The American Greyhound Racing Foundation, which Delaware North set up decades ago to support charitable causes in the communities in Arizona that hosted the company’s live racing operations, has made its final donation.
Ed Braunger, the former president and general manager of Delaware North’s Arizona gaming and racing operations, represented the foundation and Delaware North in presenting the city of Apache Junction with a check for $30,226.46 during a Sept. 5 city council meeting.
Apache Junction plans to use the funds to build a 45-foot shade structure and install other enhancements at the city’s Complex Park. City officials said the foundation has helped fund other park amenities over the years, including lockers and scoreboards for youth ball fields.
“The philanthropy of the foundation has had a tremendous impact on this community,” said Roger Hacker, director of the city’s revenue development program. “I want to thank Ed and Delaware North for what the foundation has given to this community.”
Delaware North ended live greyhound racing at Apache Greyhound Park in 2004 and at Phoenix Greyhound Park in 2009 but continues to operate a simulcast wagering center at the Apache Junction facility. In addition, Delaware North operates Max’s Sports Restaurant & Simulcast Wagering Center in Glendale and the Arizona Off-Track Betting (OTB) Network.
“We’ve had the foundation for well over 30 years to represent the Delaware North racetracks in Arizona,” said Braunger, who retired this spring after a career of more than 40 years in racing, including with Delaware North in Arizona since 1995. “The foundation provided millions of dollars for municipal projects and charities that assisted the needy in their communities.”
Delaware North will continue to identify worthwhile charities and projects in the Phoenix area to help support, Braunger added.