2020

November 2020

GARY, Ind.—November 18, 2020—YWCA of Northwest Indiana celebrated its 100-year anniversary with a virtual Mask-querade Gala fundraising event. Held at the Majestic Star Casino in October, Spectacle Entertainment was featured as the event’s Presenting Sponsor.

YWCA is dedicated to the elimination of racism and empowerment of women and girls. The organization also supports men, seniors, children, and entire families by providing critically valuable services while promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

The $100,000 goal, set by YWCA, was reached during the event with funds going for updates and renovations at the Gary facility, located at 150 West 15th Ave. Contributions were collected through a variety of means including corporate sponsorships, donations and a silent auction.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, the planning committee, our staff and all those served by the YWCA of Northwest Indiana, we want to express our sincere gratitude to the sponsors, donors and supporters of our 100th Anniversary Virtual Mask-querade Gala,” YWCA Executive Director Caren Jones stated, “We reached our Goal of $100,000 thanks to the generous support of each of you.”

Spectacle Entertainment CEO and Majestic Star Casino General Manager, Jahnae Erpenbach, sits on the board of the local YWCA and was instrumental in the success of the virtual event. Majestic Star Casino, owned by Spectacle Entertainment, contributed programing support and more than $45,000 in cash and in-kind donations.

“Through the Spectacle ALL-IN program, our senior leadership team has the opportunity to engage with various organizations in our community. A focus on diversity, inclusion and local involvement reinforces our commitment to social responsibility throughout our region,” noted Erpenbach. “The local YWCA is near and dear to my heart. I’m proud of the work done by our team at Majestic, as well as everyone involved who helped make the 100-year anniversary celebration a success.”

The theme “Y” 100 YWCA Years Matter was key to the virtual event that included live music, dancing, a silent auction and raffles. The gala was co-hosted by media celebrities Samantha Chatman of ABC 7 Chicago and her father DJ Sam Chatman of 95.1 Chicago.

“Thank you to Jahnae and Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino for your integral part of the YWCA of Northwest Indiana being 100 years strong and celebrating decades of service in our community. Your investment in the YWCA directly benefits hundreds of participants from our childcare program with E-Learning to our Learn to Swim Program. We absolutely would not have made it this far without you,” Jones added.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry for more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.SpectacleEntertainment.com.

Pictured: YWCA Board Secretary Sherita Smith, Executive Director Caren Jones, Board Chair Michelle Johnson, Spectacle Entertainment CEO and Majestic Star Casino General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach, Treasurer LaTanya Woodson and Chelsea Whittington of C WHITT PR.

GARY, Ind.—November 4, 2020—Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino has donated almost $25,000 to Humane Indiana over the past fifteen months, through the Spectacle ALL-IN program.

The Spectacle ALL-IN program includes a focus on local involvement and social responsibility through the work of the Majestic Star senior leadership team. Each property director is partnered with an area organization and a pledge of support through volunteerism and monetary contributions.

As part of the ALL-IN initiative, Majestic Star Casino Director of Marketing, Christi Hardesty, is partnered with and sits on the board of Humane Indiana. Over the past year Hardesty has worked closely with the Lake County organization to assist with fundraising initiatives.

Humane Indiana has a mission to lead the community in the humane treatment of all animals. The Lake County organization is comprised of a shelter and adoption center, a clinic that offers discounted services to underserved populations and a resale and consignment store. Humane Indiana also offers services for the rehabilitation of wild animals. Humane Indiana Wildlife admits injured or orphaned animals and cares for them until they are ready to return to their natural habitat.

“When choosing an organization to work alongside, Humane Indiana was a natural fit for me. My love and compassion of animals make the time spent with the group at Humane Indiana such a rewarding experience,” Hardesty stated. “It’s a commitment I’m more than happy to make.”

Through last year’s Paws in the Park event, a Give $10, Get $10 casino promotion and team member jeans and tee-shirt days, Hardesty and the team and guests at Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino has aided Humane Indiana as they provide loving, attentive and humane shelter and critical care to 10, 000 animals annually.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry for more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.SpectacleEntertainment.com.

Pictured: Majestic Star Casino Team Members join Humane Indiana Board Member Christi Hardesty and Spectacle Entertainment CEO Jahnae Erpenbach to show their support for Humane Indiana.

October 2020

 GARY, Ind.—Oct. 12, 2020— Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino continues to give back to the community through the company’s ALL-IN program. This year, local organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council have been on the receiving end of monetary and volunteer contributions.

The Spectacle ALL-IN program includes a focus on local involvement and social responsibility through the work of the company’s leadership team. Each Majestic Star senior leader is partnered alongside an area organization with a commitment to support that organization through volunteerism and fundraising initiatives.

