FireKeepers Casino Hotel, owned by The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, has positively impacted its employees, its local community, and the entire state of Michigan.
The owners of FireKeeper Casino Hotel announced last week that this year’s contributions totaled $27.4 million. The announcement drives the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi lifetime revenue profit shares to surpass $260 million. FireKeepers Casino has consistently allocated funds to various groups and areas in Michigan for years. The only exception was the three months the casino had to close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Greater Calhoun County Region was awarded $6.1 million, the surrounding area of the state capital (Lansing) received $36.5 million, West Michigan acquired $10.7 million, and the Metro Detroit area was awarded $2.5 million.
Some of the Michigan groups who have also benefited from the contributions include:
- Harper Creek Community Schools
- Calhoun County Road Commission
- Emmett Township
- Calhoun County
- Calhoun Intermediate School District
- Kellogg Community College
- Willard Library
- Athens Township
- Marshall Township
- City of Marshall
- City of Battle Creek
- Athens Area Schools
- Village of Athens
- Battle Creek Public Schools
- Marshall Public Schools
- Lakeview School District
- Pennfield Schools
In addition to these distributions, FireKeepers also support and donate funds to many Michigan non-profits. The casino has numerous stations where guests can leave their loose change and slot machine vouchers that then get donated to Battle Creek charities like Haven of Rest Ministry, South Michigan Food Bank, and SAFE Place.
The VP of marketing at the FireKeeper Casino, Jim Wise, expresses how much the company values helping the community.
“Giving back has become the identity of FireKeepers Casino Hotel. From our multiple foods, coat, toy, and blood drive, FireKeepers Casino Hotel has consistently helped our neighbors in need.”
To have a successful business, you need hard-working employees, and to have hard-working employees you need happy employees. It seems like FireKeepers Casino Hotel has all of that!
FireKeepers Casino Hotel was named by Forbes as one of America’s Best-In-State Employers. The company ranked number 50 on a list of 1,382 employers. This marks the third year in a row that FireKeepers is the highest-ranked gaming company to work for in the state of Michigan! The survey was made in collaboration with Statista (a market research firm). They asked over 7,000 working Americans of larger businesses to rate various aspects of their job, including how likely they would recommend working there to others. VP of Human Resources at FireKeepers Frank Tecumseh shares his thoughts on being awarded the honor.
“Receiving this acknowledgment for the third year in a row shows our focus on maintaining a positive environment and rewarding culture for our team members is working…Our vision is to be the employer of choice, not only in Michigan but also throughout the gaming industry.”
FireKeepers employs 2,000 individuals and has paid over $700 million in salaries and benefits since its start in 2009. The casino values rewarding and showing appreciation for its employees through incentives, bonuses, and team-member events. The company aims to keep a welcoming work environment and a place where employees can feel at home. Chief Executive Officer Kathy George attributes its success to its employees, especially during hard times in 2020.
“I am so proud of our Team Members for dealing with multiple challenges throughout the year while continuing to welcome and appreciate the thousands of guests who visit us daily.”
Through its dedication to its employees and the community, FireKeepers Casino Hotel has proven its significance in the state of Michigan.
Mac Daniel is a Michigan native and freelance writer for PlayOnlineCasino and PlayOnlineSportsBetting. He has experience writing about a wide variety of topics, including healthcare, tourism, non-profit organizations, and most recently casino and sportsbetting news. To check out more of his work, visit: playonlinemichigan.com