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the penn national gaming foundation

The Penn National Gaming Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, was launched in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to assist the nearly 2,000 of our team members in Mississippi and Louisiana who were impacted by one of the most devastating storms in our nation’s history. Today, the Penn National Gaming Foundation focuses its efforts on supporting charities within our corporate regions, which includes Wyomissing, PA and our Las Vegas Service Center, as well as supplementing the significant contributions our properties separately make in their communities. The Foundation has also supported relief efforts for multiple other natural disasters through the years, such as Hurricanes Gustav and Harvey, as well as helping with the medical expenses of one of our team members who was a victim in the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas. Most recently, we created the Hurricane Laura Relief Fund and have contributed more than $6.5 million to assist L’Auberge Lake Charles and the community, which includes covering full wages and benefits for our team members while the property was closed. In addition, our partners at Barstool Sports designed a special “Lake Charles Strong” t-shirt and hoodie, with 100% of net proceeds going to support our emergency relief fund.

When not addressing a public health crisis or responding to a natural disaster, the Foundation generally focuses on the following key areas of need: Community Development, Human Services, Cultural Affairs & Diversity, Health and Medical-related initiatives and programs that support veterans, active members of the military and their families.

Despite the financial impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw all of our properties temporarily closed, we continued to support our charitable partners, contributing $6 million from the Penn National Gaming Foundation and our properties to worthwhile charities and civic organizations in our host communities. In addition, we generated more than $14 million in economic development funds for our host communities in Kansas, Indiana and Iowa. We also donated thousands of volunteer hours by team members in our respective communities.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

While the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Relay for Life events were temporarily placed on hold due to COVID-19, our team members around the country remained involved in support of their critical mission. In our first three years of participating, we have raised more than $1 million companywide for important cancer research. Each year, our Corporate office has provided a $50,000 match to what our properties can raise through this effort, as well as contributing $50,000 annually to the ACS’ “CEOs Against Cancer,” of which Jay Snowden is a member of the Board of Directors.

metanoia manor in louisiana

Penn National and our Louisiana properties in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles are leading sponsors and active volunteers for Metanoia Manor, a one-of-a-kind refuge for adolescent victims of human trafficking. Metanoia’s shelter near Baton Rouge can house nearly two dozen children, each with a private room and bath. Staffed by professionals that include physicians, nurses, social workers, educators, and others, Metanoia seeks to rehabilitate the children until they are ready to return safely into society.

We have contributed more than $160,000 to the cause over the last three years. In addition, we have hosted multiple law enforcement summits at our Lake Charles, Louisiana facility for officials from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi to share best practices and discuss potential new legislation to help fight human trafficking.

Shown in photo: At the Metanoia Gala, from left: Michelle and State Senator Ronnie Johns, Donna and Governor John Bel Edwards, Reverend Jeff Bayh, Mary Kadair, and Eric Schippers, Sr. Vice President, Penn National Gaming.