Gateway Casinos Partners with Canada’s Children’s Wish Foundation

Friday, October 5th, 2018 | Written by April Bergman
Gateway Casinos Partners with Canada’s Children’s Wish Foundation

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited recently announced a partnership with Children’s Wish Foundation. The gaming company, which has over a dozen casinos in British Columbia and Alberta, signed on as a National Partner and Heroes Challenge sponsor for the Canadian Foundation.

Gateway Casinos is expanding operations, as it invested $90 million to open two casinos in Edmonton in the past few months. To show their support for local communities, Gateway Casinos’ CEO, Tony Santo, decided to support Canada’s most needy children.

When it announced its decision, the company pledged their support in three Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. In 2017, after 25 years in the gaming business, Gateway donated over $1 Million to more than 1,500 local organizations and charities in Canada.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment‘s 9,000 employees also participate in the Children’s Wish organization’s annual Heroes Challenge fundraiser event.

Gateway GIVES and Heroes Challenges

Through Gateway Casinos’ charitable and community engagement program, GatewayGIVES, the company’s managers and employees plan to put together teams to participate in the Children’s Wish Heroes Challenge event, which will take place on September 28, 2018 in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto.

The Children’s Wish Heroes Challenge, formerly known as Exile Island, is a team challenge which calls for the teams to raise $10,000, the average amount of a child’s wish. On the day of the Heroes Challenge Event, each team “compete(s) in creative challenges designed to test team spirit, mental agility, and physical ability.”

Tony Santo on Gateway Gives Program

In announcing the program, Tony Santo said, “A national partnership with Children’s Wish speaks directly to what we strive to do in our communities through our GatewayGIVES program. We want to make a positive difference not just with this event but every day in the communities where we operate.”

“I am extremely proud of all our team members who are working to grant wishes for sick children across Canada. In the spirit of granting as many wishes as possible for children diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, I have issued a friendly challenge – the Gateway team that raises the most funds will win a CEO-hosted team dinner.”

Children’s Wish Foundation Thanks Gateway

Chris Kotsopoulos, the CEO of the Children’s Wish Foundation, thanked Gateway Casinos for their various contributions. Kotsopoulos said, “The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is excited to be partnering with Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited. Children’s Wish recently granted its 25,000th wish – a significant milestone for a 100% Canadian charity.”

“Forging a new and meaningful national partnership with Gateway Casinos at this time is crucial. Their strong support and engagement at a national level helps position us to grant the next 25,000 heartfelt wishes to children across Canada who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.”

How the Heroes Challenge Works

Each Gateway team participating in Heroes Challenge will be paired with a Wish Child. All of the funds raised by that Gateway team will go directly to support their child.

James is one of the children in the program. The six-year-old from Kamloops was born paralyzed from the waist down as a result of Neuroblastoma on his spine, which was diagnosed at birth. At only four days old, James began chemotherapy treatments and now suffers from severe physical impairments.

The GatewayGIVES program was created in hopes of building strong and healthy communities. They plan to offer not only their resources but also their know-how in order to support the Wish organization and other local charities and initiatives within the communities they are operating in.

Children’s Wish Foundation

The largest Canadian (and only all-Canadian) children’s foundation, the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is a wish granting charity dedicated to granting wishes to Canadian children. The organization works with children between the ages of 3 and 17 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.The organization has granted wishes for more than 30 year.

With an average of three wishes granted a day and a “no waiting list” policy, the Children’s Wish Foundation has granted over 25,000 wishes for children and their families. As the Foundation grew, so did the number of those they positively impact. The foundation now not only serves those with life-threatening illnesses, but also serious neurological or genetic illnesses as well. Most wishes come from referrals to help a child and their family.

Each Canadian province has a Children’s Wish chapter offices and professional staff. Each family has their own dedicated Wish Coordinator assigned to them personally. They aim to make each wish personal and special for that child and the family alongside them so that it meets the needs of that individual.

The Wish Foundation works with Blue Cross insurance, so each family has worry-free travel. Travel wishes include all siblings that are 21 years old and under living in the same household.

About Gateway Casinos

Having roughly 9,000 employees and operating 27 gaming properties with 380 tables, more than 13,200 slots, 77 restaurants and bars and 561 hotel rooms, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited is one of the largest and most diversified gaming companies in Canada.

The company operates in three Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. On top of their already extensive business, the gaming operator plans to build another casino in either Wasaga Beach or Collingwood.

With the companies multi-pronged growth strategy, Gateway has been able to grow its product resume by not only developing casinos, but also restaurant brands like Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and the new Halley’s Club. Gateway’s extensive experience how provided the company with a dramatic growth with the gaming customer experience.