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Caesars Entertainment helps combat disease in Zambia

5 Nov 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Caesars Entertainment, the world's most diversified casino-entertainment provider, in collaboration with Clean the World, a leader in global health, today announced the successful distribution of 2,500 pounds of soap to 14,000 children in Zambia. Team members from Caesars Entertainment and its affiliates hand-delivered the supplies last week to help reduce the spread of disease.

"Our relationship with Clean the World exemplifies how we put our People Planet Play commitment into action," said Jan Jones Blackhurst, Caesars Entertainment Executive Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility. "Each year, Caesars collects and donates more than 53 tons of soap and shampoo from hotel rooms, so I am proud that our team members were able to see the process through all the way to Zambia where the soap is critical to reducing illnesses and the spread of infection. It's an important mission that is both heart-warming and vital."

The soap was hand-delivered to young children and their families by Caesars team members, who were selected for the trip after being nominated by colleagues. The unique experience gave the team members a hands-on opportunity to see how recycled soaps and shampoos from Caesars are saving lives.

This year's winners included Arena Hall-Miller, housekeeping supervisor at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel; Joyce Bullock, EVS Supervisor at Horseshoe Casino - Southern Indiana; and Georgina Guerrero, housekeeping floor manager at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

"Delivering the recycled soap to thousands of children in Zambia was a life-changing experience," said Arena Hall-Miller, housekeeping supervisor at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River. "It opened my eyes to the critical needs of people around the world and how companies like Caesars and Clean the World are coming together to help save lives. I am grateful for the chance to make a difference."

The relationship between Caesars and Clean the World began in 2010 when housekeepers at Caesars' Las Vegas affiliates organized a soap collection system as a way to reduce the amount of bathroom items being thrown in landfills. The Caesars Foundation recognized the organization's impact on the environment, as well as a shared commitment to health and wellness, and helped fund the first Recycling Operations Center in Las Vegas. In the eight years since the partnership began, Caesars Entertainment and the Caesars Foundation have gifted $3.1 million to Clean the World in financial contributions, pounds of soap and volunteer hours. Caesars' North American hotel properties have also distributed more than 2.4 million bars of soap to be sanitized, reformulated and distributed in 127 countries.
 
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