BATAVIA, N.Y. — Batavia Downs has donated $2,000 to the Alzheimer's Association to help families in Western New York.

The money was collected this summer at the "Rockin’ the Downs" concert series.

Local food vendors also donated a portion of their sales.

“We are very grateful for this partnership and donation. Batavia Downs recognizes the challenges so many people face because of this disease, and they have stepped up to ensure that free, crucial care and support services are available to residents of Genesee County who are living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, and their care partners," Lynn Westcott, director of corporate relations for the Alzheimer’s Association said. "Through consultations, education classes, a 24/7 Helpline (1-800-272-3900), early-stage programs, and support groups, the Alzheimer's Association WNY Chapter strives to make a difficult time a little easier to manage.”

Batavia Downs and Western Regional Off Track Betting run a year-round fundraising program to support local charities.