Just days before this week’s public grand opening, Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati’s 1,700 new team members successfully demonstrated their operational readiness to the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC). More than 6,200 family, friends and business partners attended the required controlled demonstration. The casino’s share of gross gaming proceeds from the eight-hour event totaled $152,595.
In a breakfast presentation this morning, Horseshoe Cincinnati Sr. Vice President and General Manager Kevin Kline presented checks in the amount of $40,000 to four local non-profit organizations selected by the property: ArtsWave, The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency, Freestore Foodbank’s Cincinnati Cooks and Talbert House. The casino voluntarily donated an additional $1,850 of non-gaming proceeds from the controlled demonstration to each organization.
“I am incredibly proud of the Horseshoe Cincinnati team,” said Kline. “It was a true win-win. Our team provided an outstanding customer experience and the proceeds will greatly benefit these local charities.”
Descriptions of the charities and comments about how the organizations will use the donations follow:
- The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency serves as a lifeline for low-income children, adults and families throughout Hamilton County. The organization provides assistance with employment, supportive services, home energy efficiency, early childhood education, housing and youth programs. “This donation from Horseshoe Cincinnati will go toward our job readiness and job performance programs,” said Gwen Robinson, president and CEO of the agency.
- ArtsWave is an organization committed to enhancing the Cincinnati community with arts and cultural experiences that create vibrancy and connect people. Mary McCuollough-Hudson, president and CEO said, “As neighbors, we have been watching this building come to life. The donation will enable us to make grants to small arts organization and help our largest arts organizations reach even more people in our community.”
- Freestore Foodbank’s Cincinnati Cooks program pairs individuals seeking a career in the food service industry with professional cooks who provide one-on-one culinary lessons along with job and life skills. Kurt Reiber, president and CEO, said, “Because of Horseshoe Cincinnati’s support we’re going to be able to expand our Cincinnati Cooks program and put more people to work in our community.”
- Talbert House offers resources and services in Adult Behavioral Health, Community Care, Court & Corrections, Housing, and Youth Behavioral Health for more than 50,000 clients annually throughout Greater Cincinnati. Neil Tilow, president and CEO said, “We’re fortunate to be one of the four charities and we feel ‘lucky’ to have Horseshoe’s support of our military, fatherhood and substance abuse programs through this generous donation.”