Friday, September 09, 2005

Show To Raise Relief Funds For Harrah's Employees

LAS VEGAS – Producers of “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” today announced they will offer two special performances this Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino’s Calypso Room to benefit Harrah’s Entertainment employees affected by Hurricane Katrina. The two performances are at 5 and 8 p.m. (includes dinner).

Both shows will feature guest performances by Nevada Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and local entertainer Dennis Bono. Any guest who donates $100 or more to the Harrah's Employee Recovery Fund or the Red Cross will get a free ticket to one of these performances. For all other full price tickets sold to these two performances only ($78.95 plus tax a ticket for general seating, $125 plus tax for VIP seating), Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding will give a 30 percent donation to the Harrah’s Employee Recovery Fund.

“We are pleased to assist Harrah’s Entertainment employees in their recovery efforts,” said Raphael Berko, show producer. “We are counting on a great turnout this Sunday so we can make a difference in the lives of Harrah’s employees affected by Hurricane Katrina.”

Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. continues to assist employees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Harrah’s focus remains on the safety and health of its nearly 8,000 employees in Biloxi, Gulfport and New Orleans. The Recovery Fund, seeded last week with an initial donation of $1 million from the Harrah’s Foundation, will provide relief and recovery assistance to employees affected by the storm. In addition, a Harrah’s Employee Information Center has been created at the Harrah’s Entertainment Corporate Center in Memphis, Tenn.

The center will lead the effort to assist employees who have been evacuated and displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The Harrah’s Employee Relief hotline number is (877) 422-7466. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, call the Rio Box Office at (702) 777-7776. For room reservations, call (800) PLAYRIO.

The show’s original New York director, Larry Pellegrini, directs and supervises the casting process of the Las Vegas version of “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding,” which has played in more than 40 American cities, and has run successfully on Broadway for 18 years. Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding is the creation of the improvisational comedy troupe, “Artificial Intelligence.”

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