Harrah's Donates $1 Million to USO - Tuesday 27th of December 2005

WASHINGTON, DC – Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., theworld's largest gaming-entertainment company, has donated $1 million to theUSO 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 newcomputers and large-screen TVs, as well as remodel canteen areas so troops andtheir families can enjoy home-cooked meals. In addition, funds will upgradethe break room at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, which provides respite formembers of the Base Mortuary Team, and establish a "mini-USO" in Dubai, UnitedArab Emirates, for service members coming into port.

Earlier this year, approximately $600,000 of the Harrah's donation wasused to purchase two mobile canteens for troops and their families in theSouthwest and Midwestern United States, which effectively extended the reachof the USO in these areas.

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

"These grant awards mean that USO centers in these areas can make neededimprovements, enhancing the services they provide to our men and women inuniform," said Edward A. Powell, USO president and CEO. "We are enormouslygrateful to Harrah's Entertainment for helping the USO improve the quality oflife for U.S. service members," Powell added. "None of us can ever hope to repay the debt of gratitude we owe those whodedicate their lives to keeping America free and safe," said Gary Loveman,president, CEO and chairman of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. "Still, my hopeis that this gesture, made on behalf of our nearly 100,000 employees, providessome indication of just how thankful we are for all they give to our country."

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