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Blue Chip Casino hosts veterans event

15 September 2016

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Breaking Down the Barriers: Salute to our Veterans, a police-escorted, non-stop motorcycle ride, veterans' vendor fair and dinner, will be held on Saturday, 8 October at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Michigan City, Indiana.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) programs from Porter-Starke Services, Combat Bike Saver and Empowering Patriots. These programs will help veterans, their families and friends recognize, understand and obtain resources to treat PTSD, which affects an estimated 30% of men and women who have spent time in war zones.

"Douglas Biege, LaPorte attorney and member of The Guardian Riders, and I created this event when we recognized the need to support veterans programs in Northwest Indiana. These programs not only teach family and friends about PTSD but also how to support and get help for loved ones who are affected by it," says Jack Elia, Blue Chip Assistant General Manager.

Salute to our Veterans begins with bike check in from 1-3 p.m. at the registration area in the Stardust Convention Center followed by a police-escorted nonstop motorcycle ride through the area and ending at Blue Chip. A Veterans' Vendor Fair, with 25 vendors, veterans' organizations and service providers, will be held from 3-6 p.m. adjacent to the Stardust Event Center in the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, and at 6 p.m., a dinner will be held in the Stardust Event Center. The keynote speaker is Silouan Green, a nationally-recognized speaker, author and PTSD survivor. High Noon band will provide after-dinner music with an eclectic mix of genres from rock to country.

Tickets are $25 for the motorcycle ride and dinner or $15 for the dinner only and can be purchased by credit card at Ticketmaster or in person at The Gift Box in the Blue Chip Casino pavilion. Guests must be 21 or older, with a valid state or government-issued photo ID.

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