Spectacle’s Vice President of Development Rich Zeigler sits on the board of Habitat for Humanity. And, Majestic Star Director of Facilities Eric Pack serves as an advisory member for Boys Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council.

“We take our commitment to the community sincerely,” stated Zeigler. “It’s a wonderful feeling to partner with Habitat and help make a positive impact in someone’s life.”

Majestic Star Casino team members joined Zeigler and Pack to raise money through a team member yard sale, Habitat Wall Build and Give $10, Get $10 casino promotion, generating a total donation of almost $15,000 to the two organizations.

The Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council is a wonderful organization that helps prepare our youth to play a positive role in our community’s future. I’m happy to be a part of a team that supports that effort,” Pack added.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry for more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.SpectacleEntertainment.com.

Pictured: Rich Zeigler and Majestic Star Casino team members present Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana a donation of $6500.00. In October, the group participated in a “wall build” project for the Gary Habitat home.

GARY, Ind. — October 6, 2020  Majestic Star Casino partnered with Habitat for Humanity of NW Indiana to build walls for a new home being built for the Best Family in Gary.

Majestic Star Casino provided a volunteer group of 24 to build all 32 interior and exterior walls as well as funds to cover materials. All the walls were built on the old casino property in Buffington Harbor.

“The work done by Habitat makes such a difference in the lives of those they serve, and I’m pleased to play a small part in that. Through our Spectacle ALL-IN program, the team at Majestic Star Casino is excited to pitch in and help Shakira Best’s family become homeowners at the “Field of Dreams” project in Gary. It’s a humbling and fulfilling experience for all of us,” stated Rich Zeigler, Vice President of Development for Spectacle Entertainment and a Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana board member.

“Decent, affordable housing is critical to the welfare of each and every family. We are so grateful to partner with Majestic Star Casino, stabilizing another family in Northwest Indiana.” said Dawn Michaels, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana.

Shakira Best and her family will move into a neighborhood called “Field of Dreams.”

That two-block section of Gary is nearly entirely comprised of Habitat homes. The first Habitat home in the “Field of Dreams” broke ground in 2004.

September 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—September 23, 2020 — Spectacle Entertainment announced today that Jahnae Erpenbach was recently appointed chairwoman and chief executive officer of Spectacle Entertainment and Spectacle Gary. Erpenbach is the first woman in Indiana gaming to serve in the distinguished position. Erpenbach’s appointment also marks the first time a female has been named chairwoman of a casino company’s board of directors in the U.S. gaming industry.

Erpenbach has more than 28 years of casino experience, with the majority of her career spent in senior management. Erpenbach has served as executive vice president of operations at Spectacle Entertainment and general manager of Majestic Star Casino since March of 2019.

“I am very excited about this new chapter for Spectacle Entertainment,” stated Erpenbach. “I’m grateful for the support of my team and colleagues. Good things are on the horizon for the company and the community; this is a first for Indiana and I’m honored and humbled to be a part of it.”

Erpenbach began her gaming career in 1992 with Players International and Merv Griffin Enterprises, opening and marketing one of the first riverboat casinos in the Midwest. Initially hired as the group sales manager for Players Island Casino in Metropolis, Ill., she quickly advanced to the director of marketing, overseeing all aspects of the casino’s sales and marketing efforts. Erpenbach also led the marketing team at Barden Gaming’s Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Ind. in 2002. She returned as general manager in 2019.

Erpenbach’s career path is paved with leadership roles for several casino companies including Harrah’s Entertainment in Metropolis, Ill. and Argosy’s Empress Casino in Joliet, Ill. Additionally, Erpenbach worked as general manager for Centaur Gaming at both Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind. and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville, Ind.

Erpenbach continued as a top executive when Centaur Gaming was sold to Caesars Entertainment in 2018. The acquisition provided her the opportunity to serve as executive vice president and general manager at Spectacle Entertainment; and to assist with the development of a Hard Rock-branded casino in Northern Indiana.

Construction is currently underway on Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana in Gary. The premier entertainment complex will be situated on the Southwest quadrant of the 80/94 and Burr Street interchange and will feature more than 200,000 square feet of entertainment space. Design for the property also includes a Hard Rock Cafe and four additional food venues, a Rock Shop retail store, a Hard Rock Live entertainment showroom and a Hard Rock Sportsbook. Phase two of the project will see the addition of a 200 to 300-room hotel and a parking garage.

Erpenbach holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Southern Illinois University, where she majored in speech communication with an emphasis in public relations and minors in advertising and psychology.

Erpenbach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA in Gary, as well as the Board of Directors for South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Lake County.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry. For more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.SpectacleEntertainment.com.

