“Greens & Jeans” effort raising money for Re-Tree WNY
HAMBURG, N.Y. –  Dressing down at work will mean dressing up the neighborhoods of Western New York as workers at Fairgrounds Gaming & Raceway don their everyday digs to donate to a couple of green causes.
Visitors will notice a change in style at the gaming facility from April 19 through Earth Day on April 22.  Instead of uniforms, gamers will see all sorts of civilian attire being sported by Fairgrounds Gaming’s attendants, cashiers, and food service associates.
Dubbed “Greens & Jeans,” the effort will have employees contribute $5 each day they dress down.  Half of the money raised will go to buy trees through Re-Tree WNY and the other half to pay for a beach cleanup at Hamburg Town Park. Fairgrounds Gaming will make a company match of the donations up to $1,000.  
“Our associates here at Fairgrounds Gaming are committed to operating an environmentally sustainable facility and to local projects that benefit environmental causes,” said General Manager Ellsworth Gaskill.
Fairgrounds Gaming is owned by the Erie County Agricultural Society, while Delaware North Companies, a global hospitality company headquartered in Buffalo, manages the gaming and hospitality operations. The facility’s use of Delaware North’s GreenPath® environmental management program resulted in its operations being certified in 2009 to the environmental management standards (ISO 14001) of the International Organization for Standardization.
“Delaware North is all about employee involvement in the community, and we have a very active GreenPath committee here at Fairgrounds Gaming,” Gaskill said.
During the week of Earth Day, Fairgrounds associates will also be recycling their home electronics and metals through Sunnking Recycling of Lancaster, which is also contributing to Re-Tree WNY based on how much is recycled.
“We are thrilled to be the recipient of the donations that Fairgrounds Gaming & Racing employees will be sending our way,” said Paul Maurer, chairman of Re-Tree WNY. “Delaware North is a great pillar of our community, having donated corporately in the past to Re-Tree via The Buffalo News Green Leaf campaign. Once again they are helping our volunteer reforesting program with this great employee initiative. ”
Re-Tree WNY was established to reforest the Buffalo metropolitan area as a result of the devastating October 12-13, 2006 surprise snowstorm. Re-Tree WNY has planted a total of 13,070 trees and began the program on Arbor Day, 2007. The organization was awarded the 2008 National Arbor Day Foundation Project Award.
Fairgrounds Gaming & Raceway (www.the-fairgrounds.com) is located on the Erie County Fairgrounds and is open year round.   Further information on Re-Tree WNY is available at www.re-treewny.org.


Glen White
Director-Corp. Comm
Email: GAWhite@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5753
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