|Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation
for Grand Prairie Awards $60,000 to Worthy Grand Prairie Charities
The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation for Grand Prairie -
a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization - awarded $60,000 to 18 Grand Prairie,
Texas charities on Thursday, March 17, during a ceremony at Lone Star
Park at Grand Prairie.
"It is truly gratifying to be able to touch people in the great
city of Grand Prairie through charitable giving and community involvement,"
Lone Star Park President Corey Johnsen said. "Our steadfast goal
is to improve the quality of life for others in our community, and we've
been fortunate to raise and award more than $220,000 for worthwhile Grand
Prairie organizations through various fundraising efforts since the Charitable
Foundation was formed in the summer of 2001."
The 18 charities chosen to share in the $60,000 were: Boy Scouts/Circle
Ten Council; Brighter Tomorrows; Children First Counseling Center; Crime
Stoppers Inc., Grand Prairie and South Grand Prairie High Schools; Crisis
Pregnancy Center of Grand Prairie; Deloach Kidz; Disabled American Veterans;
Drug Free Youth in Texas, Grand Prairie and South Grand Prairie High Schools;
Grand Prairie Arts Council; Grand Prairie Boys and Girls Club; Grand Prairie
Food and Clothing Assistance Co-op; Grand Prairie NAACP; Grand Prairie
Pride Special Olympics; Grand Prairie United Charities; Grand Prairie
Wellness Center; Grand Prairie YMCA; KIDS in Need of Clothing; and LifeLine
Shelter for Families Inc.
The first Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation fundraising event for
2005 will take place Wednesday, April 13, the night before Lone Star Park
begins its 67-date Spring Thoroughbred Season. Lone Star Park's all-time
leading trainer Steve Asmussen, the Eclipse Award finalist for champion
trainer who saddled a North American record 555 winners in 2004, will
be honored during a "Welcome Back Party" at the racetrack that
Funds raised at such events are annually distributed to local non-profit
organizations through grant applications at year's end.
Lone Star Park has been active in other fundraising efforts, as well.
In 2004, the racetrack hosted and assisted in charitable events that raised
more than $2 million for Dallas-Fort Worth charities, including the Muscular
Dystrophy Association, American Diabetes Association, Dallas Symphony
League and Retina Foundation.