Hard Rock Casino donates to three area charities

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Published on July 03, 2021 with No Comments

 
Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana recently presented checks for $30,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, and Urban League of Northwest Indiana. Shown here with representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs, are, from left, Sheria Givens-Pearson, program director, Marcus Steele Jr., junior staff and Youth of the Year; Dawn Reynolds-Pettit, human resources vice president, Hard Rock Casino; Joe Branchik, marketing vice president, Hard Rock Casino; Matt Schuffert, president, Hard Rock Casino; and Ryan Smiley, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs.

Matt Schuffert, president of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana (HRCNI) along with Dawn Reynolds-Pettit, human resources vice president, recently visited three local charities to present each organization with a large check and to share the exciting news about the surprise donation amounts. The proceeds are from the HRCNI employee friends and family event that took place at the casino on May 11, prior to its official public opening. 

According to Schuffert, “Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is committed to help local charities in Gary and Northwest Indiana has the financial resources to support their constituents in times of need.”

The first stop was at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana with Victor Garcia, president and CEO, accepting a check for $30,000.

“We depend on the support of partners like Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.  We truly appreciate their generosity.  Having the ability to provide fresh fruit, vegetables and dairy along with summer meals is so important to needy families while their children are not in school,” said Garcia. 

The second stop was at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana with Ryan Smiley, president and CEO accepting a check for $30,000.  

According to Smiley, “The goal that we strive to accomplish at the Boys & Girls Club is to inspire and enable the youth of our community to realize their full potential.  We try to encourage everyone to live a healthy lifestyle.” 

The third stop was at the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, with Dr. Vanessa Allen McCloud, president and CEO, accepting a check for $30,000. 

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Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana recently presented checks for $30,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, and Urban League of Northwest Indiana. Shown here with representatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs, are, from left, Sheria Givens-Pearson, program director, Marcus Steele Jr., junior staff and Youth of the Year; Dawn Reynolds-Pettit, human resources vice president, Hard Rock Casino; Joe Branchik, marketing vice president, Hard Rock Casino; Matt Schuffert, president, Hard Rock Casino; and Ryan Smiley, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs.

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