Jahnae Erpenbach, Chairwoman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Spectacle Entertainment and Spectacle Gary

June 2020

GARY, Ind.—June 12, 2020—Spectacle Entertainment announced Majestic Star Casino would reopen on Monday, June 15. The casino was closed in March of this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The northern Indiana casino will reopen its doors at 6:00 a.m.

“We are pleased to welcome our guests back and we’re working hard to provide the safest environment possible,” stated Executive Vice President and General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach. “Since the beginning of this crisis, we have worked closely with the City of Gary, Gary’s Health Commissioner and our Methodist Hospital Partners to ensure we take all necessary measures to provide a safe reopening and follow the guidelines provided by the state of Indiana.”

In accordance with the Phase One Casino Reopening Guidelines issued by the Indiana Gaming Commission, Majestic Star Casino will require all guests to enter through a four-step wellness and safety screening, which includes a temperature scan and travel questionnaire. Recommended social distancing guidelines will be reinforced throughout the property, including on the gaming floor.

Facial masks will be optional but encouraged for casino guests and will be required on table games. Slot machines will be arranged to allow for appropriate physical distancing, with limited seating offered at table games. Some guest’s amenities will not be provided during this time, including valet parking, poker and certain food outlets.

The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing has been increased and scheduled consistently in all public spaces with an emphasis on high-contact areas. Touch-free sanitizers will be available for guests and team members throughout the property. Upon arrival, guests will receive a customer care kit that includes personal protective equipment like facial masks and hand sanitizer. Additionally, teams members will undergo a daily temperature check and screening, and are required to wear masks in all guests-facing areas.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry. For more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.majesticstarcasino.com.

April 2020

GARY, Ind.—April 7, 2020— Through a partnership with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, in cooperation with the Lake Area United Way and the Indiana National Guard, Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino assisted with food distribution across the region by providing food boxes to area families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The humanitarian effort took place at the Majestic Star Casino parking lot on Tuesday, April 7 through mobile distribution, and served 300 households in the Northwest Indiana area. Governor Eric Holcomb deployed the Indiana National Guard to assist at distribution sites throughout the state.

Majestic Star Casino was the first large business in the area to help distribute goods through the “big business mobile market” venture, targeting large businesses in the region. Tuesday’s effort provided food boxes for approximately 250 Majestic Star team members, as well as additional area families.

“The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is committed to continuing to serve those who are food insecure. And unfortunately, because of COVID-19, we are seeing a lot of our friends and neighbors who are displaced workers and may be losing out on some income now. We want to make sure we’re also there for those who may not have had a need before,” stated Victor Garcia, executive director of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. “It’s so important that we work with major employers like Majestic Star so that we can offer the large mobile market to employees that might be struggling during this time.”

Majestic Star Director of Regulatory Compliance and Food Bank board member Rachel McDermott helped coordinate the effort and said, “It was a natural fit to partner with the Food Bank during this trying time. When Victor reached out to me, I knew Spectacle would be ‘All-IN’ to help our team members, as well as the community.”

Each box included fresh produce, packaged goods, proteins, and other miscellaneous items; and provided enough food to prepare approximately twenty to twenty-two meals.

“At a time when the news is not always good, we’re grateful and honored to share something positive with our team members and our community,” expressed Spectacle Entertainment Executive Vice President and General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach. “We join the Food Bank in thanking Governor Holcomb, the Lake Area United Way and the Indiana National Guard for rallying together to serve the people of our state throughout these challenging days. ”

“And, we stand with Indiana in our effort to help flatten the curve through social distancing. We’re #INthistogether,” Erpenbach added.
To learn more about the response in your community and how you can help, visit https://foodbanknwi.org/.

About the Fund: Lake County United Way launched the NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund on March 18, 2020 to help ensure individuals, children and families in need are supported during this pandemic. Lake Area United Way and a coalition of partners are working with the human services sector to identify these immediate needs and make emergency funds available to organizations working directly with vulnerable populations.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry. For more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.SpectacleEntertainment.com.

Pictured: Majestic Star Executive Vice President and General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach with Majestic Star Director of Regulatory Compliance Rachel McDermott, Food Bank Executive Director Victor Garcia, Chandra Dixon, Jessica Barnett and Indiana National Guard members.

 

Pictured: Majestic Star Executive Vice President and General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach with Fifth District Gary Common Councilwoman Linda Barnes-Caldwell during Tuesday’s food distribution.
Pictured: Majestic Star Executive Vice President and General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach and Director of Regulatory Compliance Rachel McDermott practicing social distancing while welcoming team members and the community during the food pick up.

