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Wisconsin casino helps local food pantry

13 November 2008

LAC DU FLAMBEAU, Wisconsin -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Guests and associates at Lake of the Torches Resort Casino joined together this past Saturday, Nov. 8, to ensure that the local Lakeland Food Pantry is well-shocked for the critical winter months.

The casino hosted a performance of the Chicago Rat Pack that starred Tony Ocean as Dean Martin, Jack D'Amico as Frank Sinatra and Dezhon Fields as Sammy Davis Jr. They sang the classic hits of these legendary performers, including "That's Amore," "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Candyman," along with many, many more. Admission to the show was a non-perishable food item or cash donation that was collected by volunteers from the food pantry.

John Winkelman, who coordinates the pantry along with his wife Pam, said: "We would like to thank Lake of the Torches and their guests for the continued generosity and support in providing us with the resources to assist families in need. We're seeing an increase in families who depend on the food pantry, and events like this helps us immensely."

Annually, between 5,000 and 6,000 people rely on the food pantry to make ends meet. Although the food pantry is used year round, the winter months are an especially critical time for the pantry because of seasonal lay-offs. The cash donations collected during the event will be used to purchase perishable items such as milk and eggs.

"The staff and management of Lake of the Torches Resort Casino is committed to helping the Lakeland Food Pantry whenever we can. We recognize the valuable role the pantry serves in our Northwood's community, and that during these difficult economic times there are many young families, single parent households, elderly, and others who are finding themselves in situations where it is a challenge to make ends meet," said Michael J. Broderick, Director of Marketing for Lake of the Torches Resort Casino. "I would also like to mention that the Lakeland Food Pantry, as well as other food pantries across this great and generous nation of ours, are always accepting donations to help out our friends and neighbors in need. We encourage everyone to come together and help support these organizations and their vital role in our communities."

Situated on the shores of Pokegama Lake and nestled in Wisconsin's Northwoods, the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino has a feel of a classic Northern retreat and reflects its Ojibwe culture and heritage. The casino has over 800 slot machines (including a non-smoking area), 12 blackjack tables and three poker tables, a high-stakes Bingo Hall seating up to 500 persons, the 24-hour Game Time Grill and the Eagle's Nest Restaurant. The hotel has 101 well–appointed rooms, the Dancing Waters Lounge and the Woodland Oasis pool area. The 8,500 square-foot Convention Center with the Hall of Nations offers an outstanding venue for entertainment, receptions, trade shows, meetings, presentations and seminars.

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