Grand Prix New York Dedicates Its Facility to Local Charities in Tough Times

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Grand Prix New York (GPNY) has committed itself to aiding Westchester County-based charities during these uncertain times.

In spite of The Great Recession, up-and-down days on Wall Street, and a sluggish labor market, Mount Kisco-based Grand Prix New York (GPNY) has committed itself to aiding Westchester County-based charities during these uncertain times – hosting 12 fundraisers in 2011 and raising more than $175,000 to support their efforts.

The 118,000-square-foot indoor racing and entertainment facility, also the largest event space in Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT, had just opened its doors in January 2008 when the economy began to falter. And yet GPNY began assisting local non-profits right from the start. Each year, GPNY makes over 1,200 donations to charitable institutions. Some local charities that have benefited from GPNY-hosted events include:
●    The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (White Plains)
●    A-HOME (Pleasantville)
●    The Chappaqua School Foundation (Chappaqua)
●    Westhab (Elmsford)

And GPNY plans on lending a helping hand to more charitable organizations – and in more ways – through the end of the year.

GPNY will soon add bowling to bolster its kart racing entertainment venue. Spins Bowl, a 19-lane bowling alley located within the giant facility, is slated to open in November. And on November 18, Spins Bowl will host its first charitable benefit: The "Strikes Against Cancer Bowl-A-Thon" for Support Connection of Yorktown Heights. Support Connection is a non-profit organization offering free personalized support programs for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Spins Bowl is gearing up to raise at least $5,000 to help Support Connection in their cause.

This fall, both GPNY and Spins Bowl have racing and bowling fundraising events planned for:
●    Starlight Children's Foundation (New York City)
●    Music Conservatory of Westchester (White Plains)

"For organizations that rely on donations to survive, it's hard enough when times are good," said Nat Mundy, Vice President, Marketing for Grand Prix New York. "So we're very pleased we can be hospitable neighbors to so many non-profits when times are tough. Giving back to the community has been a primary mission of GPNY since the day we opened. So it's a privilege for us to be able provide an exciting and unique setting for those who are as dedicated to giving back to that same community as we are."

At a recent GPNY fundraiser for the Mount Kisco Library, event planner Sheila Smith of Square Events said, "It's the 100th anniversary of the library, so it's something to celebrate, that we've had such a wonderful institution in our town, for an entire century serving the community. So we wanted to build an event that tied in to the car as well as giving people an opportunity to experience such a really wonderful facility."

Over $40,000 was raised from the event.

Grand Prix New York Racing (GPNY) is the only large indoor racing, social entertainment, and corporate event venues in The New York City metro area. Centrally located in the village of Mount Kisco, New York, GPNY is a unique 118,000-square-foot facility offering a quarter-mile-long, state-of-the-art racetrack for all ages, Spins Bowl: a 19-lane bowling alley, special events services, Fuel: restaurant and bar, award-winning catering, an arcade, carnival room, a banquet facility, conference rooms, and more. GPNY is actively involved in community outreach and fundraising efforts. Since its inception in 2008, GPNY has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities by hosting high-profile fundraising events. For more information about GPNY, visit their website at http://www.gpny.com.

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