Rebuilding Together, Caesars Foundation And Casino Employees Join Forces To Provide Safe And Healthy Housing This Fall

Projects in St. Louis, Mo., Hammond, Ind., Las Vegas, Nev. and New Orleans, La. scheduled

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit whose members believe in a safe and healthy home for every person, is collaborating with Caesars Foundation and Caesars Entertainment Corporation employees to help homeowners in-need maintain a safe and healthy home.

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This collaboration will directly benefit low-income families, the elderly, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Rebuilding Together and hundreds of Caesars Entertainment's HERO employee volunteers will renovate homes in St. Louis, Mo., Hammond, Ind., Las Vegas, Nev. and New Orleans, La.

"The basic need for a safe and healthy home is something we can all relate to," said Gwen Migita, vice president of sustainability and community affairs at Caesars Entertainment. "By providing much needed repairs and sustainable upgrades, we hope our efforts will make a lasting impact on these individuals' well-being and their wallets."

Sponsored by a combined $128,000 in gifts from Caesars Foundation, a private charitable foundation funded by a percentage of operating income from the company's resorts, all of the homes Caesars works on will include energy efficient upgrades to help homeowners reduce energy costs and curb their carbon footprint.

Committed to providing members of the community with both the knowledge and tools to adopt environmentally friendly practices at home, the company's skilled craftsman will host regional eco-friendly home training sessions throughout the year for residents, Rebuilding Together affiliates and supporters. Volunteers will also distribute 600 energy efficiency kits among low-income homeowners comprised of compact fluorescent light bulbs, draft stoppers and outlet gaskets that will increase a home's energy efficiency in the long-term.

Events are scheduled in the following areas:

  • St. Louis, Mo. – Caesars' HERO volunteers from Harrah's St. Louis Casino performed maintenance work on an older individual's home on October 6 as part of the company's "thank you" gift to the St. Louis community.
  • Hammond, Ind. – Caesars' HERO volunteers from Horseshoe Casino Hammond will work to repair a veterans' community center on November 5.
  • Las Vegas, Nev. – More than 200 Caesars' HERO volunteers and its top meetings and events customers will work together to renovate two homes in Las Vegas on November 10.
  • New Orleans, La. – Caesars' HERO volunteers from Harrah's New Orleans Casino will renovate the home of a displaced U.S. Vietnam War Veteran by performing energy efficiency and weatherization work on November 7.

In addition to the home renovation, Harrah's New Orleans will be asking residents and guests to support their collaborative efforts with Rebuilding Together to create safer, healthier and more energy-efficient homes in the New Orleans community. Between October 29 and November 12, Caesars Entertainment will make a donation to Rebuilding Together (up to a total of $50,000) each time guests swipe their Total Rewards cards, buy Pepsi products or purchase special edition t-shirts designed by world-renowned New Orleans artist, Terrance Osborne. Guests will also have the opportunity to make a direct donation or convert Total Rewards points to cash for Rebuilding Together.

"It is inspiring to see an organization such as Caesars Entertainment reach out to those in need to provide not only the resources to live healthier, but also the knowledge to make positive life-changing decisions that affect them, their neighbors and the environment," said Gary A. Officer, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "We see these efforts as the next stage for empowering homeowners to live healthier, longer lives." 

Caesars Entertainment is a leader in sustainability in the gaming entertainment industry with its award-winning CodeGreen strategy. CodeGreen focuses on critical issues of water, waste, energy and carbon through property retrofits and by engaging its employees in innovative programs that inspires resource conservation and long-term behavior change among its employees. For more information about the company's sustainability efforts visit www.caesars.com/codegreen.

ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER
Rebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us — visit www.RebuildingTogether.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 75 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 FOUNDATION
Caesars Foundation is a private foundation funded by a percentage of operating income from Caesars Entertainment's resorts. The Foundation is the entity through which Caesars Entertainment funds programs and projects of $10,000 or more, as well as not-for-profit giving requirements imposed by certain operating jurisdictions. The Foundation's objective is to strengthen organizations and programs in the communities where our employees and their families live and work. For more information, please visit www.caesarsfoundation.com.  

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