Harrah's Cherokee giving year-in-review

Jan 03, 2017

CHEROKEE — In 2016, Harrah's Cherokee Casinos donated more than $190,000 to nonprofits in Western North Carolina.

Harrah's Cherokee is committed to making the communities in which its employees work and live healthier and more vibrant through year-round sponsored philanthropy and employee volunteer efforts.

Harrah's Cherokee Casinos community outreach programs focus on assisting health and wellness organizations, senior care, education, as well as organizations, which promote diversity and civic improvement.

In addition to monetary contributions, Harrah's Cherokee employees volunteered over 80,000 service hours through the employee community outreach program, HERO (Harrah's Employees Reaching Out). With over 3,500 workers employed across two properties, that equates to nearly 23 hours per employee.

Throughout the year, employees have volunteered with programs like Manna Food Bank, American Cancer Society, PAW's Animal Shelter, Sarge’s Animal Rescue, Toys for Tots, breast cancer activities, Little League, Girls Scouts/Boy Scouts, The Community Table, The Good Samaritan Clinic and roadside clean ups.

Jo Ray, the regional vice president of human resources and community relations, is delighted by these accomplishments.

"At the heart of the Caesars Code of Commitment is the desire and responsibility to give back to our communities through partnerships with community organizations,” she said. “I'm very proud that we can make a huge impact with monetary donations, but I am also extremely pleased that our employees are committed to giving back through volunteering in the communities we serve."