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Oregon casino sends 30 students to Blazers game

5 January 2010

PENDLETON, Oregon -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Wildhorse Resort and Casino provided a late Christmas present to 30 Nixyaawii Charter School students in the form of a VIP night with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The students boarded a charter bus at 11am on December 30th to watch the Portland Trail Blazers play at the Rose Garden. Upon arrival to the arena, students were treated to a hosted dinner in the private dining room on the Club Level of the Rose Garden. Not long after they sat down, the students were visited by Rebecca Haarlow, Blazers Sideline Reporter, who gave them a chalk talk, told them what to expect during the game, provided injury reports and spent time answering questions during a Q & A session.

The surprises kept coming, soon the students were introduced to some of the Blazer Dancers who posed for pictures and signed autographs. They also helped Blazers staff with a raffle that included prizes from authentic Blazers jerseys to t-shirts and ball caps. No student left empty handed as each table was decorated with pom poms and foam fingers that the students were encouraged to take to their seats and use during the game.

After dinner, the students were taken to the 100 level of the Rose Garden to watch as the Blazers took on the LA Clippers. The Blazers came out on top 103-99.

Gary George, CEO for Wildhorse Resort and Casino said the resort was happy able to provide such an experience for the students. "Since the inception of the school, Wildhorse has made it a priority to support the students in any way they can and help find ways to keep them doing what they need to in the classroom."

"Students were selected based on academic eligibility and behavior" said Tim Springer, Principal of Nixyaawii. "It was a great reward for students who are performing well in class and showing good behavior. We hope to continue to reward students who are doing what they are supposed to do in the classroom and I hope it encourages other students to increase their performance. I would like to thank Wildhorse for making the donation to Nixyaawii. Wildhorse has been a great supporter of the school over the past 6 years. "

One student proclaimed "this is the best thing I have done in a long time." For Wildhorse, that made the night a success.

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