Gateway Casinos Donate Thousands of Dollars Despite a Difficult 20205th January 2021 |
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is one of the leading casino operators in Canada, with properties all across the country. Their commitment to supporting the communities where they are based has been proven from the very beginning, this year not being any different despite the financial setbacks the gaming industry has suffered.
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Casinos and other gaming venues are very important to Canadian communities since part of their regular gaming revenue goes directly to the city coffers, to local projects, and to charities. They generate much-needed support to groups and organizations by making regular and hefty donations, something which Gateway Casinos has held close to its heart since the start of its GatewayGIVES program. This is why approximately CA$78,000 generated by gaming operations have been donated to multiple charities and non-profit organizations, with one of the beneficiaries being the Sault Ste. Marie Soup Kitchen Community Center.
Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie has become one of the most popular gaming locations in the area in the more than twenty years it has been operating. One of the reasons for this is the operator’s aim to keep supporting the local community with regular financial donations. Gateway Casinos’ employees made sure to keep the tradition of donating during the holidays in place, despite how exceptionally difficult 2020 has been for Canadians and people all over the globe due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, its staff of more than 8,000 people managed to raise some CA$78,000, even though all of Gateway’s properties have remained closed and the absolute majority of workers unable to return to work. Christmas bureaus, local food banks and non-profit organizations all benefited from the huge sum Gateway Casinos collected.
The amount donated is quite impressive considering the very tough challenges the pandemic has placed on the gaming industry. The casino operator shut down its brick-and-mortar casinos and gambling halls in mid-March, and they remained closed for the better part of 2020. Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie was only given the green light to reopen its doors in the early fall. October 2020 saw the leading gambling hotspot of Sault Ste. Marie welcome back its patrons and other individuals who wanted to try in-person gaming after months of online gambling. Gaming enthusiasts could once again try their luck and win big with slot machines available on the premises. The reopening was not completely normal since strict health and safety measurements were put in place to keep patrons and staff safe, and some gaming machines remained switched off to allow for physical distancing between individuals.
The labor union representing around a hundred of the casino’s employees, United Steelworkers Local 8748, had noted that employees were only given a week’s notice before the casino resumed its daily operations. Having said that, most employees were definitely glad to have their jobs back, and many individuals returned to participate in in-person gambling which had been made impossible during lockdown. The region must have also felt relieved because the casino has given upwards of CA$31 million in cash to the city since the launch of its operation.
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment feels that it gains a lot from the communities it operates in, and so, feels like it is only right for the operator to give back as much as possible by financially supporting local projects and causes. Last year, Gateway Casinos donated over CA$1.3 million in monetary support as well as numerous hours of volunteer time through its Gateway GIVES campaign
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