Point Casino raises $30,000 for American Diabetes Association

The Point Casino has announced the final tally from its annual fundraising drive. Over the past year, $30,000 has been raised for the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Casino staff presented a check to representatives from the ADA on November 21. The 2011 Point Casino fundraising campaign raised almost a third more than the previous year’s drive. Much of this can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the casino’s staff.

“Our employees really rose to the occasion for this fundraising event,” said Leo Culloo, General Manager of The Point Casino.  “We don’t have a big staff—just 138 team members—but they contributed over $12,000 of the total from their own pockets. At every level, our team members proved they believe in helping others, and it’s truly a pleasure to work with such generous and caring people.”

The Point Casino team members contributed over $6,400 from voluntary payroll deductions. There were also “Dress Down Days”—for a $5 donation on Mondays and Fridays, stickers promoting the fundraising drive could be purchased allowing jeans and a collared shirt to be worn at work. Two annual events also made a significant impact to the bottom line.

The Charity Golf Tournament, held in August at the Lakeland Golf Course in Allyn, Wash., raised over $13,000 for the effort. Despite being a victim of Washington weather, the Charity Poker Run—a rally-format motorcycle and car event that incorporates a single-hand poker tournament—raised over $1,000. Local businesses and casino vendors donated prizes to both events.

The 2011 American Diabetes Association fundraising drive was just the most recent from The Point Casino. At the beginning of each calendar year, a charity partner is chosen and a dedicated effort is made on behalf of that group throughout the months ahead. Since the day The Point Casino opened its doors in 2002, the property has been heavily involved in working with charitable organizations.

“We pride ourselves on being more than just a business; in everything we do we try to be a partner to the community. Like every other business venture of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, our goal is to always make things better than how we found them,” said Culloo.

The Point Casino is located on the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe reservation in Kingston, Washington. Opened in 2002, The Point Casino features table games, a restaurant, deli, and the most diverse mix of slot machines of any Washington casino.  The Point prides itself on providing its guests with a “family” feeling through comfortable surroundings and top-notch guest service.

The Point Casino is expanding! In 2012, look for the Grand Opening of a bigger, better, all-new facility. The new Point Casino will incorporate an event center, upscale casual dining, deli, larger buffet area and additional gaming, an expanded parking area, and several lounges including a sports bar/cabaret combo and a showcase center featuring a cigar lounge.

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