It’s a season of giving and Horseshoe Indianapolis is embracing the spirit by giving back to the community.
Two 2020 Shuttle buses were recently donated to two worthy organizations in Shelby County. The J. Kenneth Self Boys & Girls Club and Girls, Inc each received a shuttle from the previous fleet utilized by guests for the racetrack and casino visiting the facility.
“Each of these shuttles have less than 300 miles on them, so we hope they will be beneficial for both organizations for many years to come,” said Anna Dougherty, Vice President of Finance. “I’m very passionate about these organizations as my kids attended both facilities. They provide an incredible resource for our community and our families.”
Scott Spahr, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club, noted they oversee services to an average of 500 kids per day. There are currently three locations in Shelby County, including Shelbyville, Morristown, Waldron, and more recently a location at Southwestern. Transportation is a major factor at all locations and the donation of the shuttle will assist many projects and trips for the kids.
“The addition of this shuttle to our facility will make life a lot easier,” noted Spahr. “Transportation is one of the hardest things to conquer, and we always have to figure out how to get the kids to sporting events and field trips. This shuttle will ease those concerns.”
This past summer, team members from Horseshoe Indianapolis provided a Day of Service as one of the projects under the company’s “Hero” program, providing hands on assistance both properties through cleanup, painting, and general labor details. The day ended with a basketball game between the team members at Horseshoe Indianapolis and the kids. While working at both the Boys & Girls Club and Girls, Inc., Trent McIntosh, Senior Vice President, noticed the lack of transportation for the kids and immediately began to investigate how Horseshoe Indianapolis could assist.
“During our ‘Hero’ day, we were made aware of the fact both facilities were renting school buses if they had any off-property activities for the kids in their summer camps, and many times, they had to keep kids at the property due to the lack of transportation,” explained McIntosh. “These shuttles will allow for more opportunities with after school and summer programs. We are happy we had the resources to give back to the community with this donation. Both groups serve a wide range of kids directly linked to our team members. They are vital to this community, and we are glad we can assist with this donation.”
Girls, Inc. shares a parking lot with the Boys & Girls Club. They also share a need for transportation for their girls, ages five to 18. The year-round facility offers before and after school programs as well as summer camps, gymnastics, and school partner-based programming including subjects such as building self-esteem and prevention of substance abuse. A shuttle bus will expand what Girls, Inc. can offer their participants.
“This is an incredible gift,” added Amy Dillon, President and CEO of Girls, Inc. “We have been needing an additional mode of transportation for quite some time. This will increase our efficiency and provide a more well-rounded experience for our girls. We are very grateful for all the support throughout the course of this year from Horseshoe Indianapolis.”
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