It stemmed from a popular tree decorating charitable affair and blossomed into a holiday event that inspired guests and local community groups to get more involved with the property.
The first annual Wreaths of Hope wreath-decorating contest at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Louisiana offered a total of $10,000 to area non-profit organizations, with more than a dozen local groups getting into the spirit of the season of giving and donating an ornately decorated wreath for the charitable competition. The charitable event was hosted during the 2019 holiday season.
“The event created a stronger bond between guests, local non-profits and team members,” said Katie Glaub, Marketing Manager at Evangeline Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel. “We were excited to see that the first annual wreath decorating contest inspired more guests and organizations to get involved.”
Nearly 4,000 guests took time to take in the wreaths and vote for the one that moved them the most. To vote, B Connected members had to swipe their B Connected card at any promotion’s kiosk, print a ballot and then place their ballot in the ballot box of their favorite wreath.
The top five non-profit organizations won significant cash prizes. The Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana took home the top prize of $3,000. Runner up St. Landry Evangeline Sexual Assault Center received $2,500 and The Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Music Festival came in third with a $2,000 prize. Arc of Acadiana received $1,000 and the Rural African American Museum collected $500 for their decorating finesse.
Other local organizations that participated received $125 each, including:
Charities decorated their own wreaths and brought them to the property to be put on display and were allowed to add extra decorations for the organization’s individual presentation.
“The event is a fun and simple way for our guests and team members to give back to local charities,” Glaub said. “Participating charities are grateful for the opportunity and it’s very rewarding for all who are involved.”
To learn more about Evangeline Downs, visit www.evangelinedowns.com.