Jeannie Foster, an intern with the Maricopa Youth Recreation Center, submitted the winning essay and will receive $2,500 from Harrah Ak-Chin Casino Resort. Foster entered the Essay Parlay contest indicating that the funds received would help the Youth Recreation Center continue its efforts to give "teens an alternative to trouble by providing Maricopa and Ak-Chin youth positive activities."

These plans include new equipment for fitness class, a cash register for the snack bar, a photography instructor and fun, end of the month events.

The Harrah Ak-Chin Casino's Essay Parlay contest invited local 501c3 organizations to submit short essays about what they do to improve the community in which they work, live and play. In addition to the $2,500, the Youth Center will also receive an additional $500 per year for the next three years.

Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino opened in Maricopa, Arizona in December 1994 and was Arizona's first Indian casino to have a management partner. The 40,000-square-foot casino has everything you need for a thrilling gaming experience, with the largest selection of reel and video slots, video poker, table games from blackjack to World Series of Pokerr, Keno and Bingo. The Ak-Chin Bingo Hall has been totally remodeled and provides the latest in Bingo technology. Harrah's Ak-Chin has the only Bingo hall in the Harrah's organization, continuing the proud heritage of William F. Harrah, who opened his first Bingo hall in Reno in 1937.

Harrah's Ak-Chin is more than just a casino. In March 2001, Harrah's Ak-Chin opened its resort and now boasts 148 luxurious guestrooms, which come complete with all the amenities to make your stay a comfortable one. A hotel tower, currently under construction, will open summer 2011 and will double the number of available guest rooms on property.
Harrah's Ak-Chin was named a 2010 Most Admired Company by Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ, and Phoenix Business Journal has named the property one of the "Best Places to Work in the Valley" in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Harrah's Ak-Chin also ranked highest in gaming customer satisfaction among casinos in southern Arizona by J.D. Power and Associates' 2009 Indian Gaming Casino Satisfaction Study.
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