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PROMOTIONS

WIN YOUR SHARE OF $40,000

GRAND PRIZE DRAWING AUGUST 26 | 10PM

Enter to win a 2017 Harley Davidson Street Glide Special from Doc’s Harley-Davidson of Shawano! Earn entries every day except Sundays and Tuesdays now through August 26. Collect $10 Rewards Play and one entry after earning 25 points; up to three times per day. Earn up to ten extra entries for every ten additional points earned. Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg guests can also be one of two Hot Seat winners to pocket one hundred dollars Cash or Rewards Play and ten grand prize drawing entries every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday every other hour from 9am to 11pm through HOGust 24.

On the big night, Saturday, August 26, we’ll hand over forty grand in cash and prizes beginning at 5pm for $500 Cash, 6pm for $1,000 Cash, 7pm for $1,500 Cash, 8pm for $2,000 Cash and 9pm for $2,500 Cash! Then at 10pm one winner will have the best HOGust ever with a new Harley-Davidson!


RACE TO THE TOP

AUGUST 1 - SEPTEMBER 3
Join us at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg August 1 through September 3 for a Race to the Top! Earn points to compete in your respective bracket to collect your share of over $25,000 in Cash and Rewards Play Prizes! Leaderboards will be updated daily. Prizes must be claimed September 4-8, 2017 or they will be forfeited.


MUSTACHES AND MIXERS

MONDAYS | 4PM - 9PM
It’s a mans night out at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg! All men who visit the bar on Mondays from 4pm-9pm will receive $1.00 off any drink.


MAKEUP AND MIXERS

WEDNESDAYS | 4PM - 9PM
It’s ladies night at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg. All women who visit the bar on Wednesdays from 4pm-9pm will receive $1.00 off any drink.


AFTER DARK GAMES

FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS | 9PM-2AM
Hot Seat winners will participate in fun, 60 second challenges to win up to $150 Rewards Play! Spin the wheel to determine which game will be played. Drawings will take place hourly from 9pm-2am every Friday and Saturday. On August 26, Hot Seat drawings will begin at 11pm due to the Hogust Nights drawings.


NIFTY 50

SUNDAYS - TUESDAYS
Every Sunday and Tuesday from 8am – 11:59pm, Rewards Club members 50 and older who earn 10 points on their Rewards Club card will receive $10 in Rewards Play and one free entry into the monthly grand prize drawings and will be eligible for random hourly Hot Seat drawings to win $50 Rewards Play from 10am-8pm. Earn an additional 25 points to receive another $10 Rewards Play offer and a second entry.

Seniors can receive up to 10 entries per promotional day for the monthly grand prize drawings for every 10 additional points earned.


RETURN & EARN

BEGINNING AUGUST 1, 2017
Become a Rewards Club Member today and receive up to $45 Rewards Play and a free meal! Current Rewards Club members that bring a New Member in to sign-up for the Rewards Club have the opportunity to receive up to $45 Rewards Play; once per month.


GAME OF THE MONTH

HARLEY-DAVIDSON MEGA RPM FREE GAMES
Once per week, earn 15 points on your Rewards Club card by playing the Game of the Month and receive $10 Rewards Play. Points must be earned in one visit.


AFTER DARK REWIND

HOURLY HOT SEATS | FRI & SAT | 10AM-5PM
Join us every Friday and Saturday in August when lucky hourly Hot Seat Winners will participate in fun, 60 second challenges to win up to $150 Rewards Play from 10am-5pm. Spin the wheel to determine which game will be played. Just be actively playing your Rewards Club card to be eligible. August 26 Hot Seats will be drawn 10am-4pm.


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GAMING

PENNY SLOTS, VIDEO POKER, KENO AND MORE!


Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg will be taking your gaming experience to the next level! We will be adding hundreds of new titles and old favorites from 1c to $25. Are you a keno player? We will have machines set up just for you with nothing but keno – and we will be adding more keno progressives! If video poker is your game then you will be very happy to hear that we have plenty of new video poker machines coming in with some of the best video poker games out there – and to take it to the next level video poker progressives will be added as well. If you’re seeking a place with less smoke then join us in our non-smoking room where we will have a nice variety of games to choose from, from 1c to 1 dollar, mechanical reels, video reels and video poker – we got it. Come join us in our high limit room with chairs that massage as you enjoy your stay. Not good enough? Well Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg is also adding electronic tables! That’s right electronic Blackjack, 3-Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em are all coming, as well as both electronic and virtual Roulette, Baccarat and the Big 6 Wheel.

But wait we’re not done yet. Here at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg we have always prided ourselves on our service and to show that’s not going to change we guarantee that when you hit a jackpot of $1,200 or more it will be paid in less than 15-minutes or else! That’s right if you win a big one it will be paid in less than 15-minutes or else we will send you a comp for Rewards Play – that’s our Jackpot Guarantee*

*Offer only valid if winner has their proper identification on them at the time of the win. Does not include Wide Area Progressive machines. We don’t have your favorite game? Then let us know we would love the opportunity to get you the game you want sean.brunette@ho-chunk.com. New games, more game variety, more gaming venues and a Jackpot Guarantee*; it can’t get any better – come and “Experience the Difference” at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg!


NON-SMOKING SECTION

Coming soon!
Enjoy the same great gaming experience in our non-smoking section.


HIGH LIMIT AREA

Coming Soon!
Experience gaming in our higher limit gaming area where bigger payouts await you.


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GAMING

PENNY SLOTS, VIDEO POKER, KENO AND MORE!


Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg will be taking your gaming experience to the next level! We will be adding hundreds of new titles and old favorites from 1c to $25. Are you a keno player? We will have machines set up just for you with nothing but keno – and we will be adding more keno progressives! If video poker is your game then you will be very happy to hear that we have plenty of new video poker machines coming in with some of the best video poker games out there – and to take it to the next level video poker progressives will be added as well.

But wait we’re not done yet. Here at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg we have always prided ourselves on our service and to show that’s not going to change we guarantee that when you hit a jackpot of $1,200 or more it will be paid in less than 15-minutes or else! *Offer only valid if winner has their proper identification on them at the time of the win. Does not include Wide Area Progressive machines. We don’t have your favorite game? Then let us know we would love the opportunity to get you the game you want sean.brunette@ho-chunk.com. New games, more game variety, more gaming venues and a Jackpot Guarantee*; it can’t get any better – come and “Experience the Difference” at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg!


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NON-SMOKING SECTION

Coming soon!
If you’re seeking a place with less smoke then join us in our non-smoking room where we will have a nice variety of games to choose from, from 1c to 1 dollar, mechanical reels, video reels and video poker – we got it.


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GAMING

HIGH LIMIT AREA

Coming Soon!
Come join us in our high limit room with chairs that massage as you enjoy your stay.


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ELECTRONIC TABLE GAMES

ELECTRONIC TABLEGAMES

Coming Soon!
Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg is adding electronic tables! That’s right electronic Blackjack, 3-Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em are all coming, as well as both electronic and virtual Roulette, Baccarat and the Big 6 Wheel.


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LODGING OPTIONS

COMING SOON


WINTER 2017
Located just off our gaming floor you will find the relaxation that you crave at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg Hotel. Relax and re-energize after a great night's rest on our top quality Ho-Chunk Hospitality pillow top mattresses found in each of our rooms. All rooms include free wireless internet and Flat screen TVs for your viewing pleasure. Forgot an item at home? Don't worry visit our Sundry and we have you covered.


AREA HOTELS


WITTENBERG
Best Western Wittenberg Inn
The Best Western Wittenberg Inn offers a complimentary continental breakfast, an indoor pool, and only minutes away from Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg.

Make your reservations now by calling 715.253.3755 or online: www.bestwestern.com/wittenberg

STAY AND PLAY PACKAGES
Visit one of our partner hotels and receive $10 Rewards Play Voucher at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg. (Inquire at hotel registration desk):



ANTIGO
Super 8: 715.623.4188


WAUSAU
Hampton Inn Wausau: 715.848.9700
Stoney Creek Inn: 715.355.6858
Grand Lodge Waterpark Resort: 715.241.6300
Courtyard Marriot: 715.849.2124
Fairfield Inn & Suites: 715.241.8400


BOWLER/GRESHAM
Valhalla Hillside Inn: 715.781.5550
Konkapot Lodge: 715.787.4747
White Pines Lodge : 715.787.4800


SHAWANO
Super 8: 715.526.6688
Boarders Inn & Suites: 715.524.9090
Cecil Fireside Inn: 715.745.6444
Shawano Four Seasons Resort: 715.574.8501
Quality Inn: 715.526.2044


CLINTONVILLE
Cobblestone Inn: 715.823.2000


PIKE LAKE
Pike Lake Resort: 715.446.3679


AREA CAMPGROUNDS AND RV PARKS


ANNIE'S CAMPGROUND | GRESHAM, WI
715-787-3632


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REWARDS CLUB

REWARDS CLUB MEMBERSHIP RULES

  • Members must be 21 or older and present proper ID when applying.
  • It is the responsibility of the cardholder to report any club card problems to a Player Registration representative or Slot Technician.
  • It is the member's responsibility to properly insert the card into the card reader, and to make certain your name registers. Table game players must present their card to the Pit or Floor person.
  • Valid ID is required when redeeming.
  • Rewards club cards are non-transferrable.
  • Rewards club benefits are reserved for active members only. Accounts with no activity in the past 13 months are deleted and all points are forfeited.
  • All cards are property of the casino/bingo hall and must be returned upon request.
  • Misuse of cards will result in cancellation of club membership and forfeiture of all points.
  • Member use of the Rewards club card indicates acceptance of club conditions and rules.
  • Each casino/bingo hall reserves the right to change or alter this promotion at any time.
  • Each casino/bingo hall is not responsible for lost cards, or loss of slot points due to machine malfunction.
  • All adjustments are at the discretion of management.
  • Rules may vary with specific promotions.



MAILER OFFER RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Rewards Play Offers: Rewards Play will automatically be added to your account. May be redeemed one time only and must be used within the time frame listed. Rewards play will be available on the 1st, 9th, 17th and 25th of every month.
  • Hotel Offers: Valid for one night stay at Ho-Chunk Hotel-Wisconsin Dells in Standard room and may be redeemed one time only. Reservations recommended. Excludes Fridays, Saturdays & Holidays. Exception: Diamond Tiers, FREE ROOM, will be accepted on all days. Must present this offer to redeem. One offer per person. No exceptions. No cash value. Must have a Rewards Club card and a valid photo I.D. to redeem.
  • Restaurant Offers: Valid at all food venues listed on coupons only. One time offer cannot be split. All participants must be 21 years of age or older. Gratuity not included. Offers do not work in conjunction with any other offers or discounts. Must have a Rewards Club card and valid photo I.D. to redeem. Watch for blackout dates.
  • Black Out Days: The following holiday coupons cannot be accepted: This means for the TOTAL DAY, both lunch and dinner: New Year's Eve Day, New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, & Christmas. Exception: Diamond Tiers, FREE BUFFETS, will be accepted on all days.
  • All offers are valid only at Ho-Chunk Gaming-Wisconsin Dells. All offers cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Non-Transferable. Ho-Chunk Gaming-Wisconsin Dells is not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged or altered offers are void. Management reserves the right to alter, withdraw or refuse service of this offer at any time without notice. All offers have no cash value. You must have a Rewards Club Card and valid photo ID to redeem all offers.


