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Majestic Star Casino VP & General Manager Takes it all Off for Charity

Team Members Raise $117,200 for United Way

Gary, IN, Jan. 22, 2004 Majestic Star Casino raised $117,200 for United Way during 2003. Troy Keeping, Vice President and General Manager proposed a challenge: "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 December Star Power Award Celebration, Keeping 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 to casino guests in February. The head shaving special event will be held on Saturday, January 31, 7:00 p.m., 2nd floor on the Star Stage. Staff from United Way will be on hand to accept a check and witness the head shaving.

Majestic Star Casino is dedicated to giving back to the community. Throughout the year, approximately $138,523 in donations and sponsorships was give to 66 other charitable organizations for an approximate total of $255,724. Some additional organizations that benefited were Boys and Girls Clubs of NW Indiana, AIDS Foundation, Purdue University Calumet, Sickle Cell Disease Association of NW IN, LaRabida Hospital, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the West Side Theatre Guild. Majestic Star Casino team members and executives also volunteer their time and serve as board members for many of these organizations.

A statement from Louis R. Martinez, President of the Lake Area United Way best sums up the impact Majestic Star has on the community: "Majestic Star Casino has consistently been a strong contributor to our organization, as well as providing assistance to many of our member agencies. Your ongoing support has meant that day care services are available to parents who are either in job training or who have recently been successful gaining employment. Seniors are able to remain independent and stay in their homes thanks to support services, particularly through our Meals on Wheels program. And thanks to your dollars, when a crisis occurs, services are there to help through the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army."

Majestic Star Casino is 100% owned and operated by Don H. Barden, the only African American to own and operate a national casino entertainment company. Majestic Star Casino operates from Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana. Majestic Star Casino Investor Holdings, LLC through its subsidiaries also acquired three Fitzgeralds casinos in Tunica, MS; Black Hawk, CO and Las Vegas, NV.

Majestic Star Casino is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is located conveniently off Cline Avenue at Buffington Harbor in Gary, just 25 minutes from Chicago. Parking and admission are always free.



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