“Seminole Haiti Relief Crank It Up” at Seminole Casinos to Raise Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars for Haiti Earthquake Relief

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Much-needed money for earthquake relief in Haiti is already adding up, thanks to a new program unveiled today at Seminole

Seminole Gaming employees use a forklift to load a pallet of earthquake relief supplies into a trailer bound for Haiti  as part of the “Hearts to Haiti” earthquake relief program organized by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming.   Trailers are set up to store public donations at the southwest corner of Stirling Road and State Road 7.

Seminole Gaming employees use a forklift to load a pallet of earthquake relief supplies into a trailer bound for Haiti as part of the “Hearts to Haiti” earthquake relief program organized by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming. Trailers are set up to store public donations at the southwest corner of Stirling Road and State Road 7.

Casinos around Florida.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars are expected to be raised through thousands of customer contributions and a guaranteed donation of $100,000 from Seminole Gaming.

Called “Seminole Haiti Relief Crank It Up,” the program encourages restaurant, retail and hotel customers at the casinos to round up their purchase amounts to the next dollar, with their change donated to helping Haiti’s earthquake victims.

“This is an easy way for guests to make a difference for the people in Haiti,” said Seminole Gaming CEO James Allen.  “Seminole Haiti Relief Crank It Up dollars will add up fast, and we are guaranteeing an additional contribution of $100,000 from Seminole Gaming and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.”

All of the money collected will go to support the Earthquake Relief Fund of Yéle Haiti, founded by Grammy-Award winning musician Wyclef Jean. Yéle Haiti has been working on the ground in Haiti since the organization was founded in 2005.

“Seminole Haiti Relief Crank It Up” is collecting money in South Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and at the original Seminole Casino Hollywood.  Three other Seminole Casinos around Florida are also participating.

Eva Mejia of the Seminole Casino Hollywood accepts a box of donated food from Camilo Barraza of Hollywood as part of the “Hearts to Haiti” earthquake relief effort organized by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming. The donation station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the southwest corner of Stirling Road and State Road 7.

Eva Mejia of the Seminole Casino Hollywood accepts a box of donated food from Camilo Barraza of Hollywood as part of the “Hearts to Haiti” earthquake relief effort organized by the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming. The donation station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the southwest corner of Stirling Road and State Road 7.

The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming also announced a “Hearts to Haiti” earthquake relief program, with two South Florida collection centers already set up and accepting donations from the general public.  Donated items will go to Food for the Poor, the Coconut Creek-based organization with a long history of on-the-ground public service in Haiti.

Food for the Poor is requesting donations primarily of canned meat and fish and canned or boxed milk.  Food in pop-top cans is especially in demand.  Other needed items include bottled water, baby products such as pre-mixed formula, diapers and wipes, as well as toothpaste and toothbrushes, over-the-counter pain relievers, antibiotic ointments, bandages, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine, tents of any size, blankets, washcloths, and sanitary napkins.  For more information, visit http://www.foodforthepoor.org/help/quake_updates/dropoff.html.

The drop-off locations in South Florida are at the southwest corner of State Road 7 and Stirling Road, on the grounds of the original Seminole Casino Hollywood, and at the valet porte cochere entrance on the east side of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.  Both locations are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Hollywood location is distinguished by two large trailers with “Hearts to Haiti” banners – one facing Stirling Road and one facing State Road 7.  Drivers can pull in and easily hand their donations to an attendant.

“We are encouraged by the steady volume of donations already coming from the general public,” said Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming.  “The drop-off locations make it easy for people to contribute.”

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