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Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino Joined with Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to Assist with Food Distribution During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Majestic Star Executive Vice President and General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach with Majestic Star Director of Regulatory Compliance Rachel McDermott, Food Bank Executive Director Victor Garcia, Chandra Dixon, Jessica Barnett and Indiana National Guard members.


Apr 7, 2020

Through a partnership with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, in cooperation with the Lake Area United Way and the Indiana National Guard, Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino assisted with food distribution across the region by providing food boxes to area families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The humanitarian effort took place at the Majestic Star Casino parking lot on Tuesday, April 7 through mobile distribution, and served 300 households in the Northwest Indiana area. Governor Eric Holcomb deployed the Indiana National Guard to assist at distribution sites throughout the state.

Majestic Star Casino was the first large business in the area to help distribute goods through the “big business mobile market” venture, targeting large businesses in the region. Tuesday’s effort provided food boxes for approximately 250 Majestic Star team members, as well as additional area families.

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“The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is committed to continuing to serve those who are food insecure. And unfortunately, because of COVID-19, we are seeing a lot of our friends and neighbors who are displaced workers and may be losing out on some income now. We want to make sure we’re also there for those who may not have had a need before,” stated Victor Garcia, executive director of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “It’s so important that we work with major employers like Majestic Star so that we can offer the large mobile market to employees that might be struggling during this time.”

Majestic Star Director of Regulatory Compliance and Food Bank board member Rachel McDermott helped coordinate the effort and said, “It was a natural fit to partner with the Food Bank during this trying time. When Victor reached out to me, I knew Spectacle would be ‘All-IN’ to help our team members, as well as the community.”

Each box included fresh produce, packaged goods, proteins, and other miscellaneous items; and provided enough food to prepare approximately twenty to twenty-two meals.

“At a time when the news is not always good, we’re grateful and honored to share something positive with our team members and our community,” expressed Spectacle Entertainment Executive Vice President and General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach. “We join the Food Bank in thanking Governor Holcomb, the Lake Area United Way and the Indiana National Guard for rallying together to serve the people of our state throughout these challenging days. ”

“And, we stand with Indiana in our effort to help flatten the curve through social distancing. We’re #INthistogether,” Erpenbach added.

To learn more about the response in your community and how you can help, visit https://foodbanknwi.org/.

About the Fund: Lake County United Way launched the NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund on March 18, 2020 to help ensure individuals, children and families in need are supported during this pandemic. Lake Area United Way and a coalition of partners are working with the human services sector to identify these immediate needs and make emergency funds available to organizations working directly with vulnerable populations.


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