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Casinos, Atlantic City restaurants come together to help each other after Hurricane Sandy

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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:08 am

Many Atlantic City businesses are dealing with the aftermaths of Hurricane Sandy. Most have reopened, and some are getting closer by the day. But one thing that has amazed me is how people are helping each other.

Melting Pot owner Charlie Haney teamed with Rainsoft to donate 20,700 bottles of water that were taken to Atlantic City schools for distribution to those in need. Haney also reached into his pocket and paid his employees more than $7,500 to make up for lost wages.

Carmine’s inside The Quarter at the Tropicana Casino and Resort helped comfort more than 400 evacuees at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Sunday, delivering platters. Carmine’s will continue to help by donating $1 to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy relief effort for every Carmine’s Cares cocktail sold through Nov. 13. The cocktail includes Absolut Orient apple, ginger liqueur, cranberry and lemon. Carmine’s will then match the total raised.

Vive Day Spa & Salon Owner Gina Rosenberger is donating more than 1,000 Hatfield hot dogs with help from Clemens Food Group to the Brigantine community. The spa at Showboat Casino-Hotel will cook and serve the community on Saturday. Jill Parker and her family are donating soda and chips and opening the Brigantine Snack Shack for the outreach.

Harry’s Oyster Bar inside Bally’s Atlantic City started “Harry’s Helping Hands.” Owned by Frank Dougherty and Maureen Shay, Harry’s will offer a dozen oysters for $6 for every person that donates a shopping bag of non-perishable food items. And every person who donates clothes, blankets, baby items and more will receive $1 off their bill for every pound donated up to $30. The donations will go to local charities and area shelters.

Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City distributed basic needs and food to employees and the community Tuesday in the Claridge lobby. Eastern Division President Don Marrandino says the outreach was the first of many more to come, including “high-profile events and fundraisers” that are in the works. Caesars established “Sandy Central” for employee assistance including a hotline (609-236-6620) and is offering temporary employee housing.


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