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12.19.2011

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack Christmas Wish Toy Drive Benefits Local Children

Toy donations reach a record high this year, helping to provide countless families with holiday gifts this season!
(Wheeling, WV – December 20, 2011) In the spirit of giving, Wheeling Island Hotel - Casino - Racetrack held its annual Christmas Wish toy drive on December 1-20 with all donations benefitting the Salvation Army.

Major John Blevins, Corps Officer, will accept the first batch of gifts at Wheeling Island Tuesday, December 20 at 11:30am.

Thanks to the generous donations from Wheeling Island guests, this year’s toy drive reached a record high with 2,246 contributions of toys and cash donations resulting in five donation bins overflowing with thousands of gifts.

Wheeling Island Casino also contributed a $5,000 cash donation which will be used to provide food, toys and clothes for Ohio County families.

When asked why this gesture of giving was so important, Jim Simms, President and General Manager of Wheeling Island, stated, “Christmas is a special time of year when a child’s thoughts become wishes and dreams. Sadly, hundreds of children in our area wake up to unfulfilled wishes, with no gifts to open and no family dinner to celebrate the holiday we cherish so much. I want to see us help give a kid a Christmas.”

Wheeling Island will continue to accept toys and donations until 1am tomorrow at the Player Services desk. Any guest who brings a new, unwrapped toy receives $10 Free Play in appreciation of their donation.

ABOUT WHEELING ISLAND HOTEL-CASINO-RACETRACK
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 37 table games, 12-table poker room, over 1750 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), five restaurants, 1,000-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services and gift shop.

Wheeling Island recently won 17 first place “Best of Gaming” Awards by Casino Player Magazine’s July 2011 readers poll including Best Casino, Best Reel Slots, Best Blackjack and Best Buffet.

Wheeling Island welcomes more than 2.5 million visitors through its doors annually. Visitors enjoy the fast paced action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For information on Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, call 877-WIN-HERE (877-946-4373), for hotel reservations call 877-WHEELING (877-943-3546) or log on to www.wheelingisland.com.

Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.

ABOUT DELAWARE NORTH COMPANIES
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

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Contact(s):
Kimberly Florence
phone: 304-231-1839
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