Team Member News


    André Barnabei Receives Honor from the Pittsburgh Business Times

    Pittsburgh— June 25, 2015 —André Barnabei, vice president of human resources at Rivers Casino, was recognized by the Pittsburgh Business Times as a winner of the 2015 Fast Tracker Awards.

    The Fast Tracker Awards annually recognize local business and nonprofit professionals under the age of 40 for exceptional work in their given fields.

    André was the second employee hired at Rivers Casino, when plans for the property were still being finalized and before construction had even begun. Since then, he has lead the charge of making Rivers Casino a wonderful place to work for more than 1,700 employees. Under his leadership, Team Members voted Rivers one of the “Best Places to Work” in Pittsburgh.

    “No one deserves this award more than André, who has been an integral part of our success from the very beginning,” said Craig Clark, general manager at Rivers Casino. “His unwavering dedication to the Rivers Casino workplace and its Team Members is certainly worthy of this recognition.”

    Most recently, André took ownership of the development and launch of a company-wide culture campaign to provide a consistent foundation for all Team Members across the company’s growing portfolio of U.S. casinos. He worked with Team Members from nearly every level, across all departments, to define the “Rush Street Gaming Fundamentals.” These guiding principles are meant to help Team Members identify and embrace what Rush Street Gaming, Rivers’ parent company, is all about.

    The 2015 Fast Tracker Awards winners will be recognized in a special supplement of the Pittsburgh Business Times on June 26.


    Team Members Join The Woodlands Foundation to Prepare Lodge for Visitors

    PITTSBURGHMay 26, 2015 — The Rivers Casino Community Champions will perform a cleanup project at The Woodlands Foundation on May 27 from 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

    Rivers Casino Team Members will be cleaning and painting The Woodlands Lodge while also landscaping the surrounding area in preparation for the Foundation’s many summer programs.

    “The efforts of volunteer groups such as the Rivers Casino Community Champions continue to make The Woodlands campus a beautiful and welcoming home away from home for our participants. Each and every hour of work accomplished makes an impact, and allows our surrounding communities and businesses to be a part of our mission,” said executive director of The Woodlands, Peter Clakeley. “Rivers Casino’s involvement in our summer cleanup speaks highly of their focus on community service, and we are very appreciative of the opportunity to host their team of volunteers at The Woodlands.”

    The Woodlands Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with disability and chronic illness. Using its fully accessible and barrier-free facilities, the Woodlands’ programs enable participants to experience social, cultural, environmental, recreational and spiritual growth.

    “The Woodlands Foundation is a great resource in our community for individuals with special needs. It offers a wide array of summer activities,” said Rahmon Hart, director of community development for Rivers Casino. “The Community Champions are proud to help them get ready to welcome this year’s campers.”

    This volunteer effort at The Woodlands is a part of Rivers Casino’s ongoing community service outreach program. Each month, Team Members assist in a service project that benefits the Pittsburgh community. Most recently, the Rivers Casino Community Champions assisted the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation on an Earth Day trail maintenance project in Brightonwoods Park.

    For more information about Rivers Casino, please visit


    Annual Awards Gala Raises a Record-Breaking $1 Million

     PHILADELPHIA — May 15, 2015 SugarHouse Casino General Manager Wendy Hamilton was recognized last night with the 2015 PAL Award from the Police Athletic League (PAL) of Philadelphia. Hamilton was honored at the 2015 PAL Award Dinner along with fellow recipients Michael A. Innocenzo, senior vice president and chief operating officer of PECO and Marc Rayfield, senior vice president and market manager of CBS Radio/Philadelphia. All three individuals were honored for their personal dedication to PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids,” and their commitment to PAL through their respective corporations. 

    “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the team at SugarHouse Casino,” said Hamilton. “Programs that are good for Philadelphia are good for SugarHouse. We wholeheartedly support PAL’s mission of reducing crime, promoting character development and improving educational outcomes for our kids. My favorite part? The centers are run by Police Officers! I don’t even think we can quantify the good that comes from cops befriending kids. I was honored tonight, but the heroes are the tireless team of PAL staff, officers and volunteers who give so much of themselves to make PAL great.”

