Yonkers to hold Toy & Coat Drive presentation

05:40 AM 12 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Monsignor Kevin Sullivan and Yonkers president Tim Rooney present a toy to a very happy child.
Sean Hamrock Photo

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, December 11, 2013--For the seventh consecutive holiday season, the "Christmas Spirit" toy and coat drive organized by Yonkers Raceway/Empire City has brought out the best in its guests and vendors, all for the benefit of Catholic Charities.

Thursday morning (Dec. 12), Empire City Casino President & CEO, Timothy J. Rooney, makes the presentation of over 500 toys and coats. Donations from the two-week drive shall be accepted by the Catholic Charities trio of Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Karen Reynolds and Sister Christine Hennessey, along with Orla Kelleher of Aisling Irish Community Center. The event is scheduled for 10 AM at Empire City's Entertainment Lounge, located on the first floor of the Gotham Palace.

Empire City and Yonkers Raceway has a long history of working with Catholic Charities to help New Yorkers in need, non-Catholics and Catholics alike. "There are no greater deeds than charity and service," Rooney said. Catholic Charities is a federation of approximately 90 agencies and programs located throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of New York. It helps solve the problems of New Yorkers in need, with services that protect and nurture children, resolve family crises, assist the hungry and homeless, support the physically and emotionally challenged, and integrate immigrants and refugees.

Empire City/Yonkers Raceway wishes to acknowledge the generous contribution of Jams, a California-based, family-run company specializing in promotional items. The company's president, Josh Blake, is also going to be on hand Thursday.

by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway


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