Cheques totalling $13,400 were presented to charities Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the Drive for Charity came to a close.
The event featured 11 of Prince Edward Island’s top harness drivers, based on 2016 statistics from Charlottetown and Summerside racetracks. The drivers were partnered with Island businesses, who donated money after each victory to their charity during the promotion.
More than $70,000 has been donated through the promotion since it started in 2012.
This year’s promotion ran from June 1 to Oct. 29 at both Island racetracks.
Here are the participating businesses, drivers and their charities:
• Red Shores Racetrack & Casino and Jason Hughes for the P.E.I. Hospice Foundation.
• Daniel R. Ross Ltd. and Gary Chappell for Camp Gencheff.
• Meridian Farms and Gilles Barrieau for Kidsport P.E.I.
• A&M Snow Removal and Walter Cheverie for MS Society.
• Hansen Electric and Adam Merner for Canadian Mental Health.
• MacQuarrie’s Meats and Ken Murphy for Upper Room Food Bank.
• Metro Home Building Centre and Mike McGuigan for Dreams Take Flight.
• Ocean 100 and Marc Campbell for Olivia Ruth MacLeod Memorial Fund with the Holland College Foundation.
• Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic and Terry Gallant for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation in memory of Shelley Gass.
• MacRae Backhoe and Trucking and Corey MacPherson for Santa’s Angel’s.
• Syntrak Print and Graphic Design and Kenny Arsenault for Autism Society of P.E.I.
Each charity received a $1,000 with the exception of Upper Room Bank ($1,500), Camp Gencheff ($1,300) and P.E.I. Hospice Foundation ($2,600).