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Ameristar Presents Community Award

7 December 2005

VICKSBURG, Mississippi – (PRESS RELEASE) -- The Ameristar Casino Advisory Committee presented the second annual "Strengthening the Community" awards at a special luncheon hosted by Ameristar on Dec. 6. The top prize, with a cash award of $5,000, was given to Haven House Family Shelter, which provides emergency shelter, transitional housing and guidance for victims of domestic violence and their children. Honorable mentions were awarded to Warren County Habitat for Humanity and HIV Services. Both nonprofit groups received a $1,000 cash prize with their award.

The Strengthening the Community awards were designed to honor highly distinguished nonprofit groups in west central Mississippi for their dedication to improving the quality of life for citizens in their communities. The nonprofits were selected based on several criteria, including: management excellence, board leadership, community outreach and collaboration, challenges overcome, quality programs serving Vicksburg and central Mississippi, and clear program results.

"The Ameristar Advisory Committee is pleased to be able to show local non-profit groups just how much their work is appreciated," says Strengthening the Community Award co-chairs Barbara Tolliver, Patty Mekus and Peggy Martin. "These groups make a tremendous difference in the lives of our citizens every day, often working with very limited resources. With Ameristar's support, we are proud to be able to assist them in their efforts, and wish them continued success in all of their future projects."

Haven House was chosen for the award based on their track record of providing much-needed services to the victims of domestic violence, including maintaining a 22-bed shelter that serves Warren, Yazoo, Hinds, Rankin, Simpson, Madison, Sharkey and Issaquena counties and provides assistance to shelters in neighboring states. Support from the local community allows the center to continue providing both a safe haven and hope for the future for those that need it most.

Ameristar's Community Advisory Board was established in 2003 as a group of local business and community leaders charged with strengthening Ameristar's connection with the community, identifying opportunities for meaningful contributions and serving as a sounding board for current events and issues. Each year, Ameristar's Community Advisory Board awards $5,000 in prize money to non-profits making a vital contribution to our community through the Strengthening the Community Awards.

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