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Don H. Barden Hosts 2nd Anniversary Celebration at Fitzgeralds Casino Las Vegas

Gary, IN, March 2, 2004 Don H. Barden, owner of Majestic Star Casino and Fitzgeralds Hotel Casinos and the first African American to own a national casino company hosted his second anniversary celebration, and 2004 Trumpet Award telecast screening at his Fitzgeralds Casino Hotel in downtown Las Vegas.

In honor of Fitzgeralds second year under new ownership, Don H. Barden hosted a star-studded event along with recognizing the achievements of African Americans during Black History Month.

The celebration was complete with many educational and entertaining events: a press conference; a meet and greet reception; an education celebration for students of Kermit R. Booker Sr. Elementary School; a concert featuring United We Funk; the Taste and Sounds of Soul showcasing African American restaurants in Las Vegas and local entertainment performing on the Fremont Street Stage; the first annual inaugural of the Don H. Barden Achievement Awards; an art show and book signing; a private telecast screening of the 2004 Trumpet Awards presented by Turner Broadcasting/TBS hosted by Don. H. Barden and Xernona Clayton (Trumpet Award producer) and a private concert featuring Howard Hewett.

The following Trumpet Award honorees in attendance were: Dr. Anthony Pollard, Dr. C. Delores Tucker, Jordan Adams, Isaac Hayes and Judge T. Horace Ward. In addition, the following celebrities joined the festivities: Dick Gregory, Kim Fields, Ms. Black USA Elizabeth Muto, Mary Wilson, Anna Maria Horsford, Dick Anthony Williams, Alaina Reed-Hall, Olivia Brown, Judge Mabeline Ephriam, Ollie Woodson, Richard Roundtree and Emanuel Steward.

Fitzgeralds thanks its corporate partners AON, Budweiser, Crown Theatres, Culinary Workers Local 226 Nevada, Culturally Diverse Advertising, Fremont Street Stage, HPNOTIQ, IGT, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Mercantile Bank, Nevada Power, Nevada Youth Alliance, Jillians, Southwest Airlines and Southern Wine and Spirits.

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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