November 23, 2021 


CONTACT: Catherine Lewis, Maverick Gaming, (253) 355-4099, 


Maverick Cares Provides 16,000 Holiday Meals for Families In Need During Thanksgiving 


Holiday meal packages include: Carving Ham or Roasted Turkey Breast, Whole Potatoes, Dinner Rolls, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Sauce 


Maverick Cares applauds the more than 40 local organizations, businesses, and community leaders for partnering to help families in need 


WASHINGTON – For its third major event of 2021, today Maverick Cares will be supplying 4,000 families with holiday meal packages – each care package feeds a family of four. The holiday meal packages include: Carving Ham or Roasted Turkey Breast, Whole Potatoes, Dinner Rolls, Green Beans, Mac & Cheese, Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Sauce. Depending on the participating location, additional items will be included in the giveaway and made possible by donations from local partners. 


In August, Maverick Cares and its partners provided 8,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and in March, the organization partnered with business and non-profits to distribute meal kits and educational field trip vouchers to 16,000 local K-12 students. 


“As we celebrate our second Thanksgiving during the pandemic, I am reminded again of how thankful I am for the spirit of partnership in the communities where our businesses operate,” said Maverick Gaming CEO and co-founder Eric Persson. “Thanksgiving is a time of coming together and I hope that our effort makes it a little easier for families to celebrate with one another. I thank all of our local partners for their generous contributions and support for helping make this event possible.” 


The packages are distributed via a voucher system conducted with the support of Maverick Cares partners. Each family will have received a voucher in advance to exchange for a meal kit the day of the event at participating at Maverick Gaming locations across the state from 3 PM to 7 PM today. To learn more about previous Maverick Cares community events, you may access media coverage and details on its website 


Maverick Cares applauds the spirit of partnership in the communities where it operates, thanking local officials for the leadership during the holiday season. 


“Each year, we are thankful for how our community comes together to help those in need,” said Kennewick Mayor Don Britain with the Kennewick City Council in a joint statement. “Businesses, residents and organizations of all types pitch in so that we all can celebrate the holiday season. We thank Maverick Cares for its partnership with the local community during the holidays, made possible by the everyday commitment of its local team to our city and all the businesses participating in this Thanksgiving meal family giveaway.” 


“There is no greater expression of the holiday spirit than working in service of your neighbors and community,” said Representative Matt Boehnke. “Every family deserves a great meal and an opportunity to give thanks. In focusing on partnering with local businesses and organizations, I thank the team at Maverick Cares for being a part of our local holiday tradition of service and making the Thanksgiving gathering a little bit warmer for our families in need.” 


“The holidays are a time of celebration and coming together,” said Representative Eileen Cody. “At a time of giving thanks, I am always encouraged by the spirit of partnership in our diverse communities for helping those most in need. I commend all of the local partners coming together in support of this Maverick Cares event so that families can have a great meal on the table this time of year.” 


“No child or family should go hungry,” said Representative and Bothell Councilmember Davina Duerr. “We’ve been working on hunger with new laws and funding—but community partnerships and efforts like this are crucial to helping local families who are going hungry. I’m particularly appreciative that this will help local families celebrate with a Thanksgiving dinner this year when so many are challenged due to the pandemic and its consequences.” 


“As all of our communities continue to be challenged by the pandemic, I am grateful for local partners coming together to help those most in need,” said Representative John Lovick. “Each day is an opportunity for businesses to take action on their values and support their neighbors. That’s why I commend Maverick Cares for giving back to our community, and I hope other groups will do so as well.”   


“Our Tukwila community and others are richer when organizations such as Maverick Cares, such as here in Tukwila, helps make the holidays brighter for folks even during this challenging COVID times,” said Tukwila Mayor Allan Ekberg. “Maverick’s incredible commitment to the community helps strengthen the folks in the community and shows how people helping people does make a difference. I thank them for their service to community.” 


“In Tukwila, the fabric of our community is people helping people,” said Councilmember Thomas McLeod. “That includes our business community reaching out to help those in need. I’m proud to support Maverick Cares, and their partners, in this endeavor.” 


“The holidays are a reminder each year of the power of community,” said Yakima Mayor Patricia Byers. “I am proud of how Yakima comes together during the holidays to help those most in need. No community can thrive without great local organizations, leaders and businesses doing what they can to give back to their neighbors. I applaud Maverick Cares and its local partners for making it a little easier for families in need to come together for a great meal this Thanksgiving.” 


“The holidays are a time to reflect on what we are thankful for and I am thankful for the community partnerships here in Yakima,” said Representative Bruce Chandler. “We cannot take the vibrancy of our local community for granted, just like we cannot forget those of our neighbors who are most in need this time of year. I applaud local businesses for stepping up to help make sure that families don’t have to worry about getting food on the table for their Thanksgiving meal and I thank the team at Maverick Cares for their local partnerships this holiday season.” 