    PAL is a productive and hard-working organization that provides educational, athletic and recreational programs to 15,000 young people in 18 centers across the City of Philadelphia.  Funds raised in conjunction with the PAL Award Dinner make up nearly 40 percent of PAL’s annual budget. PAL programs are provided to Philly’s kids free of charge and are directly supervised by Philadelphia police officers.


    Team Members Partner with the BHCF to Clear Park Trails

    PITTSBURGHApril 21, 2015 — The Rivers Casino Community Champions will take to the great outdoors this Earth Day, April 22, to help the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation (BHCF) perform trail maintenance and plant trees in Brightonwoods Park.

    Rivers Casino Team Members will help clear safe passageways for walkers, hikers and children to travel the trails, providing access to more than 300 acres of city park land. Volunteers will also assist in the planting of 50 small trees from Tree Pittsburgh's nursery throughout this green space.

    “Without the help of the River’s Casino Community Champions, we would not be able to tackle such a monumental community enhancement project as this trail clearing," said Susan Benn, chairperson of the Garden and Green Space Committee for the BHCF.

    Last year, the Rivers Casino Community Champions helped the BHCF with a fall cleanup project. They cleared weeds and removed weed trees and poison ivy, moved boulders for new rock gardens, laid stone pathways and planted irises and daylilies in the BHCF community gardens.

    The Brighton Heights Citizens Federation promotes and encourages the advancement of neighborhood improvements and a great sense of community. This is accomplished by uniting the citizens of the community, its organizations and institutions to work hand-in-hand to enhance the health, safety, welfare, property and well-being of the community.

    This volunteer effort in Brightonwoods Park is a part of Rivers Casino’s ongoing community service outreach program. Each month, Team Members assist in a service project that benefits the Pittsburgh community. Earlier this year, the Rivers Casino Community Champions answered phones for the KDKA Warmathon.


    Philly’s Casino Places in Top 20 of Ranking

    PHILADELPHIA — March 30, 2015 — For the fourth year in a row, SugarHouse Casino’s team of roughly 1,100 employees has ranked it as a “Top Workplace” in Philadelphia, as reported in the annual survey published by The casino ranked in the top 20 of the large company category, defined as a workplace with 500 or more employees.

    “I’m extremely proud of the team we’ve created here,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino. “Our Team Members are some of the best in the business. They not only make SugarHouse a great place to work, but give our guests the best experience possible day in and day out.”

    To determine the rankings, team members at each company were surveyed and the results were analyzed by third-party research firm WorkplaceDynamics. SugarHouse Casino Team Members completed anonymous surveys that asked employees to be open and honest about their work environment, inquiring about confidence in their managers and overall job satisfaction.  

    Employees cite a fun work environment, team camaraderie, open communication channels and great benefits—which include SugarHouse’s tuition reimbursement, domestic partner benefits and quarterly service bonuses—as some of the reasons why Philly’s casino shines.  

    This is SugarHouse’s eighth workplace recognition award since opening in 2010. The casino was also voted as a “Best Place to Work” in the 2011—2014 Philadelphia Business Journal rankings, receiving gold, silver and bronze honors throughout the years.


    Team Members join the Larimer Consensus Group and the Kingsley Association to make Pittsburgh a little greener

    PITTSBURGHMarch 25, 2015 — The Rivers Casino Community Champions will be collaborating with the Larimer Consensus Group (LCG) and the Kingsley Association to clean up two community gardens in the Larimer neighborhood on Friday, March 27 from 8:30 a.m.—3:00 p.m.

    These community gardens give local residents a place to grow their own produce. Team Members will spend the day pulling weeds and preparing the gardens for the spring and summer seasons.

    The LCG, with its subgroup, Larimer Green Team, brings stakeholders from the Larimer neighborhood together to create and implement projects that promote vitality and growth within the neighborhood. The organization works with other city groups and local government to help make Pittsburgh a “most-livable city” for all its residents.

    “The community garden is one of the many gathering spaces where residents can convene for enjoyment and learning,” said Carolyn Peeks, chair of Larimer Consensus Group and Larimer Green Team. “We would like to thank Rivers Casino for expanding and building strong networks to help empower change.”

