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General Manager Wendy Hamilton and Vice President of Communications Leigh Whitaker Honored

         PHILADELPHIA – June 27, 2014 – SugarHouse Casino General Manager Wendy Hamilton and Vice President of Communications Leigh Whitaker were both chosen as winners of the 2013 Great Women of Gaming Awards, an annual program presented by gaming industry magazine, Casino Enterprise Management. Hamilton was honored in the “Proven Leader” category, while Whitaker was recognized in the “Rising Star” category.

           The national award program, created in 2005 by Casino Enterprise Management, recognizes women who work in the gaming industry and excel at managing both their career and personal life. These annual awards were designed to highlight the top women in the industry, and those who go above and beyond every day to achieve great things.

          As winners, both Hamilton and Whitaker will be profiled in the August 2014 issue of Casino Enterprise Management and featured on the publication’s “Audio Edge” radio show.

           With leadership and guidance from both women, SugarHouse Casino has flourished since opening in September 2010. The casino has been named a “Best Place to Work” in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Business Journal and a “Top Workplace” by for three straight years.

           In addition, under their direction, the casino has been a supporter of numerous Philadelphia events and traditions including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade.

           In recent years, Hamilton has been the recipient of many local awards for her hard work and dedication. She was named one of the 2011 top 40 leaders under the age of 40 in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Business Journal, and last year, she received the Blue Sapphire Award from Philadelphia RowHome Magazine for her commitment to the community. In recent months, 95.7 BEN FM honored her with the “Woman Who Empowers Us Award,” and KYW Newsradio has recognized her in its “Women’s Achievement Award” program.

           Whitaker has also been recognized for her accomplishments as Vice President of Communications. In addition to overseeing government, community and public relations, she is responsible for implementing and overseeing SugarHouse’s corporate charitable donation program. Under her direction, the casino has donated more than $5 million to local organizations. In addition, she personally shepherded the foundation of the Penn Treaty Special Services District (SSD), a 501(c)(3) community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for residents of the immediate neighborhoods surrounding SugarHouse.

                   To see the full list of Great Women of Gaming award winners, please visit



SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philly’s casino, features 1,606 slots, up to 62 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” from For more information, visit


Casino Enterprise Management magazine delivers the most comprehensive need-to-know information in the world of casino management. All operational facets of the casino business are thoroughly covered in each issue. Readers enjoy first-hand reporting from the brightest thought leaders in the worldwide casino gaming industry. CEM puts on several prestigious awards for the gaming industry including Great Women of Gaming, Slot Floor Technology Awards and the Hospitality Operations Technology Awards. The website,, is the gaming industry’s most complete digital doorway into the world of casino management and includes audio articles, videos, web exclusives, case studies, white papers, an up-to-the-minute newswire and much more. The website includes live Internet talk radio shows and archived podcasts from industry leaders.


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