Tioga Downs donates over $100k to local veterans

NICHOLS, N.Y. - A very special concert this summer at Tioga Downs Casino is helping veterans in need in our area.

On Wednesday, Tioga Downs owner Jeff Gural presented the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group (STVSG) with a check for $110,000.

The money was raised during a .38 Special concert last month.

Gural paid for the cost of the band, donated the $15 each concert-goer paid and then he and his wife Paula matched that amount to get to the $110,000.

Tioga Downs has been holding these benefit concerts for STVSG each year since 2009.

"I believe in giving back. I always have. I've been very fortunate in the real estate business, that business is great in New York City. This business over here is a little tougher but I'm determined to make a success out of it. And I appreciate the fact that we've gotten such good support from the community truthfully," said Gural.

STVSG provides a broad range of services and assistance to enhance veterans' physical, emotional and economic well-being in the Southern Tier and the Northern Tier of PA.

Gural's annual donations represent about 80 percent of the group's funding.


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