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Jul 09, 2016

Senior Appreciation Month Winners

by Anna Barrera

While Caesars’ support of the aging population is a year-round commitment, May is particularly special as it is officially Senior Appreciation Month. Each May, our employees celebrate seniors in our communities by creating unique opportunities to inspire healthy aging and enhance quality of life for seniors. Fueled by their passion for giving back, and a little healthy competition, our HERO volunteers at various properties competed to show local seniors how much we value them as neighbors and community members. With a total of 24 properties submitting entries in the Senior Appreciation Month challenge, it was hard to pick just three winners.

Read on to learn about how our HEROs showed care and appreciation for seniors through luncheons, game nights, food drives and more.

First Place: Horseshoe Tunica, Mississippi

One hundred and thirty-four Tunica employees celebrated area seniors by providing fun opportunities to play while also considering the needs of disadvantaged seniors. They kicked off Senior Appreciation Month by hosting a luncheon for 55 local seniors who receive assistance from local social services organizations. Tunica also partnered with a local Veterans Affairs hospital and Harrah’s Hope Lodge to host additional meals.

Tunica employees surprised 80 seniors at a local senior residence with care packages. Employees carefully selected coffee mugs and picture frames to include with a CodeGreen potted plant kit.

The highlight of Senior Appreciation Month at Tunica were the BINGO nights; employee volunteers from Tunica took the opportunity to share the warm service that they’re known for. In total, Tunica employees racked up an impressive 596 and a half volunteer hours supporting seniors during May, hosting ten events in total.

Second Place: Harrah’s North Kansas City, Missouri

Eleven employees serving dinner at the Kansas City Community Kitchen.

Eleven employees serving dinner at the Kansas City Community Kitchen.

Ninety-two Harrah’s employees showed appreciation for local seniors through sharing nourishment in the form of Meals on Wheels, a food drive and support for the Kansas City Community Kitchen. In total, employees shared more than 540 hours of their time.

Employees volunteered to support a Meals on Wheels route during Senior Appreciation Month, serving a total of 96 meals to 12 Kansas City area seniors in need. Employees divided by gender for a “girls vs. boys” food drive supporting the Don Bosco Senior Center in Kansas City, Missouri, which supports seniors and adults with disabilities in maintaining an independent lifestyle. The “girls” beat the “boys” handily, contributing more than 1,300 pounds of food donated to the total of 2,100+ pounds collected by both teams.

The highlight of Senior Appreciation Month in the Kansas City area was the opportunity to serve dinner to 220 individuals struggling with homelessness – including many senior citizens – at Kansas City Community Kitchen. Harrah’s poker cashier Carol Brown combined her love of the culinary arts and her passion for volunteering to create a special strawberry shortcake for the occasion.

Third Place: Harrah’s, Bally’s and Caesars Atlantic City, New Jersey

Slots tournament participants enjoy the photo booth with a Harrah’s employee.

Slots tournament participants enjoy the photo booth with a Harrah’s employee.

Employees of Harrah’s, Bally’s and Caesars Atlantic City came out in large numbers to celebrate Senior Appreciation Month, with 719 lending nearly 600 hours of their time to share smiles with Atlantic City seniors. Like Tunica, Atlantic City employees balanced our mission of inspiring grown-ups to play with supporting seniors in need. Atlantic City employees brought mobile casinos to seniors at area elder care centers and hosted a senior slots tournament with 60 attendees at Harrah’s.

All three properties opened their doors to Jewish Family Services, to support the nonprofit recruiting our employees over age 55 for its Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

Atlantic City employees also focused on an important issues for seniors: Alzheimer’s disease. Harrah’s and Caesars hosted well-attended lunch and learns in partnership with the Alzheimer’s association to help local seniors learn more about the disease, its warning signs and community resources.