FLINTSTONE, Md. (November 1, 2017) – Rocky Gap Casino Resort has been selected the Business Partner of the Year by the Friends Aware organization of Cumberland, Md. The group said Rocky Gap earned the award for creating and providing employment to individuals with developmental disabilities.
Friends Aware is a non-profit organization created to bridge the gap for adults with developmental disabilities through work programs at the facility and with local businesses to employ some of the individuals.
Rocky Gap has long hired many of Friends Aware clients, including Danny Pfister, who has worked at the resort for almost 17 years.
“For almost 20 years, Rocky Gap has collaborated with Friends Aware to provide employment opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities,” said Robert A. Godfrey, executive director of Friends Aware. “The work to assist in finding employment for these individuals continues today. We are so grateful for their commitment to these individuals and the relationships that have been forged between the employees and those who utilize our services.”
Rocky Gap General Manager Skylar Dice has been a board member of Friends Aware for two years and has experienced the organization’s efforts first-hand.
“Friends Aware is a wonderful and much needed organization and Rocky Gap is proud to provide the clients trained by the organization with jobs allow them to be active and productive participants in the workforce,” Dice said.
Rocky Gap Casino Resort has three award-winning restaurants, 198 hotel rooms and suites and the property includes the championship caliber Rocky Gap Golf Course – the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Maryland – and the Spa at Rocky Gap.
Rocky Gap is a subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Golden Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:GDEN).
About Rocky Gap Casino Resort
Rocky Gap Casino Resort is located in Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland, Maryland in the heart of Allegany County. This location features miles of hiking trails and incredible mountain views. Rocky Gap Casino Resort is a AAA 4-Diamond Award® and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning resort featuring a casino, hotel, events and conference center, Bonkerz Comedy Club, three restaurants and a deli, the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Maryland, a spa, indoor pool, fitness center, pro shop, complimentary valet parking, individual parking, and several outdoor recreational activities. The casino features 665 slot machines, 17 table games and two casino bars. The newly opened Lakeside Terrace at Rocky Gap Casino Resort offers a scenic and relaxing outdoor setting with a backdrop that includes Evitts Mountain and the 242-acre Lake Habeeb. The golf course was included in GolfWeek magazine’s list of the best courses to play in Maryland and best casino courses, as well as featured in Golf Digest’s list of America’s 36 Best Buddies-Trip Destinations. Rocky Gap Casino Resort is owned by Golden Entertainment, Inc. More information is available at www.rockygapcasino.com.
About Golden Entertainment, Inc.
Golden Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions – resort and casino operations and distributed gaming. The Company operates approximately 16,000 gaming devices, 114 table games, 5,162 hotel rooms, and provides jobs for more than 7,200 team members. Golden Entertainment owns eight casino resorts – seven in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. Through its distributed gaming business in Nevada and Montana, Golden Entertainment operates video gaming devices at nearly 1,000 locations and owns nearly 60 traditional taverns in Nevada. The Company is licensed in Illinois to operate video gaming terminals. Golden Entertainment is focused on maximizing the value of its portfolio by leveraging its scale, leadership position and proven management capabilities across its two divisions. For more information, visit www.goldenent.com.
For Rocky Gap Casino-Resort:
For Golden Entertainment:
Joseph Jaffoni, Richard Land, James Leahy of JCIR