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Gary, Ind., December 30, 2003 – Majestic Star Casino is making a difference in many areas of the community this holiday season. The merriment began with kind-hearted team members donating to United Way throughout the year.
Majestic Star Casino Team members took the challenge. Troy Keeping, Vice President and General Manager proposed a challenge that team members couldn’t resist: "Raise over $75,000 for United Way and I will have my head shaved in the casino on a busy Saturday night by a team member." Team members responded enthusiastically to the challenge and contributed to United Way in the form of payroll deductions including a company match. During a Star Power Award Celebration, the general manager praised team members for their charitable spirits, awarded raffle prizes and held a drawing to determine who would shave his head; Felix Maranon from the table games department was chosen. In addition, a second challenge was made to exceed $100,000. As a result, management will wear uniforms and serve cocktails. These public events will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2004, 7:00 p.m., 2nd floor on the casino stage.
In addition to United Way, Majestic Star Casino gave charitably to other organizations.
Holiday Slot Tournament
Guests brought in over 1000 new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots which provided them with free entry into the "12 Days of Christmas" holiday slot tournament. Casino guests enjoyed the opportunity to either donate an unwrapped toy or pay an entry fee of $25.00 which totaled $2,625 and was donated to Toys for Tots.
Northwest Indiana Boys & Girls Club Holiday Party
Majestic Star and Meijer hosted their annual holiday party at the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club. 100 children received an array of special gifts purchased by Majestic Star and Meijer team members. The children enjoyed playing the Wheel of Wisdom, an educational game show. Santa and Mrs. Claus and team member elves distributed gifts and took pictures with all of the children.
Annual City Wide Holiday Party
Majestic Star was a holiday sponsor for the Mayors Office City Wide Christmas Party for children ranging in ages from 2-14. The party was held at the Gary Genesis Center and attracted nearly 3,000 children and adults. Majestic’s holiday gift donation consisted in a wide range from color televisions, computerized keyboards, game boys, DVD players and more.
Holiday Toy Drive
Team members and management delivered toys to local area hospitals which included; Methodist Northlake Campus, (Gary, IN) St. Catherine Hospital, (East Chicago, IN) and St. Margaret Mercy Hospital, (Hammond, IN). Spreading cheer to children in the hospital was a great reason to donate this season.
Team members donated 5,000 pounds of turkeys and hams along with of non-perishable items to the Second Harvest Food Bank during the holiday season. The donation provided food for needy families in Northwest Indiana. The mission of Second Harvest is to end hunger and act as an information referral resource to the community at large, specifically to those in need.
Annual Spirit of Christmas Dinner
Majestic Star contributed financially and team members donated their time to serve food to families less fortunate on Christmas day. Dr. Vernon G. Smith and friends formed the Annual Spirit of Christmas Dinner years ago. The holiday event has grown and services up to 500 families on Christmas Day at Drew Elementary School.
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