Harrah’s Leaving St. Louis With Donations

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The parent company of Harrah`s Casino in Maryland Heights donates $100,000 to three area charities. The presentations were made this morning at Food Outreach in Midtown.

Food Outreach- a pantry which helps people living with Aids/HIV and cancer- received $35,000. Rebuilding Together St. Louis, a group that rehabs houses for low income homeowners, also received $35,000. And the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, a charity that helps the elderly, received $30,000.

Harrah`s is leaving St. Louis after the casino was bought by another gaming company.
Those with Harrah’s say the donations are a ‘thank you’ to St. Louis. The groups are grateful.

“It`s definitely critical, it`s unusual, very generous, and I hope that it`s an example for other organizations to just get behind a cause,” said Greg Lukeman, the executive director of Food Outreach.

Ryan Hammer, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah`s, added, “Giving back to the communities has always been at the core of Caesar`s entertainment. So we`ve been around for 75 years and through good times, through bad times, we always have had this commitment to giving back to the community. We never waiver on that.”

The donations came from Caesar`s Foundation- the charitable branch of Caesar`s Entertainment.

The Harrah`s location will transfer ownership in a month or so.

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