Controlled Demonstration at ThistleDown Racino to benefit three local charities

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Three local charities will be the lucky winners as ThistleDown Racino prepares for its grand opening with a Controlled Demonstration on Tues., April 2.


ThistleDown Racino employees have invited 1,500 friends and family members to a private event that will allow employees to hone their skills in preparation for the reopening of this refurbished Cleveland landmark, which will now offer the area’s first video lottery terminals. The majority of gaming and food venues will be operating during the Controlled Demonstration.


The Controlled Demonstration will also show that employees of ThistleDown are properly trained on systems approved by the Ohio Lottery Commission (known as the Internal Control System) and that the Casino can appropriately drop, count and reconcile a partial day’s gaming proceeds.


Gaming revenue from this event will be donated to the following charities:

  • CANTER Ohio: Finds new homes and new careers for retiring thoroughbred race horses.
  • Harvard Community Services Center: Provides an array of programs to improve the quality of life and social functioning for residents in the Cleveland neighborhoods of Lee-Harvard, Miles and Seville.
  • Real Life 101: Gives at-risk, inner-city youth the tools to graduate high school and earn a college degree.


“The Northeast Ohio community has supported ThistleDown since its inception and, as we embark on a new chapter in the institution’s history, we want to give back,” said Rick Skinner, General Manager of ThistleDown Racino. “These charities will help provide for those who have the greatest need in Northeast Ohio, as well as the horses who have given us so much joy over the years.”


ThistleDown Racino opens to the public on Tues., April 9 with special events including a free Taylor Hicks concert for Total Rewards members, $10,000 cash giveaways, cruises and more.