Philadelphia’s first and only casino, SugarHouse Casino, announced its partnership with four Philadelphia-based non-profit organizations for two operational test days next month. All proceeds generated from the tests will be divided equally among the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania , Fraternal Order of Police Survivor’s Fund, Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund and The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center .
As part of the final operational approval process by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), the casino will conduct tests for table games and slots on September 20 and 22. During the test periods, table game and slot play is for invited guests only.
The test periods will be a dress rehearsal for the 800 new workers employed by SugarHouse. Approximately 160 of the new employees will be recent graduates of the casino’s dealer school.
Immediately following the conclusion of each test period, the PGCB will conduct a standard audit and verification of the casino’s processes to ensure it is ready for a public launch. Pending PGCB approval, SugarHouse Casino will officially open to the public on September 23 at 1 p.m.
“We are proud to support our charity partners. Each of our partners is championing a worthy cause that benefits us all,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino. “As Philly’s first and only casino, we wanted to partner with organizations that directly impact Philadelphia .”
A committee of SugarHouse executives, community partners and investors selected the four local groups. The final donation amount to each charity will be determined by the levels of play during the tests.
Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
The NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center is dedicated to the mission of eradicating cancer by creating knowledge through research and providing compassionate care. The Abramson Cancer Center provides each patient with exemplary care through a comprehensive team approach, personalized service, education and outreach, and nationally recognized cancer research programs.
Fraternal Order of Police Survivor’s Fund
The Survivor’s Fund was established to remember the sacrifice of each officer we have lost and to acknowledge the sacrifice made by each of their surviving families. This fund not only pays for funeral services at the time of the tragedy, it also funds special memorial events, and helps surviving families cope with financial hardships that may arise in the years to come.
Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund
Greater Philadelphia Traditions Fund was established to provide funding for the preservation of the unique cultural, historic, educational and recreational events in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding communities.
The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center
Dedicated to assisting our nation’s honorably discharged veterans, The Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center’s mission is to provide employment, training, and related educational services. The center also provides social and human services counseling to less fortunate Veterans experiencing barriers in finding their way back into the mainstream of society.
Pending final approval from the PGCB, SugarHouse will open to the public with 40 table games, 1,600 slot machines, as well as fun and unique dining options. The casino will offer guests great riverside views, gaming promotions and free on-site parking.