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Casino presents community support check

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AKWESASNE TERRITORY, N.Y. – The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino held a special event Dec. 18, to recognize their top-performing employees, who then presented the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council with a check for $9,000,000.

“Casino revenues provide financial support to many worthwhile programs and projects within the community, such as the new Generations Park,” remarked Sub-Chief Ron LaFrance, as he made opening remarks for tribal council. “And I am proud to have been part of developing the park project that benefits youth and families in our community.”

Employees were selected by their peers in recognition of their excellence in customer service, productivity and teamwork. During the recognition ceremony, departmental directors introduced each one of the deserving employees and described the traits that were reflected in their performance.

Members of the tribal council were on hand to honor the top-performers and to express their appreciation for their hard work and dedication. “The employees are the ones who make the difference, both here and at the Bingo Palace,” remarked Tribal Chief Barbara Lazore. “The gaming industry has made tremendous strides since we started. In 2003, the casino provided $600,000 to the Tribal General Fund. Today, it’s $9,000,000.”

“We have nine million reasons to be happy today and to express our appreciation to the casino employees for the work they do,” said Tribal Chief Monica Jacobs. This year’s contribution from the casino to the community is a substantial increase over last year’s and represents the casino’s growth and expansion in the areas of slot machines, customer service, gaming technology and new amenities in food and beverage. “The employees deserve the credit for being able to provide the tribe with an increase in financial support,” said Jay Tarbell, casino marketing director.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino recently completed a large expansion of its casino floor and will soon be unveiling its newest expansion of its Sticks restaurant and lounge that will allow it to host musical acts and other entertainment.