March 2020

GARY, Ind.—March 15, 2020— As a precautionary measure against the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and pursuant to an order from the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC), Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino will temporarily suspend operations for a period of at least two weeks beginning at 6:00 a.m. Monday, March 16, 2020.

Majestic Star Casino is continuing to monitor the latest developments, and following the guidance from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Majestic Star Casino to date. We will continue to assess the situation closely and follow the advice and guidance of federal, state and local officials and health agencies.

The safety and well being of our community, guests and team members are our highest priority. We are hopeful there will be a fast resolution to this situation, and will work with the Indiana Gaming Commission to establish a reopening date, when appropriate.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry for more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.majesticstar.com.

GARY, Ind.—March 6, 2020— Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino Food and Beverage Director, John Erb, is dedicated to his work with Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana. Erb currently serves as a board member, with a focus on the operation committee, concentrating on the review of monthly functions for the organization.

As part of his dedication to the community, Erb participated in this year’s Meals on Wheels “Dine with the Chefs” gala on Sunday, March 1. The benefit, held at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville, marked the 20th year of the fundraising celebration. According to the organization’s Business Development Manager, Jodi Bella, a total of $90,000 was raised for Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana.

Several area chefs participated in the event, presenting a variety of menu items, from soup to dessert. To kick-off the day, Majestic Star Casino Director of Food and Beverage John Erb, Executive Chef Marvin McDaniel and Sous Chef Josh Figueroa offered the group Creole-style hushpuppies and maple-glazed pork belly appetizers. Adding a bit of flare and fanfare to the occasion, Majestic Star Casino Sales & Catering Manager, Malcolm Jones, served as Master of Ceremonies at the upscale affair.

Erb, known around Majestic Star as “Mr. Positive,” has a habit of helping out those in need. He and his team recently prepared and provided hot meals for 40 residents of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Gary, after an issue with the facility’s kitchen.

And, Erb takes his work with Meals on Wheels to heart by driving the Merrillville route every Monday. Over the past six months he has spent several hours each week delivering hot meals and doing wellness checks on the elderly and homebound. During visits to local homes, he often helps by picking up the mail, taking out the trash and assisting with other chores.

“Participating in ‘Dine with the Chefs’ was a great honor for us,” stated Erb. “I’m proud to partner with the folks at Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana. The work done by this organization is about more than providing a meal, it’s also about a friendly visit and a wellness check on those who may be home-bound, elderly, ill or disabled. I truly believe those we serve look forward to seeing me every Monday. I know we can help make someone’s life a little brighter, and that’s a wonderful thing.”

Since 1977, Meals on Wheels has delivered nearly eight million meals to seniors, other adults and children throughout Northwest Indiana. For many Americans, Meals on Wheels is the difference between seniors remaining in their homes and needing to relocate to a nursing facility.

“At Majestic Star, we take our commitment to the community very seriously. Our company’s giving strategy is ‘ALL-IN.’ We’re dedicated to making a difference whenever we can, and I’m pleased to help make a difference through Meals on Wheels,” Erb added.

About Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana: Our mission is to deliver meals to those in need with the support of community volunteers. Research proves that when seniors have the right support, they gain greater quality of life, need fewer hospital stays and live longer. For more information on Meals On Wheels of Northwest Indiana visit https://mownwi.org/.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry for more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.SpectacleEntertainment.com.
Meals on WheelsPictured at Dine with the Chefs gala are Majestic Star Casino Executive Chef Marvin McDaniel, Sous Chef Josh Figueroa and Director of Food and Beverage John Erb.

January 2020

The Jackson Family, Hard Rock International and Walmart Attend a Special Dedication at the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club Presented by Spectacle Entertainment

GARY, Ind.—January 8, 2020—Hard Rock International, Walmart and The Jacksons donated bicycles to Gary area children in need during a special dedication ceremony presented by Spectacle Entertainment. Art Norman, broadcast journalist and contributor to NBC 5 News, hosted the event, held on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club, located at 2700 W. 19th Ave. in Gary. The dedication ceremony included representatives from Hard Rock International, Walmart, The Jacksons and Spectacle Entertainment.

Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Jermaine Jackson visited Gary to gift the bikes to the children and attend the Hard Rock Northern Indiana groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for the following day. The world-renowned Jackson family began their career while residing in Gary, Ind., and are known as one of the most influential families in musical history. This marks the first time in fifty years the Jacksons have travelled to Gary together as a group.

On returning to their home, Tito Jackson stated, “Fifty years ago, five brothers named Marlon, Michael, Tito, Jermaine and Jackie, grew up in a tiny little house in Gary, where we all played, shoveled snow and recorded a song called ‘I Want You Back.’ It’s so important to our family that we are here now, going through the lay of the land as we help invest in revitalizing Gary.”