REWARDS CLUB STRUCTURE

NEW & FRIENDLY
We redefined the Rewards Club to provide a member friendly program that is easy to understand. A Rewards Club that will allow members to advance with ease to qualify for better benefits.
EASE OF THE PROGRAM
In simplest terms every point you earn within a six month period will determine what level of the new Rewards Club benefits you will qualify for. With a point defined as: 1 Point = $10 played while using Rewards Club card.
BENEFITS & OFFERS
Benefits will remain the same for 3 months vs. changing monthly. Rewards Play will be available on the 1st, 9th, 17th & 25th of every month, no longer exclusively on Mondays.

TIER LEVELS

TIER LEVEL NAMES 6 MONTH POINT RANGE
Triple Diamond 100,000+
Double Diamond 50,000 - 99,999
Diamond 20,000 - 49,999
Platinum 10,000 - 19,999
Gold 5,000 - 9,999
Silver 500 - 4,999
Bronze Entry Level and 20 - 499

BENEFIT RANGE

LEAD OFF MONTH 3 MONTH BENEFIT RANGE 6 MONTH EVAL RANGE
August Aug, Sept & Oct Jan - Jun
November Nov, Dec & Jan Apr - Sept
February Feb, Mar & Apr Jul - Dec
May May, Jun & Jul Oct - Mar


MERCHANDISE

Reward Club Members please CLICK HERE to view the Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin program. This is a View-Only site and you must place your order at the Rewards Club Desk at the casino.


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MONTHLY SPECIALS

MONTHLY SNACK BAR SPECIAL

Grilled Cheese Bacon and Tomato Sandwich
served with a side of Steakhouse Potato Salad, Pickle Spear


SENIOR TUESDAY SNACK BAR SPECIAL

Pizza Burger
served with a side of Baked Beans and Potato Salad.


THURSDAY SNACK BAR SPECIALS

August 3
Taco Salad with Nacho Cheese Doritos

August 10
Meat Loaf with Mac and Cheese and Veggies

August 17
Pasta Bake with Garlic Breadsticks

August 24
French Toast with Sausage Patty

August 31
Italian Knockout with Chips


FRIDAY SNACK BAR SPECIAL

Fish Fry Dinner
Served with a side of Coleslaw and Bread.


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COMING SOON

SERVING THREE MEALS DAILY

Exceptional service, casual atmosphere, flavorful cuisine. Discover innovative dishes and prepare your palette for an unforgettable gourmet experience. We will be offering delectable breakfast, lunch and dinner items to tantalize your taste buds. With this additional dining option, we will express our passion and share with you our love and enthusiasm for culinary cuisine. Our professionally trained culinary team will WOW you our meticulously prepared dishes and the resort-class table service will be unmatched. We will be diligently working on new ideas and leaving you with the hard choice of what to try first. Opening in late fall.


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MONTHLY SPECIALS

MONTHLY BAR SPECIALS


MIGHTY MANGO

Cool off with a blend of Mango Island Oasis, 360 Mandarin Orange Vodka, Disaronno Amaretto with Orange Juice.


TROPICAL LEMONADE

Enjoy a refreshing mix of Lemonade, Mango and Strawberry Island Oasis, 360 Sorrento Lemon Vodka.


MUSTACHES AND MIXERS

MONDAYS | 4PM - 9PM
It’s a mans night out at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg! All men who visit the bar on Mondays from 4pm-9pm will receive $1.00 off any drink.


MAKEUP AND MIXERS

WEDNESDAYS | 4PM - 9PM
It’s ladies night at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg. All women who visit the bar on Wednesdays from 4pm-9pm will receive $1.00 off any drink.


DINING
Dining

SNACK BAR

MEALS & LIGHT SNACKS

SPECIALS

Dining

RESTAURANT

THREE MEALS SERVED

COMING SOON

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OPEN DAILY AT 11AM

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SHUTTLE SERVICE | BUS TOUR INFORMATION

SUNDAY

ANTIGO (COUNTRY STORE LOT) Pick up Time: 12:40PM Departure Time: 04:15PM

WAUSAU (SHOPKO) Pick up Time: 02:30PM Departure Time: 06:15PM

ROTHSCHILD (SHOPKO ROTHSCHILD) Pick up Time: 02:45PM Departure Time: 06:15PM


MONDAY

STEVENS POINT (PARKING LOT BEHIND APPLEBEES) Pick up Time: 12:45PM Departure Time: 04:45PM

MOSINEE (LOT ADJACENT TO KAFKA GRANITE) Pick up Time: 01:10PM Departure Time: 04:45PM

WAUSAU (SHOPKO) Pick up Time: 03:15PM Departure Time 07:00PM

ROTHSCHILD (SHOPKO ROTHSCHILD) Pick up Time: 3:30PM Departure Time: 07:00PM


TUESDAY

ANTIGO (COUNTRY STORE LOT) Pick up Time: 08:40AM Departure Time: 012:15PM

MERRILL (PIGGLY WIGGLY PARKING LOT SOUTH END) Pick up Time: 10:30AM Departure Time: 02:30PM


