Five local nonprofit organizations received donations from the new Live! Casino and Hotel Philadelphia, which officially opened its doors in February.
The Cordish Gaming Company donated a total of $50,000, which was evenly distributed to the five organizations.
The $10,000 checks were presented by Rob Norton, president of Cordish Gaming Group, and City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson, whose district includes most of South Philadelphia as well as other parts of the city.
“We are honored we could share the excitement of our opening day by highlighting these five deserving organizations and the incredible work they’re doing in the Philadelphia community,” said Joe Billhimer, executive vice president, Cordish Gaming Group. “This is just the beginning. Being a charitable, active community member is a key component of our company culture, so we look forward to expanding our relationship with more community organizations in the future.”
Among the recipients were Philabundance on Galloway Street in South Philly, the area’s largest hunger relief organization; the Garces Foundation on 19th Street in the Wharton neighborhood, which helps the underserved immigrant community get access to healthcare and educational services; and the Young Chances Foundation on Tasker Street in Grays Ferry, which changes the image of neighborhood kids by providing positive opportunities in the community.
Citywide efforts Thomas and Woods Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, which both center on youth programs and activities, were also $10,000 recipients.
Prior to its opening, the casino held two test days for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board with all money earned during those test days donated to the five local nonprofit organizations that serve a critical role in the Philadelphia community.
“Thank you to Live Casino and Hotel Philadelphia and The Cordish Companies for being a good corporate citizen and giving donations to five nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia,” Johnson said. “All five organizations provide important services in Philadelphia and the main offices for Philabundance, Young Chances Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia are in my Second Council District, the same district that is proud to call the new casino home.”