Tampa, Florida -- The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino celebrated its 10thanniversary on Tuesday.
Instead of receiving gifts, its president, John Fontana announced the casino was giving away charitable gifts.
"Over the next 10 years we will give four local charities $10,000 a year. Adding that up, that is a total of $100,000 in donations."
The charities are the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, DeBartolo Family Foundation, Metropolitan Ministries, and Hands Across the Bay.
Hands Across the Bay is a charity that gives a hand-up to families that are struggling to get by.
"This donation is unbelievable," said Hands Across the Bay's president and founder, Julie Weintraub. "It takes a huge burden off. Any time someone donates funds like that... any organization can tell you we work so hard and to have that given back to us is just a huge relief. When someone makes that donation to you and trusts you with that money it's a huge compliment. They are trusting you, here are some funds and do good things with it."
The Hard Rock was proud to announce its overall economic impact on the Tampa Bay area.
The Tampa Bay Business Journal reported the Hard Rock was noted as the fifth largest private employer last year in the state. The Hard Rock currently employs more than 3,300 people.
The Innovation group surveyed the total economic impact from the Hard Rock from 2013 and found it had an impact of $592 million. It also projected the Hard Rock will have a $6 billion impact over the next decade.
The property has also donated more than $5 million dollars to the Tampa community by working with more than 100 charities. Fontana also said they make an annual commitment to the Florida Counseling on Compulsive Gambling fund.
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