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Philadelphia Mummers Lead The Strut To End Cancer

SugarHouse Casino to Host Fifth Annual Mummers Against Cancer Event

PHILADELPHIA — April 25, 2012 — The Philadelphia entertainers most known for their signature New Year’s traditions will hold their annual Mummers Against Cancer event at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, April 28, from 8 p.m.—midnight. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Tickets to the fundraising event are $25 and include an appetizer buffet in The Refinery restaurant, drink specials, $10 free slot play and live entertainment from The Big House Band, which features Philadelphia Mummer Jimi Miligan.

“We’re proud that our ongoing partnership with the Mummers also provides an opportunity to benefit this great cause,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino.

After losing several family members and close friends in their battles against cancer, Mike and Deb Tomaselli of the Quaker City String Band founded Mummers Against Cancer in 2007. Money raised by the annual benefit supports Team Mummers in the ACS Bike-a-thon, a 62-mile race held each July in Philadelphia. This year will mark the bike race’s 40th anniversary and the proceeds are used by ACS to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, through finding cures and fighting back.

SugarHouse Casino has a longstanding relationship with the Mummers, hosting several Mummers Appreciation events throughout the year, including an entire weekend dedicated to the organization. The casino was also the title sponsor of the 2012 Mummers Parade.

To learn more about Mummers Against Cancer and the annual benefit, visit


SugarHouse Casino was named one of 2011’s “Best Places to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal and one of 2012’s “Top Workplaces” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philadelphia’s first casino, features 1,602 slots, up to 53 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,000 people. For more information, visit


The Mummers Parade is the longest-running New Year’s Day tradition in the country. Its roots date back to the late 1600s in Philadelphia, and the first officially sanctioned parade by the city was in 1901. The parade features complex, custom costumes, music, and renowned pageantry with more than 10,000 participants.