Hard Rock International donated $20,000 to the Gary Club. Walmart contributed $15,000 and assembled and delivered the bikes, and Spectacle Entertainment hosted the dedication on Jan. 8. Spectacle Entertainment and Spectacle team members also contributed $10,000 for a holiday party held at the Boys & Girls Club on Dec. 19 that featured food provided by Strack & Van Til Food Market, as well as gifts, coats, gloves and hats for the children.

“Every child should have a bike and we’re honored to help make that happen,” said Keith Richards, Walmart market manager for Northwest Indiana.

“It’s part of Walmart’s commitment to help and support the communities we serve.” President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana Ryan Smiley stated, “On behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana and the thousands of youth we serve every day after school, we’d like to thank Spectacle Entertainment, as well as The Jacksons, Walmart and Hard Rock, for their generous support of the kids in Gary. This event is a small example of their commitment to quality, professionalism and local community engagement.”

The total contribution from Hard Rock International, The Jacksons, Walmart and Spectacle Entertainment, to benefit John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club exceeded $61,000. A check presentation was included during the dedication. Spectacle Entertainment acquired Majestic Star Casino in March 2019 and has implemented a corporate “ALL-IN” initiative to support local charities and community organizations. All seventeen members of the Majestic Star Casino senior leadership team are involved with community associations and charitable organizations.

Spectacle’s Director of Table Games Thomas Gutierrez and Director of Slots Christina Deleon selected the Boys & Girls Club because of the good work and the valuable service they provide. Ground breaking on the newly approved Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is planned for January 9, 2020. The project is a joint venture between Spectacle Entertainment and Hard Rock International. The casino will be located at 5400 West 29th Ave. in Gary, with an expected opening in early 2021.

Jackson concluded, “We want to do more for this great city, in partnership with Spectacle Entertainment, Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana and Mayor Jerome Prince. We are here to talk about ways for better economic development and resources for families and our youth in Gary; how the Jacksons can help change the economic landscape of our birthplace; more jobs, more technology, better education, even music and art programs. And more importantly where our mother’s heart lies, in scholarship programs to create educational opportunities for our next generation. It’s great to be back to see what we can do together for the place our family will love forever.”

About The John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club: The John Will Anderson Boys & Girls Club has a mission to inspire and enable the youth of our communities to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Located at 2700 W. 19th Avenue in Gary, Ind., the Boys and Girls Club is committed to making sure all members are on track to create and realize their own plan for the future as they strengthen the values of good character, citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. For more information about Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana visit https://www.bgcgreaternwi.org/.

About Hard Rock®: With venues in 76 countries spanning 262 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains. Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry for more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.majesticstar.com.

GARY, Ind.—January 9, 2020—Spectacle Entertainment and Hard Rock International announced the development and construction of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana at an official groundbreaking ceremony held on Thursday, Jan. 9. The ceremony was conducted at the construction site, located at 5400 West 29th Ave. in Gary, and included state and local officials, Spectacle Entertainment and Hard Rock executives. Concluding the ceremony, Executive Director of the Indiana Gaming Commission Sara Tait, Spectacle Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rod Ratcliff and Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida Marcellus Osceola planted shovels to commemorate the start of construction on Indiana’s first Hard Rock property. Various other officials, including Gary Mayor Jerome Prince and Hard Rock International Chief Operating Officer Jon Lucas joined the trio on stage.

The premier 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex is a joint venture between the two companies and will include six food venues, a sportsbook, a retail shop, a 2,000-seat showroom and more than 2,130 gaming positions. Phase two of the project will see the addition of a 200-plus-room hotel and a multi-level parking garage. Guests of Honor at the ceremony were Tito, Jackie and Marlon Jackson, of the world-renowned Jackson family. The brothers began their career while residing in Gary and returned to the area as a group for the first time in fifty years. With hits like “I Want You Back” and “Never Can Say Goodbye,” The Jacksons are known as one of the most influential families in musical history.

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is forecasting more than $20 million annually in tax revenue and payments to the City of Gary and surrounding communities. Approximately 1,000 construction jobs, with an emphasis to hire union labor, and an estimated additional 500 jobs are expected. With a location adjacent to the 80/94 Burr Street interchange and approximately 193,000 cars passing daily, the expectation is to become the leading entertainment destination for the entire Northern Indiana region.

Additionally, Spectacle Entertainment has a commitment to local investment with a pledge to work with minority and women owned businesses. Currently all 17 senior leaders at Spectacle’s Majestic Star Casino are board directors for local charitable and community organizations in Gary and the Northern Indiana region. The team has sponsored, participated and volunteered for multiple local events and programs throughout the year, with a plan to directly drive more than $500,000 in fundraising in 2020.

