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Charity Challenge Winner Announced

Published: September 25, 2014 2:27 pm ET

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The Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced that ‘Pathways to Education Rexdale’ is the winner of WEG’s recent ‘Woodbine Cares Week Charity Challenge,’ which was part of the racetrack operator’s ‘Woodbine Cares Week.’

The online charity challenge presented a chance for racing fans, along with charitable supporters, to vote for their favourite cause. The charity that received the most votes by September 19 was to be awarded a $10,000 donation by Woodbine Entertainment Group.

The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society was one of the contending charities for the $10,000 prize.

More than 10,000 people voted in the Woodbine Cares Week Charity Challenge, and Pathways to Education Rexdale collected the most votes – a total of 2,160.

“We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in Woodbine Cares Week,” said Madina Wasuge, program director with Pathways to Education Rexdale. “Thank you to Woodbine Entertainment Group for your generous donation, and to all of the amazing supporters who voted for Pathways to Education. The $10,000 donation will help us provide students with academic tutoring, and social and financial supports, and will bring us one step closer to our goal of a Graduation Nation, where all youth in Canada have the opportunity to graduate.”

Many of WEG’s longtime charitable and community partners were profiled and highlighted on the Woodbine Cares website throughout the campaign.

"We are proud of our Woodbine Cares Week celebration,” said Nick Eaves, WEG's president and CEO. “This voting challenge was a new initiative for us and the results have exceeded our expectations. WEG is very fortunate to have so many supportive community partners, and we wanted to use horse racing as the platform to raise awareness for the work they do that makes such a big difference in Toronto. The organizations embraced the challenge with creativity and enthusiasm, and worked tirelessly to rally support from the horse racing community and the public at large. The outpouring of support for Woodbine Cares Week has been very gratifying.”

(With files from WEG)

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