Batavia Downs has been a proud member of the Western New York Community Since 1940. Throughout our existence we have been the site of countless charity fundraisers, banquets, and events that have improved the lives of many!
While some events are brought to us by local charities, some events are formulated and executed by our own staff! On this page, we’ll look to let you know about what we’re doing to create a positive impact on Western New York and beyond!
August 9, 2022 – Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel is proud to be a Diamond Sponsor for the Batavia Police Department’s Community Night Out – A community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make safer neighborhoods. Read more about the event here: https://crimewatch.net/us/ny/genesee/batavia-pd/138661/events/annual-community-night-out-tonight?fbclid=IwAR2jXtjNkZoYd8jfUPQlImqniEApu4nQtp3V2XjnAvDANL98RgdzH1luick
Western Regional Off-Track Betting (WROTB) / Batavia Downs Gaming President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek presented representatives from the Ricky Palermo Foundation with a check for $20,000 from ticket sales, food vendor and chair rental fees from the Bruce in the USA concert which was held on June 10th at Batavia Downs. “We are so grateful to all the wonderful people in the community that volunteered their … Continue reading Ricky Palermo Charity Concert Raises $20,000 in Ticket Sales
Representatives from Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel and the Ricky Palermo foundation today donated over 3,300 tickets to the Genesee County Veterans Service Agency for the upcoming concerts at Batavia Downs. The first concert, featuring Bruce in the USA, the World’s #1 Tribute to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, will take place on Friday, June 10th. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales, chair rental … Continue reading Batavia Downs & Ricky Palermo Foundation announce donation of tickets to Genesee County Veterans
May 23, 2022 – Western Region Off Track Betting (WROTB) / Batavia Downs Gaming President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek presented representatives from the Oakfield Alabama Little League with a check for $2,000. The funds will help maintain the baseball fields and will help keep registration fees low for families. The Shopping for Mom Craft and Gift Showcase, held at Batavia Downs on May 1st, was … Continue reading Batavia Downs Vendor Show raises $2,000 for the Oakfield Alabama Little League Program
The New York State Gaming Commission, New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and New York Council on Problem Gambling, which together comprise New York’s Responsible Play Partnership (RPP), today came together with executive management at Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel to discuss steps being taken to address problem gambling. Gaming Commission Executive Director Robert Williams debuted signage featuring the industry’s first-ever … Continue reading NY Responsible Play Partnership, Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel Team Up to Promote Responsible Gaming
Western Region Off Track Betting (WROTB) / Batavia Downs Gaming President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek presented representatives from the Genesee County Volunteers for Animals and the Genesee County Animal Shelter with checks totaling $2,471 to help support their efforts to take care of animals in the Genesee County area. The Puppy Paws Indoor Craft and Vendor Market, held at Batavia Downs on February 6th, was … Continue reading Raising money for Volunteers for Animals & the Genesee County Animal Shelter
Contribution a Result of Onsite Event Held in December BATAVIA – Batavia Downs Gaming Vice President Scott Kiedrowski, along with General Manager of Gaming, Sean Schiano, Group Sales Manager Mary Bucceri and Director / General Manager of Live Racing, Todd Haight, presented representatives from the Rochester Veterans Court Mentors (RVCM) with a check for $710 to help support their efforts of assisting Veterans within the … Continue reading Supporting the Rochester Veterans Court Mentors
On November 18, 2021, Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel donated a truck full of turkeys to the Annual Buffalo Sabres Turkey Drive. Ryan, our Director of Marketing, Heather, our Environmental Services Supervisor, and Tom, our Director of Building & Grounds dropped off 800 lbs of turkeys to the Buffalo City Mission & FeedMore of Western New York! We’ve been donating to this worthy cause since … Continue reading Donation to the Buffalo Sabres Turkey Drive
On November 17, 2021, Batavia Downs Employees, Connie & Mikala, dropped off a donation to Gigi’s Playhouse Rochester. GiGi’s is a private not-for-profit organization. GiGi’s provide FREE purposeful programming for individuals with Down syndrome. The positive and uplifting environment at GiGi’s Playhouse Rochester empowers those with Down syndrome and their families to reach their highest potential. Learn more about GiGi’s Playhouse and find out … Continue reading A Donation of Goods to GiGi’s Playhouse Rochester
