Don’t feel so bad when you lose money at some of your favorite Atlantic City casinos. Part of that money is going back to the community in the form of contributions to charitable organizations.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa — Among the many organizations Borgata’s Heart & Soul Foundation has supported are Special Olympics New Jersey, the Humane Society of Atlantic County, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, the Noyes Museum, Lucy the Elephant Outreach, the American Heart Association and Covenant House of Atlantic City.
According to its website, “The Foundation is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others through charitable giving in the areas of community, health and human services, culture, and education.”
To apply for a grant, contact a Heart & Soul Representative at 609-317-7014.
Caesars Entertainment (Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City and Harrah’s Resort) — Last year Caesars Foundation donated a delivery truck to Meals on Wheels and has been honored by the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter as a “Corporate Champion.” It’s also made contributions to the AARP Foundation, Opportunity Village and the Public Education Foundation, among others.
While Caesars provides financial support to worthy organizations, it also brings together academic experts, government organizations, research institutes and other authorities in various disciplines to conduct research and create broader awareness of social issues.
The application process for grants re-opened Jan. 1. For more information or to apply online, email CaesarsFoundation@Caesars.com.
Tropicana Casino and Resort — Although it doesn’t have an official foundation, in 2015 Tropicana helped more than 80 New Jersey organizations with some form of financial assistance. Specifically, Tropicana has strong working relationships with United Way, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Warfighter Sports, Toys for Tots and many area schools.
For the past eight years, Tropicana, along with its partner restaurants in the Quarter and Marketplace, has hosted “Taste of the Quarter” which draws about 1,000 guests. Everything is donated by Tropicana, its tenants and its vendors, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to United Way.
In addition, many of Tropicana’s employees volunteer their time serving Thanksgiving dinner for the Salvation Army, donating blood or making other contributions. General Manager Steve Callender sets the example as industry chair for the American Red Cross, president of the 200 Club of Atlantic and Cape May counties, and he is a United Way board member.
Recreational gambler Darryl D. McEwen is president of his own consulting firm. Have a comment or a question specifically related to an Atlantic City casino? EmailMrACCasino@gmail.com and Darryl will try to respond to you personally. Your question — without your name — may appear in a future column.