The New York Racing Association and the City of Saratoga Springs are offering a limited edition set of Saratoga Race Course-branded face masks as part of a joint initiative to raise funds for two local non-profit organizations, Franklin Community Center and Shelters of Saratoga.
The Saratoga reusable cloth face masks come in a variety pack featuring three individual designs: a red mask with a white Saratoga logo; a white mask with a red Saratoga logo; and a navy-blue mask with a red Saratoga logo. The masks include a white border and stretchable elastic ear straps with an interior pocket for a replaceable filter.
The three-pack is available for pre-order for $24.95 at Shop.NYRA.com.
A portion of proceeds will be donated in equal allotments to support the efforts of the Saratoga Springs-based Franklin Community Center and Shelters of Saratoga, which provide food, shelter and other critical resources to the community.
“NYRA has always been a terrific partner to Saratoga Springs and this program will enable our community to maintain high mental and physical health during these challenging times,” Saratoga Springs Mayor Meg Kelly said during a press conference outside the Union Avenue gate to the track, where racing is scheduled to begin on July 16.
Franklin Community Center is a non-profit human service agency that has provided basic necessities and services to individuals and families in Saratoga Springs for more than 25 years. The Center serves more than 6,000 people annually through a variety of programs, including a food pantry, after-school prevention, and safe and affordable housing.
“With our resources stretched and funding in jeopardy, the number of people relying on our services continues to skyrocket,” Franklin Community Center executive director Kari Cushing said. “The funding received from this program will enable us to continue to focus on maintaining the physical and mental well-being of the individuals and families we serve by providing them with the basic necessities and services they require to get through these difficult times.”
Since 1991, Shelters of Saratoga has provided assistance to people who are facing homelessness by providing safe shelter, supportive services and sustainable strategies with the mission to end homelessness in the greater Saratoga region.
Programs include emergency and case-managed shelters, outreach services, drop-in centers and affordable housing.
“It has been a tough few months for everyone in the Saratoga Springs community. We thank NYRA and the city for not forgetting our most vulnerable community members,” Shelters of Saratoga executive director Karen Gregory said. “Their commitment to humanity means the world to us at Shelters of Saratoga.”