Derby City Gaming Reactivates Volunteering Relationship with Sandefur Dining Hall

Louisville, KY (October 29, 2020) – As part of their continued partnership with the Sandefur Dining Room, Derby City Gaming was recently able to reactivate its regular volunteering with the organization, which is a part of the Cathedral of the Assumption in Downtown Louisville.

The Sandefur Dining Room began responding to the needs of the hungry population in Downtown Louisville during the Great Depression. Today, the program provides nourishing meals and gentle compassion 365 days a year to an average of 65,000 hungry and homeless individuals. The efforts are reliant on the support of community volunteers and donations.

Derby City Gaming’s relationship with Sandefur Dining Room evolved from its 2019 sponsorship of Let’s Dance Louisville, an annual event that benefits the lunch program. Employees of Derby City Gaming were interested in getting further involved with this charitable initiative working to combat hunger in Louisville and thus began finding ways to support the program through a more hands-on approach.

Derby City Gaming’s first onsite volunteer rotation took place in August 2019. Four employees a month would visit Sandefur each rotation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., helping prep and serve food and clean up. Food preparation is vital to Sandefur’s operation as they receive large donations of fruits and vegetables that must be prepped and frozen for later use.

Additionally, beginning in September 2019, Derby City Gaming was able to build on its involvement by having its Food & Beverage team cater lunch for Sandefur once a month. Employees would prepare the food on property, deliver it to Sandefur and serve the meal to its patrons. The team has prepared a variety of meals including homemade lasagna, salad and garlic bread and was able to cater lunch once a month from September 2019 through February 2020.

While all volunteering came to a halt with the COVID-19 pandemic, just recently, Derby City Gaming’s catering rotations were reactivated and the Food & Beverage team is once again able to prepare and serve lunch at the Sandefur Dining Room. Moreover, Derby City Gaming team members make regular donations including canned goods, paper goods, storage bags and more. In fact, when Derby City Gaming was forced to close down in March 2020, it donated all remaining perishable food to Sandefur.

Looking ahead, the property is working with Sandefur to plan a special Thanksgiving meal catered and served by its team. More information about the lunch program can be found here:

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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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Tonya Abeln
Vice President, Corporate