The donation was the result of an earn and win promotion, in which Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley Guests could earn giveaways by playing slots while donating to an important cause.
The featured slot in September was Konami Gaming's China Shores and Jackpot Safari. Guests who played on those machines received a stuffed animal Panda Bear (the primary symbol of the featured slot themes). In total, Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley gave away 1,460 bears.
"This is our second promotion of this kind, and we have received an overwhelming response from our Guests and now from our slot manufacturing partners," explained Joseph Nayquonabe, interim corporate vice president of marketing for Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley. "Once Konami Gaming heard of this promotion, they wanted to partner with Grand Casino to make a donation as well."
"Konami was proud to partner with Grand Casinos Minnesota to benefit the Como Zoo," said Ross O'Hanley, senior director of marketing for Konami Gaming, Inc. "We appreciated the opportunity to feature our best games and sponsor a worthy cause."
The $15,000 donation will be used to support education activities within the new Polar Bear Odyssey habitat, opening in May 2010. The Polar Bear Odyssey is a $15.35 million project to develop a world-class polar bear habitat at Como Zoo.
"Como is very thankful for the generous gifts from Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Grand Casino Hinckley, and Konami," said Jackie Sticha, president of Como Friends. "Como is the most visited arts and culture destination in the state with over 1.9 million annual visitors. This donation will make possible free interactive education activities for visiting families and school groups, providing an improved and more engaging experience."
About Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley
Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley, which are owned by the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians, are two of Minnesota's premier entertainment facilities, offering gaming, accommodations, dining, conference and banquet facilities, live entertainment, and the Grand Harmony Spa at Grand Casino Hinckley. Grand Casino Mille Lacs is located on Highway 169, 90 minutes north of the Twin Cities and two hours southwest of Duluth; Grand Casino Hinckley is located on I-35, 75 minutes north of the Twin Cities and 65 minutes south of Duluth.
About Konami Gaming, Inc.
Is a Las Vegas based subsidiary of Konami Corporation (NYSE: KNM). The company is a leading provider of slot machines and casino management systems for the global gaming market. For more information about Konami Gaming, Inc., please visit http://www.konamigaming.com or contact:
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