Grant recipients honored at Penn Treaty SSD Community Service Awards

PHILADELPHIA — Oct. 2, 2018 — Rivers Casino Philadelphia presented its annual $1 million contribution to the Penn Treaty Special Services District during the Penn Treaty SSD Community Service Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 1. This year’s $1 million check brings Rivers’s total contributions to Penn Treaty SSD to $7.7 million.

Since 2009, Penn Treaty SSD has received a yearly contribution from Rivers Casino Philadelphia and, through grants, has distributed the money to benefit residents of Olde Richmond, Fishtown, South Kensington and Northern Liberties. The Penn Treaty SSD uses the casino funds to sponsor community activities and make physical improvements to parks and other infrastructure as well as to provide financial assistance to deserving local groups.

“As a proud community partner, Rivers is honored to continue working with the Penn Treaty SSD,” said Rob Long, general manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia. “The organization has been instrumental in improving our surrounding communities, and we’re honored to contribute to its mission.”

At the check presentation ceremony, Penn Treaty SSD honored three individuals and the Kensington Soccer Club for their outstanding service benefiting the neighborhoods surrounding the casino. Recognized were Matt Ruben, president of Northern Liberties Neighbors Association; Bea Rider, Green Streets coordinator of Olde Richmond Civic Association; and Pat Cain, who was honored posthumously as founder of We Care Soccer Camp. All three have volunteered countless hours with their respective organizations.

The Kensington Soccer Club provides year-round programs to a growing number of children from 51 different high schools all over the city. The club works with various grassroots and community groups while also promoting its gender equality policy to ensure young women have equal opportunities throughout each level of the program.

“We’re honored to recognize these leaders and organizations in the community, who have spent countless hours making our neighborhoods a better place to live,” said Penn Treaty Special Services District Board Chairman Rick Angeli. “We’d also like to thank Rivers Casino Philadelphia for its ongoing support and commitment.”

Each of the award recipients received a City of Philadelphia citation from Mayor Jim Kenney.




Located along the Delaware Riverfront in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino Philadelphia features 1,755 slots, 105 table games, 62 hybrid gaming seats, a 28-table poker room and a designated Sportsbook area for live sports betting. The casino offers eight distinctive restaurants and bars — among them are Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, Tacconelli’s Pizzeria, Saxbys and Geno’s Steaks — riverfront views, live performances in The Event Center, free parking, and promotions and giveaways daily. Rivers, which opened in 2010, employs approximately 1,600 Team Members and has been voted a great place to work in Philadelphia. Rivers Casino Philadelphia is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates. For more information, visit RiversCasino.com.



Jeff Shurilla
For Rivers Casino Philadelphia
267-932-8760, ext. 304
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The Penn Treaty SSD, incorporated in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for residents of the immediate neighborhoods surrounding Rivers Casino Philadelphia — including Fishtown, South Kensington, Old Richmond and Northern Liberties. Funding is provided by Rivers Casino Philadelphia through an annual donation. Allocation of funds is determined exclusively by the Penn Treaty SSD Board through a grant request form and a review process. For more information on the Penn Treaty Special Services District, or to apply for a grant, visit www.PennTreatySSD.com.



Katrina Mansfield
Penn Treaty SSD
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