    The Kingsley Association has provided services to working class ethnic families in Pittsburgh since 1893, including boy’s/girl’s clubs, infant care programs, athletic classes, community gardens and much more.

    “The Kingsley Association greatly appreciates the support and commitment to the community engagement process from Mr. Rahmon Hart and Rivers Casino,” said Fred Brown, associate director of program development at the Kingsley Association. “Coordinated volunteer efforts help to build grassroots organizations while providing direct support to the community’s bottom line. We look forward to exploring other ways to sustain this effort.”

    This volunteer effort in Larimer is a part of Rivers Casino’s ongoing community service outreach program. Each month, Team Members assist in a service project that benefits the Pittsburgh community. Most recently, the Rivers Casino Community Champions answered phones for the KDKA Warmathon.


    Team Members Join KDKA and the Dollar Energy Fund to Help Pittsburgh Stay Warm

    PITTSBURGHFeb. 12, 2015 — Team Members from Rivers Casino will take part in this year’s NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Warmathon on Friday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. This group of Rivers Casino volunteers will be answering phones and taking donations for the annual charity event focused on helping Pittsburgh-area families pay utility bills for the winter months.

    “The Rivers Casino Community Champions are always looking for new ways to give back to the city we call home,” said Rahmon Hart, director of community development for Rivers Casino. “It is a privilege to join other local businesses in helping Pittsburgh families stay safe and warm this winter.”

    The Rivers Community Champions will be present at CBS Pittsburgh Radio studios to take calls. All donations called in will be combined with dollar-for-dollar matching donations from local utility companies to directly help families in need.

    The KDKA Warmathon is a two-day radio/telethon event. In the seven years since the event began, the Warmathon has raised more than $1.9 million to help local limited-income families maintain or restore basic utility services in their homes. Working in conjunction with the Dollar Energy Fund, the KDKA Warmathon has helped more than 5,300 families in the Pittsburgh area keep their lights on and their homes warm through the winter.

    Volunteering at the KDKA Warmathon is a part of Rivers Casino’s ongoing community service outreach program. Each month, Team Members assist in a service project that benefits the Pittsburgh community. Most recently, the Rivers Casino Community Champions prepared and served meals for homeless families and individuals, in addition to completing a painting project at the Northside Common Ministries facility.


    The Center for Victims grant honor to director of community development for Rivers Casino

    PITTSBURGHMarch 11, 2015 – Rivers Casino’s director of community relations, Rahmon Hart, will receive the Community Organizer Award at the Center for Victims’ (CV) 10th Annual Peace It Together Awards Celebration. The awards will take place March 12, 2015 from 5—8 p.m. at Pittsburgh’s Grand Hall at The Priory.

    A Pittsburgh native, Dr. Hart is being celebrated for his work in the community with the Rivers Casino Community Champions and his individual work with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. As director of community relations for Rivers Casino, Dr. Hart is responsible for developing and cultivating relationships with the community, vendors, business leaders, and key elected and appointed officials. In addition to leading the Rivers Casino Community Champions, Dr. Hart oversees all of the casino’s corporate charitable donations.

    “It is an honor to present Dr. Hart with this year’s Community Organizer award in recognition of the important work he is doing in the community,” said Fran Trimpey, director of development for CV. “We are especially honored to be working closely with Dr. Hart on our MEN (Men Ending VioleNce) Campaign and Pledge initiative, which is designed to engage more men in the Center for Victims’ violence prevention programs and speak out about violence against women and girls.”

    Each month, the Rivers Casino Community Champions assist in a service project that benefits the Pittsburgh community. The team worked with CV in October 2014 during the “Paint the Square Purple” event at Market Square in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    CV is the most comprehensive, inclusive provider of services, advocacy and education for victims of all crimes. Since 1976, it has been the leading agency in providing services to victims of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and all crimes in Allegheny County. For the last decade, CV has held the Peace It Together Awards each year to honor Pittsburgh’s community leaders.