Ratcliff stated, “Breaking ground for Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is the start of an incredible partnership between Spectacle Entertainment, Hard Rock International and the City of Gary, Indiana. It is an honor to be here today and to see this dream become a reality. A lot of work has gone into this project, a lot of planning. I’m grateful to all those who played a part in it. There is no doubt this is a game changer for Gary, Indiana and the entire Northern Indiana region.”

Hard Rock has a presence in 76 countries and is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Spectacle Entertainment is confident the Hard Rock name will attract visitors through¬out the region and beyond, maximize job creation, increase tax revenues, and greatly benefit the City of Gary and the State of Indiana. “It’s an honor to partner with Spectacle Entertainment on this project, bringing the Hard Rock brand of world-class entertainment to Northern Indiana,” said Jon Lucas, Chief Operating Officer of Hard Rock International. “This property will be the premier casino destination in the region.”

About Hard Rock®: With venues in 76 countries spanning 262 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains. Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com or shop.hardrock.com.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry for more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.majesticstar.com.


First row, left to right: Executive Vice President Spectacle Entertainment Jim Brown, Chief Operating Officer Hard Rock International Jon Lucas, Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida Marcellus Osceola, Chairman and Chief Executive Office Spectacle Entertainment Rod Ratcliff, Vice Chairman Spectacle Entertainment Greg Gibson, Gary Mayor Jerome Prince, Executive Vice President Spectacle Entertainment and General Manager Majestic Star Casino Jahnae Erpenbach, Executive Director Indiana Gaming Commission Sara Tait, President and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority Speros Batitstatos.

Second Row, left to right: Hard Rock International Board Of Directors Member Robert Gips, Former Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary Common Council President Mike Brown, Marlon Jackson, Senior Vice President Design & Project Development Hard Rock International Joe Emanuele, Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Former Indiana State Senator Earline Rogers, President of Gary Chamber of Commerce Chuck Hughes, Vice President of Development Spectacle Entertainment Rich Zeigler, Senior Vice President of Casino Development Hard Rock International Sean Caffery, Vice President and General Counsel Spectacle Entertainment John Keeler.

 

2019

December 2019

GARY, Ind.—December 31, 2019—Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino recently donated meals to the residents of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, located at 1351 W. 11th Avenue in Gary.After a recent issue with the facility’s kitchen, Majestic Star Director of Information Technology, Drew Spaulding, stepped up to assist by reaching out to the casino’s General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach for help. The casino graciously prepared and provided hot meals for the 40 residents over the course of nine days in December.

Spaulding stated, “On behalf of Jahnae and the entire Majestic team, we are thankful to be able to assist our community and give a hand to those in need. It is our privilege to support the Salvation Army and other worthy organizations in our area.”

Spectacle Entertainment acquired Majestic Star Casino in March 2019 and has implemented a corporate “ALL-IN” initiative to support local charities and community organizations. All seventeen members of the Majestic Star Casino senior leadership team are involved with community associations and charitable organizations. Spaulding selected the Salvation Army because of their commitment to help those in need without discrimination.

“We had no idea that Majestic Star Casino was donating the food. The men at the ARC are humbled and very appreciative, very thankful,” said Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center donation driver Randolph Strausbaugh.

About ARC – Salvation Army Rehabilitation Center: For over 100 years the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center programs have provided spiritual, social, and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Centers offer residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. For more information about the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center visit https://satruck.org/Home/NationalRehabilitation.

bout Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry for more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.majesticstar.com.

Majestic Star Sous-chef Josh Figueroa and Director of IT Drew Spaulding meet Randolph Strausbaugh with
The Adult Rehabilitation Center during the meal pick-up.

November 2019

GARY, Ind.—December 2, 2019—Spectacle Entertainment’s Majestic Star Casino is now home to the Gary Chamber of Commerce office, located just inside the casino pavilion. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the casino on Tuesday, November 26, following the Chamber’s Lakeshore Classic Corporate Luncheon.

Additionally on Tuesday, Majestic Star Vice President of Finance, Rich Ruden, was officially inducted as a Gary Chamber of Commerce board member. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chuck Hughes and Spectacle Entertainment Executive VP of Operations and Majestic Star General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach joined Ruden for the celebration.

“I’m proud to be added to the distinguished group of community leaders as part of the Chamber of Commerce board. Good things are in the works for the city of Gary and NW Indiana and I’m extremely excited to share in that vision,” stated Ruden.

