Florida Charities Get Funds From Greyhound Racing Women's Inaugural Event

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Donations to “Save the Twinz” and “The Charmetts” will benefit breast cancer awareness.

“Too many women and their loved ones have been touched by this terrible disease, not only in greyhound racing but in every community. This was the perfect way to honor and support them.”

Two Florida charities promoting breast cancer awareness have been named the recipients of grants totaling $2500 from an organization honoring women in the sport of greyhound racing.

Women in Greyhound Racing conducted an online fundraising campaign prior to the recent fall meet of the National Greyhound Association (NGA) in Abilene, KS. In addition to the charitable donations, the group provided an additional $1,000 in NGA Track State purse money, sponsored first-ever Women in Greyhound Racing stakes race, and awarded a $500 prize to the breeder of the fastest female greyhound.

The two charities receiving $1,250 each are The Charmettes, Inc. of Broward County, a non-profit organization that provides cancer education and awareness as well as financial support for scientific research; and Save the Twinz, an event sponsored by Live PINK!, a South Florida organization that hosts fundraising events designed to heighten awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for a cure.

“We wanted to honor the women in greyhound racing for the amazing work they do, often behind the scenes,” said Leslie Csokasy, one of the organizers. “Greyhound racing is a family business, and there are some terrific women in our sport who do everything from running the farms and kennels to coordinating greyhound adoption efforts when their racers retire.”

Csokasy said the NGA’s fall meet is held annually in October, which also is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. “Supporting breast cancer awareness seemed like the perfect way to pay tribute to the resilience and strength of women,” she said. “Too many women and their loved ones have been touched by this terrible disease, not only in greyhound racing but in every community. This was the perfect way to honor and support them.”

The prize for fastest female greyhound went to CTW Leona Brown, from Peck’s Training Kennel, Stephenville TX.

CONTACT: Leslie Csokasy leslie(at)gogreatdog(dot)com 206-714-0852

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