Vancouver, B.C. (March 20, 2015) – A total of 10 non-profit organizations from Hastings-Sunrise and across Vancouver have been selected to participate in the 2015 “Community Days at the Track” program held annually at Hastings Racecourse.

A selection committee each year chooses designated organizations for the opportunity to raise funds on a live race day at Hastings Racecourse. The package includes exclusive use of the Marquee Tent for fund-raising purposes, a catering donation worth $1,500 and a direct $5,000 monetary donation.

“We are proud to continue this community-spirited project,” said Darren MacDonald, General Manager at Hastings Racecourse and Director, BC Racing. “It was difficult to choose 10 from this year’s 44 worthy applicants and we encourage those organizations not selected to apply again in 2016.”

Those selected for the 2015 live racing dates at Hastings include:

The Cultch (May 30) – Arts and culture institution offering dynamic theatre programming that includes dance and music by local, national and international artists.

Forest and the Femme (June 7) – An outdoor recreation program for high risk, marginalized women living in Downtown Eastside Vancouver.

New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society (June 13) – 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.

Full Circle: First Nations Performance Society (June 14) – A non-profit arts organization with a mission to create opportunities for Aboriginal artists, writers and performers to entertain and share Aboriginal traditions and experiences.

McLaren Housing Society (September 19) – Providing creative housing solutions and support services to low income individuals and families across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. With over 27 years of operations and more than 300 clients, McLaren is the largest HIV/AIDS housing provider in Canada.

Screaming Weenie Productions Society – The Frank Theatre (September 20) – Strives to create public awareness and acceptance through performing arts for individuals and groups outside of sexual and gender norms.

Hastings Community Association (September 26) – Enhances the lives of children, families and the community by providing essential programs and services.

Nootka Elementary School Parent Advisory Council (September 27) – Serves to enrich its diverse three-track East Vancouver school in body, mind and spirit.

Positive Living Society of B.C. (October 3) – Member-based organization dedicated to empowering persons living with HIV/AIDS through mutual support and collective action.

Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre (October 4) – Provides leadership and services to promote safe, healthy and thriving neighbourhoods.


For further information:

Darren MacDonald

Chuck Keeling