Hollywood Casino kicks off Responsible Gaming WeekWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Michael Bell issued a proclamation to Hollywood Casino Toledo General Manager Richard St. Jean at an event the morning of Aug. 5. The event was a kick-off of the 16th annual Responsible Gaming Week, a nation-wide initiative promoting safe gaming.
Bell complimented the casino’s work toward helping the community.
“I just appreciate that the Hollywood Casino is prepared to step up on this particular issue,” Bell said. “It is a concern, because what we want to do is make sure that, inside our city, people that have the means to be able to do this particular entertainment venue, do it in a very responsible way.”
Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada spoke at the news conference as well.
“Every step of the way, Hollywood Casino has been an outstanding community partner,” she said. “About one to one and a half percent of adults have a gambling problem, and Penn National and Hollywood Casino have recognized that it’s important to ensure that people game in ways that don’t disrupt or harm their lives and the lives of their families.”
Ohio Casino Control Commission Commissioner Will Lucas, a Toledo-native, was the last to speak.
“I use caution not to imply that we are successful in our attitude on the war as there’s always a family next door or around the block that could use our help,” Lucas said. “It’s important that we continue to be concerned.”
The casino will promote the initiative with events all week, including the new “iSpeak” campaign, which educates casino team members and encourages them “to be ambassadors for promoting responsible gaming.”
Casino employees will also promote responsible gaming at the Mud Hens game Aug. 5 and at the Northwest Ohio Rib Off.
The week is sponsored by Penn National Gaming casinos, the American Gaming Association, the National Center for Responsible Gaming and the Ohio Casino Control Commission.
For more information on the Hollywood Casino, visit hollywoodcasinotoledo.com.