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 Harrah's Stepping Up Efforts to Help 8,000 Harrah's Employees; Opens
Gulfport Assistance Center with On-site Primary Health Care Services
LAS VEGAS, Sept. 8, 2005 - Stepping up efforts to help nearly 8,000 Harrah's employees begin the process of recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: HET) announced the opening of the Harrah's Gulf Coast Region Assistance Center today in Gulfport, Miss.
The center, located at 11975 Seaway Road in Gulfport, is a resource for employees of Harrah's three Gulf Region properties displaced by Hurricane Katrina.  Available services include:
  • On-site, primary health care services. The first shipment of emergency medical supplies for the center arrived this morning from Louisville, Ky., on the company's corporate jet;
  • Assistance with compensation and benefits for displaced workers;
  • Listings of available shelters, local housing and transportation;
  • Information on nationwide job opportunities within the Harrah's network, and;
  • Access to e-mail and to the Harrah's Intranet with crucial relief and recovery information.
Employees unable to visit the center in person can call the company's employee information line at 877-422-7466.  Harrah's is asking all displaced employees to visit the Mississippi center or call the information line so the company can account for all employees and direct them to relief services.
Harrah's anticipates opening a second employee assistance center in Louisiana in the near future.

In other updates:

  • Harrah's said it will make up the difference between military pay and regular pay to employees whose National Guard or Reserve units are activated for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts;
  • The cast of Tony n' Tina's Wedding announced two special performances on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Guests making a contribution of $100 or more to the Harrah's Employee Recovery Fund or the Red Cross will receive a free ticket to the show,  while 30 percent of proceeds from the purchase of regularly-priced tickets will go to the Employee Recovery Fund.  Both shows will feature guest performances by Nevada Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and Las Vegas entertainer Dennis Bono;
  • Harrah's readied 150 hotel rooms at its Bourbon Street hotel in Las Vegas to receive evacuees and displaced employees arriving from the Gulf Coast Region;
  • As previously announced, Harrah's will pay employees from its affected properties their regularly scheduled base pay, up to 90 days, and is giving these employees first preference for available jobs at other Harrah's properties.  In addition, the company has established temporary relief shelters for employees at its properties in Tunica, Miss., Lake Charles, La., and Bossier City, La.
The public can assist Harrah's employees by visiting the company's Web site -- -- for additional information on how to help.

As more definitive news and damage assessments become available, Harrah's will take additional steps to bolster relief efforts for its employees, and actively participate in the rebuilding of these vital communities.

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment. 


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Also See: Harrah's Takes Additional Steps to Bolster Relief Efforts for its 8,000 Employees in Biloxi, Gulfport, and New Orleans / September 5, 2005
Harrah's Will Provide its 6,000 Employees in Biloxi, Gulfport and New Orleans Casinos with Their Base Pay for up to 90 days; Establishes Harrah's Employee Recovery Fund with an Initial $1 million Grant / August 30, 2005

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