official Starlight-Starbright beneficiary by downloading the official information and registration form from www.fairgroundsracecourse.comand emailing it to lindsay.boihem@fgno.comor mark.conner@fgno.com.  Additional information, including clubhouse reservations during fund raising is available at calling the property reservations line at (504)943-2200.

For more information about Fair Grounds Race Course, please visit www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.