Hollywood Casino Toledo presents $25,000 Contribution to NAACP
March 2, 2012: Hollywood Casino Toledo announced a $25,000 contribution to NAACP Toledo to support three initiatives that are providing important services to minority community members in Toledo. Hollywood Casino General Manager Richard St. Jean presented a check to NAACP Toledo President Rev. Kevin J. Bedford at the casino.
“From the beginning, Hollywood Casino Toledo has pledged to be a leader and contributor in the local community,” said St. Jean. “This contribution reflects Hollywood’s commitment to share our financial resources and the talents of our team members to boost the economic and cultural vitality of the region.”
Much of Hollywood’s donation will be used to fund program scholarships for NAACP Toledo’s ACT-SO youth program (African-American Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics). The year-long enrichment program is designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among underserved minority high school students. ACT-SO is a national NAACP program first introduced in 1977 to promote young academic achievers the same way sports heroes are honored.
Hollywood funds will support the chapter’s Financial Freedom Program that helps central city residents improve financial awareness and fiscal management skills. NAACP’s Membership Recruitment and Voter Empower Campaign will also benefit from the contribution. The campaign’s goal is to register 2,000 new voters and expand chapter membership.
“On behalf of the members and supporters of Toledo NAACP, I thank Hollywood Casino for its generous contribution that will support these signature programs that are helping to make a difference in our community,” said Bedford. “We are particularly pleased to add additional ACT-So scholarships for students in five Toledo-area high schools. This program has had a profound impact on the lives of more than 1,120 young people in our region as well as the many coaches, business leaders and civic volunteers who have helped to mentor the students and promote their academic and artistic achievements.”