WEDNESDAY

SHAWANO (DUNHAM'S) Pick up Time: 09:00AM Departure Time: 12:45PM



WAUPACA (PIGGLY WIGGLY PARK BY NEVILLE) 1st Wed. of the Month Pick up Time: 11:15AM Departure Time: 03:15PM

AMHERST (TBD) Pick up Time: 11:30AM Departure Time: 03:15PM



NEW LONDON (PIGGLY WIGGLY) 2nd Wed. of the Month Pick up Time: 11:15AM Departure Time: 03:15PM

CLINTONVILLE (SHOPKO) Pick up Time: 11:30AM Departure Time: 03:15PM



SCANDANAVIA (SILVER LAKE LANES) 3rd Wed. of the Month Pick up Time: 11:15AM Departure Time: 03:15PM

ROSHOLT (MOBIL STATION) Pick up Time: 11:50AM Departure Time: 03:15PM



COLBY (SHELL STATION) 4th Wed. of the Month Pick up Time: 11:15AM Departure Time: 03:15PM

EDGAR (KORNER KITCHEN) Pick up Time: 11:30AM Departure Time: 03:15PM




THURSDAY


ANTIGO (COUNTRY STORE LOT) Pick up Time: 08:40AM Departure Time: 12:15PM

MERRILL (PIGGLY WIGGLY PARKING LOT SOUTH END) Pick up Time: 10:30AM Departure Time: 02:30PM

STEVENS POINT (PARKING LOT BEHIND APPLEBEES) Pick up Time: 05:30PM Departure Time: 09:15PM

ROSHOLT (MOBIL STATION) Pick up Time: 05:50PM Departure Time: 09:15PM


FRIDAY

WAUSAU (SHOPKO 18TH AVE) Pick up Time: 08:15AM Departure Time: 12:00PM

ROTHSCHILD (SHOPKO ROTHSCHILD) Pick up Time: 08:30AM Departure Time: 12:00PM

WAUSAU (SHOPKO) Pick up Time: 05:30PM Departure Time: 10:15PM

ROTHSCHILD (SHOPKO ROTHSCHILD) Pick up Time: 05:45AM Departure Time: 10:15PM


SATURDAY

MERRILL (PIGGLY WIGGLY PARKING LOT SOUTH END) Pick up Time: 03:00PM Departure Time: 07:00PM

WAUSAU (SHOPKO) Pick up Time: 05:30PM Departure Time: 10:15PM

ROTHSCHILD (SHOPKO ROTHSCHILD) Pick up Time: 05:45PM Departure Time: 10:15PM


WITTENBERG REGULAR SCHEDULED BUSSES

B & D Bus - Wausau/Rothschild | 715.432.0224 Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

TZ TOURS - Wausau, WI | 715.301.3886 Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday


WISCONSIN BUS TOUR GROUPS

Chip's Tours - Big Bend, WI | 262.993.8687

Deb's Casino Getaways - West Allis, WI | 414.329.8888

Diane Thede Tours - Shawano, WI | 715.526.9291

DL Tours - Portage, WI | 608.742.6495

Gold Star Tours - Fond Du Lac, WI | 920.922.2995

High Rollers, Inc. - West Allis, WI | 414.266.4400

Kim's Tours - Beaver Dam, WI | 920.887.2648

Nichols Five Star Charters - Fond Du Lac, WI | 920.929.8000

Northern Tours - Tomahawk, WI | 715.453.6997

Tours by Donna - Reedsville, WI | 920.864.7302

Victory Tours - Westfield, WI | 877.835.5909

Yorkshire Tours - Crivitz, WI | 715.854.2010

Lucky 13 - Milwaukee, WI | 414.264.3716

B & B Travel - Gay Mills, WI | 608.872.2480

Darcy's Good Time Tours - Marshfield, WI | 715.676.2672

Krug Tours - Medford, WI | 715.748.3194


ILLINOIS BUS TOUR GROUPS

Delaney Tours - Antioch, IL | 847.395.2073


MICHIGAN BUS TOUR GROUPS

Judi's Tours - Kingsford MI | 906.774.5981


Contract us or more information, 715.253.4400.ext.3012 or email: pamela.szutkowski@ho-chunk.com


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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg is committed to providing excellent customer service to our guests. This will be accomplished by: treating all who enter our doors with respect and friendliness; creating an atmosphere that is fun, relaxing, exciting, and rewarding for our guests and ambassadors; providing a clean, tidy, and secure environment; and providing quality training for our ambassadors.

GAMING

Conveniently located off of Hwy 45, 1 mile north of Hwy 29, Wittenberg, Wisconsin. Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg opened its doors November 7, 2008. The 11,000 square foot facility is designed to provide you with a memorable experience and countless hours of entertainment. Come and enjoy the latest high-tech slot machines. More than 500 slot games, including over 100 progressive machines. Your portal to fun in central Wisconsin. BIG thrills await! In 2010 the facility rebranded itself as “Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg” after introducing a loyalty program that benefits guests who visit all six Ho-Chunk Nation Gaming facilities in Wisconsin. The “Rewards Club” is a points-based program redeemable for hotel rooms and merchandise as well as special offers, food discounts, entertainment discounts and other incentives.

