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Feb 02, 2015

Highlighting Our Exceptional HEROs: Meet our 2014 HERO STARS

by Aimee Dizon

On Friday, our CEO Gary Loveman announced the four winners of the 2014 HERO Stars for their hard work and dedication to the communities they live in. We are honored and thrilled to share the stories of the four winners of the first quarterly HERO Stars contest. These dedicated individuals have brought Caesars’ vision of community involvement and volunteerism to life. Co-workers nominated our four deserving HERO Stars, with each submission meticulously detailing their selfless commitment to the local community and their workplace. We were simply blown away by the lasting community impact of each of our HERO Stars.

We are proud to recognize the following HERO Stars for their unwavering dedication to giving back to their communities:

  • Brid’Jette Whaley is a table games supervisor at Caesars Palace and founder of Comfort Caps for Cancer (CCC). Through the creation of her volunteer-based nonprofit, Brid’Jette has been able to bring comfort to cancer patients of all ages coping with hair loss. Once each month, Comfort Caps for Cancer donates handcrafted, brightly colored chemo caps and other handmade items to the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and American Cancer Society. These homemade caps are more than a piece of clothing; they become an important source of emotional support, constantly reminding patients that they are not alone and uplifting their spirits with a simple act of love.
  • Joan Bish, marine operations supervisor at Horseshoe Hammond, has a unique ability to share her time with several organizations, including the American Cancer Society, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, and many more. She has the ability to lead through her hard-working example and rally those around her to engage in raising money or awareness. In the past year, she helped raise approximately $600 for the NWI Food Bank, and more than $2,000 of the over $12,000 raised through Hammond’s annual Relay for Life event came from Joan’s team.
  • Trish Watkins, a gaming floor designer at Caesars’ corporate offices in Las Vegas, donates an amazing 200 hours annually to a variety of causes. Her unlimited energy, big heart, and ambition have allowed her to touch many lives over her nine-year tenure, embodying the Caesars commitment to community and a caring culture. Each weekend, Trish can be found at Three Square, a Las Vegas nonprofit food bank, packing food for underprivileged families. Trish is an outspoken advocate for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research (T1D), a cause dear to her heart because her son, Seth, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a young age. She also donates time to Catholic Charities by collecting used clothing and chaperoning events at local parochial schools.
  • Janice Miller, security supervisor at The Flamingo, received three nominations from her fellow security team members. Each of them highlighted Janice’s selflessness and her commitment to fostering a family environment in the workplace. Every holiday season, Janice organizes a potluck as a means to recognize her fellow team members who are spending precious time away from their families. She is avidly involved in the Shade Tree Women’s Shelter, Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, Doolittle Community Center, and North Las Vegas Care Center, where she dedicates her time to helping underprivileged youth, struggling mothers, and the elder community. Her service to these communities has inspired her to create her own nonprofit organization focused on serving struggling single women and giving them the resources to succeed and to protect themselves. Janice is developing workshops to educate women on resume writing, substance abuse, and self-defense.

Congratulations, Brid’Jette, Joan, Trish, and Janice. As a reward, Caesars will be donating $500 on behalf of each winner to the charity of their choice.

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We hope these inspiring stories motivate you to get involved in your community. How would you spend your time as a HERO? What community efforts are you passionate about?