Just prior to the ribbon cutting, the Chamber of Commerce presented the 12th anniversary Lakeshore Classic Corporate Luncheon. Featured at the event, also held at Majestic Star Casino, was keynote speaker Mr. Kenny Lofton. Lofton is best known as a six-time All-star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner. During his professional baseball career, Lofton’s single-season stolen base count led the American League on five occasions and the Major League three times. Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Lofton credits his grandmother with the discipline, integrity and responsibility that helped him develop into a star athlete.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry. For more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.majesticstar.com.

Majestic Star Casino Vice President of Finance Rich Ruden and Executive Vice President Spectacle Entertainment and General Manager Majestic Star Casino Jahnae Erpenbach with Chamber Executive Director Chuck Hughes at the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

by Lourdes Castellanos, Communications & Marketing Manager – Humane Indiana
Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Northwest Indiana —Some businesses support animal shelters with supply drives of dog or cat food. However, one local business offered their support by wearing JEANS!

Humane Indiana hosted its 27th Annual Paws in the Park on Saturday, September 28th. The fundraising event benefits homeless pets at its shelter located at 421 45th Avenue in Munster, IN. While the day started with a few light sprinkles at Munster Community Park, pet-owners were not deterred. Hundreds of animal-loving families lined up for the animal-friendly, one-mile walk to show their support.

However, not everyone who supported the event was at the park. Majestic Star Casino created an online team Majestic Tail Blazers to help raise funds in support of the event. Christi Hardesty, Director of Marketing at Majestic Star, quickly realized work schedules would prohibit interested staff supporters. So she came up with another plan. “Our team wanted to support but couldn’t all be at the event, so we thought JEANS! Who doesn’t love a jean day at work when you wear a uniform every day?” Hardesty explained. Hardesty took their team efforts even farther and worked with Majestic’s Human Resources Department to make donating simple for participants. “We gave them the opportunity to donate $5 for one jean day or $20 to participate in five jean days,” she said.

More than 200 Majestic Star employees and vendors participated in the fundraising promotion. “We were elated that so many staff members participated and more importantly that we were able to support Humane Indiana’s shelter animals,” Hardesty added. But the giving didn’t end there. In August, Majestic Star also hosted its Annual Putting For Patriots Golf Outing at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point. “One-hundred percent of those proceeds are dedicated to helping our nation’s military heroes,” Hardesty said. The funds were donated to help veterans adopt a pet at Humane Indiana’s animal shelter. The pay-it-forward plan will help veterans with adoption fees at the shelter. “This was the perfect opportunity for us to help two of Majestic Star’s passions – VETS and pets,” Hardesty added. Today Hardesty and her team presented Humane Indiana with a check for $10,731 for their combined fundraising efforts for the organization.

“We’re extremely grateful to Majestic Star and their team for their efforts and generosity,” said Lisa Carpenter, Humane Indiana’s Chief Development Officer. “They’ve gone above and beyond to support our mission and help shelter pets, and their dedication to helping veterans is simply heartwarming,” Carpenter added. Veterans wishing to learn more about adopting a pet from Humane Indiana may contact the shelter at 219.922.3811.

Majestic Star Casino Team Members pose with puppy’s and Humane Indiana wile presenting their donation.

Majestic Star Casino, Jewel-Osco, and the Chicago radio stations 101.9 The Mix, The New SHE 100.3 and 97.1 FM The Drive are partnering with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to provide Thanksgiving dinners to 1,000 needy families Thursday.

“Hunger becomes more apparent during the holidays. Low-income families that rely on consistent meals for their children through free and reduced school lunch programs are likely to experience a strain on their budget with having to provide additional groceries. Increased child-care costs factor in as well, with parents working, and children being off during the break,” Food Bank of Northwest Indiana President Bob Lowry said. “With the generosity of partners like Jewel-Osco, Majestic Star Casino and Hubbard Radio, our ability to address hunger in the community during the holidays is amplified.”

The Thanksgiving Community Care-a-Van will distribute the meals to needy people and families from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at YWCA of Northwest Indiana at 150 W. 15th. Ave. in Gary and from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana at 6490 Broadway in Merrillville, until supplies run out. The meal includes a turkey, vegetables and other traditional sides.

It’s first-come, first-served and open to any Northwest Indiana residents in need of food distribution.
“Helping people who are in need has been a long-held initiative for Jewel-Osco,” Jewel-Osco President Mike Withers said. “We are fortunate to partner with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, Hubbard Radio and Majestic Star Casino and Hotel to give back this holiday season.”

Majestic Team Members along with Hubbard Radio and Food Bank NWI Representatives, pose with food prepared for those in need.

