Following a successful Memorial Day Weekend across the Charlotte sports community, organizers of the inaugural Queen City Parlay are excited to donate $15K to Veterans Bridge Home.

The Queen City Parlay was a promotional play on the recently legalized sports betting trend in which professional teams across the city banded together via the Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF) for a free-to-play, city-wide parlay. The opportunity was created to celebrate so much great competition in one place over one weekend, including the Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte FC’s match against Philadelphia Union and the inaugural Meck Mile presented by Albemarle road race.

Participants placed a bet on the anticipated fastest times of the professional heats of the Meck Mile, the duration of this year’s Coca-Cola 600 and the combined total goals scored in Charlotte FC’s match against Philadelphia Union. For each bet placed, the teams donated $1 to the cause. There was no ticket that accurately guessed all four categories, though there were random prizes given out throughout.

“Memorial Day weekend was a special one for the city of Charlotte, thanks to our amazing local partners, who were willing to come together during a very busy season to celebrate a great weekend in sports while raising money for an important cause,” said Danny Morrison, executive director of CSF.

“It was great to kick off our summer of soccer by partnering with the Charlotte sports community for a cause that is very important to our club,” said Charlotte FC President Joe LaBue. “Charlotte will become an epicenter for soccer in the coming weeks, and we look forward to celebrating with everyone from around the globe as they experience our city.” 

“Partnering with Charlotte FC and the Charlotte Sports Foundation to highlight the connection to sports as an entertainment and tourism driver for the greater-Charlotte area is a win for the entire region,” said Greg Walter, president and general manager at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Using our collective reach to support a worthy nonprofit like Veterans Bridge Home puts this collaboration over the top in that it not only showcases major sporting events in the area, it also serves as an opportunity to give back to the community that supports those events.”

“This generous contribution will significantly impact our mission to support service members, veterans, and their families by providing essential services and resources. We deeply appreciate the Charlotte community’s participation and commitment, with special thanks to the Queen City Parlay partners for choosing us as the beneficiary. Your support reinforces our strong bond and collective dedication to building stronger communities, one veteran at a time,” said Blake Bourne, CEO of Veterans Bridge Home.