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Elton to Take Part in Benefit For Harrah's

Thursday 1 December 2005 @ 18:53 - GMT

Three popular entertainers -- Celine Dion, Elton and special guest host Jerry Seinfeld -- will join for a one-night-only performance at Caesars Palace, on Monday, February 20, 2006. The Presidents Day evening gala in The Colosseum at Caesars will benefit the recovery fund for hurricane-affected employees of the resort's parent company, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.

"We are deeply grateful to Celine, Elton and Jerry for the generosity that will create a once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experience for our guests and sustain the important work that is helping thousands of Gulf Coast families get their lives back," said Gary Loveman, chairman, president and chief executive officer for Harrah's Entertainment.

Tickets will be on sale beginning Monday, December 5, 2005, priced from $100 to $1,000 (plus tax and handling fee), available  through Ticketmaster and in person at the Caesars Palace box office.

Sponsor packages that include luxury hotel accommodations, premium seating and a pre-show VIP reception in the PURE nightclub at Caesars also are available online by phoning 888-21-HEART. Packages range from $3,000 (two orchestra seats and access to pre-show reception) to $100,000 (backstage celebrity meet-and-greet for four, 26 orchestra seats and three suites).

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina closed Harrah's resorts in Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi, and in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Harrah's Foundation formed an Employee Recovery Fund with a donation of $1 million. With added help from employees, guests and industry associates, the total has grown to more than $3 million. All funds will go directly to Harrah's hardest-hit workers, providing them with badly-needed financial assistance as they begin the process of recovery.

The Recovery Fund is one piece of a comprehensive relief effort for the nearly 8,000 employees who worked at the three properties. The company guaranteed employees' pay for 90 days, continued health insurance benefits, opened employee information and recovery centers in Mississippi and Louisiana, gave affected employees first preference for available jobs at the company's 35 operating casinos across the United States, and provided financial assistance to employees relocating to other properties. When Hurricane Rita closed Harrah's Lake Charles in September, relief benefits were extended to the 1,400 employees of that property as well.

Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, 68 years ago, the company has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions.