Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club, which Delaware North acquired and began operating in 1987, recently celebrated its 70th anniversary with special events to thank its patrons and the local Florida community for their support.
Founded as the Volusia County Kennel Club in 1948, the facility was originally located adjacent to Daytona International Speedway. A poker room was added to the greyhound racetrack in 1997, and a land swap with the speedway paved the way for construction of the current facility in 2008 just a few miles away on Williamson Boulevard.
“We are usually listed third in the ‘things to do’ in Daytona Beach category on TripAdvisor.com,” President and Regional General Manager Fred Guzman said in an interview with the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “Only the beach and the speedway are ahead of us.”
The weeklong anniversary festivities kicked off on July 15 with a free concert at the racetrack and included a number of guest promotions, including a customer appreciation day on July 18 that featured cash and prize giveaways – with 70 winners named each hour – and 70th anniversary T-shirts and other merchandise.
A group of 24 associates with 25 years or more of service at the club were recognized on July 17. Other highlights included an appearance by five-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Scotty Nguyen and the Dave Wood Memorial stakes race on July 21.
With the Shriners International conference in Daytona Beach last week, the club designated July 16 as Shriners Night at the racetrack, raising money from promotions and donations to present a check for $2,501 to the organization. The money will benefit the 22 nonprofit hospitals around the country that the Shriners operate.
PHOTO CAPTION: Fred Guzman (far right), president and regional general manager of the Daytona
Beach Racing & Card Club, presents a check for $2,501 to Anne Bergenske, first lady of Shriners International, at the group’s conference last week in Daytona Beach, Fla.