Wednesday, March 29, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 29, 2006 . . . More than 2,500 children served by the Steinford Toy Foundation won big at Turfway Park last Saturday as soon as Superfly crossed the finish line in the Lane’s End Stakes. By making Superfly their pick in the race, the foundation added $10,000 to its coffers, thanks to Fifth Third Bank and The Yearlings, sponsors of Charity Night at the Tables.
The foundation earned first choice among the horses entered in the Lane’s End Stakes by amassing the most play-money winnings at Charity Night at the Tables, a glitzy night of casino-style gaming held at Turfway the weekend before the race. Representatives from the foundation chose Superfly, and while his fifth-place finish kept him out of the winner’s circle, he did finish ahead of horses chosen by the other five charities involved in Charity Night.
“The Steinford Toy Foundation's only work is to deliver toys to kids at Christmas,” said Tom Wiechman, chair of the foundation’s board. “Last year we served 2,500 area children, a 56 percent increase over the past three years. The funding requirement has also grown proportionately, with an anticipated expense for the 2006 toy program of $25,000.
"The $10,000 received through the Charity Night event will account for 40 percent of the Steinford Toy Foundation's overall funding in 2006 and will allow us to provide even more children with Christmas this year. In essence, over 2,500 children in Northern Kentucky just won. Christmas did indeed come in March this year!"
In addition to the $10,000 awarded to the Steinford Toy Foundation, $2,000 went to each of the other five charities that participated in Charity Night: Special Olympics, Dinsmore Homestead Foundation, Family Nurturing Center, Senior Services of Northern Kentucky, and The Parish Kitchen. The Parish Kitchen was chosen to receive an additional $1,000 by Jay Thelen of Thelen Associates, winner of the Texas Hold ‘em tournament held on Charity Night.
This year’s Charity Night at the Tables drew 780 people, the largest crowd since the event began in 2002. Presented by the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation and held annually at Turfway Park, this year’s event was held for the first time in the Maker’s Mark VIP Tent on the Turfway Park grounds. This year’s event also featured a High Rollers area that sold out.