    Casino Chef to Compete in Annual Food Pantry Brunch Challenge

     PITTSBURGH – January 26, 2015 – In this case, too many cooks in the kitchen will be a great thing. On Saturday, January 31, Rivers Casino banquet chef Michael Shimek will compete in the fourth annual Food Pantry Brunch Challenge and all proceeds from the event will benefit Northside Common Ministries.

     Chef Shimek will go head-to-head against nine local chefs to create a delicious brunch dish for 300 guests. The catch? Chefs can only use items found on food pantry shelves, such as canned vegetables, pasta noodles, boxed milk, cereals, beans and canned meats.

    “This challenge forces you to think outside of the box and come up with creative substitutions,” said Shimek. “It benefits a terrific cause, and I'm looking forward to preparing a winning dish.”

    The Food Pantry Brunch Challenge will take place on stage at the New Hazlett Theater from 11 a.m.—1 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at

    The Rivers Casino Community Champions will show the Northside Common Ministries some additional love on Wednesday, January 28. More than 20 volunteers will be on-site to cook and serve a meal for homeless families and individuals. A second group of Community Champions will donate their time and talents to complete a painting project at the Northside Common Ministries facility.

    Volunteering at the Northside Common Ministries is a part of Rivers Casino’s ongoing community service outreach program. Each month, Team members assist in a service project that benefits the Pittsburgh Community. Most recently, Rivers Team Members partnered with the Southwestern Veterans Center for its Presents for Patients event.


    Employees at Philly’s Casino Donate More than 350 Turkeys to Local Nonprofits

    PHILADELPHIA — Nov. 24, 2014 — It’s the season of giving, and SugarHouse Casino’s 1,100 team members are giving back by donating more than 350 turkeys to those in need this Thanksgiving. The turkeys will be hand delivered today by SugarHouse employees to a dozen groups and organizations across the city.

     As a way of thanking its team members for their hard work and dedication every year, the SugarHouse leadership team offers holiday turkeys to each employee prior to Thanksgiving. The team members have the option of donating the birds to local organizations. This, year the 350 turkeys will be given to 12 community groups that provide meals to those in need during the holidays.

     “I’m thankful to have an amazing team supporting our customers and our city at SugarHouse,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager at SugarHouse Casino. “We love our neighbors and community, and it feels particularly good to provide this many turkeys at Thanksgiving.”

     The recipients of SugarHouse’s turkeys this year include the Doyle-Gerszewski VFW Post 8051, Elm Tree Post No. 88, FACT, GESU School, Hackett School, Holy Name of Jesus Church, River of Life Philadelphia, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House, the Penn Treaty Special Services District, The Salvation Army and Veterans Multi-Service Center.


    This is SugarHouse’s fifth consecutive year organizing turkey donations and deliveries. To date, Philly’s casino and its team members have provided nearly 1,400 Thanksgiving birds to feed Philadelphia residents. At an average weight of 10 pounds per turkey, SugarHouse has fed an estimated 14,000 Philadelphians since Thanksgiving 2010—two months after the casino opened its doors.


    For more information on how SugarHouse is giving back to its community, visit



    SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philly’s casino, features 1,606 slots, up to 62 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,100 people, and for four consecutive years has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Philadelphia Business Journal, and a “Top Workplace” from three years in a row. For more information, visit

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    Rivers Casino is projected to be the country’s first LEED certified casino designed and built with environmentally friendly materials and processes.

    Owner: Midwest Gaming and Entertainment, LLC

    Development Manager: Development Management Associates, LLC
    Architect: Klai Juba General
    Contractor: Pepper Construction

    Features include:

