Wreaths Across America
Oxford, Maine (September 26, 2016) – This summer WOKQ (a division of Town Square Media) and Oxford Casino joined forces to hold fundraising events to benefit Maine-based, national nonprofit Wreaths Across America. Guests were encouraged to make donations during WOKQ’s live broadcasts from the casino. On Friday, September 23, 2016, a check in the amount of $5000 was presented to Amber Caron, public relations contact for Wreaths Across America. Jack Sours, General Manager and Vice President of Oxford Casino said, “Oxford Casino is proud of our established and continued efforts toward supporting our brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice and veterans who fought in defense of our nation and our freedom.”
This December, Wreaths Across America volunteers will place nearly 1 million Maine-made balsam wreaths on the headstones of our fallen veterans at more than 1,100 participating locations across the country, including our nation’s cemetery at Arlington. The purpose of laying the wreaths is not to decorate graves, but to remember and honor the lives of the veterans who sacrificed so much for our freedom.
“It is thanks to groups and individuals like WOKQ, Oxford Casino and their patrons that Wreaths Across America is able to honor and remember so many of our nation’s heroes each December,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “Each wreath is sponsored by a grateful American and will be placed on the graves of fallen servicemen and women as their names are read aloud to ensure they are not forgotten.”
This year National Wreaths Across America Day will be on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event, open to all. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.
ABOUT OXFORD CASINO INCORPORATED
Oxford Casino opened in June, 2012 and underwent two expansions, one in October 2012 and another in December 2013 after being purchased by Churchill Downs Incorporated. The hilltop Casino is located on 100 acres just 40 minutes from Portland, at the gateway to 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 & Bar – 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.
ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED
Churchill Downs Incorporated, (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry-leading racing, gaming and online entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. We are a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with gaming positions in six states, and we are the largest legal online account wagering platform for horseracing in the U.S., through our ownership of TwinSpires.com. We are also one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of mobile games through Big Fish Games, Inc. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.
ABOUT WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,100 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.