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October 29, 2010

Kewadin Casinos will proudly celebrate its 25th anniversary on Nov. 6 with a VIP party, special promotions for guests, and donations to 25 charities throughout the Upper Peninsula.

With the support of local communities, local leaders, great customers and terrific employees, Kewadin Casinos has grown from a one-room blackjack house to a major economic
force, tourist destination and job provider in northern Michigan. "Our success as a major Michigan employer and destination resort is attributed to the support, guidance and efforts of many people," said Kewadin Casino COO Tony Goetz. "Our 25th anniversary is a significant milestone that we proudly celebrate with our customers, community partners and employees."

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration on Nov. 6, Kewadin Casinos is giving away $500 every 10 minutes from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sault Ste. Marie casino. The casino will also donate $500 to 25 charities throughout the U.P. that night. The five Kewadin Casinos in Michigan's Upper Peninsula employ about 1,000 people and have an annual payroll of more than $25 million. When the first Kewadin Casino opened in November 1985, it was a one-room blackjack house with 80 employees in Sault Ste. Marie. Today the five casino properties have 500,000 square feet of facility space with 86,000 square feet earmarked for gaming space with 2,000 slot machines and 50 table games, seven restaurants and delis, two on-site hotels, a 25,000-square-foot convention facility, eight lounges, and four gift shops.

"Our casinos have made a tremendous positive impact on the Upper Peninsula and all of northern Michigan over the past 25 years," said Sault Tribe Chairman Joe McCoy. "In addition to community employment and tourism opportunities, much of our tribal services growth can be attributed directly to the revenues generated by our casinos."

Kewadin Casinos Regional Economic Impact is estimated at $325.4 million annually

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