    • HVAC system upgrades are intended to provide 16% energy savings, more fresh air supply above a standard design and more comfort for occupants for this building which operates 24 hours a day.
    • HVAC units will include 100 percent air-side economizer sections for free cooling when outdoor ambient conditions allow. Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) strategies are employed to operate HVAC systems more efficiently in intermittently used spaces.
    • Systems commissioning is provided to realize operational savings planned in the design. Measurement and verification methods are planned to confirm and assure continued efficient operation of building systems.
    • LED light fixtures in the parking garage and other areas throughout the Casino building save on energy usage as well as maintenance costs.
    • Skylights and Clerestory windows add natural light for occupants comfort and save on lighting costs.
    • Low flow plumbing fixtures and sensor controlled faucets reduce water usage by 40%.
    • Uses Paint and Adhesive materials with low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) providing a healthier environment for workers and future inhabitants.
    • Casino operations include a single stream recycling plan reducing the amount of waste delivered to landfills.
    • Interior living green walls provide better air quality and comfort for occupants.
    • Occupant sensor controlled lighting provides lighting when needed and saves energy use at other times.
    • Electric car charging stations are provided at valet parking for facility and customer use.
    • The project is a Brownfield redevelopment rehabilitated a damaged site and reducing pressure on undeveloped land and used existing infrastructure.
    • The project managed site water runoff with a Surface Water Intake Protection Program (SWIPP) program during construction to prevent runoff damage to adjoining areas.
    • Installation of concrete drives, landscaping, a multi-level parking structure and white roof reduce the urban heat island effect.
    • The site is close to public transportation to promote efficient travel – it adjoins two Pace bus lines and is within 1 mile of both METRA and CTA rail stations.
    • Bike racks are provided for workers and customers and preferred parking is provided for alternate fuel vehicles
    • Landscaping is largely native and drought tolerant plant species thus eliminating the need for irrigation
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    Pittsburgh Business Times Announces Workplace Recognition Award

    PITTSBURGH — Just in time for its five-year anniversary, Team Members have voted Rivers Casino one of Pittsburgh’s 2014 “Best Places to Work” in the “large company” category.

    Published annually by the Pittsburgh Business Times, the “Best Places to Work” program recognizes the top employers in Western Pennsylvania. The winners are determined by scores given to the companies by their own employees through an anonymous survey. The questionnaires are administered by Quantum Workplace, an independent third-party surveying firm.

    Once Rivers Casino was nominated, a representative percentage of its Team Members, determined by Quantum Workplace, were required to complete the questionnaire, which asked them to rank the casino in several dozen categories relating to team effectiveness, trust with coworkers, alignment with goals, trust in senior leaders, as well as recognition and employee benefits.

    “I want to thank the Rivers Team Members for voting us one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ in Pittsburgh,” said Craig Clark, general manager of Rivers Casino. “It’s a privilege to come to work each and every day with such a talented and dedicated group of individuals.”

    Rivers, along with the other 2014 “Best Places to Work” award recipients, will be honored at an event in Pittsburgh on October 30, 2014 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel.

    The “Best Places to Work” honor comes just weeks before Rivers celebrates its five-year anniversary on August 9, 2014. For more information about Rivers Casino, please visit


    Philly’s Casino to Host Team and City Leaders for Ceremonial Groundbreaking

    SugarHouse Casino will break ground today on the property’s $164 million expansion, which is set to open in 2015. The much-anticipated expansion means hundreds more jobs and even greater economic benefits for Philly. The ceremonial groundbreaking will be held today at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a VIP luncheon in The Refinery, the casino’s waterfront restaurant.

    Philadelphia’s First Poker Room, New Restaurants and More Parking

    The SugarHouse executive team, city officials and community leaders will be present as Philly’s casino embarks on a new phase of construction that will bring more amenities to the Delaware Riverfront property—including a multi-purpose event space with waterfront views; new restaurants; a parking garage; a dedicated, 30-table poker room; and more.

    And to get all that dirt moving, SugarHouse is enlisting the help of some new machinery to be added to the casino’s existing fleet of branded vehicles. Joining the casino’s Sugar Express trolleys and double-decker bus will be a SugarHouse-themed backhoe, which will roll onto the property especially for the groundbreaking.

    The ceremony will take place on the north side of the existing North Delaware Avenue facility, where the expansion will be built.

    “We are thrilled to be one step closer to the bigger and better SugarHouse Casino,” Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino, said. “Our guests and team have been waiting for this moment, and we’re excited to say that it’s finally here. Groundbreaking is a huge milestone for us.”


