Calder Casino Continues Its Community Outreach

Originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of Churchill Downs Magazine

MIAMI GARDENS, FL., (September 18, 2016–  Although casinos deal nearly exclusively with the handling of money, their daily operations do not exist independently from their communities. It may come as a surprise to hear that often, casinos, with their ample affluence, can serve as stalwart supporters of the various charities in their communities. In early 2015, Calder Casino, situated on the tip of southern Florida, formed its Community Outreach Committee to identify opportunities for local charitable events and initiatives, both in the community as well as at the casino. The committee meets monthly and is largely comprised of frontline team members. The group boasts about 30 members in total.

In just over a year, this group has admirably created promotions for a school supply drive, food drive and toy drive at the casino, resulting in thousands of donations from casino patrons. In the community, they helped to build a house with Habitat for Humanity, participated in a charity 5K run for Feeding South Florida and volunteered from sunrise to sunset for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

In addition to the copious accomplishments of Calder’s Community Outreach committee, the casino itself boasts several partnerships and charitable initiatives of its own. For example, Calder and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital – one of the region’s leading pediatric hospitals and provider of a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a child-friendly atmosphere – enjoy a partnership of over 10 years, with Calder supporting myriad events each year.

It all goes back to the people who make these events possible. “The culture of Calder Casino is rooted in the engagement of our frontline team members,” says Maureen Adams, president of Calder Casino. “When you have a highly engaged and motivated team, then that will show in every interaction they have with your guests. Our Community Outreach Committee empowers our frontline team members to take part in developing our charitable goals and events. Through these events, our team gets to see firsthand the impact that they can have in our community, and that gives them a sense of pride that lasts long after the volunteering is over.”

With a charitable philosophy like that, the popular opinion on the effect that casinos have on their communities is quickly changing. The need for charitable efforts such as these will never cease entirely of course, but it is important to note that Calder hopes to continue fostering this culture with their employees and keep making a  difference.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. We own and operate Derby City Gaming, a historical racing machine facility in Louisville, Kentucky. We also own and operate the largest online horse racing wagering platform in the U.S.,, and we operate sports betting and iGaming through our BetAmerica platform in multiple states. We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games in eight states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at

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