30 Dec SIGA year in review – 2019 highlights
Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights across SIGA in 2019.
We opened a new casino and a new corporate office!
This year was one of growth and expansions. We opened not one, but two new locations! In January 2019, we held the grand opening of Gold Horse Casino, our seventh entertainment destination, in Lloydminster and in September 2019, we opened our new central office in Saskatoon. A key feature and driving factor of the new office is the warehouse that allowed us to take over the management of our slot system and become a true gaming operator.
We laced up for a good cause
The SIGA Good Food Run has grown into a significant community and fundraising event in Saskatoon. In just three years of hosting this event, we were able to donate more than $40,000 to CHEP Good Food Inc.. These funds help CHEP to address food insecurity by supporting CHEP’s Child Hunger Education Programs, and provide and promote healthy food options to Saskatoon residents.
SIGA casinos continue to expand our product offerings! This year at some of our casinos, we unveiled ETGs, also known as Electronic Table Games, including at Gold Horse, Dakota Dunes, and Northern Lights casinos. ETGs are electronic versions of traditional games that use computers and random number generators to determine the outcome of each game.
Another highlight includes the opening of our expanded High Limit Room at Dakota Dunes Casino to improve our customer experience. This room was unveiled in late August 2019. The room has six baccarat tables, two blackjack tables and two private rooms!
Giving our time and talent
One day a year on September 5, the International Day of Charity, employees from all of SIGA’s casinos and corporate office mobilize to give their time and talent to causes that make a difference in their home communities. SIGA’s Day of Sharing has become a flagship event for our community investment program, where our teams have the opportunity to volunteer for initiatives they care about. SIGA’s Volunteer Program is a core part of our overall Community Investment Program, driven by our guiding principle Wîtaskêwin, the concept of Sharing Success. As a responsible corporate citizen, we give back to Saskatchewan communities through volunteerism, scholarships and sponsorships.
Responsible Gambling Awareness Week
From May 1-11, 2019, SIGA casinos recognized Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, created to raise awareness of the risks involved when gambling and to provide resources to help individuals to make informed decisions about their gambling.
In support of the week, SIGA held Responsible Gambling Awareness Days at each of its seven casinos, which featured GameSense resources and gift bags for patrons. A patron survey was also conducted during the week. Results showed patron awareness of the GameSense resources has increased to 71.8%, up from 69% awareness last year.
Building community and supporting our youth
Three years of flipping cakes for cake! SIGA’s annual charity pancake breakfast brings together community members, corporate partners and dignitaries for cakes and conversation all the while raising funds for White Buffalo Youth Lodge. White Buffalo Youth Lodge uses the funds from our event to support their programming that’s dedicated to improving the quality of life and health for children, youth, young adults, and their families in Saskatoon.
To date, we’ve raised more than $19,000 for this important community organization.
Eating hot dogs at Gold Eagle Casino
We strive to host a wide variety of exciting and entertaining events for our guests, like the Hot Dog Eating Championship and BBQ held in North Battleford. Not only did registered contestants compete for a total of $1,000 in cash prizes, but Gold Eagle collected donations and proceeds during the event for The Lighthouse Supported Living serving the Battlefords.
What was your favourite SIGA moment of 2019? Let us know in the comments below!