FACTS

Square feet of gaming: 11,000
Slot Machines: 500
Snack Bar
Free valet parking
Parking lot space available, no hook-ups

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & SPONSORSHIPS 2016-2017

We are always happy to work with Wittenberg and surrounding community organizations to become true business partners while raising awareness about what we have to offer. Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg is proud and fortunate to support the following local Wisconsin communities and organizations in our area:
    Iola Old Car Show
    Wisconsin Woodchucks
    Pickerel-Pearson Business Assoc.
    Flamin Marshmallow Golf Scramble
    Hamburg Fire and Rescue
    Relay for Life
    HCG-Madison- Operation Badger Base, Moving Vietnam Wall - Aug 11-14
    Relay for Life
    Wausau Breakfast Optimist Club
    Wausau/Cent Wis CVB
    Marshfield Clinic
    Pulled Pork in the Park
    Shawano Cty Agr. Society
    ThedaCare
    Aspirus Langlade Hospital
    American Legion Riders Dist 8
    HCG-Madison- Badger Honor Flight

AREA LINKS AND INFORMATION

Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce     |    www.wausauchamber.com
Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center     |    www. antigochamber.com
Wittenberg Chamber of Commerce     |    www.wittenbergchamber.org
Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce     |    www.shawanocountry.com
Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce     |    www.foxcitieschamber.com
Travel Green Wisconsin     |    www.travelwisconsin.com
Tavern League of Wisconsin     |    www.tlw.org


CONTACT:

For more information please contact:
LeAnthony Pecore
Sr. Public Relations Manager Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg
(866)910-0150 ext. 3028
email: LeAnthony.Pecore@ho-chunk.com


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PRESS RELEASES

For over six months the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe has been publicly opposing the Ho-Chunk Nation’s casino remodeling and expansion project in the Village of Wittenberg Wisconsin. During this time the Stockbridge has released information that is inaccurate, misleading and incorrect. The Ho-Chunk Nation would like to take this opportunity to state what the facts are and to set the record straight.

First, Stockbridge, a few other tribes and some editorial boards have described the Wittenberg expansion as similar to the recent proposal to place a casino in Kenosha Wisconsin. This is comparing apples to oranges. The Kenosha proposal involved taking land into trust for a tribe whose reservation was over 300 miles away from the casino site. Under federal law, tribes can only conduct gaming on reservation or trust land that has been in trust before October 1988 with few exceptions. The Kenosha proposal would have fallen under one of those few exceptions which includes a lengthy and strenuous approval process.

The Ho-Chunk land in Wittenberg has been in trust since 1969 and the Nation has been operating a casino at this location since 2008.

The expansion is focused on the construction of a hotel and restaurant and is only increasing the number of gambling machines by approximately 250, up from the current 500. This is very similar (albeit much smaller) to what Stockbridge did in 2008 when it constructed a $100 million expansion to its existing casino.

The Wittenberg area has been home to the Ho-Chunk Nation for many generations and thousands of years. There is no comparison between Wittenberg and Kenosha.

Second, the Ho-Chunk Nation’s gaming facility in Wittenberg is designated by our Gaming Compact with the State of Wisconsin as an “Ancillary Facility”. An “Ancillary Facility” is defined in our Gaming Compact as: “…a facility where fifty percent or more of the lot coverage of the trust property upon which the facility is located, is used for a Primary Business Purpose other than gaming.” This simply means that the Nation cannot have just a casino located on a trust parcel designated as an Ancillary Facility, but must also have a non-gaming business located on the trust parcel and the gaming facility cannot not be larger than the non-gaming business. This is exactly what the Nation is doing. The new facility will have a hotel and restaurant as well as the existing convenience store in addition to the casino. The “lot coverage” of the non-gaming businesses at this site far exceeds the lot coverage of the casino.

Gaming compacts between the State and other tribes have different definitions of “Ancillary Facility” and this may have caused some confusion for Stockbridge, but it is very clear that the Ho-Chunk Nation is following its Compact to the letter.

Few can argue that Indian gaming has not been beneficial to Wisconsin tribes, tribal members and the state as a whole. Gaming has reduced tribal unemployment, reduced the state’s social service program rolls and allowed tribes to better provide for the general welfare of their tribal members.

Congress passed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988 primarily to spur economic development and investment into reservations. The intent was to give tribes the tools necessary to become self-sufficient. Under federal law tribes were to, and are, using gaming revenues to run tribal governments including providing for the health and welfare needs of tribal members through health department programs and medical facilities, educational opportunities, employment training, social services programs, housing programs, court systems etc. Under many circumstances tribes have been able to replace functions once provided by the state and federal governments.

However, gauging the level of benefit for each individual tribe depends on two factors, the input and output of revenue. A tribe can only be considered successful if the amount of revenue it brings in from gaming can cover the cost of all of the programs and services necessary to meet the needs of its tribal members. Therefore, the larger the population of the tribe, typically the more revenue is needed.

Stockbridge has been portraying the Wittenberg expansion dispute as David versus Goliath. However, the Ho-Chunk Nation has over six times as many tribal members as Stockbridge does. That equates to six times the need that the Ho-Chunk Tribal government must contend with. The Wittenberg expansion is one way that the Nation can increase its revenue in order to provide basic human services for its membership.

Ho-Chunk also does not have a single, land-based reservation unlike Stockbridge and other tribes in the state. The Nation and its tribal members are spread out over the southern half of Wisconsin, anchored by small trust and fee parcels that house the Nation’s governmental, business and residential holdings. This adds tremendously to the cost of providing essential governmental services to the Nation’s tribal members.

Another additional cost the Ho-Chunk Nation has to bear that Stockbridge does not is the annual Gaming Compact payment to the State. Although the recent impact study released by Stockbridge is significantly flawed, according to it and the Stockbridge Gaming Compact, Ho-Chunk pays over twice the percentage that Stockbridge does for its annual payment. Ho-Chunk pays 5% annually and Stockbridge pays only 2.25%.

