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Philly’s Casino Continues Commitment to Community Organization

PHILADELPHIA—Oct. 8, 2013— SugarHouse Casino is pleased to announce that today the casino made its annual contribution to the Penn Treaty Special Services District (SSD), as part of its ongoing commitment to giving back to the community.

The SSD, incorporated in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization that works to protect and enhance the quality of life for residents of the immediate neighborhoods surrounding the casino, including Fishtown, South Kensington, Old Richmond and Northern Liberties, by sponsoring activities, making physical improvements and providing financial support to other community organizations.

This contribution is the fourth $500,000 post-opening payment that SugarHouse has made to the SSD. Including a pre-opening payment of $175,000, SugarHouse has contributed more than $2.1 million to the SSD since breaking ground in 2009.

Allocation of the funds is determined exclusively by the SSD through a grant request form and a review process. Beneficiaries thus far have included Friends of Fishtown Library, Towey Playground, Elm Tree Post, the Portside Arts Center and many more. As of February of this year, the SSD has granted $1,107,560 to various community organizations and has distributed $49,050 in sponsorships.

“SugarHouse is incredibly passionate about the growth and progress of our community,” Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino said. “We’re proud to contribute to the SSD to fund the projects that are most important to the many neighbors we have gotten to know so well over the years.”

To celebrate the annual community contribution and the great things happening in the Penn Treaty neighborhoods, SugarHouse will host its annual “Neighborhood Appreciation Party” on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in The Refinery. With complimentary appetizers and live music, it’s Philly’s casino’s way of thanking their neighbors and community partners.

“We appreciate SugarHouse’s partnership as they’ve been a great neighbor over the past three years,” Tim Breslin, vice chairperson of the SSD said. “Through their support, we’ve been able to fund 60 community organizations and initiatives from art centers to senior homes.”

In addition to funding the SSD, SugarHouse’s community support spans the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center, Susan G. Komen Philadelphia, the Mummers Museum, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police and many more.

SugarHouse is also the presenting sponsor of some of the city’s most notable traditions and events, including the New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Delaware River, the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade, FOX 29’s Salute the Military and the 2013-2014 Flyers season.

For more information on the Penn Treaty Special Services District, visit

SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philadelphia’s first casino, features 1,602 slots, up to 56 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views, and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,100 people, and for three consecutive years has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Philadelphia Business Journal and a “Top Workplace” in the Philadelphia Inquirer for two years. For more information, visit

Leigh Whitaker
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