Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is following through with earlier commitments to support the community and today General Manager Mary Cheeks was joined by Social Enterprise and Training (SEAT) Center Executive Director Jennifer Lawrence at the SEAT Center’s Schenectady offices and training center for a check presentation. Rivers donated $7,000 to the SEAT Center.

On February 6, Rivers Casino in Schenectady, New York thanked many of the people who helped bring the $330 million casino from vision to reality when they held a special Appreciation Night celebration.

During the celebration Rivers offered low limit gaming and bundled the proceeds of the event with a donation from Rush Street Gaming bringing the total to be donated to $21,000. The proceeds from the event were earmarked for three causes with each to receive $7,000. In addition to SEAT, The Veterans Miracle Center and Schenectady Emergency Services (Police and Fire Departments) are recipients.

The SEAT Center provides transformative educational and workforce experiences involving youth with career development and academic support services, including accredited training in Green Construction, Weatherization, and Healthcare.

To date, some 788 homes have been serviced by the program via more than 60,000 hours of service work. The job placement rate for SEAT is 86%.

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with the SEAT Center, and we are privileged to be able to give back to this incredible organization,” said Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady General Manager Mary Cheeks. “This partnership has been extremely valuable – we have hired several dozen SEAT Center graduates in positions all across our organization, and this organization has helped us meet our hiring goals since the beginning.”

Rivers Casino & Resort opened at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady on February 8, 2017. The area, located on the Erie Canal had been the home to locomotive works since the 1840’s and had been abandoned since the 1990’s when GE was the last company to pull out. The reclamation and end result of brownfield to a vibrant mixed-use development, including Rivers Casino is one of the great American success stories in Urban Renewal.

For more information on Rivers Casino & Resort, visit www.riverscasinoandresort.com

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