Yes We Can Food Drive An Overwhelming Success

Nov. 27, 2012

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Over 5,000 Food Items Collected to Hot Springs Charities

HOT SPRINGS, AR (Monday, Nov. 26, 2012) – During a four-day period, Nov. 14 – 17, Oaklawn guests and employees came together to collect more than 5,000 cans of food and other non-perishable food items. This food was then taken to Jackson House and Potter’s Clay Ministries in Hot Springs Nov. 19, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We were just thrilled to receive this food from Oaklawn,” said Janie Woodall Smith, Executive Director of Jackson House. “Donations have been down, so it’s been a hard year for Jackson House. Every can of food is precious to us.”

“What a wonderful response,” said Bobby Geiger, Director of Gaming and Wagering and a member of Oaklawn’s Senior Management Team. “The Oaklawn marketing team embraced getting the word out about this event. Our employees and patrons answered with enthusiasm; in four days they built a food mountain in the lobby. Our community is fortunate to have organizations like Jackson House and Potter’s Clay Ministries helping those in need, they’ll create many meals with these donated goods.”

It took four truck loads to disperse the nearly two tons of food that filled the lobby of Oaklawn’s gaming center. For their generosity, patrons were given two entries into a cash drawing held Nov. 17 for every one food item they brought in over the four days. Many of them had 100 entries or more.

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