BERKSHIRE BANK FAMILY MONDAY FEATURES GIRL SCOUTS AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today welcomed children and families for the second installment of the newly expanded and enhanced Berkshire Bank Family Mondays, presented by Mister Softee, at Saratoga Race Course.

The weekly family festival, held each Monday of the meet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion, enables families and children to experience and enjoy a wide array of games, attractions and educational activities against the backdrop of historic Saratoga Race Course.

The Saratoga Pavilion is located adjacent to the Horse Sense exhibit, which provides racing fans with the opportunity to pet a retired thoroughbred and learn more about the sport’s equine athletes.

Local schools, PTAs and non-profit organizations will have an opportunity to fundraise for their operations during Berkshire Bank Family Mondays. The featured organization for the second Monday of the season was the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York.

“This gives us the ability to raise a significant amount of funds in a short amount of time. We really appreciate the exposure to so many people at once. Fundraising shows our girls that if you set a goal, you can achieve it,” said Margaret Bushee, leader of Girl Scout Senior Troop #3205. “Family Monday is a great time for families at the track, especially with little ones.”

The non-profit organization raised funds throughout the afternoon, which was supplemented with additional grants by the New York Racing Association and Berkshire Bank.

The 2015 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 7. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, call 518-584-6200 or visit www.nyra.com.