Media Release – MCC Harmony Award and AGM 2018

16th annual Herb Gray Harmony Award Presented to Caesars Windsor Cares


Windsor, Ont. (09-18-2018) – The Multicultural Council of Windsor Essex County (MCC) presented Caesars Windsor Cares with the 16th Herb Gray Harmony Award – at their Annual General Meeting this evening.  Kevin Laforet, Regional President Caesars Entertainment, received the award on behalf of the organization.

The Herb Gray Harmony Award was established to recognize individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to building a welcoming community for all.

One of the city of Windsor’s largest employers, Caesars Windsor contributes thousands of volunteer hours each year through their Helping Employees Reach Out — or HERO — program.  Utilizing staff volunteers, Caesars Windsor Cares engages local charities and non-profits, partnering to provide innovative support to ongoing projects.

Caesars Windsor Cares’ philanthropic contributions and the passion, dedication, and generosity of its employee volunteers have made a positive impact in our community. Together they have helped to identify and remove barriers, promote understanding, and create a more welcoming community for all.

“Caesars Windsor has been a visible and integral part of numerous local goodwill initiatives. Through their HERO program, staff volunteers support many in need in Windsor-Essex.  They have demonstrated passion and dedication in fostering and promoting inclusion, equality and understanding in our community.  For these reasons, and so many more, the Multicultural Council is proud to present this year’s Herb Gray Harmony Award to Caesars Windsor Cares.”

Kathleen Thomas, Executive Director, Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County

Together with the Multicultural Council of Windsor Essex we are building a brighter, sustainable future for the region. We are grateful for our ongoing partnership with the common goal of creating a diverse and welcoming environment for all.”

Kevin Laforet, Regional President, Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Windsor Cares also announced their lead sponsorship of the Harmony Ribbon Campaign and education program.  Created by the MCC, the Harmony Ribbon is a visible symbol of the mutual respect and understanding that we have for one another.  It is a sign of our desire to live in a community that is free from racism and discrimination.  Support of this campaign assists in both distributing ribbons and in educating people in Windsor-Essex about the benefits of diversity and multiculturalism within our community.

The evening’s celebration included recognition of MCC volunteers as well as the recipients of the Top 3 Carrousel Awards for 2018. In first place –  Slovak Village, in second place – Serbian Grachanica, and in third place – the Polish Village.

The MCC’s 45th anniversary was highlighted with opening remarks from the agency’s first Executive Director, Snjezana Gacesa. Ms Gacesa’s 45 years of service was recognized with the naming of the Snjezana Gacesa Welcome Room – the MCC room where newcomers attend their first meeting upon arrival in Windsor.

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Pam Mady
Communications and Community Engagement Manager
(519)255-1127 ext. 203

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