This week, the leadership team at Wind Creek Chicago Southland presented Women Employed with a check for $70,000 to support Women Employed’s programs and services, which have been creating fundamental, systemic change for working women for 50 years.
Wind Creek, who was a sponsor for The Working Lunch in May, is developing a new casino in the Homewood and East Hazel Crest communities. Set to open in mid-2024, it will bring over 1,000 jobs to the Chicago area, many of them in supervisory and managerial levels. At the luncheon, Wind Creek made an unanticipated additional pledge of $70,000, allowing us to smash our $515,000 fundraising goal for the event, reaching over $550,000.
“We are grateful for Wind Creek’s generous donation that will help us continue to grow the economic power of women in Illinois — particularly low-paid women and BIPOC women, who face steeper barriers,” said Cherita Ellens, President and CEO of Women Employed. “We are thrilled to welcome Wind Creek to the Chicagoland area and are excited about their commitment to our local communities, diversity and inclusion, and working women.”
“This is who we are,” Roger Kuehn, General Manager at Wind Creek Chicago Southland, said. “Our donation to Women Employed is more than a contribution to a worthy cause, it’s an investment into our own workforce. We are proud to have strong partners like Women Employed to help us fill key roles in our casino and provide great opportunities to women seeking jobs and career advancement.”
Thank you to Wind Creek Chicago Southland for your generous gift to support our work!