PORT PERRY, ON, Jan. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - The Great Blue Heron Charity
Casino, located on the lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First
Nation, today celebrated its 15th anniversary of gaming entertainment and providing economic support and
charitable assistance to Durham Region and Scugog Township.
"We are very proud of our charity casino and the contribution it has
made to the region over the past 15 years," said First Nation Chief,
Tracy Gauthier. "It gives the Mississaugas of Scugog Island a great
sense of pride, as it gives us the ability to support our own people
and contribute to the local community."
Together, the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino and its charitable arm,
the Baagwating Community Association, are the region's most significant
charitable resource. Since opening its doors in 1997, the charity
casino has raised more than $1.4 million through its annual charity
golf tournament in support of the Port Perry Hospital and Starlight
Baagwating has donated millions of dollars to local organizations and
initiatives, such as the R. S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre
at Lakeridge Health and Oshawa's University of Ontario Institute of
Technology. Most recently, it donated $100,000 towards Attawapiskat
emergency relief efforts.
"I can tell you at Queens Park we look at Great Blue Heron as a model on
how things work when they work well. The message I will take to Queens
Park is that the Great Blue Heron model is what should be emulated and
duplicated across the province" said David Zimmer, MPP and
Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.
"The Ontario government is proud to be a partner. I would like to
congratulate the Great Blue Heron, the First Nation, Casino's Austria
and all partners."
With more than 1,100 staff, the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino is a
significant employer for the region. It attracts over 1.3 million
patrons per year, generates approximately $236 million in direct and
indirect economic benefits to the Durham Region each year and
contributes in excess of 1,770 direct and indirect full-time employment
positions to the region.
"In just 15 short years, the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino has evolved
from humble beginnings into an important and influential business,"
said Arnold Block, the charity casino's General Manager and CEO.
"Currently, we are working with the Ontario Government to expand our
operations, so we can provide even more jobs and greater charitable
assistance to the region, in the near future."
The Great Blue Heron Charity Casino is a cooperation between the
Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and the Ontario Lottery and
Gaming Corporation, and is operated by the Great Blue Heron Gaming
Company, which is comprised of Casinos Austria International, the
Steiner Group and Sonco Inc.
SOURCE Great Blue Heron Charity Casino
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