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Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel 2022 year in review

5 January 2023

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel accomplished an exceptional year across multiple categories in 2022 – from the casino and golf course's performance, to educational program donations and supporting community members and organizations.

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe-owned enterprise achieved these deeds despite challenges presented by economic inflation and staff shortages.

Coeur d'Alene Casino donated more than $200,000 to 40 different charities in 2022 through its Coeur Connections program and sponsorships. Beneficiaries include Blessing under the Bridge, Tools to Schools, Kootenai Cancer Center, Redband Rally, Operation Fly Together, Coeur d' Alene Tribal Domestic Violence, and Spokane Falls Trout.

The casino's "Pay it Forward" program last May is indicative of its largesse – it gave out $31,000 to community members through random acts of kindness where team members literally hit the streets and paid for groceries, oil changes, haircuts, meals, and more. It also bought gift cards from local area restaurants and gifted them through radio promotions, and it distributed $50 gas certificates throughout the month. This will happen again in May 2023.

"We're thrilled to support the community, and we prioritize programs that help people in need and empower young people through learning," said Laura Penney, CEO, Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel. "We strive to help people while being fiscally responsible and successful. That we did this amidst a volatile economy and staffing shortfall is particularly gratifying – a great testament to our dedicated team members and their hard, smart work."

Not only did the casino provide a premier leisure and entertainment experience for its guests and visitors during a time of economic instability it added new amenities and systems for their pleasure and safety. These a state-of-the-art surveillance system, Little Dragon Eatery, an Asian-food-inspired dining option, and Discovery Den, a place where new video gaming machines can be experienced – and feedback provided – before they become casino fixtures.

The casino resort and its amenities garnered best-in-kind honors this year including Circling Raven Golf Course being ranked the No. 1 public course in Idaho by GOLF Magazine ( and Golfweek Magazine ( The golf club successfully hosted its second consecutive Epson "Road to the LPGA" Tour event last August, a massive undertaking that results in more than 130 of the world's best women players competing for three days in the Circling Raven Championship presented by KXLY News 4.

American Bus Association's Destinations Magazine named Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel to its "2022 Best of the Best" in the Lodging category. In honoring its award-winners, the following overview was included: "Destinations is pleased to present its Best of the Best or 2022. Our selection reflects destinations and attractions across the country that welcome groups and makes visiting by motorcoach a breeze."

Despite hiring challenges, Coeur d'Alene Casino leadership was able to find several promising teammates and promote other standout existing employees. These include hiring Molly Abrahamson as HR Director and Chris Runyon as Director of Golf and elevating David Norton as Food and Beverage Director, Steve Devlin as Front of House Food and Beverage Manager, Maria Starnes as Hotel Guest Service Manager, Desi Moses as Human Resources Manager, Kal Zaranc as Head Superintendent of Circling Raven Golf Course, and Tucker Louie-McGee as Promotions Manager.

"As gratifying as the results are that we achieved this year, we're planning more, bigger, and better promotions for 2023 – our 30th anniversary," said CEO Penney. "We will be announcing those imminently and continue doing so throughout the year."

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