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A time for giving: Assist backside workers and their kids

December 29, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Backstretch Clubhouse Learning Center, located in the stable area at Emerald Downs, has provided low cost, high quality childcare for the families of the horse racing and neighboring communities since 1998. As the first childcare facility ever located on racetrack property, and today one of only two still in existence, the non-profit center was built and subsidized by the generosity of caring individuals like you. Until this year, the center was moving toward self-sufficiency and has maintained its mission to provide affordable quality care during the hours that meet the needs of the horse racing industry.

To the dismay of the centerís board of directors, children, families and employees, last September the Backstretch Clubhouse experienced unforeseen challenges which depleted our operating capital and forced the temporary closure of the center. For the first time in many years, an emergency fundraising drive is being launched so the center may be reopened when training resumes next year. We need your help.

The goal for this campaign is $45,000, which will enable necessary repairs to reopen and will provide revenue to meet the state licensing requirements for hiring a quality director and teachers while the center is in the rebuilding process. Going forward, the board of directors will consider raising rates to match other centers in the Auburn area while striving to achieve the ultimate mission of not turning any child away because of their familyís inability to pay. The centerís ability to provide discounted rates to participants in horse racing and for those of lower income who do not qualify for state assistance will be dependent on continued donations from generous people like you.

The Backstretch Clubhouse is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by a volunteer board of directors. Your donation is tax deductible (see your tax accountant for more information) and 100 percent of your contribution will directly benefit the Backstretch Clubhouse. Donations, made out to Backstretch Clubhouse Learning Center, may be mailed to the address below.

Thank your financial gift to the Backstretch Clubhouse this holiday season. Your contribution will help with needed repairs on the aging facility and ensure that our communityís children are in a safe, comfortable and learning environment when their parents or guardians return to work for the 2017 racing season.

Board of Directors
Backstretch Clubhouse Learning Center
PO Box 617
Auburn, WA 98071