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Barden Casinos Help Hurricane Survivors

19 September 2005

DETROIT, Michigan – (PRESS RELEASE) -- Though his Mississippi property wasn't impacted by the ferocious hurricane that pummeled parts of the South, Don H. Barden's casino companies have been involved in helping those who were.

Three of his casino properties are involved in relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Katrina, which has been cast as the nation's worst natural disaster.

"One thing that's clear from this tragedy is that we all must pull together in times of need," said Barden. "The need is great and the crisis will be long term. This is one small way to help."

Among the efforts:

The Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana has partnered with Northwest Indiana Casinos to offer drop-off sites for collections of goods and money, which will be given to the American Red Cross. The collection effort began Sept. 7 and runs through Sept. 20.

Fitzgeralds Tunica of Mississippi is housing displaced families and is also providing food and other goods to area shelters. It has also hosted a public blood drive.

Besides providing meals and housing to New Orleans emergency service personnel who have been working around the clock to help with the city's efforts to assist survivors, the Fitzgeralds Las Vegas site has partnered with Krispy Kreme to raise funds for the American Red Cross. Proceeds from the September Rockin' Ass Show starring Steve Connolly will also be contributed, and the casino will sponsor the Clark County Leadership Forum/Katrina Relief Fundraiser and Silent Auction.

Barden is president and CEO of Barden Companies, Inc. of Detroit. Besides operating the casinos in Indiana, Mississippi and Nevada, he also owns and operates Fitzgeralds in Blackhawk, Colorado.

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