Hollywood Casino to give away 1,000 trees for Arbor Day

In celebration of National Arbor Day, Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway in Bangor will be giving away 1,000 trees on April 25 to patrons who present a Club Hollyood card and ID, starting at 5 p.m. at The Sound State Lounge, 500 Main Street.

Courtesy of Hollywood Casino

Courtesy of Hollywood Casino

In addition to a free sapling, patrons will receive a 1 in 5 chance to win a share of $2,500 in free slot play.

“In the short time I’ve been in Maine, I have been struck by the natural beauty of the state and wanted to give toward its future,” stated Jose Flores, General Manager of Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway in a recent press release. “Maine people take pride in their environment, and the lush wooded areas and beautiful parks provide clean air for our residents and draw tourists from around the world to our state. We think this is a great way to not only give back to our customers, but to give back to our state.”

Traditionally celebrated on the last Friday in April, National Arbor Day was started in the Nebraska Territory by J. Sterling Morton in 1854. He noticed the importance of planting trees as shade, windbreaks, to keep soil in place, and use as fuel and building materials. It is estimated that more than 1 million trees were planted on the first Arbor Day in 1872.

Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway has chosen Maine company Grow A Tree® for their Arbor Day celebration. Grow A Tree® provides both deciduous and coniferous trees from Maine for tree planting, including Maine’s State Tree, the White Pine, as well as sugar maple, apple and balsam fir saplings.

To learn about National Arbor Day or for free educational materials, visit www.arborday.org.

Hollywood Casino Hotel & Raceway is a Penn National Gaming property located on Main Street in Bangor. The facility features a state-of-the-art gaming floor that includes nearly 1,000 slot machines, 11 table games, 5 live poker tables and a Race Book simulcast betting parlor; 152 hotel rooms and suites; live music on the weekends and multiple dining options. Live harness racing takes place April-November. For information, visit www.hollywoodcasinobangor.com.

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Aislinn Sarnacki

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