Derby City Gaming Debuts Charitable Donation Stations

Volunteers of America Named First Featured Beneficiary

 LOUISVILLE, KY., (Oct. 7, 2021 As part of Derby City Gaming’s ongoing charitable initiatives, the entertainment venue launched today new donation stations to be located throughout the property. The stations will provide guests with an outlet to donate change, cash or vouchers to a featured community or nonprofit partner. The featured partners will rotate quarterly beginning in 2022 and will be voted on by Derby City Gaming team members. The program debuted with a ribbon cutting that named Volunteers of America the first beneficiary.

“The entire team at Derby City Gaming is really excited to encourage guests to join them in their charitable efforts,” said Cathy Shircliff, Director of Community Relations at Churchill Downs Incorporated. “It is such a simple way to give back. So many of our guests cash out with some change left on their voucher. Why not donate that to a good cause?”

Volunteers of America is a nonprofit organization that has been helping America’s most vulnerable for 125 years. Donations from Derby City Gaming’s donation stations will go to two of its programs: Freedom House that helps women who are pregnant or parenting struggling with addiction, and Unity House, that helps homeless youth and their parents.

Jennifer Hancock, Volunteers of America Mid-States CEO told WDRB news, “I think there is another outcome associated with this giving opportunity, which is to raise awareness about issues of addiction and homelessness in our community and give all the patrons of Derby City Gaming an opportunity to learn about how Volunteers of America is taking care of our most vulnerable and giving them an opportunity to partner with us in our mission.”

In 2019, Derby City Gaming donated $50,000 to Volunteers of America which helped them open the fourth addiction recovery house for women who are pregnant and parenting in southeastern Kentucky. The new facility was opened in Manchester, Kentucky, the first of its kind in an area hit hardest by the opioid epidemic.

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 own and operate three pari-mutuel gaming entertainment venues with approximately 3,050 historical racing machines in Kentucky. We also own and operate TwinSpires, one of the largest and most profitable online wagering platforms for horse racing, sports and iGaming in the U.S. and we have eight retail sportsbooks. We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming in eight states with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games. Additional information about CDI can be found online at

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