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WBLM 102.9 and Oxford Casino Raise $10K for Veterans

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WBLM 102.9 and Oxford Casino Raise $10K for Veterans

Oxford, Maine: WBLM 102.9, Oxford Casino and casino guests raised $10,000 to benefit Veterans Inc., Veterans Count (a program of Easter Seals), and Wounded Heroes Program of Maine.  WBLM’s team of Herb “Captain” Ivy, Brian “The Guru” James, along with Sarah Richer of Townsquare Media joined forces with Oxford Casino to conduct promotions to regularly raise funds for the very notable Veterans organizations.  The Captain had this to say, “WBLM and Townsquare are so proud to be part of this with Oxford Casino.  We’re ready, willing and able to make it even bigger next year.”  Jack Sours, General Manager and Vice President of Oxford Casino confirmed plans for increased fundraising next year.  “Yes, we’re stepping it up next year.  I’m very proud of our efforts and the success we’ve had raising funds with WBLM and Townsquare Media for such worthy organizations.”

A Veterans Inc. facility is located in Lewiston, Maine, where the program provides emergency and transitional housing to veterans who are actively working to integrate themselves back into civilian life.  Veterans Inc. also provides treatment plans, benefits counseling, transportation, legal advice and referrals, along with long term housing, career counseling, training, job placement and other outreach support to veterans.  Alley Smith, ARNG, OEF, Veteran and Regional Manager of Veterans Inc.-Maine said, “We are truly grateful for Oxford Casino’s support of military, veterans and their families.  Their donation will be used to assist countless families and veterans across the state.  Every penny will assist veterans with basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and assistance accessing housing and employment opportunities.  Your contribution honors the service and sacrifice of United States military members and their families.”  To learn more about or to donate to Veterans Inc., visit veteransinc.org.

Veterans Count provides critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being.  Jeremy J. Kendall, LSW and Director of Military and Veterans Services for Easter Seals Maine said, “All of (this donation) will stay here in Maine with 90% going directly back to the veterans we serve.  This money will help put food on a veteran’s table to feed their family, fix a vehicle so the veteran can attend important medical appointments or maintain stable employment, pay a rent or mortgage payment for a veteran that has fallen on hard times or repair a home to increase the veteran’s housing stability.  To learn more about Veterans Count or to donate, visit vetscount.org.

In 2008, when Pam Payeur’s son returned from war as a wounded veteran, she developed Wounded Heroes Program to help hundreds of wounded veterans with financial support and guidance to help them navigate the government system to help them acquire the benefits they rightfully deserve.  Wounded Heroes is a 100% volunteer-run organization, with 95% of donations used to help pay rent/mortgage, phone bills, heating fuel payments, and more while they are waiting for their disability claims to be processed.  To learn more about, or to donate to the Wounded Heroes Program, visit woundedheroesmaine.org.

Fundraising for 2017 begins with Hail to our Heroes on Sunday, January 15, 2017 and will continue monthly throughout the year.  Details of the promotion will be posted to oxfordcasino.com in mid-December.  Oxford Casino is now hiring and is proud to be Veteran/United States military friendly.

PHOTO ATTACHED Left to Right: Jeremy Kendall of Veterans Count/Easter Seals, Alley Smith of Veterans Inc., Pam Payeur of Wounded Heroes and Jack Sours of Oxford Casino

Oxford Casino opened in June, 2012 and underwent two expansions, one in October 2012 and another in December 2013.  The hilltop Casino is located on 100 acres 40 minutes northwest of Portland in Maine’s lakes and mountains region. The property includes a 30,281 square foot, single level, gaming floor with more than 850 Class III slot machines and 28 table games. It also hosts Oxford Grill, a 140 seat casual restaurant, Oxford Express, a grab-and-go restaurant, and a 12-seat, video poker bar.  Further information can be found at www.oxfordcasino.com.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, KY, owns and operates the world renowned Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as racetrack and casino operations and a poker room in Miami Gardens, FL; racetrack, casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, LA; racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, IL; a casino resort in Greenville, MS; a casino hotel in Vicksburg, MS; and a casino operation in Oxford, ME.  CDI also owns the country's premier online wagering company, TwinSpires.com; the totalisator company, United Tote; Luckity.com, offering fun games online for a chance to win cash prizes; Bluff Media, an Atlanta-based multimedia poker company; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. In addition, CDI’s 50 percent owned, joint venture, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC, is currently constructing a video lottery terminal and harness racing facility in southwest Ohio. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.