The Ho-Chunk Nation is very proud of the strides it has taken to provide a better life for its tribal members and the positive impact it has had on the communities where it has a presence. The improvements being done at its Wittenberg facility will create more jobs and have numerous positive economic spin-off effects for local vendors and residents in the Wausau/Wittenberg area. Improvements include a new 86 room hotel, new 84 seat restaurant, a remodeled snack bar, a remodeled casino bar, 250 new slot machines, and 10 new eTable games. Completion of the project is scheduled for December 18, 2017.

WITTENBERG, WI – Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg – March 29, 2017 – Every March 29 marks the day we honor all of our men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our liberties and freedoms during the longest conflict in United States history. Precisely, 44 years ago on March 29, 1973, the last remaining American troops withdrew from Vietnam, and President Nixon declared “the day we have all worked and prayed for has finally come.” For the sixth year in a row, Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg recognized Vietnam Veteran’s Day with a Flag Raising Ceremony to honor all Vietnam Veterans. Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Lawrence Walker Jr., an area tribal member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and US Army Veteran, described the hardships our service men and women went through after returning from Vietnam. Walker introduced and turned the microphone over to the Ho-Chunk Nation’s President Mr. Wilfrid Cleveland; US Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran. President Cleveland entered military service in 1968 by joining the United States Marine Corps as a radio relay operator. As a Corporal in the 1st Marine Airwing, he deployed to Vietnam. His service concluded with an Honorable discharge in 1971.

On March 29, 2010 President Cleveland and the Ho-Chunk Nation recognized this date as Vietnam Veteran’s Day. He went on to read from his proclamation stating, “Over 8 million veterans served during the Vietnam era and were not afforded the respect and gratitude they deserved for serving this great country. Let us not forget the 58,195 brave warriors who died defending freedom, the 153,303 brave warriors wounded in action, the 1,948 brave warriors who are recorded as Missing in Action and the 766 brave warriors who were taken as Prisoners of War.” President Cleveland described how flags are draped over our veterans when they die and it is a representation of the spirit within us. He also explained how service men and women were not welcomed back and had hard times upon their return from war.

Special thanks were given to the Ho-Chunk Veterans who assisted with the flag raising: Anthony Gauthier – US Army (1964-1966), Peter Oknewski – US Army (1970-1979) and Alton “Sonny” Smart– US Army Vietnam (1970-1973) inactive reserve (1974-1977). Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg Security Officers who assisted were Gary Snowadzki – US Marine Corps (1973-1979), Scott Mabry – US Army Iraq (2007-2011) and Michael Montgomery – US Army Desert Storm (1991-1998). The Birnamwood Darling-Gunderson Post 341 Color guard presented a military gun salute and played taps and the Lake Delton Singers who brought traditional Ho-Chunk culture to the ceremony by singing the Ho-Chunk Nation Flag Song and the Elliott Decorah Veteran’s Song. We thanked Lake Delton drum group for singing and explained how Indigenous peoples made songs during hard times, many refer to how life is unpredictable and that these songs help us to be steadfast and alert. One of the songs in particular was the Elliot Decorah Memorial Song, it was composed by a relative to honor Elliot Decorah who was one of the 2 fallen Ho-Chunk Veterans that were killed during action in the Vietnam War.

We are now in our 23rd week of expansion construction and we will continue to inform the public, in regards to completion dates, to the status of construction. The structural steel for the new main entrance is being raised. The exterior wall has now being constructed. The foundation work for the Hotel has been started and it is a little over 25% complete. The concrete foundation work on the West side of the building for the expanded gaming floor is now over 75% complete. The relocation of the Energy Recovery Units (ERU’s) is completed. We would like to reiterate, please stay patient with us as we are doing the best to accommodate our guest’s experience during the expansion period. We are very humbled and appreciative that we have the support and the out pouring of positive comments from our loyal guests. Everyone here at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg would like to thank our guests and everyone involved who are making the Project Forward a reality.

November 17th was the kick-off for Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg’s Adopt-A-Hwy Roadside Cleanup program. The participants included tribal elders, Nation and HCG-Wittenberg employees. Once again, we want thank everyone for their assistance.

The weather cooperated, it was nearly 60 degrees with clear skies. The cleanup took about two hours and consisted of two crews. Eight bags of trash were collected.

HCG-Wittenberg’s section runs along Highway 29 from Highway 45 North to Killdeer Road. The Adopt-A-Hwy Roadside Cleanup program is coordinated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in conjunction with area county highway departments. The signs, safety gear and garbage bags were provided by the Shawano County Highway Department. We just had to provide the manpower.

Stay tuned for next spring, when the weather will be nice again and another Cleanup Day will be scheduled.

WITTENBERG, WI – Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg – November 11, 2016 – As the sun shined, so did the Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg Veteran’s Day Ceremony. There was an impressive turnout with an estimated 300 guests in attendance at the Flag Raising ceremony held Tuesday, November 11 at 11:00am.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg’s Executive Manager Fletcher Collins commenced the ceremony by greeting and thanking everyone for joining the observance. He was followed by the Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Lawrence Walker Jr. who is an area tribal member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and US Army Veteran. He explained the significance of Veteran’s Day and its importance to the Ho-Chunk Nation. Special thanks were given to the Ho-Chunk Veterans who assisted with the flag raising, Sid Whitewing – US Army Vietnam Combat Veteran (1967-1969), Peter Oknewski – US Army (1970-1979) and Corwin Roth – US Marine Corps (1980-1984). Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg Security Officer’s who assisted were Gary Snowadzki – US Marine Corps (1973-1979), Brian Block – US Army and Michael Montgomery – US Army Veteran Desert Storm (1991-1998). The Birnamwood Darling-Gunderson Post 341 Color guard presented a 21 gun salute and played taps. The Lake Delton Singers brought traditional Ho-Chunk culture to the ceremony by singing the Ho-Chunk Nation Flag Song and the Elliott Decorah Veteran’s Song.

