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Prairie Meadows Remains Closed Amid Loosened Restrictions at its Horse Track May 14, 2020

May 14, 2020 - Altoona, IA. Yesterday, as outlined in the Proclamation issued by Governor Kim Reynolds, all casinos in Iowa shall remain closed through May 27, unless otherwise modified by a subsequent proclamation or order. Also within the Proclamation, horse and dog tracks may reopen provided that the facility does not permit any spectators to attend its events in person. While we appreciate the Governor's desire to reopen Iowa businesses, the Prairie Meadows' Board of Directors and Executive Management have determined that at this time it is not safe to conduct live racing at its facilities.

31st Season of Live Racing at Prairie Meadows Is In The Works May 7, 2020

May 7, 2020 - Altoona, IA. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Prairie Meadows is facing unprecedented times and remains temporarily closed. This week, layoffs began for approximately 1,130 employees, and the live race meet - scheduled to begin May 1, has been delayed.

Prairie Meadows 2020 Charitable Giving May 5, 2020

May 5, 2020 - Altoona, IA. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prairie Meadows has been closed for business since March 16 and regretfully had to lay off 1,130 employees. At this time, the date for the property reopening is uncertain. When Prairie Meadows reopens, the level of business will likely be unpredictable. Thus, Prairie Meadows will postpone all of its charitable giving and sponsorships for 2020 until further notice.

Leading in Times of Challenge with Gary Palmer April 29, 2020

Gary discusses with the Des Moines Partnership how the COVID-19 pandemic is the most challenging time he's experienced.

Prairie Meadows Response to COVID-19 April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020 - As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Prairie Meadows announced the layoff of 1,130 employees from its workforce, effective May 3, 2020.

Bowl For Kids' Sake 2020 Raises More Than $175,000 April 21, 2020

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Iowa, a donor and volunteer supported mentoring network that fosters meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children ages 5 - 13, raised nearly $180,000 with the help of 15 sponsors, including Prairie Meadows.

Easter Seals Society of Iowa Receives $400,000 Legacy Grant April 21, 2020

Easterseals Iowa, which was established more than 90 years ago to support persons with disabilities across the state, was recently awarded a $400,000 Legacy Grant from Prairie Meadows in 2019.

Prairie Meadows Continues To Give Back in the Face of Crisis April 21, 2020

In an effort to sustain its commitment to give back to the community, Prairie Meadows donated six pallets of perishable food items to the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) on Wednesday, March 18.

Prairie Meadows Gives Back $38 Million in 2019 April 21, 2020

Prairie Meadows has honored its commitment to strengthen and expand human services, economic development, infrastructure, and schools throughout Iowa.

Prairie Meadows Gives Back to Junior Achievement of Central Iowa April 21, 2020

Prairie Meadows is a proud sponsor of Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Iowa, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping K-12 youths develop their work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills.