HOT SPRINGS, AR (Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015) – For the fourth consecutive year, Oaklawn patrons and Team Members joined forces to collect canned and other non-perishable food items for local Hot Springs charities and the result was a record amount of donations with more than 15,000 items gathered. Last year, the week-long food drive collected 10,000 items.

The food items were accepted between Nov. 8 and 15 and delivered Nov. 17 to Jackson House and First United Methodist Community Food Pantry just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“This is a real blessing,” said Rev. Dr. Michael Mattox, Senior Pastor at the First United Methodist Church. “All this food will help a lot of people.”

“We had an overwhelming response this year,” said Director of Marketing Kim Baron. “We have found that our patrons and Team Members both really look forward to this promotion every year and we’re delighted to be able to help such worthy charities as Jackson House and First United Methodist Community Food Pantry.”

It took two full box trucks to disperse the food that filled the lobby of Oaklawn’s gaming center. For their generosity, patrons were given two entries into a cash drawing held Nov. 15 for every one food item they brought in during the week. Many of them had 100 entries or more.

For more information about Oaklawn, visit www.oaklawn.com or call (501) 623-4411.


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