Monday, March 22, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 22, 2004 . . . Sinister G upset the Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway Park last Saturday, but third-place finisher Little Matth Man was the big winner as far as the Rose and George Steinford Toy Foundation is concerned. A representative of the foundation chose Little Matth Man as the charity’s “pick” for the $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes, Turfway’s signature springtime race. Although the colt didn’t cross the finish line first, he finished first among the horses chosen by the six local charities that participated this year in Charity Night at the Tables, held March 13 at Turfway. His third-place effort earned the Steinford Toy Foundation $10,000.
Reflecting on the success of the annual fundraiser, chairman Jeff Eger said, "Charity Night at the Tables truly symbolizes the spirit of Northern Kentuckians in supporting our community with our hearts and our wallets."
Charity Night at the Tables is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and presented by the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation and Turfway Park. This year, the event’s third annual edition, more than 700 players and partygoers enjoyed a lively night of Monte Carlo-style games with local celebrity dealers, the first-ever Turfway Texas Hold ‘em Tournament, music, and a buffet.
The other five participants in Charity Night at the Tables were the Parish Kitchen, Campbell Lodge Boys’ Home, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, Family Nurturing Center, and Holly Hill Children’s Services, each of which took home $2,000. Campbell Lodge Boys’ Home earned an extra $1,000 when its representative won the Turfway Texas Hold ‘em Tournament.
Dressed up to party down, those who attended Charity Night at the Tables used play money at gaming tables set up on Turfway Park’s third floor. Each player designated his or her winnings to one or more participating charities. The charity with the most “money” at the end of the evening had first choice of the horses entered in the Lane’s End Stakes when post positions were drawn at the annual Call to the Post luncheon last Thursday. The Parish Kitchen won first choice and chose odds-on favorite Birdstone, who finished fifth among the 11 horses in the race and third among horses chosen by the charities.
The story of the Steinford Toy Foundation began more than 60 years ago when Rose and George Steinford began providing Christmas toys for children during the Great Depression. Today, with the help of private donors and corporate support, 100 volunteers work to provide Christmas toys to more than 1,600 underprivileged Northern Kentucky children each year. One hundred percent of program funding goes to support the acquisition and distribution of toys.