Tampa Bay Downs, serving the Bay area since 1926, is a hotspot for local thoroughbred horse racing! Over the years developing into a multifaceted entertainment facility, they consistently provide Tampa Bay with a first-class sporting and social experience. What is little known about The Downs is the amount of money they've raised and donated in support of the community they love. While we have been, 'Living it Up at The Downs' since 2003 they've quietly donated over $1.4 million dollars to charity!
With a pay if forward philosophy Tampa Bay Downs priority is to give back, supporting charities like Wheels of Success dedicated to providing personal transportation solutions to keep people working and sustain their independence and Horses for the Handicapped as they provide therapeutic horseback riding activities for children and adults afflicted with disabilities across a wide spectrum of physical and mental handicaps.
Primarily a thoroughbred racing facility, Tampa Bay Downs has sought to ensure the well-being of not only racing horses, but horses of all breeds. Since 2003, Tampa Bay Downs has provided foundations such as the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, and the Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa much-needed funds.
Tampa Bay Downs has Given Generously in Support of Children
Topping the list of contributions, Tampa Bay Downs donated over $245,000 to the Rotary’s Camp Florida. This unique organization ensures that children with special needs have the opportunity to experience nature while establishing incredible relationships and lasting memories and to Joshua House a safe haven for abused, abandoned, and neglected children, in support through The Children's Home in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Downs also aims to provide a happy holiday for every child by donating to charity organizations like Toys for Tots and Tampa Rough Riders, which orchestrates an annual “Teddy Bear Run” to cheer up children in need. The Downs continues to invest in Tampa’s youth by donating over $166,200 to the Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation—an organization that provides scholarships to students pursuing higher education.
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In collaboration with their altruistic monetary involvement, Tampa Bay Downs also offers their stunning grounds for numerous festivals and events in Tampa through the year, such as the essential Walk for Life taking place Mother's Day weekend in Tampa 2017!
Tampa Bay Downs has a HUGE heart for Tampa Bay and children's charities as they pay it forward, so next time you are looking for fun things to do in Tampa, choose to Live it up at the Downs, a giving place and an integral part of our community!