ST. LOUIS, MO – Isle of Capri Casinos, a member of the Missouri Gaming Association, has announced the winners of its first charitable social media contest, awarding a share of $60,000 to six local nonprofit organizations.
Caruthersville Humane Society – $15,000
Humane Society of Northeast Iowa – $10,000
Humane Society of Southeast Missouri – $5,000
Stray Rescue Saint Louis – $15,000
Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City – $10,000
Skills to Succeed, Kansas City – $5,000
“With over 155,000 votes cast in Community Aces Challenge and over 300 applications to participate, we were thrilled with the response to Isle’s first charitable contest on social media,” said Virginia McDowell, Isle’s president and chief executive officer. “As we watched the results and saw how hard all of the charities were working to garner votes, we decided to add a third place prize to the competition.”
“The 150 participating nonprofit organizations registered in the fourth quarter of 2014 and coordinated their own individual voting campaigns between Feb. 1 and March 20, 2015,” said McDowell. “We commend the efforts of all the organizations in the Challenge. Each organization has a mission dedicated to enhance the communities we all share and we look forward to seeing the funds put to use.”
Community Aces Challenge is a social media based contest designed for nonprofit projects which improve the quality of life in the communities where Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc. operates. The competition was conducted in two categories, so that smaller communities competed with other small communities, and large communities competed with other large communities. Two $15,000 grants, two $10,000 grants and two $5,000 grants were awarded by Isle’s Community Aces Fund administered by the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation.
Official rules are available at www.communityaceschallenge.com.
The Missouri Gaming Association is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and related professionals. Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri’s casinos. For more information, visit www.missouricasinos.org.