On October 29, 2021, Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel hosted a Celebrity Bartending Night in the Labatt Blue Zone at 34 Rush. Featured at this event were local celebrities such as former Buffalo Bills player Thurman Thomas, Buffalo Hockey legend Danny Gare, DJ Jickster from 97 Rock, Patrick Hammer from WGRZ, & Dave Greber from WVIB. The purpose of this event was to raise money … Continue reading Celebrity Bartending Night to benefit #ConnorStrong
Western Region Off-Track Betting (WROTB) President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek presented representatives from the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) with a check for $19,653 to help support their efforts as they support those to have been touched by breast or gynecologic cancer. On September 10th, a dinner fundraiser to benefit the BCCR was held inside the Clubhouse in conjunction with a night of racing. … Continue reading Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester (BCCR) Sponsorship
On October 22, 2021, Batavia Downs presented a $1618.00 sponsorship to Elba Central School. During the 2021 Summer Concert Series, student volunteers assisted our staff in picking up used cans and bottles after each show. Considering that this task got very sticky at times (literally), they were always very reliable, efficient, and eager to help. It is safe to say these students are hard workers. … Continue reading Elba Central School Sponsorship
Western Region Off-Track Betting (WROTB) President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek was joined by Batavia Downs employees and members of the Batavia Fire Department as a check for $2,000 was presented to Operation Warm. Operation Warm provides brand new shoes and coats to needy children across North America. “As we move into the winter season, we know that some local families are in need of high-quality … Continue reading Operation Warm Sponsorship
Western Region Off-Track Betting (WROTB) President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek was joined by Batavia Downs employees to present the Make-A-Wish Foundation with a $4,500 check to help support the incredible work they do by fulfilling the dreams of Western New York children. “One of the best aspects of the work we do is being able to give back. The team at Batavia Downs and Western … Continue reading Make-A-Wish Western New York Sponsorship
The Volunteers For Animals took part in our Rockin’ The Downs Summer Concert Series by hosting a raffle for a guitar, autographed by the headliner, each show. Proceeds from the raffle went to the Genesee County Animal Shelter & the surrounding area. The Batavia Downs Team is proud to be supportive of such an essential operation. Find out more & make a donation at: https://www.vol4animals.org/home/help-the-animals
Western Region Off-Track Betting (WROTB) President and CEO Henry Wojtaszek was joined by Batavia Downs employees to present the Alzheimer’s Association with a $2,000 check to support Western New York patients and their families. “We could not be prouder of the team at Batavia Downs. As we’ve made our way through the pandemic, we understand now more than ever the need to support our neighbors … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Association Sponsorship
In August of 2021, Batavia Downs was a Diamond Level Sponsor of Batavia Police Department’s Night. The event intends to create and strengthen relationships between the community and the police department. Proceeds from that night went to the City of Batavia Police K-9 Program. Crime Watch (Story): https://crimewatch.net/…/batavia-police-community-night…
Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel has been selected one of four statewide recipients of “The Arc New York 2021 Employer of the Year Award,” acknowledging the value of employing people with disabilities in their place of business Arc of Genesee Orleans Director of Development Shelley Falitico says Batavia Downs has been a longtime friend of the agency, hosting Arc Night at the Races and Arc’s annual awards … Continue reading 2021 Employer Recognition Award
On June 24th, a ceremony was held in the lobby at Batavia Downs Gaming as Batavia Downs showcased their $2,300 sponsorship of the Genesee County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. The money was left at Batavia Downs and was turned into the Sheriff’s office. When the money went unclaimed, Batavia Downs decided to sponsor the Department’s K-9 Unit. The money will be used to help provide equipment for the … Continue reading Genesee County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Program Sponsorship
On March 17th, a ceremony was held in the lobby at Batavia Downs Gaming as they donated $1,463.14 to the Batavia Police Department’s K-9 Unit. The money was left at Batavia Downs and was turned in to the police. When the money went unclaimed, Batavia Downs decided to donate that money to the Police Department’s K-9 Unit. The money will be used to help fund … Continue reading Batavia Police Department K-9 Program Sponsorship
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