Casi­nos help­ing kids

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - South Broward - - GAMBLING -

South Florida casi­nos are par­tic­i­pat­ing in toy drives this month, in­clud­ing two that have taken place. On Sun­day Mardi Gras Casino (831 N. Fed­eral High­way, Hallandale Beach, 954-924-3200, MardiGrasCasi­noFL.com was the start­ing place for the an­nual South Florida Pres­i­dent’s Coun­cil Toys in the Sun Run, in which thou­sands of mo­tor­cy­clists rode to Markham Park in Sun­rise. The bik­ers, as well as other visi­tors to the casino and park, do­nated toys and money. The toys will go to needy fam­i­lies through­out South Florida and the money will go to the Joe DiMaggio Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion. Visi­tors to Semi­nole Clas­sic Casino (4150 N. State Road 7, 954-961-3220, Semi­noleClas­sicCasino.com from Dec. 3 to 5 do­nated about 2,000 toys to be de­liv­ered to the same chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal as well as to Team of Life in Fort Laud­erdale. But casino-go­ers still have chances to help kids in need. Through Sun­day, gam­blers who drop off new, un­wrapped toys at Calder Casino (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gar­dens, 305-625-1311, CalderRaceCourse.com) will re­ceive $5 in free play, in ad­di­tion to the sim­ple joy of giv­ing. Matt Harper, Calder’s ad­ver­tis­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager, says, “All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Voices for Chil­dren Foun­da­tion, Inc., a Miami-based non­profit which raises funds to en­sure that ev­ery abused, aban­doned and ne­glected child in Miami-Dade County has a court-ap­pointed guardian ad litem, and that fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and other re­sources are avail­able for their health, ed­u­ca­tional and so­cial needs.” Isle Casino Rac­ing (777 Isle of Capri Cir­cle, Pom­pano Beach, 954-972-2000, TheIslePom­panoPark.com) will be host­ing its Toys for Tots Slot Tour­na­ment on Thurs­day. Visi­tors may do­nate new, un­wrapped toys from 4 to 8 p.m. And Casino Miami (3500 NW 37th Ave., Miami, 305-633-6400, Casi­no­Mi­ami­Ja­iAlai.com) is hav­ing its an­nual Toys for Tots col­lec­tion un­til Dec. 19, with toys be­ing picked up by U.S. Marines and do­nated to un­der­priv­i­leged kids in the com­mu­nity.

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