National Park Trust & Caesars Entertainment Team Up to Inspire Families to Explore America’s Parks through National Kids to Parks Day Initiative
ROCKVILLE, Md., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — From Pennsylvania to California, 35 Caesars Entertainment Corporation properties in more than 19 communities across the country have pledged their support for a simple concept: helping families engage with parks to create a healthy environment for themselves and their children.
Caesars Entertainment’s employee volunteers, known as HEROs, will host park events across the country to promote conservation and outdoor recreation as part of National Park Trust’s (NPT) signature National Kids to Parks Day (KTP) initiative – a grassroots movement that encourages children and families to get outside and explore local, state and national parks in their community. The National Kids to Parks Day is Saturday, May 19.
Caesars’ participation in National Kids to Parks Day initiative is an extension of its previous efforts with NPT to educate school children and families across the country about the responsible use of natural resources by engaging them with parks and green spaces in their community.
“Caesars Entertainment has a strong commitment to environmental responsibility and the communities in which our employees live and work,” said Gwen Migita, Vice President of Sustainability and Community Affairs at Caesars Entertainment. “We are proud to support and inspire passion in young people across the country for the outdoors and conservation through National Kids to Parks Day.”
Caesars’ properties that are participating in National Kids to Parks Day events include: Harrah’s Reno Casino (Idlewild Park, April 27); Harrah’s Rincon Casino (Buccaneer Beach in Oceanside and Lake Hodges in Escondido, April 28); Harrah’s New Orleans Casino (Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, April 29); Harrah’s St. Louis Casino (Creve Coeaur County Park, May 8); Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino (Pacana Park, May 12); Lake Tahoe Region: Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Casino and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Casino (Nevada Beach State Park, May 18-19); Las Vegas Region: Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort, Imperial Palace, Bally’s Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino and Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall (Centennial Park, May 19); Horseshoe Casino Hammond (Hammond Park District, May 26); Bossier City Region: Horseshoe Casino Bossier City and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs (Cypress Black Bayou, May 29); Atlantic City Region: Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Showboat Casino (Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, May 31); Harrah’s Laughlin Casino (Lake Mohave, June 3); Tunica Region: Harrah’s Tunica, Horseshoe Casino Tunica and Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotel (Shelby Farms, June 3); Grand Biloxi (Gulf Island National Seashore, June); Harrah’s Philadelphia (John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, June); Council Bluffs Region: Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino and Horseshoe Council Bluffs (Lake Manawa State Park, June 3); Horseshoe Southern Indiana (Sam Peden Community Park, June 3); Harrah’s Joliet Casino (Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, June 9); Harrah’s Metropolis Casino (Fort Massac Park, June 18) and Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino (Macken Park, June 24).
Caesars plays an important role in each community in which it is privileged to operate, and is committed to making them better, more vibrant places to live and work. Last year, the company’s dedicated HEROs contributed more than 126,000 hours to initiatives that strengthened the wellbeing of communities and the environment, reaffirming the pledge made in its Code of Commitment.
“We are excited to work with Caesars properties across the country to encourage children and their families to explore their neighborhood parks and nature and discover the history and outdoor recreational opportunities right around the corner or just across town,” said Grace Lee, executive director, NPT. “This year, Caesars was our first KTP corporate sponsor and is a valued partner in promoting this national day of play.”
A full listing of events being sponsored by Caesars Entertainment properties can be found at www.kidstoparks.org/caesars.
ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country’s public lands and parks. To learn more about our work visit, www.parktrust.org or our website for children www.buddybison.org.
ABOUT CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world’s most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 74 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions, and now operates casinos on four continents. The company’s resorts operate primarily under the Harrah’s®, Caesars® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.
ABOUT CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION SUSTAINABILITY
Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s resorts are committed to environmental sustainability – investing at a corporate level more than $62 million on conservation projects that have reduced energy usage by more than 170 million kilowatt hours (kWh) and carbon emissions by 110,000 metric tons each year. One such investment is the use of solar and steam co-generation facilities at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Showboat Atlantic City that capture waste heat and steam to create onsite energy, thereby decreasing demand for purchased electricity.
Caesars’ nearly 70,000 employees drive its sustainability strategy, CodeGreen, through innovative environmentally responsible practices; implementing more than 110 large impact conservation projects resorts to reduce water, energy and waste consumption at a corporate level. More than 200 of the company’s employees have completed its Green Meetings & Events Certification training program, the only program of its kind in the industry. During the past eight years, CodeGreen programs have resulted in annual savings of 200 million gallons of water and 640,000 gallons of waste vegetable oil among other waste recycling efforts.
Caesars Entertainment’s leadership in environmental stewardship and energy efficiency has earned the company more than 40 environmental awards and multiple Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honors. Caesars has achieved “industry firsts” in transparency of impacts such as GRI protocol reporting and establishing aggressive carbon reduction goals around environmental and social metrics. For further information on Caesars’ CodeGreen efforts and its sustainability report visit www.caesars.com/CodeGreen.
SOURCE Caesars Entertainment Corporation; National Park Trust