Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Celebrates 25th Anniversary with 25 Days of Giving

 October 26, 2017 – Hanover, ON – Women’s House serving Grey & Bruce received a cheque today for $5,000 from Gateway Casinos Hanover as part of GatewayGIVES’ 25 Days of Giving in celebration of Gateway’s 25th anniversary in the business of entertainment.

GatewayGIVES is the corporate giving and community engagement program of Gateway Casinos. The 25 Days of Giving campaign will contribute $5,000 to a worthy local charity selected by employees, in each of the communities where Gateway operates. At the end of the October campaign, GatewayGIVES will have donated a total of $125,000 to the deserving, employee-selected, charities across Canada.

Gateway has dedicated the month of October to celebrate its silver anniversary with customers, communities and employees. As part of the festivities they launched the 25 Days of Giving campaign through GatewayGIVES and are letting their employees select the charity of their choice in the communities where they live and work. Women’s House serving Bruce & Grey is dedicated to ending violence against women. They offer shelter and counselling to victims of domestic violence and transitional support programs as well as a 24 hour information and support telephone helpline.

“Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey was surprised and thrilled to hear that we were to be honoured as the recipients of the 25 Days of Giving gift.  We feel very privileged that Gateway’s Rebecca Coveney nominated Women’s House for the grant, and we would like to thank her for her thoughtfulness.  We would also like to thank Gateway Casinos Hanover and the 25 Days of Giving committee for your consideration and for selecting Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey.  This year, and every year, we have a gap between government funding and the expenses to run the necessary programs and services that we offer – this year it is almost $137,000.  We serve a very large area, and without fundraising and the kindness of groups like GatewayGIVES, we would not be able to continue to provide the level of service that we do. The vital programs that we provide – which often have wait lists – could cease to exist without donations like this.  This very generous donation will go a long way towards helping us to continue to help women and children who have suffered domestic abuse to have better lives,” said Michelle Lamont, Community and Fund Development Coordinator, Women’s House, Serving Bruce & Grey.

“Celebrating the 25th anniversary for Gateway Casinos and Entertainment this month has been exciting for both staff and patrons, with daily giveaways and activities taking place at the site.  However, the staff is most excited about the 25 Days of Giving and the opportunity for the site to give back to the community.  The $5,000 cheque presented to Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey was an unexpected surprise for that organization and the gratitude that they have expressed makes this special for the site and for the team member that nominated them.  It has also inspired the team here at Gateway Casinos Hanover to find other ways to continue to give back to the community!” said Linda McColl, General Manager, Gateway Casinos Hanover.

“I nominated The Women’s House for the GatewayGIVES Program as it supports women and children who have faced violence from someone they loved and trusted.  It takes great courage, strength and support to leave an abusive spouse and to rebuild.  Knowing that one in three women will face violence in their life is a horrific statistic.  These numbers are real people who need real support.  Without the services that the Women’s House provides, they may not have the opportunity to change their situation and change their life,” said Rebecca Coveney, Customer Relations Supervisor Gateway Casinos Hanover.