Seminole Hard Rock celebrates 10 years in Tampa - WFLA News Channel 8

Seminole Hard Rock celebrates 10 years in Tampa

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - The Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel held a 10 year anniversary celebration Tuesday including an alligator procession and check presentation to local charities.

Seminole Tribe of Florida, James Billie, and the entire Tribal Council of the Seminole Tribe of Florida were on hand for the event. The Tribe held an alligator procession to symbolize prosperity.

Four local charities - DeBartolo Foundation, Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts, Metropolitan Ministries and Hands Across the Bay - will each be given $100,000 from Seminole Hard Rock as thanks for support over the years. The donations will be distributed as $10,000 a year over 10 years. The first check was presented to each charity Tuesday.

“We want to use our 10th anniversary as a celebration of the property’s successes and accomplishments,” said Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa’s President John Fontana. “But, more importantly, we want to give back to show we are extremely grateful for the magnitude of support from Tampa Bay throughout all of these years.”

The hotel and casino officially opened on March 11, 2004. Since then, it has grown to be one of the biggest destinations and economic drivers for the Tampa Bay area. They are the fifth largest private employer in the area, employing over 3,300 people. Hard Rock says in the next 10 years they are expect to contribute $6 billion to the community.

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