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Aladdin Project Announces Implosion Charity Event

9 April 1998

LAS VEGAS -- The big day will be April 27, 1998. That is when, as announced by Richard Goeglein, president and CEO of Aladdin Gaming LLC, the implosion of the Aladdin Hotel and Casino will take place. And anchored by the magnificent event will be an exclusive celebrity and invited guest fund-raiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada.

The 800-person VIP celebrity charity event will take place in a tented arena on the Aladdin grounds and is designed to provide the guests with the ultimate viewing perspective. The invitation-only charity event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The dramatic implosion is scheduled between 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. and will include a spectacular fireworks and pyro extravaganza.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada will receive all proceeds from the auction guaranteed by Aladdin Gaming to be their single largest fund-raiser to date.

"We have a unique opportunity to create an exclusive entertainment event and provide a tremendous boost to a very worthwhile cause," explained Goeglein.

The redeveloped Aladdin Hotel & Casino, one of the largest mixed-use facilities in Las Vegas, will include a unique $1.3 billion casino, entertainment and retail complex. The date for the formal groundbreaking on the $826 million hotel and casino will be announced in the near future.

"We see this as a great opportunity that could become an annual auction event," said Karla Jacobson, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada. "All auction proceeds will go to making wishes for children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses in the southern Nevada area a reality."

"Aladdin is about making wishes come true and the Make-A-Wish Foundation is the perfect organization for those who need them most," added Jim McKennon, president of The Aladdin Hotel & Casino.

The 34-acre complex will feature two hotels and casinos including the 2,600 room Aladdin Hotel & Casino which will house a 100,000 square-foot casino and feature a theme based in mystical fantasy and legend. Joint venture partners involved in the complex include: London Clubs International plc, a publicly-owned gaming company, headquartered in England, that will develop a luxurious gaming salon and hospitality facilities fashioned after the great casinos of Europe; Planet Hollywood International, Inc., which will co-develop with Aladdin Gaming a second $250 million music-themed property with a 1,000-room hotel and 50,000 square-foot casino and TrizecHahn, one of the country's largest real estate developers, which will co-develop, lease and manage operations for Desert Passage, a 462,000 square-foot, high-end entertainment and retail mixed-use development with specialty stores, boutiques, restaurants and entertainment.

The new complex is scheduled to open in spring of 2000. For more information regarding the event call (702) 736-7114. Auction items and celebrity participants are to be announced.

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