“Our community is defined by our residents, businesses and our shared spirit of service,” said Yakima Assistant Mayor Holly Cousens. “I’m looking forward to helping out with Maverick Care’s Thanksgiving community event this year because it’s a reminder of what is possible when we all come together to help those in need. I thank all of Maverick Care’s partners for helping contribute to this event and I hope that these meals help families come together this Thanksgiving.”  


“At Westfield Southcenter, we embody several key values that directly relate to our relationship with our community,” said Justin Hunt, Director – Facilities, Operations and Tenant Services. “Of those, we want to deliver a positive and sustainable impact and work together with our Community Partners to deliver excellence and capture the human spirit while cultivating a positive culture and purpose. To this end, we are excited to partner with Maverick Gaming this Holiday Season to enable positive engagements with those less fortunate in our community and shed a little extra cheer. To quote George R. Bach, ‘Caring has the gift of making the ordinary special.’”  


Maverick Cares is honored to partner on this event with local community leaders and businesses such as Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, AGS, AlfordCreative, Ben & Jerry’s, Black Bear Diner, Boeing Future of Flight, CasinoMoney, Cloud 9 Farms Pasco, Coldwell Banker Bain Kirkland, Dairy Queen, Eagle Leather, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, Fabi, Fusion Graphixx, Genesis, Image Media, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Jimmy Johns, Kennewick Mayor Don Britain, Kennewick City Council, Lakewood Deputy Mayor Jason Whalen, Legendary Donuts, McDonalds, Mountlake Terrace Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Doug McCardle, Mountlake Terrace Councilmember Rick Ryan, National Nordic Museum, Paradise Lanes, Renton Mayor Armando Pavone, Sante Fe Cantina, Sauna Hut, SeaTac Councilmember Senayet Negusse, Skyway Park Bowl, Sonoma, Spirit Fed Nutrition, Spin Tees, Sports Clips, Starbucks, State Representative Bruce Chandler, State Representative and Bothell Councilmember Davina Duerr, State Representative Brad Klippert, State Representative John Lovick, State Representative Matt Boehnke, State Senator Perry Dozier, Strategy 9, Super Cuts, Taco Time, Tukwila Mayor Allan Ekberg, Tukwila Councilmember Thomas McLeod, Vertex Arena, Wallace Properties, Westfield Shopping Center, Wild Mikes Pizza, Yakima Mayor Patricia Byers and Yakima Assistant Mayor Holly Cousens. 



Maverick Gaming locations helping support the event include: Royal Casino (Everett), Crazy Moose Casino (Mountlake Terrace), Silver Dollar Casino (Bothell/Mill Creek), Caribbean Casino (Kirkland), Great American Casino (Lakewood), Roman Casino (Seattle), Great American Casino (Tukwila), Silver Dollar Casino (Renton), Silver Dollar Casino (SeaTac), Wizards Casino (Burien), Crazy Moose Casino (Pasco), Caribbean Casino (Yakima), Coyote Bob’s Casino (Kennewick). 


All Maverick Cares events are held in accordance with public health requirements to uphold safety during the pandemic. Members of the media are welcome to attend the event. To learn more about how Maverick Gaming works together with the community to protect public health and safety during the pandemic, please visit Maverick Gaming’s information page on its response to COVID-19. 


Additional charitable efforts by Maverick Cares since its inception in 2019 include an employee-driven donation to Toys for Tots during the 2019 holiday season and over 61,000 free meals for the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and the December holidays in 2020. Maverick Cares previous events in 2021 provided 16,000 meal kits and field trip vouchers in March for K-12 students. Learn more online. 


Maverick Gaming currently employs more than 2,000 team members in Washington State and intends to invest $500 million in licensed card rooms and planned entertainment developments across the state. 


At the core of Maverick Gaming’s Responsible Gambling approach is its ‘self-exclusion’ policy, which gives self-identified problem gamblers opportunity to avoid risking their wallets and their well-being. Washington passed a law requiring the State Gambling Commission to finalize a self-exclusion system this year, but Maverick Gaming implemented centralized self-exclusion statewide long before it was required, restricting access to problem gamblers in all its card rooms. 


About Maverick Cares 

Maverick Cares is a ‘good neighbor’ program of Maverick Gaming that is managed by its team members. The program is a hallmark of Maverick Gaming’s commitment to the communities in which it operates, and the value of supporting the contributions that each of its teammates can give to their community. Maverick Cares is made possible by partnerships with local community and business leaders where it operates. For more information, please visit Maverick Cares. 



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