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Racetrack donates $2M to food banks, charities

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

Rick Baugh

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico charities and food banks will share a $2 million donation from the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino and the Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this week.

The gift is intended to assist New Mexicans in those areas hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis.

“In times like these, it is important that we all come together as New Mexicans to help those that are most vulnerable,” said Rick Baugh, general manager of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.

Mike Fulton, son of the late racetrack founder Stanley Fulton, said his father would be pleased to know that “the foundation he established is following his lead in giving back to this great state.”

Lujan Grisham said she was “immensely grateful every single day when I hear stories of generosity and compassion from all across the state as we grapple with this pandemic.”

The donation “will make a significant difference in our efforts to shore up local charities and food insecurity amid this crisis,” the governor said.

Distribution of the donation will be overseen by the All Together New Mexico Fund, which was established by the New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations to address immediate needs and offer long-term support amid the pandemic.

“New Mexicans everywhere are stepping up for their neighbors, for their communities,” Lujan Grisham said. “It is an inspiring reminder that, even amid dark circumstances, the light of our people will shine through.”

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