ALTON — Through local events and promotions, the Argosy Casino in Alton is pleased to announce it has raised more than $8,000 for cancer research, while also looking forward to the Aug. 1 opening date of its new restaurant, Journey.
Cancer fundraising events
As a fundraising partner for both Riverbend Relay for Life and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the casino kicked off its summer in a big way.
“We greatly admire the work of both organizations and are happy to contribute to such important causes,” Argosy General Manager Philippe Khouri said. “Both of these foundations are extremely reputable and contribute to cancer research and services holistically.”
Khouri says through these charities, donations are able to support education, early detection, treatment, screenings and patient programs.
“Cancer is something that affects all of us,” he said. “Whether it’s a friend or a family member, almost everyone knows someone that’s been impacted by this terrible disease, and that personal connection is what I think drives us all to try and make a difference.”
The Argosy team gathered for the Relay for Life event June 6 at Robert E. Glazebrook Community Park in Godfrey. They were able to raise $2,726 to help fund cancer research for the American Cancer Society.
On the following Saturday, June 13, the crew raised $2,673 for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in St. Louis.
The money raised will help support many initiatives, including community-based screening, patient navigation and educational programs. It also will support the Susan G. Komen Grants Program, which offers state-of-the-art breast cancer research.
Not only did the team decide to help others by raising money to support great causes, it also got the entire casino involved. Casino patrons were invited to buy scratch-off tickets for $5, with the chance of winning $1,000 or other dollar amounts in free slot play. Many patrons did so, helping the casino raise another $2,918 for both organizations.
There is still time to help the casino raise funds for either charity in efforts to achieve their goals. Donations to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, St. Louis can be done at rfcstl.convio.net and Riverbend Relay for Life donation information can be found at bit.ly/1LiAQ7E.
A nautical-themed dining room is just one of the changes awaiting guests at the casino’s new restaurant, Journey.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer our guests a new, upscale dining option with some of the best views in the area,” Argosy Casino Alton General Manager and Vice President Philippe Khouri said. “Our menu will feature delicious steaks and burgers, amongst other exceptional entrees, handcrafted appetizers, house-made desserts and an extensive wine list.”
Executive Chef Jeff Ledford (who once served a U.S. president) has been in charge of Argosy Alton’s buffet since 1999 and will oversee the restaurant’s day-to-day operations.
“In my diverse experience as a chef, I have learned that top-notch food, drink and service are paramount — and at Journey, we have all three,” Ledford said. “To top it off, the view of the Mississippi River makes the restaurant the perfect setting for a memorable meal and an overall special dining experience from the moment guests walk through our doors.”
Journey will be open from 4 until 10 p.m. daily.
Argosy Casino offers a variety of entertainment, dining and gaming options. Sitting on the Mississippi River (and staying open throughout the recent flooding), it provides a smoke-free environment (with designated smoking areas on every level for the convenience of smoking guests). It is open 8 a.m. until 6 a.m. seven days a week and offers free self-parking.
For information, visit www.argosyalton.com.