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Casinos and community involvement go hand-in-hand, so it should come as no surprise that the owners of Majestic Star Casino & Hotel in Gary are inspired on a regular basis to reach out to various charitable support organizations in the Region to help provide much needed funding and assistance.

The property recognizes there is a great deal of need within our community of military veterans, which is why it has chosen to host the Putting for Patriots golf tournament on Tuesday, July 24, at White Hawk Country Club, 1001 White Hawk Drive, in Crown Point.

If you enjoy a good round of golf on a beautiful course, or are interested in participating in a sponsorship capacity, your support really could not go toward a better cause. One hundred percent of the proceeds go towards helping our nation’s military heroes.

Now in its ninth year, the tournament in 2017 raised nearly $20,000 for Veteran’s Village in Gary, a $10.1 million development which opened in March of 2016.

The Village includes 44 units of supportive housing for veterans as well as a computer room, exercise room, roof garden, and restaurant that is open to the public and serves a dual purpose of providing training for veterans interested in careers in the culinary field.

“This year we’ve added Disabled American Veterans to our program, since it’s a program we so strongly believe in,” said Barry Cregan, general manager and senior vice-president at Majestic Star Casino & Hotel.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a veterans advocacy and assistance organization with chapters around the country.

The local beneficiary of a percentage of the proceeds from the tournament will be the DAV Glenn F. Renicker Chapter 17 located in Hammond.

The cost per person for the tournament is $90 ($360 for a foursome) and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, range balls and swag bags, as well as breakfast, lunch, and three beverage tickets.

Sponsorship opportunities include Premium ($5,000), Gold ($2,500), Silver ($1,000), Bronze ($500), and hole-sponsor ($200 per hole).

In addition to the competition revolving around the 18-hole round of golf, there are some fun and intriguing side competitions including “tiger tees”, hole-in-one, longest drive, longest putt and closest-to-pin.

Registration and breakfast on the day of the tournament is being held from 8 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

Please direct all inquiries about “Putting for Patriots” registration, and sponsorship to


AMERISTAR: Poker enthusiasts should start planning for the next Heartland Poker Tour event at the East Chicago property. The 12-day run begins Aug. 23 and continues through Sept. 3. New on the schedule is Event #12, the High Roller No Limit Hold’em Tournament. This 8-handed competition has a $3,000 buy-in. Please visit for more information and a complete tournament schedule.

BLUE CHIP: The monthly “Progressive Payout” just keeps getting bigger! The next drawings are set for Friday, July 27, at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 10 p.m. At the first drawing, five winners will be drawn to select for a $5,000 prize. At 80 p.m., five winners will draw for $20,000. At the final drawing, 15 winners will draw for $75,000. If the progressive prizes are not selected they will roll over into August with $1,000 added to the first pot, $4,000 to the second, and $15,000 to the third. The progressive prizes will continue to roll over monthly. If any prize is not selected until October rolls along, they are guaranteed to be given away in that month’s drawing. Earn entries using your B Connected card playing slots and table games and then activate the entries you have earned on the day of the drawing.

FOUR WINDS: There’s a “Summer Fun” promotion ongoing at all four of the property’s destinations in New Buffalo, Dowagiac, Hartford, and South Bend. Visit now through July 30 for your chance to win up to $750 in instant credit/free slot play. Visit any day and earn 100 points playing slots and table games with your W Club card between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Then swipe your card at one of the promotional kiosks to reveal your prize. Please visit the W Players Club or guest services for complete details.

HARRAH’S JOLIET: Earn entries all month long using your Total Rewards player’s club card for the $25,000 “Up & Away” promotion. There will be $20,000 in free slot play and $5,000 in Southwest Airlines gift cards given away. The grand finale drawing and entry activation day will be Saturday, July 21. Players earn entries playing slots and table games. There will be a 5-times bonus entry day on July 16 and a 10-times bonus entry day on July 20.

HOLLYWOOD JOLIET: Win up to $100,000 in cash in the “Beat the Heat” summer drawings that are being held every Thursday this month. Six winners randomly selected every hour from Noon until 9 p.m. on the days of the promotion will get an opportunity to play the “Beat the Heat” touchscreen game. All that’s necessary is for you to have your Marquee Rewards player’s club card properly inserted in any slot or video poker machine at the time of any drawing.

MAJESTIC STAR: The property’s robust promotional calendar is in full swing again this month. One event that Majestic Rewards players will be talking about is the “Spin, Win, Repeat” hot seat which is being held every Tuesday in July from 4 to 8 p.m. Two winners will be randomly selected every 30 minutes to receive $200 on Promo Cash and a Majestic Star folding bag lawn chair.

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