The ceremony was honored to present Ms. Kathy DeCamp as Keynote Speaker. She is a tribal US Army Veteran (1980-1992) and currently one of 12 Ho-Chunk Nation legislators. DeCamp began with a quote by the late President John F. Kennedy which said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget, that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." She also shared a heartfelt story about her family and stated, “As our young grandchildren were leaving from a weekend visit, I asked them what their idea of a Veteran was. Their remarks were, someone who is a hero, someone who was in the military, and lastly one remarked someone who made our country free. Of course I held back my emotions, as I was so very proud of their thoughtful answers.”

DeCamp proudly emphasized the high rate of American Indians that served our beautiful country dating back to the Civil War. She quoted unprecedented statistics from Indian Country Today that stated, “Throughout the Vietnam Era, American Indians enlisted in the military to the tune of more than 42,000 – 90 percent of them were volunteers, with the others serving trough draft selection. After Vietnam, Natives have continued to serve in high numbers. Since that time, Native service members have seen military action and combat in Grenada, Panama, Somalia, the Gulf War, and in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation New Dawn (OND)”. She concluded her speech with, “Thank you fellow Veterans for your service! Thank you for attending today's Veterans Day event with us at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg.”

Wittenberg, Wisconsin (November 15, 2016) – Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg is pleased to announce that 524 guests participated in this year’s first ever Veteran’s Drive and received a total of 2,620 donations. All items received will be donated to “Support the Troops WI”.

Support the Troops WI, a non-profit organization, was started in 2007 by one mother sending care packages to her sons overseas. After hearing from her sons when they were deployed that other soldiers did not receive mail, she was compelled to start sending boxes to others as well. The momentum continued, even when her children returned home, and Support the Troops WI was created. Now it has grown from a one room operation at her home to a donated store front with many volunteers.

LeAnn Boudwine, Board Chair and founder of “Support the Troops WI” was ecstatic when Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg wanted to work with the program. Boudwine stated, “To date, over 8000 packages have been sent, and we couldn’t do it without you. Each one of our sponsors holds a special place in our hearts. Thank you for all that you do! All of the organizations and individuals who have donated time, money, and supplies to support us in our mission of sending a bit of home to our soldiers deployed overseas.”

Donations ranged from crossword puzzles, canned goods, hygiene products and much more. “We had the gratitude to collect and house donated items to be part of giving back to our service members,” said LeAnthony Pecore, Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg Senior Public Relations Manager.

If you would like to be part of this effort, visit www.supportthetroopswi.com. To learn more sponsorship opportunities with Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg, please visit ho-chunkgaming.com/wittenberg. We are always happy to work with Wittenberg and surrounding community organizations to become true business partners while raising awareness about what we have to offer.

Wittenberg, Wisconsin (November 3, 2016) – Residents in Shawano County and the surrounding areas will soon be able to enjoy the expansion excitement with Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg. We cannot be more excited to see the construction project start to take shape with a newly paved parking area, a temporary entrance in the making and a relocated Rewards Club Booth also in the beginning phases.

Please be patient as we move through these construction phases; not everything will be perfect and we will run into bumps in the road along the way. As change occurs on a daily basis, customer service is our top priority and we doing our best to ensure our guests are the first to know of any and all changes in the making.

Currently, the exterior walls of the new Rewards Club Booth have begun transformation and a temporary entrance which will be located directly to the right of the existing main entrance; both set to be completed on or before December 1, 2016.

By LeAnthony Pecore – Sr. Manager Public Relations

Wittenberg, Wisconsin (September 21, 2016) – The Ho-Chunk Nation and local leaders officially broke ground at a ceremony held on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg as one of three casinos involved with the Ho-Chunk Nation’s $153 million casino expansion project.

The expansion project will encompass additions beneficial to our guests; an expanded gaming floor to add 200 more slot machines, a non-smoking gaming area, 10 Table Games, improvements to the Snack bar, transformation of the bar, enhanced dining options to include a sundry and a three meal restaurant, an 86 room Hotel and overall building system upgrades.

As the storms rolled in and out of the area the night before with chances of possible thunderstorms the day of the ceremony, weather was beautiful to conduct a highly successful ceremony with approximately 150 guests in attendance. Leading the groundbreaking event was master of ceremony and former Ho-Chunk Nation President, Jon Greendeer, who introduced Ms. Dolli BigJohn; one of eight elite Ho-Chunk Nation tribal elders. With the help from family and friends, a beautiful Lord’s Prayer was sung to start the day off right. A special show for the guests came from the Wasira Dance Troupe led by Elliott Funmaker and the Lake Delton Singers led by Allen Cloud.

Guest speakers for the event were Fletcher Collins – Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg Executive Manager, Robert Reider – Ho-Chunk Nation Senior Marketing Manager, President Wilfrid Cleveland, Kathy DeCamp – Ho-Chunk Nation Legislator and Royce Alsbach – Miron Project Management Vice President.

As the speakers took us down memory lane with stories of local leaders like Dallas WhiteWing, you could not help to think the long road it took the Nation to be where it is this present day. The hard work and dedication throughout the years played a significant role in the Groundbreaking Ceremony that took place.

