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Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Resort and the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens (PGCSC) is celebrating the successful first year of its Mom's Meals program. Launched in fall 2009, Mom's Meals is a project that provides nutritious meals for elderly and homebound residents that reside within the City of Maricopa and other unincorporated areas of Pinal County. Since the launch of the program, the project has provided more than 5,200 meals to 48 individuals who reside in the communities of Maricopa, Stanfield, Queen Creek, San Tan and other outlying areas of Pinal County.

Currently there are 39 clients who are receiving meals an average of 25 meals per month. Through Mom's Meals, home-bound participants receive a UPS shipment of 10 chilled meals every other week. Each nutritionally-balanced meal contains one third of the recommended dietary allowances as established by the Food amp; Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine. Clients can choose their meals from a pre-approved menu of more than 40 entrees. Funding for the program is provided by Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Resort, which donated $20,000 to the Mom's Meals program for the first year of the program.

Harrah's has partnered with PGCSC since 2004 and funded the initial Meals on Wheels delivery program. The property has donated more than $176,500 to date toward senior care in Pinal County, including $141,500 cash support, a truck for home delivered meals equipped with a hot/cold box valued at $35,000 and volunteer support as well. Harrah's Ak-Chin's HERO Committee and the property's then-vice president and general manager, Geoff Andres, were honored with a "Hero Community Award" in 2007 by then-Gov.

Janet Napolitano for their support to isolated and frail seniors in Pinal County. "We're proud to be a supporter of the Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens for several years now," said Jane Stimmel, employee relations, training and development manager for Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Resort. "Through our HERO program, Harrah's Ak-Chin employees are able to donate their time to improve our community, so we're glad to be able to contribute to the great programs PGCSC has to offer." Additional funding for the Mom's Meals program is donated by the Federal Older Americans Act, Federal Shelter Emergency Food Shelter Program administered through United Way of Pinal County and ALTCS.

For more information about the Mom's Meals program, or to volunteer, please contact Olivia Guerrero or Ana Medina at (520) 836-2758. Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino opened in Maricopa, Arizona in December 1994 and was Arizona's first Indian casino to have a management partner. The 40,000-square-foot casino has everything you need for a thrilling gaming experience, with the largest selection of reel and video slots, video poker, table games from blackjack to World Series of Poker®, Keno and Bingo.

The Ak-Chin Bingo Hall has been totally remodeled and provides the latest in Bingo technology. Harrah's Ak-Chin has the only Bingo hall in the Harrah's organization, continuing the proud heritage of William F. Harrah, who opened his first Bingo hall in Reno in 1937. Harrah's Ak-Chin is more than just a casino. In March 2001, Harrah's Ak-Chin opened its resort and now boasts 148 luxurious guestrooms, which come complete with all the amenities to make your stay a comfortable one.

A hotel tower, currently under construction, will open summer 2011 and will double the number of available guest rooms on property. Harrah's Ak-Chin was named a 2010 Most Admired Company by Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ, and Phoenix Business Journal has named the property one of the "Best Places to Work in the Valley" in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Harrah's Ak-Chin also ranked highest in gaming customer satisfaction among casinos in southern Arizona by J.D.

Power and Associates' 2009 Indian Gaming Casino Satisfaction Study. For more information, please visit