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Sep 06, 2016

Community Impact: HERO Stars 2016 Trip

by Margaret George

2016 HERO Stars grand prize winners, Todd Anderson and Sandra Martinez, with National Park Trust mascot Buddy Bison.

Our HERO volunteers create positive impacts within the communities where Caesars Entertainment operates and team members live. We recognize the passion of our volunteers through the HERO Stars program and use their giving spirit and dedication to expand community involvement with the 2016 HERO Stars Grand Prize Trip.

Last week Caesars’ top volunteers, Sandra Martinez and Todd Anderson, shared what volunteerism is all about during their visit to Horseshoe Baltimore. The festivities began with a dinner at Jack Binion’s with executive team members and HERO board members to discuss community service goals for the Baltimore region. The next day Sandra and Todd signed up over 75 team members to be HERO volunteers, and prompted them to share why they’re proud to be a #Horseshoe HERO. The HERO Stars brought a community service activity directly to team members in the hallways, resulting in 90 “Cards of Light” that will deliver joy to local seniors on “Second Wind Dreams Day” on September 15th. “I’m grateful to work for company that allows us to share our time and talent while joining with others to benefit the community,” said Sandra Martinez about collaborating with fellow HERO volunteers.


Over 40 HEROs from Horseshoe Baltimore volunteered at Fort McHenry for the National Park Service Centennial.

On August 25th, the National Park Service’s Centennial, the HERO Stars led 40+ Horseshoe Baltimore HEROs in an event that reconnected 60 local YMCA kids with nature. Together they, celebrated 100 years of park stewardship, and learned the history of Fort Mc Henry, birthplace of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” “We are so proud to be part of this extraordinary community,” said Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Erin Chamberlin welcoming the group to the national park.

The kids became junior rangers with the unfurling of a 30’ X 42’ ft. American Flag and a rotation of inspirational and educational activities. Party hats and blowers were broken out when the group when sang happy birthday to the park service before lunch. “I’m proud to be a part of a company that invests in community to the extent of sending volunteers across the country to expand a property’s community involvement program,” said Todd Anderson about traveling to a new region to support community initiatives.

The flag used in the unfurling activity was a an exact 30′ X 42′ ft replica of the flag seen by Francis Scott Key saw on the morning of September 14, 1814 inspiring him to write the words to “The Star Spangled Banner”.

After the Ft. McHenry celebration the HERO Stars traveled to Washington D.C. where they learned about Caesars Entertainment’s footprint of important social issues. They returned home with new experiences that will benefit their local HERO programs. In just two days they inspired excitement and passion around community service, and helped Horseshoe Baltimore achieve nearly 150 HERO hours. Inspiring stories and great community impact is sure to continue to come out of Horseshoe Baltimore.