Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch to Honor Veterans at Hoosier Park’s Crowning Our Heroes Event on Oct. 26 

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host a special veterans’ appreciation event on Thursday, Oct. 26 as a part of the 2017 Breeders Crown festivities. The event, Crowning Our Heroes, will include all-day specials for veterans and active service members, an exhibition charity race, and a special presentation by Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch.

Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch will welcome Hoosier Park’s four official veterans organizations – Helping Hands for Freedom, Wish for Our Heroes, Blue Star Mothers, and Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation – and deliver a Breeders Crown commencement presentation from the winners circle, after the second race of the evening.

Additionally, Crowning Our Heroes will honor veterans and active service members with $10 in free slot play and $5 buffets all day with official military identification. Hoosier Park guests may donate $10 to Hoosier Park’s Crowning Our Heroes official charities and receive a chance to spin a wheel with a top prize of $1,000.

All four veterans organizations will also participate in a charity exhibition race at 6:20 p.m. and receive a $500 MegaBet to be used on their charity’s named race. The organizations are guaranteed to win a minimum of $500. The first live race of the evening begins at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re honored to have Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch join us as we officially kick off Breeders Crown weekend at Hoosier Park,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “We’re also recognizing four very important veterans organizations and active service men and women as a part of Breeders Crown week. We’re grateful for the sacrifice they make for our country each and every day, and this day is dedicated to their service.”

Helping Hands for Freedom is a national non-profit dedicated to supporting military children and families facing injury, loss and deployment. HHFF provides assistance through donated funds to help military and Gold Star families that have lost a loved one or are suffering with injuries from combat, including PTSD, TBI and moral injuries. For more information on Helping Hands for Freedom, visit

Wish for Our Heroes is dedicated to supporting active military to help make their deployment easier by assisting with the quality of their family’s lives by helping with basic needs or emergency care. To donate, grant a wish, or purchase licensed apparel, visit

Blue Star Mothers are a group of mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard, or reserves, or children who are veterans. The organization’s mission is to provide care packages to our troops and support each other as mothers. The group also provides an extensive library of resources to assist veterans with integrating back into civilian life. To find out more about the Indiana chapter visit

Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation provides housing and reintegration services to veterans experiencing homelessness, and administers programs and services to prevent at risk veterans from becoming homeless. For information on HVAF of Indiana visit