    A Great Place to Work, a Proud Community Partner and a Strong Economic Engine

    Once complete, the expansion will bring 500 new, permanent, full- and part-time jobs to Philadelphia, in addition to 1,600 construction jobs that will be created throughout the duration of the expansion. SugarHouse’s current 1,100-member team has voted the casino a top place to work in Philly six separate times since its grand opening in September 2010.

    The completed facility will also result in an annual contribution of $1 million to the Penn Treaty Special Services District (PTSSD) to promote economic development in Fishtown and surrounding neighborhoods. Since opening, SugarHouse has generated more than $445 million in state and local taxes, and has contributed more than $5 million to local groups and organizations, including serving as the title sponsor of the New Year’s Eve Penn’s Landing fireworks and New Year’s Day Mummers Parade.


    Interim Poker Room

    In advance of the completion of the property-wide expansion, SugarHouse is opening an interim 24-table poker room to meet Philly’s high demand for poker. It will be open 24/7 starting this fall and will remain in operation until the casino debuts its permanent poker room in 2015.

    The poker room will be built on the south side of the property facing the Ben Franklin Bridge to ensure that it won't interrupt expansion construction. It will feature food and beverage service and state-of-the-art tables that will eventually be relocated to the permanent poker room next year.

    The poker room itself is a $2.9 million investment, and over the 13-month period will result in an estimated $1.8 million in taxes to the City and Commonwealth. The opening of this new facility will create 100 new full- and part-time jobs across a variety of departments, with 80 of the positions being poker dealers. SugarHouse will recruit a mix of experienced and newly trained dealers to fill these spots and will offer a free poker dealer school to train current employees and applicants from PTSSD.


    Pittsburgh’s entertainment destination takes top honors from Casino Player magazine

    Rivers Casino was named “Best Overall Gaming Resort” in Pennsylvania by Casino Player magazine’s readers for the fifth year in a row. The casino took home a total of 15 first-place awards, including “Best Casino,” “Best Players Club,” “Best Promotions” and “Best Dealers.” Category winners are voted by readers in the publication’s “Best of Gaming” annual poll. Rivers’ awards are highlighted in Casino Player’s September issue, available now.

    Rivers Casino also received first-place honors in the following categories:

    • Best Casino to Play Blackjack
    • Best Comps
    • Best Hosts
    • Best Place to Play Craps
    • Best Place to Play Live Poker
    • Best Place to Play Roulette
    • Best Reel Slots
    • Best Slot Tournaments
    • Best Table Game Tournaments
    • Best Video Slots

    “We are proud to receive this honor for a fifth consecutive year as we also celebrate our fifth anniversary,” said Craig Clark, general manager of Rivers Casino. “Rivers could not have achieved these milestones without the support of Casino Player readers and our hardworking Team Members.”

    Rivers recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with five weeks of fun for players and its Team Members. In addition to the latest awards from Casino Player, Rivers was also named a 2014 “Best Place to Work” in Pittsburgh in a survey conducted by thePittsburgh Business Times.

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    Leigh Whitaker Receives Honor from Philadelphia Tribune

    The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest newspaper serving the African-American community, recently announced its list of 2014 Most Influential African Americans. Among the 100 Philadelphians honored was Leigh Whitaker, SugarHouse Casino’s longtime vice president of communications, who was recognized in the Leaders category.

    The honorees were announced at a private reception at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and guests included Mayor Michael Nutter as well as education leaders, community activists and elected officials. The complete list of winners is highlighted in a special supplement in the Tribune.

    Whitaker has been an integral part of the SugarHouse team, responsible for managing government, community and public relations. In addition, she has been instrumental in building relationships with community stakeholders, as well as implementing and directing SugarHouse’s robust charitable donation program. Whitaker has been a vital part of SugarHouse’s early development, having been a part of the team since before construction on the property even began.

    “We are incredibly proud to have an individual of Leigh’s caliber on the SugarHouse leadership team,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino. “Leigh’s contributions to the community and to SugarHouse are tremendous.”

    Whitaker is a graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law and has previously held leadership roles with the School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia City Council. She has been honored before by the Philadelphia Tribune on its “10 under 40 to Watch” list. Recently, Whitaker was named one of the “Great Women of Gaming” in the “Rising Star” category by Casino Enterprise Management.