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Gaming locations step up for tornado disaster relief efforts

After devastating tornadoes struck the Mid-South region of the United States in early December, two Delaware North gaming locations jumped into action to donate money and assist in disaster relief efforts in their local communities.

Southland Casino Racing, located in West Memphis, Ark., presented a check for $20,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief for tornado survivors in Northeast Arkansas. The organization is dedicated to helping victims of disaster and providing programs and services that help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

“We were deeply saddened by the destruction to our neighboring communities during the December tornados,” said David Wolf, president and general manager of Southland Casino Racing. “Our leadership quickly jumped into action to identify ways we could assist our surrounding communities impacted by these storms. Two days after the storms, we were able to send 9,000 bottles of water to the City of Leachville, Ark. On a larger scale, we knew partnering with the American Red Cross would help alleviate some of the devastation these families are experiencing.”

“This donation is much appreciated,” said Summer Alexander, regional philanthropy officer for the Red Cross Tennessee Region. “We are starting financial assistance case work with individual families struck by this disaster, and this will go far to give hope for recovery to so many families.”

Similarly, Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon, Ohio, donated $10,000 to the Mayfield Graves County Tornado Relief Fund, which also received a $50,000 donation from Churchill Downs Incorporated, Delaware North’s joint-venture partner at Miami Valley Gaming.

The Mayfield Graves County Tornado Relief Fund was established through several community partners and will directly benefit those impacted by the tornadoes in Kentucky. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Delaware North’s team at Southland Casino Racing presents a check to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief efforts in Northeast Arkansas. Pictured from left to right: Jeff Strang, Southland Casino Racing marketing director; Summer Alexander, Red Cross Tennessee Region regional philanthropy officer; Neki Catron, Southland Casino Racing community engagement manager; and Jason Guidry, Southland Casino Racing assistant general manager.