Thursday, April 14, 2005

Ameristar Casinos Gives $1 Million To NVCI

LAS VEGAS — Ameristar Casinos, Inc. and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation have become joint founders of the Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) through a gift of $1 million toward valuable cancer-related research, education, support services, and treatment initiatives. Ameristar Casinos and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, a charity founded by Ameristar's chairman and chief executive officer, each gave $500,000 to benefit the research work of NVCI.

''We are enormously grateful for this generous gift,” said Heather Murren, president and CEO of the Nevada Cancer Institute. ''As one of our leading corporate citizens, we are confident the commitment of Ameristar and Craig H. Neilsen will inspire other members of Nevada's business community to contribute to improving the status of the health of the residents of our state.''

NVCI is the official cancer institute of the state of Nevada as designated by the Nevada legislature. Its mission is to develop a comprehensive cancer research institute staffed by the finest scientists, clinicians, and caregivers, by providing hope for the community through education, support and patient-centered care and striving for a future without cancer through innovative translational research in basic, clinical and population science.

Ameristar Casinos has a long-standing history of commitment to its communities. The Ameristar Cares charitable giving program encompasses direct financial donations, workplace giving, a vendor-participation charity program and team member volunteerism. Through the Ameristar Cares Workplace Giving Campaign, team member donations are matched dollar-for-dollar by the company with an additional match for rehabilitation facility partners by the Neilsen Foundation.

''I have a deep respect for the Nevada Cancer Institute and the remarkable vision it has displayed in helping to advance Nevada's health care,'' said Craig H. Neilsen. ''Participating in fulfilling their esteemed mission is an honor for our organization, and we look forward to contributing to their success.''

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation was founded in 2004 by Ameristar Casinos Chairman and CEO Craig H. Neilsen. Since its inception, the Las Vegas-based foundation has contributed to approximately 20 organizations. The foundation’s contributions are primarily directed to organizations that are focused on spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation.

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