THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - OLG Casino Thunder Bay is celebrating a
decade of great gaming, strong community partnership and local economic
benefits. Community VIPs and key Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation (OLG) executives marked the tenth anniversary with a
special cake-cutting ceremony. In attendance was Acting CEO Tom
Marinelli, Senior Vice President of Gaming Larry Flynn, site General
Manager Tim O' Doherty and the Acting Mayor for the City of Thunder Bay
"Since the opening of Casino Thunder Bay, OLG has enjoyed a strong
partnership with the community and its residents," said Larry Flynn,
Senior Vice President, Gaming. "We're proud that through this
partnership, the city of Thunder Bay has been able to support important
local programs and initiatives, and we look forward to many more
successful years serving this community and providing great
As the host community for the OLG casino, Thunder Bay has received more
than $23.8 million in non-tax gaming revenue since the facility opened
in 2000. Rebecca Johnson, the Acting Mayor for the City of Thunder Bay
stated, "OLG Corporate and Casino Thunder Bay have been great partners
with our community over the last 10 years. We enjoy an excellent working
relationship with them and thank them for the many contributions they
have made to Thunder Bay over this period."
With approximately 452 slot machines and 14 gaming tables, OLG Casino
Thunder Bay has attracted more than 10.8 million visitors since opening.
The casino, which is owned, operated, and managed by OLG, has purchased
almost $18 million in goods and services from local and regional
vendors, from office supplies, to groceries for the facility's food
services, to landscaping. Over 100 local businesses are actively
registered and dealing with the casino today.
OLG is also a proud community sponsor for dozens of events and festivals
over the last 10 years such as the Thunder Bay Blues Festival, Thunder
Bay Summer in the Parks Concert Series, the Thunder Bay Auditorium
Concert Series, as well as July 1 Canada day celebrations and the annual
The casino's staff of 356 is also proud to be involved in the community,
helping with the local United Way and Federal Health campaigns and
volunteering their time for many worthy causes and events. Thunder
Bay's city council has also awarded the casino's "Bet on Green Team" for
their dedication to improve the local environment.
OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery
games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots,
and Resort Casinos have generated more than $32 billion for the benefit
of the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario's hospitals,
amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities,
provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and
local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the
Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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