For more information, contact:
Kim Florence, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
(304) 231-1839


Casino launches toy drive to help provide holiday gifts for local children in need!

WHEELING, W.V. (December 2, 2008) - In the spirit of giving, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is working to make a difference in the community this holiday season with their Wheeling Island Christmas Wish toy drive from December 1 - 23, 2008.

Anyone can help by simply bringing in a new, unwrapped toy or making a donation at the Wheeling Island Christmas Wish tree located on the casino's upper level of the main entrance between now and December 23, 2008.

All toys and donations will be forwarded to the Salvation Army of Wheeling, who will ensure all donated gifts are given to local children in need.

When asked why this gesture of giving was so important, Jim Simms, President and General Manager of Wheeling Island Toy DriveWheeling Island stated "Christmas is a special time of year when a child's thoughts become wishes and dreams. Sadly, hundreds of children in our area wake up to unfulfilled wishes, with no gifts to open and no family dinner to celebrate the holiday we cherish so much. I want to see us help give a kid a Christmas."

Simms kicked off the toy drive Monday morning with his own donation of toys, dropping the first set of boy and girl gifts into the Wheeling Island Christmas Wish tree display.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 43 table games, 20-table poker room, over 2,000 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), six restaurants, 550-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services, gift shop and fitness center.

For more information on Wheeling Island, visit online at

Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc.

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