Cir­cle the Course to hit track in Fort Erie

Week­end event a fundraiser for can­cer so­ci­ety

The Niagara Falls Review - - Local - JAMES CULIC Metroland

Peo­ple will get an­other chance to walk around the his­tor­i­cal bor­der oval this week­end in sup­port of can­cer re­search and the lo­cal food bank. Fort Erie Race Track is host­ing the sev­enth an­nual Cir­cle the Course fundraiser on Sept. 2.

Over the past six years, the event has raised more than $30,000 for the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety, and has also filled a horse trailer each year with food for COPE. This year, the event will hit even closer to home, af­ter a long­time track em­ployee died from can­cer.

“Our Cir­cle the Course fundraiser is an im­por­tant event that al­lows us to give back to our com­mu­nity,” said An­toni­etta Culic, man­ager of mar­ket­ing and me­dia re­la­tions at the track. “We re­cently lost an em­ployee of 40 years to a coura­geous bat­tle with can­cer. This event has al­ways meant a lot to our staff and horse peo­ple, but it feels far more im­por­tant this year af­ter say­ing good­bye to one of our own.”

Non-per­ish­able food items are be­ing ac­cepted for the Com­mu­nity Out­reach Pro­gram of Fort Erie (COPE), and fun ac­tiv­i­ties are hap­pen­ing through­out the day in sup­port of the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety, in­clud­ing the jockey hop­per ball races. Af­ter horse rac­ing ends, fans are in­vited to walk the track in mem­ory of a loved one, or in sup­port of sur­vivors and those still fight­ing.

The race card that day will fea­ture the Puss N Boots Cup, named af­ter a horse that jumped the rail and splashed into the in­field pond dur­ing a race in 1961. It has since be­come a tra­di­tion that the win­ning con­nec­tions from the Puss N Boots Cup make the same jump into the pond af­ter the races.

Fort Erie Race Track will also be do­nat­ing all pro­gram sales that day to the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety. Horse rac­ing be­gins at 1:20 p.m., with the walk tak­ing place im­me­di­ately af­ter the fi­nal race, at about 4:30 p.m.

METROLAND FILE PHOTO

The Cir­cle the Course fundraiser at Fort Erie Race Track runs on Sun­day.

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