Great Blue Heron Charity Casino Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

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Port Perry, 27 February 2012

The Great Blue Heron Charity Casino in Port Perry, Canada celebrated its 15-year anniversary at the end of January 2012 with a celebratory luncheon at the Mississaugas Health and Resource Center. Located on scenic reserve lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino is one of Ontario’s finest casino entertainment properties. It first opened in 1997 with a simple vision of providing economic development and advancement opportunities for the Mississaugas of Scugog Island and has since evolved into a significant economic driver and one of the largest employers in the region.

“We are very proud of our charity casino and the contribution it has made to the region over the past 15 years,” said First Nation Chief, Tracy Gauthier. “It gives the Mississaugas of Scugog Island a great sense of pride, as it gives us the ability to support our own people and contribute to the local community.”

Together, the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino and its charitable arm, the Baagwating Community Association, are the region’s most significant charitable resource. Since it opened, the casino has raised more that $1.4 million through its annual charity golf tournament in support of the Port Perry Hospital and Starlight Children’s Foundation. Baagwating has donated over $6.7 million to local organizations and initiatives, such as the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Center or Oshawa’s University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Most recently, they donated $100,000 towards Attawapiskat emergency relief efforts.

“I am pleased to be able to say that our charity casino now has 60 tables, 550 slot machines, a 175-seat restaurant, and is one of Durham Region’s largest employers with over 1,100 staff,” said CEO and General Manager, Arnold Block. “Our economic benefit to the greater Durham Region is approximately $236 million per year, we provide direct and indirect full time employment to over 1,770 individuals, contribute over $64 million annually to various governmental agencies and have become an important source of assistance to a variety of community organizations. We are a true example of what can be accomplished when you have a good business model, act in a fiscally and socially responsible manner and have stakeholders who are committed to a strong sense of community and purpose.”

“The Ontario government is proud to be a partner in this operation,” said David Zimmer, MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “I would like to congratulate the Great Blue Heron, the First Nation, Casinos Austria and all other partners.”

About the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino
The Great Blue Heron Charity Casino is located 90 km northeast of Toronto in the picturesque town of Port Perry and is a cooperation between the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. The casino is operated by the Great Blue Heron Gaming Company, which is comprised of Casinos Austria International, the Steiner Group and Sonco Inc. Open 24/7, the casino offers a total of 60 gaming table and 550 TITO-enabled, latest generation spinning reel and video slot machines. It also features the award-winning 175-seat Waters Edge Buffet Restaurant.

Great Blue Heron Charity Casino
21777 Island Road
Port Perry, Ontario
L9L 1B6, Canada
Main Telephone Number (Local): 1-905-985-4888
Long Distance No Charge Dial: 1-888-29 HERON (294-3766)

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For further information about the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, please contact:

Lisa Edgar
Public Relations and Communications Manager
Phone: +1 905 985 4888 x314
E-mail:ledgar@gbhcasino.com

For further information about Casinos Austria International, please contact:

Hermann Pamminger
Casinos Austria International
Corporate Head of Marketing
Phone: +43 1 534 40 524
E-mail: hermann.pamminger@casinos.at

Great Blue Heron Charity Casino | Port Perry, Ontario, Canada — Download Hi-Res JPG
Great Blue Heron Charity Casino and Baagwating Community Association receive Recognition Awards from Mayor & Council of Scugog Township. | (l. to r.): Scugog Mayor Chuck Mercier; Arnold Block, Scugog Cllr. Larry Corrigan; Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Cllr. Kelly Larocca; Scugog Cllr. John Hancock; Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Chief Tracy Gauthier; Scugog Cllr. Howard Danson; Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Cllr. Della Charles; Baagwating VC Lisa Edgar; Scugog Cllrs. Jim Howard & Wilma Wotten; Scugog Regional Cllr. Bobbie Drew; John O'Toole MPP Durham Region. — Download Hi-Res JPG
The Great Blue Heron Charity Casino celebrates 15 years of fun and entertainment. In attendance were: | John O'€™Toole, MPP for Durham; David Zimmer, MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs; Scugog Township Mayor Chuck Mercier and his Councillors; Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Chief Tracy Gauthier and Councillors Della Charles & Kelly LaRocca; Senior Management Team of Great Blue Heron Gaming Company and its local partners. — Download Hi-Res JPG