Tioga Downs in Nichols, N.Y. is proud to announce that ticket sales for the Aug. 8 Kellie Pickler concert at Tioga Downs raised a total of $55,800, the entirety of which will be donated to the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group (STVG).
Tickets for the show were available for $15. In addition, Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment Jeff Gural personally matched the amount for every ticket sold for the concert. So, each ticket garnered a donation of $30 for the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group for a total donation by Tioga Downs of $111,600 – beating last year’s contribution by over $30,000.
For the past several years, Tioga Downs and Gural have given back to veterans with proceeds from a summer concert. Concert ticket sales have increased year after year with acts like Wynonna, the Oak Ridge Boys and last year’s Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan concert, allowing Tioga Downs to increase their donations annually.
Gural stated, “This is an important way in which we are able to express our appreciation for those men and women who have so heroically served and protected us. We are pleased that this year’s concert surpassed all expectation and we thank all those in attendance for helping us do so.”
Tioga Downs Casino is open year-round with video gaming machines, simulcast horse racing, restaurants, a sports bar and special entertainment events. It is located along the north side of Route 17/ I-86, two miles west of exit 62 in Nichols, N.Y.