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Grand Casino also makes $10,000 donation to area food banks
Onamia, MN And Hinckley, MN – In an effort to restock area food shelves, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley held a massive food drive at each casino Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday, March 26.

For every non-perishable food item guests brought in – up to 3 – they received $5 in Grand Play™ and a charitable dining ticket good at any of the casinos’ restaurants. In turn, Grand Casinos donated 10 percent of their entire bill. Second Harvest North Central Food Bank and Family Pathways each are receiving a $5,000 donation from Grand Casino.

“Food shelves need help all year, but during March donations make an even bigger impact due the annual FoodShare Campaign,” said Sue Estee, Director of Second Harvest North Central Food Bank. “The support from Grand Casino helps us feed the increasing number of hungry children, low income seniors and struggling families who seek help from us now and into the summer months when donations typically dwindle.”

Participation in the food drive had literally “tons” of participation, as guests donated more than 5 tons of non-perishable food items.

“I’m not surprised that our guests got involved in our giving effort. They always help with our charity connections,” said Heidi Hamers, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Grand Casino. “We are pleased to help facilitate an event and donate to Second Harvest North Central Food Bank and Family Pathways. Hunger relief organizations are always in need of food donations this time of year.”

Shuttle busses full of more than 5,000 pounds of canned goods made deliveries to Garrison Area Care Givers, in Garrison, Minn., Mille Lacs Lake Division of Indian Works on the Mille Lacs Reservation, Family Pathways Onamia Food Shelf and 5,230 pounds was brought to the Family Pathways in Hinckley, Minn.

“Grand Casino Hinckley and Grand Casino Mille Lacs continue to be a wonderful partner for Family Pathways in both communities,” said Kathy Wills, Director Basic Life Services for the organization. “They are reaching out to us several times a year to help those in our communities that are struggling. We appreciate all of their continued efforts and creative ways they have come up with to help out. Thank you is not enough to say back to their customers!”

About Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley
Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley owned by Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, are two of Minnesota’s premier entertainment facilities, offering gaming, accommodations, dining, conference and banquet facilities, live entertainment and the Grand Harmony Spa and Grand National Golf Club at Grand Casino Hinckley. Grand Casino Mille Lacs is located on Highway 169, 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities and two hours southwest of Duluth; Grand Casino Hinckley is located on I-35, 75 minutes north of the Twin Cities and 65 minutes south of Duluth. The casinos directly employ more than 3,000 people and cover more than 4,000 people with their insurance plan. The Mille Lacs Band taxes these entities at 100 percent and utilizes the revenues to provide health care, education, and other programs and services to Mille Lacs Band members.