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Monday, March 18, 2013 12:00 AM
Erlanger, KY – The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Northern Kentucky will be the only social service nonprofit recognized at Turfway Park during Saturday's Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes. Turfway Park's endorsement is based upon the relationship established with the nonprofit for supporting workers on the backside, or stable area, of the racetrack. St. Vincent de Paul staff work with track chaplain Bobby Aldridge to refer employees, who have been able to receive much-needed assistance.
St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be in attendance at Turfway on March 23rd to collect donations to support its 19 food pantries located throughout Northern Kentucky. "We are excited for this opportunity to participate in the Spiral Stakes event," said Executive Director Ralph Bradburn. "Our food pantries serve thousands of people every year and the support will go a long way to continue feeding our neighbors in need."
St. Vincent de Paul helps Turfway's backside community with necessities such as clothing, toiletries, and food as well as extras such as prizes for games and social activities. The Society also provides help for families at Christmas and each year organizes a coat drive, which this past December distributed 200 coats and jackets to stable personnel. About 280 stablehands are employed by trainers at Turfway during live race meets. As many as 200 can live in the track's backside dormitories. This year the need will continue after the current race meet ends March 30 as Turfway remains open for summer stabling and training for the first time in several years.
"We're extremely grateful for all the donations that St. Vincent de Paul provides for us throughout the year. The people who receive help are very appreciative of the useful donations we receive," said Chaplain Aldridge, who has served at Turfway since December 2012 under the auspices of the Kentucky chapter of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.
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