Hollywood Casino Columbus

on Friday, 20 June 2014.

Corporate Caring 2014

The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone is a nonprofit organization that focuses on organizing the resources of the west side to help residents.

It was clear early in the development of Hollywood Casino Columbus that its leadership wanted to be an asset to its neighbors, said Eugene Brundige, acting executive director of Shalom Zone.

“They are investing in the west side…in jobs and in charitable investments,” he said. “They offered to be a partner with the Shalom Zone, asking nothing in return.”

Hollywood leaders saw an opportunity to make a difference in the neighborhood, said Kamilah Prince, director of community relations for the casino. They appreciate that Shalom Zone brings together more than a dozen local organizations.

The help was welcome, Brundige said. The organization had been operating primarily with grant funding that dictated how it spent its money. The casino offered funds without restrictions that allowed Shalom Zone to pay a bookkeeper and a grant writer to help advance its efforts.

Casino staff always are on hand when Shalom Zone needs help distributing food to local residents, Brundige said.

The casino also donated $125,000 to a renovation project at the Hilltop YMCA, supported the Ronald McDonald House and Buckeye Ranch.

“The entire team at Hollywood Casino Columbus continually devote themselves to supporting the children and families in the care of Buckeye Ranch,” wrote CEO Nicholas Rees in a letter of support.

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