At Ameristar Casinos we are dedicated to generating economic development in the cities in which we operate. We offer our Team Members, not just rewarding careers, but the chance to be good corporate citizens through charitable giving and volunteerism.
At Ameristar, we help to create and support vibrant economies in the markets where we operate. Because they are popular entertainment destinations, our properties attract local visitors, as well as regional ones from miles away. We make significant capital investments to build high-quality properties, which we then expand and enhance through ongoing capital expenditures. We encourage local growth by both hiring Team Members and doing business with area vendors from which we purchase services and goods. Ameristar is committed to buying locally – a significant percentage of our purchases are made from vendors within a 100-mile radius of our casinos.
Lastly, we help the communities in which we operate by paying state and local taxes, often at an effective tax rate that's higher than that of most businesses. These payments support improvements to community infrastructure in the form of roads, community centers and schools.
At Ameristar, we proudly support the communities where we live and work through our charitable giving program called Ameristar Cares. This three-part effort includes financial contributions to nonprofit organizations, our annual Team Member Workplace Giving Campaign and Team Member volunteerism.
During 2012, the company and its Team Members donated nearly $7 million to charitable organizations in the markets where we do business. Our Team Members are active volunteers in their hometowns, each year donating hundreds of hours of their time for worthy causes such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, MDA Telethon, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and many local organizations.
Our social responsibility includes comprehensive and long-standing programs to address underage and compulsive gambling, as well as responsible alcohol consumption.
To request a donation, or for additional information, please review Ameristar's 2013 Charitable Giving Guidelines.