2017 Live Racing Dates Set for Hastings Fundraisers  


Vancouver, B.C. (April 10, 2017) – Once again Hastings Racecourse has offered a helping hand in support of non-profit organizations in the Hastings-Sunrise and Vancouver area through its ‘Community Days at the Track’ program.


“Every year we receive more and more applications and every year it becomes increasingly difficult to select the successful candidates,” said Darren MacDonald, General Manager at Hastings Racecourse and Director, BC Racing. “Our selection committee encourages those groups that didn’t make the 2017 list to apply again next year. Our mandate is to accommodate as many organizations as possible.”


The non-profit community partners receive exclusive use of the Marquee area at Hastings Racecourse on a live race day to raise funds through ticket sales and 50/50 draws. In addition, the package includes a direct $5,000 monetary donation from Hastings Racecourse as well as a $1,500 catering donation.


Recipients may use their Community Day as a fundraiser or an appreciation event for donors, staff and/or volunteers.


The non-profit organizations participating in the 2017 ‘Community Days at the Track’ at Hastings Racecourse include:


THE FRANK THEATRE COMPANY (April 30) – Envisioning a world that is free of intolerance and prejudice, embracing diversity of all kinds and striving to build bridges between all socially marginalized groups.

PosABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF B.C. (May 7) –Assisting persons with developmental disabilities to lead meaningful and healthy lives by partnering with the community to provide a comprehensive range of person-centered services for individuals and families who care for them. Focusing on meeting the needs and aspirations of children and adults in Vancouver and other Metro Vancouver communities.

NEW STRIDE THOROUGHBRED ADOPTION SOCIETY (May 13)) – New Stride’s goal is to ensure that retired, injured or non-competitive off-the-track thoroughbreds get a chance for a second career and are placed into long-term, caring adoptive homes.

VANCOUVER FIREFIGHTER CHARITIES – SNACKS FOR KIDS (May 27) – Contributing endless volunteer hours and thousands of dollars from Firefighter payroll donations to support the Snacks For Kids program that provides a healthy snack for students in Vancouver’s inner-city schools where one in five kids goes to school hungry.

KIWASSA NEIGHBOURHOOD SERVICES ASSOCIATION (June 4) – Kiwassa fosters personal, social and community development providing opportunities that engage, educate and empower people to participate productively in their community.

McLAREN HOUSING SOCIETY (Sept. 17) – With over 300 clients the largest HIV/AIDS housing provider in Canada celebrates 30 years of affordable housing options working with low-income families and individuals who are inadequately housed or at risk of homelessness.

CHARLFORD HOUSE SOCIETY FOR WOMEN (Sept. 23) – Providing a safe, healthy and caring environment to experience recovery in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Burnaby.

HASTINGS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (Sept. 24) – Working in partnership with the Vancouver Park Board to provide programs at the Hastings Community Centre run by an elected Volunteer Board for low-income users.

HASTINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (PAC) – (Sept. 30) – A volunteer group that works to enrich the education of children by supporting school activities and fostering parent involvement in the school and community.

A LOVING SPOONFUL (Oct. 1) – Providing nutrition, love and hope to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver, improving the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.


For further information contact:


Darren MacDonald

General Manager- Director, BC Racing


Brandi Martin

Advisor, Human Resources