CDI Donates Annual Holiday Party Funds to Feed Families with Volunteers of America

Louisville, KY (November 24, 2020) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) today proudly joined in a collaborative effort with Volunteers of America Mid-States (“VOA”) to ensure those whom VOA serves in the Kentucky region would have the Thanksgiving meal they deserve this year. CDI employees loaded up a truck with 100 turkeys and 400 canned goods along with additional necessities that will help feed over 350 VOA clients and dozens more frontline staff workers.

The donation effort was spearheaded by CDI leadership, who, in the absence of being able to celebrate the year by gathering their employees for the company’s annual holiday luncheon, wanted to focus those resources toward helping those in the community. Consequently, instead of a festive gathering this year, CDI donated their annual holiday party to VOA on behalf of each corporate employee. Donations were also accepted from the general public all day at CDI’s corporate headquarters, where volunteers from both organizations helped sort and load the donated food.

“We’re so grateful to our generous partners at Churchill Downs Incorporated,” said VOA President and CEO Jennifer Hancock. “This is a particularly challenging year and we are really overwhelmed by their support. This event will help to make the holidays brighter for the families we serve.”

“The services that VOA provide grant second chances and provide hope for so many families across the region,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “Hope is more important than ever this year, so when we realized that it wouldn’t be responsible to gather in person for our traditional annual luncheon, we were humbled to be able to donate our party this year to the clients of VOA so that they may experience the kind of meal that so many of us take for granted year to year. The employees of CDI were grateful to be participants in this meaningful donation.”

Volunteers of America Mid-States is one of the region’s largest, most diverse not-for-profit behavioral health organizations. Last year, VOA served nearly 24,000 people in more than 40 distinct programs throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Clark and Floyd Counties in Indiana through its services in addiction recovery, housing, restorative justice, HIV testing and outreach as well as in its programs for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and veterans.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event, the Kentucky Derby. We also own and operate three pari-mutual gaming entertainment venues in Kentucky: Derby City Gaming; Oak Grove Racing, Gaming, and Hotel; and Newport Racing and Gaming. Our online wagering business owns and operates, the largest and most profitable online horse racing wagering platform in the U.S., and BetAmerica, an online sports betting and iGaming platform in the U.S. We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games in eight states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at

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