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Majestic Star Casino Sponsors Sickle Cell Fun Run Walk-A-Thon

Gary, Ind., April 20, 2004 - Majestic Star Casino is a corporate sponsor for the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of Northwest Indiana Beachtre Strong Chapterís Fun*Run*Walk-A-Thon. This is the fifth year of the event and it will be held on Saturday, June 12, 2004, 7 a.m., at Marquette Park in Gary. Runners and walkers are needed to participate in the 5K or 10K walk/run. The entry fee is $10 for children under 18, adults $15 in advance ($20 the day of the event) and $10 for senior citizens (over 55).

The Sickle Cell Disease Association of Northwest Indiana, the Beatchre Strong Chapter was founded in 1971 as a non-profit organization to provide services to Northwest Indiana residents. The wide range of free programs and services offered are public education and awareness, chronic disease screening, laboratory results, maternal and child health care programs, counseling and referrals. Sickle cell is an inherited, non-contagious disease of the red blood cells that affects many Americans including approximately one in 500 African American babies.

Majestic Star Casino is dedicated to community service and is pleased to be a sponsor. "More corporate sponsors are needed," said chairperson, Veronica McGill. "We are hoping that businesses and churches will raise money in a childís name or in memory of a child. Volunteers are also needed to distribute water, assist with set up and clean up, distribute t-shirts and more." To register, call (219) 949-5310 or for more information, visit

Majestic Star Casinos 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 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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