Schererville, IN – Horseshoe Casino Hammond recently selected Campagna Academy to be the recipient of their 2017 Hero Volunteer Project. Caesars Foundation donated $10,000 to fund the volunteer project at Campagna Academy.

Almost fifty volunteers from Horseshoe embarked on a two day renovation project in one of their residential cottages that serves boys with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Horseshoe employees volunteered their time and talents to remodel the kitchen and bathroom with new countertops, cabinets and fresh paint.  Their client’s bedrooms also received new vinyl window coverings and handmade closet coverings.  The volunteers also deep cleaned the carpet in the entire cottage. The exterior of two of their residential cottages got a makeover with a landscaping project that included new plants, flowers, and mulch. 

Elena Dwyre, Campagna Academy’s CEO shared, “We are delighted to have been chosen by Horseshoe Casino as a recipient of the Caesars Foundation donation. We were in desperate need of assistance to help renovate our cottages, which some are 50 years old or older. The level of dedication from each and every one of the employees from Horseshoe was clearly seen every day, regardless of the warm weather, and amount of work needed. They all had smiles on their faces and truly wanted to be here and make a difference. On behalf of myself, our Board of Directors and the children at Campagna, we thank Horseshoe Casino for their generosity!”

In addition to the work on the residential cottages Horseshoe volunteers converted a vacant space in the Campagna Center into a Bedroom Décor Store for their residents. This décor store will allow their residents to select their own bedspread, decorative pillows, rugs and room posters making their rooms feel a little more like home.  Horseshoe’s carpenters custom built floor to ceiling shelves just for the decor store. The shelves of the décor store were stocked by Horseshoe employees that hosted a donation drive at the casino for employees that could not volunteer on Campagna Academy’s campus.

“While we know that monetary support is always beneficial, it is just as important for our volunteers to be able to put their talents to work in our community. One of the wall quotes we selected for the decor store says, ‘Don’t look back – you’re not heading that way anyway.’ We want the young people at Campagna to remember that quote as they seek to find their own path in life. Horseshoe is extremely proud to be able to work with the amazing Campagna team to make the lives of the at-risk youth in our community one of hope,” said Dawn Reynolds Pettit, Horseshoe’s Regional Vice President of Human Resources.

The Caesars Foundation donated $10,000 to Campagna Academy. The intent was to support Campagna Academy in the best way possible so the volunteers found great discounts as well as donated items from Calumet Electric, Korellis Roofing and Salyer Plumbing. Horseshoe Casino Hammond would also like to thank Alsip Nursery, Home Depot, Meier’s Landscaping, Menards, Sherwin Williams, State Lumber and Von Tobel for working with us to make the Campagna Academy project come to life.

About Campagna Academy: Campagna Academy has been restoring hopes and dreams in at-risk youth for 70 years. Our residential programs include IDD (Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities), Open, Secure and PRTF.  We also have an IOP Substance Abuse Program, Day Treatment Program and Therapeutic Foster Care Program. For more information about Campagna Academy please visit our website at or give us a call at 219.322.8614.

Horseshoe Casino Hammond volunteers presenting a $10,000 donation from the Caesars Foundation to Beth Szamatowicz (L), Campagna Academy’s Director of Public Relations & Volunteer Services and Erica Kerkes, (R) Volunteer Coordinator.