NYRA to provide free back to school giveaway at Berkshire Bank Family Mondays

Berkshire Bank and Hannaford Supermarkets to provide families with school supplies

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced the return of a special back to school initiative for families on the final two Mondays of the 2018 season at Saratoga Race Course.

The first 500 children, ages 12 and under, to visit the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion during Berkshire Bank Family Mondays on August 27 and September 3 will each receive a free drawstring bag filled with school supplies, courtesy of Berkshire Bank and Hannaford Supermarkets. Berkshire Bank Family Mondays is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“NYRA is pleased to partner with Berkshire Bank and Hannaford Supermarkets on this special giveaway designed specifically for our youngest racing fans as they prepare to head back to school,” said NYRA Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer Lynn LaRocca. “We encourage families to join us during the final two Berkshire Bank Family Monday events of the season, which are a great way for kids of all ages to experience Saratoga.”

“This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy one final visit to Saratoga while receiving educational supplies as they prepare for the start of school. Berkshire Bank Family Mondays and the Berkshire Bank Family Zone are specifically designed for our youngest racing fans and an ideal way to experience all that Saratoga has to offer,” said Bob Curley, New York Chairman of Berkshire Bank. “Through our support of both the Family Zone and Family Mondays, we are honored to incorporate Saratoga’s premier family activities under the Berkshire Bank banner and encourage families to join us as we close out the summer racing season.”

“School supplies are in high demand this time of year and we are pleased to partner with NYRA and Berkshire Bank to help stock the desks of students returning to the classroom this fall,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Brian Fabre.

Berkshire Bank Family Mondays invites families and children to experience and enjoy a wide array of free games, attractions and educational activities, including the opportunity to pet a retired thoroughbred, against the backdrop of historic Saratoga Race Course.

Berkshire Bank Family Mondays takes place just across from the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, an interactive play area featuring games, attractions, an Adirondack-style chair and Berkshire Bank charging station. The Berkshire Bank Family Zone is open every day of racing during the Saratoga season.

The 2018 summer meet at historic Saratoga Race Course continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit NYRA.com.

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