A crowd of Baltimore professionals and residents recently gathered at the Horseshoe Casino to commemorate the establishment’s two years in business.

Article18 Horseshoe 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration

Alex Dixon, VP/Assistant General Manager (2nd from left), Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (center) and Senior VP/General Manager Erin Chamberlin (third from the right) pose with some of the Horseshoe Day 1 Employees. (AFRO Photo/Maliik Obee)

“It’s amazing to witness the transformation of Russell Street into a vibrant gateway that is drawing more people into our growing city and further showcasing Baltimore as a world class city” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the event’s keynote speaker.

Upon its opening, the Horseshoe promised to hire from within and create jobs for residents of Baltimore City, rather than outsourcing. Attendees cheered as several original employees that have been on staff since the casino’s opening were introduced and recognized for their work.

Rawlings-Blake introduced Senior Vice President and General Manager Erin Chamberlin, who discussed the casino’s journey and future plans.

“It’s really critical for our guests to feel they have a bond with the Horseshoe, and that’s why our long term employees are so important” said Chamberlin.

Casino representatives highlighted ways that the casino has helped improve Baltimore, including a total of $13.5 million in city property taxes and lease payments, as well as $9.3 million in local impact grants.

The casino and its investors have also used their name and funds to help create and expand on the surrounding neighborhoods. Among them, the South Baltimore Gateway Master Plan has worked to improve schools, safety, health and education in the area.

Chamberlin thanked several of the casino’s partners, investors and sponsors, including Michael Saunders of the Universal Metropolitan Group. Saunders discussed overcoming the initial qualms of being a sponsor of the casino, and the positive impact it has had over the last two years.