Caesars Donates $500,000 To Virginia Hospitality Program At Averett University

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on November 10, 2022
Caesars invests in next generation of hospitality professionals

Caesars Entertainment, which is building a $650 million casino in Danville, Virginia, announced a $504,000 investment into Averett University for an academic hospitality and tourism program.

Averett University hosted an official ceremony on Nov. 9 with Caesars Virginia casino management, city leaders, students and alumni to celebrate the occasion.

Tiffany Franks, president of Averett University said:

“We’re going to be able to create a prepared, educated, and trained workforce in Hospitality Management and Tourism. It’s something that our region has yearned for a long time, and Caesars’ investment in Averett is an investment in the entire region.”

Caesars Entertainment’s donation to Averett University

Caesars Entertainment chose Averett as its educational partner to develop the university’s hospitality and tourism program. It will also create internships and employment for Averett students.

Franks said:

“At Averett University, we strive to be a strong partner in our city, region and beyond, and we know there is a significant and growing need for a prepared workforce with advanced education in this industry.”

Barron Fuller, regional president for Caesars Entertainment, added:

“At Caesars Entertainment, we are committed to investing in the communities where we work and live through education and philanthropic giving. By partnering with Averett, we aim to provide resources for the next generation of hospitality professionals in the area. We look forward to building this program alongside the university for years to come.”

Averett’s new concentration and minor in hospitality management and tourism will be part of the university’s business management program.

It will offer the following courses:

  • Introduction to the hospitality and tourism industry
  • Lodging operations
  • Food and beverage management

Optional courses will include casino, resort and club management, as well as facility design.

Thomas Perugini, the university program director for hospitality management and tourism and an industry veteran, will be the program’s inaugural director. He believes the program will help support the regional workforce pipeline by delivering interns and training future Averett alumni in the industry.

Averett’s new minor in Hospitality Management and Tourism will start in the fall 2023 semester and will be held on-campus and online. Students will end the program with internships with local hospitality partners.

Caesars Virginia making progress at Danville’s historic Schoolfield neighborhood

Caesars is currently busy building a casino in Danville’s Schoolfield district, which broke ground in August and is set to open its permanent location in 2024.

Built in a joint venture with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the 500-room hotel and casino will include the following:

  • 1,300 slots
  • 85 live table games
  • 24 electronic table games
  • World Series of Poker-branded live poker room
  • Caesars sportsbook

The amenities will also feature 40,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, as well as a full-service spa, pool, bars, and entertainment venue.

In its Q3 earnings call with investors, Caesars announced plans to open a temporary casino location in mid-2023 on the same site as the permanent venue.

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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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