October 2019

GARY, Ind.—November 12, 2019—Majestic Star Casino, located at One Buffington Harbor in Gary and owned by Spectacle Entertainment, recently purchased a $22,000 hot water system for the YWCA of NW Indiana. Spectacle also donated items and furnishings from their recently closed casino hotel, for use in the Gary facility. In addition, Majestic Star Casino hosted the YWCA Circle of Friends annual dinner on Thursday, October 24, bringing the total value of contributions to $35,000 this year.

Speaking at the event, YWCA Board Chairman Michelle Johnson said, “As we head into our 100th anniversary year, our goal to raise $1.5 million for comprehensive renovations and facility enhancements has a head start, thanks to Spectacle Entertainment. The funds generated will be used for capital improvements to update our aging facility and will include lockers, a computer lab, carpet, paint, parking lot upgrades, exercise equipment and a new HVAC system. We also plan to broaden the scope of our existing programs and create new platforms that meet the need of the communities we serve.”

Spectacle Entertainment acquired Majestic Star Casino in March of 2019 and has implemented a corporate “ALL-IN” initiative to support local charities and community organizations. All seventeen members of the Majestic Star Casino senior leadership team are involved with community associations and charitable organizations. Executive Vice President of Spectacle Entertainment and General Manager of Majestic Star Casino Jahnae Erpenbach personally selected the YWCA of NW Indiana because of the organization’s commitment to the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women and girls.

“It is our strong desire to help the community of Gary thrive and prosper. We are dedicated to making a difference as we move forward with our commitment to the area. Our pledge to continue a positive impact in our region is so very important to all of us at Spectacle Entertainment. Great things are on the horizon for the entire Lake County area and we urge industry leaders; those companies that look like us, those companies that prosper here, to reinforce their commitment to this community by matching our donation to the YWCA and other non-profit organizations,” said Erpenbach.

Caren Jones, executive director of the YWCA stated, “Since its inception in 1920, the YWCA of Northwest Indiana has worked to improve the health and education of families and individuals in our community. This is only possible because of partnerships and thoughtful contributions from organizations like Majestic Star Casino. We are extremely grateful for their support.”

About The YWCA: The YWCA was founded in 1858 and is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world. Annually, 25 million women and their families learn and grow through programs facilitated by YWCAs in 122 countries. In the U.S., the YWCA mission is eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people. For more information about the YWCA visit https://www.ywca.org/.

About Spectacle Entertainment and Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry for more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.majesticstar.com.

Pictured: Methodist Hospital Manager of Community Outreach LaTanya Woodson, Executive Director of YWCA Northwest Indiana Caren Jones, Board Chairman of YWCA Northwest Indiana Michelle Johnson, and Executive Vice President Spectacle Entertainment and General Manager Majestic Star Casino Jahnae Erpenbach at the YWCA Circle of Friends Annual Dinner.

GARY, Ind.—October 22, 2019—Majestic Star Casino and parent company Spectacle Entertainment assisted in the City of Gary’s “Blight Buster Day” cleanup held on Saturday, Oct. 19. Local residents, businesses, community and faith-based organizations participated in the event. New Macedonia Baptist Church, located on Waite Street in Gary, hosted the day with introductions by Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and a welcome prayer by Pastor Dr. Chester Jones.

Spectacle Entertainment Executive Vice President of Operations and General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach addressed the group by saying, “As I look out at all these beautiful faces here today, I want to say we are so happy to be a part of this important effort and we’re excited about the good things happening in Gary. Exciting times are ahead, and all of us at Spectacle Entertainment are so pleased to take the next step as we move forward in our partnership with the City of Gary.”

The cleanup crew spread out over a multi-block area, with a focus on W. 25th Ave. from Grant to Burr St., removing low-hanging tree limbs, raking leaves and clearing trash. Among the debris, several notable items collected included an old shoe, automobile tires, blankets, towels, alcohol bottles and lots of broken glass.

Mayor Freeman-Wilson stated, “We want to thank our General Manager of Majestic Star Casino and Vice President of Spectacle and the entire Majestic team. We are so excited to have you here; we are ecstatic to have you here. But we really, really appreciate the partnership that we continue to enjoy and we can’t wait to see it go to another level.”

About Majestic Star Casino: Majestic Star Casino, located on Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, features a wide variety of slot, video poker and live table games. Acquired by Spectacle Entertainment in March 2019, Majestic Star Casino offers a 2000-space parking garage and a pavilion containing land-based restaurants, bars and meeting facilities. Spectacle Entertainment is an Indiana-owned company managed by Hoosiers with a deep experience in the gaming and entertainment industry For more information on gaming, entertainment and promotions visit www.majesticstar.com.


Spectacle Entertainment Executive Vice President and Majestic Star Casino General Manager Jahnae Erpenbach with Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson at New Macedonia Baptist Church ready to begin the cleanup.

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