IP Raises $31,000 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Becomes First Pacesetter Team in the State of Mississippi

BILOXI, Miss.— American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer recognized IP CASINO RESORT SPA with a trophy on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at a team leader celebration for being the 2017 Flagship Sponsor, first team to ever achieve Pacesetter Team Status in the State of Mississippi and the No. 1 fundraising team on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Early this year IP agreed to be a Flagship Sponsor of the 2017 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. IP donated $5,000 towards the $15,000 flagship sponsorship agreement. It became the goal of the team captains to raise at least $10,000 to meet the flagship requirements.  Team IP surpassed their goal raising $30,281 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. At the team leader celebration, Kim Goetz, Director of Marketing and Herb Gee, Director of Tables Games and the 2017 Real Men Wear Pink ambassador presented the check to Liz Gaulke, Community Development Manager and Christen Waters, Senior Manager of Community engagement for the American Cancer Society.

“We are proud of what the team members at IP CASINO RESORT & SPA did this year to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Gaulke. “As  our Flagship Sponsor, IP raised the most funds through their team on the Gulf Coast and reached the $25,000 Pacesetter Team Status. IP is the first Pacesetter Team ever in the state of Mississippi. This is such an amazing show of support in the fight against cancer, and exemplifies the teamwork and compassion IP team members have for our community.”

“IP is proud to support Making Strides and the services it provides to those fighting the breast cancer battle,” said Goetz. “It is with our joint efforts to support and promote their programming that we will make advancements in the treatment and eradication of this disease. We are proud to partner with them and are even more proud of the effort and dedication our Team Members gave to raise these funds.”

Team Leaders for the 2017 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer were Glenda Dresback (Human Resources), Jessica Knight (Table Games), Diane Burkhalter (Slots/Marketing), Alex Gillam (Slots), Brandi Ingram (Purchasing), Brenda Casey (Hotel), Lacy Smith (Valet), Le Bui (Table Games), Mandy Farve (Bus Tour & Travel), Nicole Miller (Special Events), Raquael Schidler (Retail) and Company Leader, Emily Burke (Public Relations). Through their fundraising efforts, including a silent auction, raffles, eggroll sales, donut sales as well as Herb Gee’s Par-Tee Golf Tournament, IP was successful in obtaining the Pacesetter Team Status.  


Winner of the elite AAA Four Diamond award, the IP CASINO RESORT SPA is the Gulf Coast's premier entertainment resort destination. Towering 32 stories over the scenic Back Bay of Biloxi, the IP is home to more than 1,000 elegantly appointed hotel rooms and suites, live entertainment, award-winning restaurants, and a first-class spa. For further information, visit www.ipbiloxi.com. IP CASINO RESORT SPA is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 24 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Boyd Gaming and IP press releases are available at boydgaming.mediaroom.com