ThistleDown Racino donates more than $51,000 to three local charities

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More than $51,000 in gaming proceeds from ThistleDown Racino’s successful April 2 Controlled Demonstration will be donated to three area charities this week. The event was a requirement of the Ohio Lottery Commission to demonstrate the area’s newest entertainment destination and its team members were prepared to publicly open.


More than 1,500 friends and family members of ThistleDown Racino’s team members were invited to the Controlled Demonstration. During the Controlled Demonstration, team members showed that they were properly trained on systems approved by the Ohio Lottery Commission (known as the Internal Control System) and that they could appropriately drop, count and reconcile a partial day’s gaming proceeds.


Each of the three following non-profit organizations will receive $17,255.04 from the event:

  • CANTER Ohio: Based in Mentor, 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: Focused on providing at-risk, inner-city youth the tools to graduate high school and earn a college degree.


“We wanted to give back to the Northeast Ohio community, who has supported ThistleDown for 89 years,” said Rick Skinner, General Manager of ThistleDown Racino. “These charities serve people directly in our neighborhood, as well as the horses who have given us so much joy over the years.”


ThistleDown Racino opened 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.