In closing, a special recognition was made in honor of Dallas WhiteWing; one of Wittenberg’s local community tribal elders who had a huge impact within the community. Natanha Bellanger, daughter of Dallas WhiteWing, drove six hours to be a part of the ceremony as Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg wrapped a Pendleton blanket around her as the Lake Delton singers sang his song.

A special Thank you goes to Ona WhiteWing Garvin who wrote the following:

“Dallas R. Whitewing was born on April 10, 1946 in Mauston, Wisconsin. He was the first son of George Whitewing II and Violet (Bigthunder) Whitewing. He was welcomed by the older sisters, Gloria and Ona. He was to be followed by other siblings: Gary, Georgianne, John, Lauren and Robert.

He attended Wittenberg High School and loved the sports of wrestling and football and established life long friendships with his colleagues. Dallas graduated from Wittenberg High School in 1964. He worked at various jobs in the Milwaukee, and Twin Cities areas for four years. On March 14, 1968 he joined the United States Marine Corps.

In the Marine Corps he was a Radio Telegraph operator and served in the Vietnam War. He was Point man on many missions. This experience was the most shattering encounter of his entire life and he witnessed the death of many of his fellow Marines.

During his service he earned a National Defense Service Medal; Vietnamese Service medal; Vietnamese Campaign Medal; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Combat Action Ribbon. He was Honorably Discharged at CommCo, SDT, MCB, MCDEC, Quantico, Virginia, on December 3, 1971.

He did not speak of the unspeakable but did come back to participate in the traditional duties in naming and feathering ceremonies for his family. After a time fraught with Traumatic Stress disorder from his Vietnam combat experiences, he emerged in a new forge of strength to assist the Hocak Nation.

Dallas ran for elected office of the Ho-Chunk Nation. He was elected in 1993. He served four consecutive terms: 1993-1995; 1995-1999; 1999-2003; and 2003-2007. There were many accomplishments, wherein he worked to solidify the unity of the Ho-Chunk Nation. At one time there was a split in the 12 member governing body but because he was concerned about the Head Start children possibly not being able to continue due to this split he worked to bring the governing body together. Without a unified governing body the Ho-Chunk Tribe could not continue to receive various funding for tribal members and he brought opposing sides together.

He was adamant about better housing for the Nation. As a young boy he helped his father dismantle some buildings, salvage the lumber and build additional space to the family home. From that experience he remained committed to achieve good and standard housing for tribal members.

His greatest pride was in working toward the recognition of other Native Americans who served in Vietnam. The Native Warriors went unrecognized and unappreciated by the United States Government. He garnered support and funds to help establish a monument dedicated to those Native Warrior Brothers who gave their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, in the Vietnam War. This monument of a Native Warrior carrying an Eagle Feather Flag and a rifle can be seen at the High Ground Memorial at Neillsville, Wisconsin.

After his service on the Ho-Chunk Legislature he also worked to establish a program for Ho-Chunk Veterans Housing which was passed by the General Council of the Ho-Chunk Nation. The Ho-Chunk Legislature has strived to fulfill this law passed by the General Council and it is still a work in progress. Dallas dedication was through his experience when after the War he had no place of his own to live and often slept on the ground or in his car. He did not want to see other Veterans suffer this same fate upon their return from armed conflict.

He was determined to establish another gaming facility at Wittenberg, Wisconsin, because he felt that the tourist traffic would make this a profitable site for a casino. The third “ancillary” casino was built at Wittenberg on Highway 45 North and has proven to be a profitable venture.

He also helped to support charitable contributions to communities located where Ho-Chunk tribal members live. Many contributions benefited other children and communities during his tenure in tribal office. High schools, children’s diabetes foundation, Special Olympics, Fire Departments and like charitable organizations.

In the time he served on the Ho-Chunk governing body, he worked with other Legislators to “form a more perfect government, secure our rights, advance the general welfare, safeguard our interests, sustain our culture, promote our traditions and perpetuate our existence, and secure the natural and self-evident right to govern ourselves…” (Preamble, Constitution of the Ho-Chunk Nation).

joined Eternity on August 18, 2014. He was a true leader, a true Point Man for the Ho-Chunk Nation. Forever faithful.” The expected completion date for the project is 2017.

Wittenberg, Wisconsin (September 12, 2016) – As part of the Ho-Chunk Nation’s $153 million casino expansion project involving three casinos, titled “Project Forward”, the Wittenberg location announced its groundbreaking event which will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. The ceremony will start at 1pm located outside of the casino under a tent.

The expansion project will encompass additions beneficial to our guests; an expanded gaming floor to add 200 more slot machines, a non-smoking gaming area, 10 Table Games, improvements to the Snack bar, transformation of the bar, enhanced dining options to include a sundry and a three meal restaurant, an 86 room Hotel and overall building system upgrades.

The September 21st ceremony will include Ho-Chunk Nation President Wilfrid Cleveland, Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg Executive Manager Fletcher Collins, the Lake Delton singers and a few other speakers from the Nation.

Expansions and renovations will simultaneously take place during the next 18 months at the Ho-Chunk casinos in Wisconsin Dells and Black River Falls. At least 100 new jobs will be created between the locations adding to the existing 3,400 employee Ho-Chunk Nation workforce.

“You have spoken, we have listened and now we are acting; a commitment to the community in providing a great entertainment experience.”

About Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wittenberg is owned and operated by Ho-Chunk Nation Enterprises, with headquarters in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Ho-Chunk Nation Enterprises also owns and operates Ho-Chunk Gaming – Madison, Nekoosa, Tomah, Wisconsin Dells and Black River Falls. For more information, call Ho-Chunk Gaming – Wittenberg at 866-910-0160 or go online www.ho-chunkgaming.com.