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Casino donates to Howard Beach VFW

Replaces equipment lost in Sandy

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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:36 am, Thu Jun 6, 2013.

In honor of Memorial Day, Resorts World Casino New York City helped a Howard Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars organization that was affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Representatives of Resorts World and local community leaders welcomed the Bernard J. Coleman VFW Post # 2565 of Howard Beach to the casino over Memorial Day weekend.

The VFW was on hand to receive new digital audio equipment donated by the casino to replace old equipment that was washed away during Sandy.

“We’re so thrilled to celebrate this Memorial Day with the Howard Beach VFW and provide them with this brand-new equipment, replacing what was lost in the storm,” said Michael Speller, president of Resorts World. “We believe strongly that our success is in large part due to the hospitality shown to us by the residents of Queens. This borough is our home, and as part of this community we are committed to continuing to do everything we can to continue supporting it.”

The Howard Beach VFW lost a significant amount of electronics and digital audio equipment that is necessary to continue the regular events it holds for veterans in the area. Resorts World has supported the VFW with donations each Memorial Day, and this year’s donation includes loudspeakers and microphones for the annual Memorial Day parade and for other events sponsored by the VFW, replacing the equipment lost to Sandy.

“Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave up all of their tomorrows for us here today, and an opportunity to celebrate the lives of our fallen heroes,” said Pat Connolly, commander of the Howard Beach VFW. “We thank Resorts World for their generous donation in honor of these brave men and women, and for standing with us in commemorating those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.”

The new equipment was used in Monday’s parade in Old Howard Beach.

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