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Tropicana to Host Disabled Veterans During Warfighter Sports Annual Fundraising Efforts

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (August 31, 2015) Once again, Tropicana Casino & Resort will be rolling out the red carpet for 15 warfighters and their caretakers on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 as they arrive for a complimentary three night stay while participating in an itinerary of local fundraising events in their honor.

Warfighter Sports is a division of Disabled Sports USA, an organization that aids the most severely injured warriors by involving them in adaptive sports. They serve severely injured military, both active duty and veterans, with a permanent physical disability such as amputation, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments and significant nerve and muscle damage.

“Tropicana and Boogie Nights are proud to be continued supporters of Warfighter Sports,” said Steve Callender, General Manager of Tropicana Casino & Resort. “We encourage everyone to support this fun event and take the opportunity to show appreciation for these heroes who have sacrificed so much.”

Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA has partnered with Mays Landing Golf and Country Club, will provide the warfighters a facility to learn to golf and reintegrate them into society through the community. Funds that are raised for the nonprofit organization will be used to provide adaptive equipment, individualized instruction and to create the golf program and events completely free of charge to the warfighter and their caregiver. The Warfighter Sports motto is, “If I can do this, I can do anything!”

“These annual events mean so much to the Warfigher Sports organization,” says Ed Afanador, board member of South Jersey Chapter of DSUSA. “Participation continues to grow each year and we are grateful for the opportunity to not only raise funds, but raise awareness for our cause.”

Boogie Nights at Tropicana- Wednesday, September, 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. – 12 a.m Put your dancing shoes on and mingle with the warfighters at an informal ‘welcome reception’ and fundraiser September 23rd at Boogie Nights.

  • 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drink specials with a $20 donation to Warfighter Sports at the door. Medal of Honor Recipients Donald “Doc” Ballard (Vietnam) and Clinton Romeesha (Afghanistan) will be on hand to welcome their comrades.
  • 7 p.m.- 8 p.m. Book signing by Medal of Honor Recipient (Vietnam) Donald Ballard
  • 10 p.m.- 12 a.m. The party continues and admission is free!
  • Must be 21.

Mays Landing Country Club- Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6 p.m. The following evening, Thursday, September 24th Mays Landing Country Club will be the location of a semi-formal dinner and fundraising event featuring guest speaker Justin Constantine, a Purple Heart Recipient. Medal of Honor Recipients Donald “Doc” Ballard (Vietnam) and Clinton Romeesha (Afghanistan) will also be honored guests. The event includes a complimentary cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, a seated dinner, guest speakers, entertainment provided by Kenny I, and a silent auction. Tickets are $125 per person.

Mays Landing Country Club- Friday, September 25, 2015 at 7 a.m. The grand finale of the week’s events will be the April C. Kauffman Memorial Golf Outing September 25th at Mays Landing Country Club. Registration and breakfast take place at 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. This event is particularly significant as the late April Kauffman was instrumental in lobbying for veteran health care reform and was an integral part of the Wounded Warrior and Warfighter Sports organizations. Several service dogs will be accompanying their warrior on the golf course for the 2nd Annual April C. Kauffman Golf Outing, September 25, 2015.

Tickets for the golf tournament include breakfast, a round of golf including cart and an awards luncheon and are $125 per person.

For more information about these events, contact Dawn Coyle at (609)569-1169.

About Warfighter Sports Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for severely injured warfighters in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. through a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters. Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served warfighters, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence, and uniting families through shared healthy activities.

Our local chapter (DSUSA- SJ Chapter) was formed by several veterans and veteran advocates to bring adaptive sports to local disabled vets, rebuilding lives through sports.

Contributions cover all expenses for participation, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals for the warrior and a family member.  Since 2003, more than 6,000 of the most severely wounded and their families have been served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle damage.   For more information, visit www.disabledsports.org, ‘click on’ “programs”, then “Warfighter Sports.”

About Tropicana Entertainment

Tropicana Entertainment Inc. (OTCQB:  TCPA) is a publicly traded company that, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates eight casinos and resorts in Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Missouri, New Jersey and Aruba. Tropicana properties collectively have approximately 5,525 rooms, 8,035 slot positions and 304 table games. The company is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and is a majority –owned subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises, L.P. (NASDAQ:  IEP).