Harrah’s Reaches Out to Troops Worldwide Through the USO

$1 Million Grant Enhances Facilities, Services for Men and Women in Uniform

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., the world’s largest gaming-entertainment company, has donated $1 million to the USO to enhance USO centers and extend vital morale-boosting services to U.S. service members around the world.

Some $400,000 is being distributed to equip various USO centers with new computers and large-screen TVs, as well as remodel canteen areas so troops and their families can enjoy home-cooked meals. In addition, funds will upgrade the break room at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, which provides respite for members of the Base Mortuary Team, and establish a “mini-USO” in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for service members coming into port.

Earlier this year, approximately $600,000 of the Harrah’s donation was used to purchase two mobile canteens for troops and their families in the Southwest and Midwestern United States, which effectively extended the reach of the USO in these areas.

The centers receiving the grants for refurbishing projects include USO Puget Sound, USO Okinawa, USO at Los Angeles International Airport, USO Seoul (Camp Kim), USO Delaware, USO Stuttgart (Germany), USO Sasebo (Japan), USO Rhein Main (Germany), USO Dubai, USO of the Greater Jacksonville Area, USO Hampton Roads, USO San Antonio, USO Illinois, USO Kuwait, USO of Northern Ohio, USO Georgia and USO Pensacola.

“These grant awards mean that USO centers in these areas can make needed improvements, enhancing the services they provide to our men and women in uniform,” said Edward A. Powell, USO president and CEO. “We are enormously grateful to Harrah’s Entertainment for helping the USO improve the quality of life for U.S. service members,” Powell added.

“None of us can ever hope to repay the debt of gratitude we owe those who dedicate their lives to keeping America free and safe,” said Gary Loveman, president, CEO and chairman of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. “Still, my hope is that this gesture, made on behalf of our nearly 100,000 employees, provides some indication of just how thankful we are for all they give to our country.”

About the USO: For nearly 65 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by World Partners AT&T Corporation, Avon Products, Inc., BAE SYSTEMS, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Military Channel, National Football League, S&K Sales Company and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. Other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-0600), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at http://www.uso.org/.

About Harrah’s: Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., is the world’s largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, 68 years ago, Harrah’s has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. Harrah’s Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. More information about Harrah’s is available at its Web site — http://www.harrahs.com/.

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