Variety – The Children’s Charity Awards Great Canadian Gaming Corporation the Prestigious International Award

Richmond, B.C. (August 10, 2015): Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a proud recipient of the coveted International Award, presented by Variety – The Children’s Charity. This annual award is granted to companies that have demonstrated a high level of support and commitment to Variety, a charitable organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with special needs.

“Great Canadian Gaming is more than a supporter of Variety. They are a partner that helps bring our annual Telethon to life. The Telethon rallies British Columbians in one weekend, celebrating stories of amazing children who have special needs who face unimaginable challenges and achieve little victories. It is Variety’s largest fundraising event of the year and a beloved annual event that would not be possible without our partners such as Great Canadian Gaming,” said Bill Senghera, President of Variety – The Children’s Charity.

Since 2008, Variety’s Show of Hearts Telethon has been hosted by Great Canadian at its Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (previously Boulevard Casino) location. Assistance is provided through financial and in-kind donations, staff volunteer hours and by granting use of the theatre facilities. This year’s telethon raised nearly six million for children in BC who have special needs.

“Being recognized for our community efforts in this manner is a tremendous honour. Our nomination and win would not be possible without the hours put in by our colleagues whose contributions during the Telethon are countless,” said Chuck Keeling, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations and Responsible Gaming, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation.

Great Canadian was nominated by Variety’s BC chapter. Previous BC-based recipients of the International Award are Global BC and White Spot.

Variety raises funds to provide help and hope to children who have special needs and fund organizations that provide support and services to children in BC. Every year, Variety assists more than 1,200 children in over 125 cities and towns with life-saving, life-changing and life- enriching support. To learn more about Variety, please visit .


Great Canadian Gaming Corporation is a Canadian based company that operates gaming, entertainment and hospitality facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Washington State. The Company has 16 gaming properties, which consists of nine casinos, including one with a four Diamond resort hotel, four horse racetrack casinos and three community gaming centres. A key element of Great Canadian’s business model is its commitment to social responsibility.

PROUD of our people, our business, our community is Great Canadian’s brand that unifies the company’s community, volunteering and social responsibility efforts. Under the PROUD program, Great Canadian annually invests over $2 million in our communities, and in 2014, over 1,200 charitable organizations were supported by Great Canadian. In each Canadian gaming jurisdiction, the majority of gross gaming revenue from gaming facilities goes back directly to provincial governments for the purpose of supporting programs like healthcare, education and social services.

For all media inquiries please contact:

Sonja Mandic,
Manager, Media and Responsible Gaming
Great Canadian Gaming Corporation