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Majestic Star Casino & Meijer Hosted Holiday Party
Children Received Their Holiday Wish

December 20, 2000 - Buffington Harbor, Ind- Majestic Star Casino and Meijer hosted a phenomenal holiday party for 100 children. The John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club was transformed into a winter wonderland party palace.

During the festivities children played games and won prizes donated by Meijer, dined on pizza donated by Miller pizza and hot dogs donated by Buffington Harbor, took pictures and greeted Santa, received an array of gifts donated by Majestic Star casino and Meijer employees.

The children were selected from various local agencies including the Northwest Indiana Sickle Cell Foundation, Crisis Center, Gary Neighborhood Services Day Care Center and the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club. All of the agencies are associated with the Lake Area United Way. Staff members of Majestic and Meijer presented gifts and goody bags to all of the children.

“The party was very unique and a great event. We have never experienced anything of it's kind in the past”, said Marcus Martin, club director of the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club. “The reason it was a success was because of the sponsors Majestic & Meijer. The children were overjoyed and took the time to thank the sponsors personally. Thanks to the sponsors they have truly helped to touch several lives.”

“The holiday party was our way of giving back to the community during the holiday season”, said Chareice White, community relations manager for Majestic Star. “Christmas is for kids and Majestic and Meijer were delighted to put smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts.”

“We were so impressed with the results from the party we would like to make this an annual event”, said Dave Gensel store director for Meijer in Merrillville. “Our staff was excited to participate and we look forward to continuing our efforts with Majestic.

Majestic Star Casino has a long history of community involvement including charitable contributions, community sponsorship and volunteerism. In addition to its contractual giving, the casino has contributed more than $1 million in voluntary charitable donations since opening in 1996.