Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Harrah’s and Employees Set $1 Million Goal

LAS VEGAS - Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) unveiled the Harrah’s reception area for chemotherapy patients located inside the Institute’s new flagship facility at One Breakthrough Way, 10441 West Twain Avenue. Harrah’s and its employees also announced a goal to raise $1 million for NVCI.

“This generous gift demonstrates Harrah’s and its employees’ outstanding commitment to the community and the fight against cancer,” said Heather Murren, president and CEO of NVCI. “We are thrilled to recognize Harrah’s and its employees with such a prominent space as the patient reception area. They are truly leaders in our community, and we hope this display of generosity serves as an inspiration to all Nevadan’s to join in the search for a cure for cancer.”

Harrah’s and its employees plan to contribute to their $1 million goal each year until 2007. Harrah’s Foundation will match a portion of employee contributions to the NVCI. The gift will be instrumental in helping NVCI, who will dedicate its flagship facility on September 23, 2005, in achieving its mission: To develop a comprehensive cancer research institute staffed by the finest scientists, clinicians, and caregivers. Together, we will provide hope for our community through education, support and patient-centered care. We will strive for a future without cancer through innovative translational research in basic, clinical and population science.

“What Nevada Cancer Institute has done for Nevada is immeasurable,” noted Gary Loveman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Harrah’s Entertainment. “In three years, they have exceeded our expectations and have filled the community with hope for a brighter tomorrow. They’ve made the vision of a world-class cancer center a reality for Nevadans and, in the process they’ve forever changed the healthcare landscape of our city,” Loveman said. “I would like to thank all the Harrah’s employees who have generously embraced this monumental project.”

Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., is the world’s largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada 67 years ago, Harrah’s has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. On June 13, 2005, Harrah’s Entertainment acquired Caesars Entertainment, Inc., and now owns or manages through various subsidiaries more than 40 casinos in three countries, primarily under the Harrah’s, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names.

The Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) is the official cancer institute for the State of Nevada. NVCI’s mission is to develop a comprehensive cancer research institute staffed by the finest scientists, clinicians and caregivers, to provide hope for the community through research, prevention, detection, (emphasis added) education, support and patient-centered care by striving for a future without cancer through innovative translational research in basic, clinical and population science.

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