Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel in North Carolina donated $25,000 on Jan. 22, to the Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation for a Digital Mammography Unit. The casino owes its contribution to funds generated from celebrity chef Paula Deen's sold-out performance.
“By purchasing tickets for tonight’s show, you made this donation to the Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation possible,” Harrah’s Cherokee General Manager Darold Londo told the crowd on Saturday, according to the casino's press release. “Your generosity and affinity for Paula Deen will make this a healthier community for generations to come.”
Cherokee Indian Hospital Chief Executive Officer Casey Cooper accepted the $25,000 check, thanking the casino and attendees on behalf of the East Band. “Thanks to you, generations of women here will watch their sons and daughters get married, see the births of their grandchildren and enjoy the many gifts of life each season brings,” he said. “This is a tremendous gift of lasting impact.”
Harrah's also features Paula Deen's Kitchen, part of a partnership with Paula Deen Enterprises. The restaurant under the "Queen of Southern Cuisine" is the first venue added as part of the casino's planned $633 million, three-year expansion. "I couldn't be more excited to be a part of Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel," said Deen in late 2010. "I couldn't think of a better mix – southern food and casinos. It has all the ingredients for a good time," she said, according to a Cherokee Nation press release.