EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Saturday night Meadowlands Racetrack held its Inaugural Charity Handicapping Contest. Ten local charitable organizations were selected to compete for their share of $15,000.

It was a tight contest with multiple lead changes and in the end, Act Now Foundation Inc came out on top with a final bankroll of $59.10, only $.40 cents ahead of second place finisher Wayne PAL. Third place finisher, North Jersey Friendship House was a close third with $57.50.

“We are so thankful,” said Kristine Allen, President & Co-Founder of Act Now Foundation’s Dementia Center. “This money will be used to help support dementia patients and their caregivers.”

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The full Charity Handicapping Contest standings are below:

TOTAL Charity Bankroll Donation

Act Now — $59.10, $5,000

Wayne PAL — $58.70, $3,000

North Jersey Friendship House — $57.50, $2,000

CBH Care — $50.70, $1,500.00

Standardbred Retirement Foundation — $42.30, $1,000.00

Horse Rescue United — $36, $500

Pacing For The Cure $30.60, $500

Project Literacy $24.20, $500

Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization — $20.10, $500

Team Velvet — $15.80, $500

For the Charity Handicapping Contest, organizations had to select one horse in nine designated Meadowlands live races. The organization amassed a mythical bankroll if their selection finished first, second or third in the designated race. Official $2 WPS (Win, Place, Show) payoffs were added to the mythical bankroll. The organization with the highest bankroll was declared the winner.

Each organization came out with a slew of volunteers and supporters that enjoyed their night at the races which included winner’s circle presentations.

“It was a feel good night for all of us,” said Jason Settlemoir, COO and GM of Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. “We love giving back to our community and we are so happy to see these local charities embrace this event. We cannot wait to do this again next year.”

For more information on the upcoming events and racing visit PlayMeadowlands.com

The participants:

North Jersey Friendship House a non-profit organization that's mission is to build the skills of individuals with varying abilities and developmental needs by providing, within a safe haven, comprehensive clinical treatment, vocational training and work opportunities in order to achieve meaningful and productive lives www.njfriendshiphouse.org.

Wayne Township Police Athletic League organized for the purpose of fostering and encouraging in the youth of Wayne Township, a spirit of loyalty and faith in American traditions and institutions through participation in constructive movements and endeavors for the promotion and safeguarding of their interests and general welfare:  to promote a spirit of benevolent friendship, goodwill, and tolerance and cultivate and improve their moral standards in order to more effectively combat juvenile delinquency; to provide meeting places where the youth of Wayne may enjoy every educational and social benefit and to participate in athletic activities under competent supervision; and to acquire, lease, hold, use mortgage and dispose of real and personal property to carry out the aforesaid purpose. www.waynepal.org

Team Velvet Inc. provides non-mounted equine facilitated mental health services to children ages 5-12 who have experienced trauma and adjustment difficulties within an atmosphere of natural horsemanship and good land stewardship. https://www.teamvelvet.com/

Project Literacy of Greater Bergen County provides free one-on-one tutoring in ESL, Basic Adult Literacy and preparation for the math portion of the High School Equivalency exam. The goal is to provide the gift of literacy to adults who confront life in Bergen County without the skills to effectively communicate. www.project-literacy.org

CBH Care, Inc. provides the optimum healthcare that is responsive to consumer and community needs. CBH Care will treat individuals, families, and the community with respect and dignity regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, illness or age.  They are committed to accessible care that is delivered in a cost-effective manner.  They will provide this care with creative and responsive treatment strategies.  Those services are supported by the recruitment and the continuing development of the highest quality care providers. https://cbhcare.com/

Act Now Foundation Inc. raises awareness and educates communities about Alzheimer’s disease, prevention and early detection; to provide support, education, evaluations testing, long-term care planning, resources and advocacy in order to improve the quality of life for families living and struggling with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. www.actnowfoundation.org

Pacing For The Cure works to help those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) obtain financial assistance for medical equipment and services to manage this debilitating disease of the central nervous system as well as fund cutting edge MS research. https://pacingforthecure.org/  

Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey a non-profit organization founded to promote the Standardbred as a pleasure riding and driving horse by exposing the public to their performances through equine events. Whatever the discipline is, eventing, western pleasure, driving, hunter/jumper, trail riding or dressage, our mission is to let the public know that the Standardbred is a very versatile breed. www.sphonj.org

Standardbred Retirement Foundation  provides humane care and services for horses in need of lifetime homes, and in crisis, through rehabilitation, training, adoption, lifelong follow-up, or lifetime sanctuary; and offers therapeutic equine opportunities for children, and adults. www.adoptahorse.org

Horse Rescue United saves horses of all breeds from abandonment, abuse, neglect, and slaughter. They specialize in retraining and re-homing Standardbreds. Whenever possible, HRU purchases slaughter-bound horses from auction, and also assists owner surrenders before they end up in the wrong hands.  http://horserescueunited.org/

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