Vancouver, B.C. (March 22, 2016) – In its continuing pledge to lend a helping hand in support of non-profit organizations in Hastings-Sunrise and across Vancouver, Hastings Racecourse proudly acknowledges the 10 “Community Days at the Track” recipients for 2016.


A selection committee each year chooses designated organizations for the Community Benefits Program that provides the opportunity to raise funds on live racing days at Hastings Racecourse through ticket sales, 50/50 draws and silent auctions.  In addition, the package includes a direct donation of $5,000 from Hastings Racecourse, plus exclusive use of the Marquee Tent that includes a catering donation worth $1,500.


“It was difficult to choose 10 charitable organizations from all the worthy applicants submitted,” said Darren MacDonald, General Manager at Hastings Racecourse and Director, BC Racing.  “Again, we encourage those not selected to apply again in 2017.”


The groups participating for the 2016 “Community Days at the Track during live racing dates at Hastings Racecourse include:


EMBERS Vancouver (May 1) – Enhances people facing barriers to lead productive and fulfilling lives by offering economic and employment opportunities.

Hastings Community Little League (May 15) – Supporting community baseball as a way of promoting physical activity, skills development and team building.

New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society (May 14) – Dedicated to finding adopted homes and alternative careers for thoroughbred race horses no longer able to compete through re-training, rehabilitating and promoting responsible horse ownership at all levels.

Chinese Community Policing Centre (May 28) – Offering language assistance, victim services and public education on crime prevention to the Chinese population.

Tillicum Annex PAC (Sept. 24) – Works to enriching education of our children by supporting school-wide initiatives and promoting open communication.

Rumble Theatre (Sept. 25) – Producing contemporary plays from the Canadian and world repertoire; fostering meaningful interactions between new and established artists.

Pacifica Treatment Centre (Oct. 1) – Promoting health and recovery from addiction through treatment, education and support.

Pride in Art Society (Oct. 2) – Produces the queer arts festival to inspire respect, recognition and visibility of people who transgress gender and sexual norms.

Full Circle: First Nations Performance Society (Oct. 15) – Making a profound contribution to the development of aboriginal performances in Canada.

A Loving Spoonful (Oct. 16) – Improving the quality of life for people living with HIV/Aids; providing 100,000 meals per year.



For further information contact:

Darren MacDonald, General Manager Hastings Racecourse


Frankie LaChimea, 

Manager, Group Sales & Corporate Sponsorship