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Madison Elementary School Principal Andrea Trio is grateful for her school’s partnership with Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.

On Friday, Trio accepted donations of more than $8,000 from Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack President and General Manager Kim Florence. Madison was one of more than 15 recipients of the business’s annual charity efforts, and this week Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack donated more than $75,000 to local charities.

Each year, collection boxes are placed around the hotel/casino property to give guests the opportunity to drop change left on their slot voucher or racing ticket into the box, and each month the collected donations go to a different charity. The efforts are bolstered by employee donations collected on casual Fridays. Due to the impact of COVID-19, collections from 2019 were distributed along with the contributions from 2020.

Trio thanked Florence for the contribution from Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. She said she was surprised by the amount of the donations.

“It’s such a generous contribution,” Trio said. “Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is wonderful Partner in Education. A decision hasn’t been made on how this funding will be used, but it will definitely be a great benefit to the students of Madison Elementary School. Madison students, staff members and community are grateful for this contribution and such generosity.”

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Photo: Pictured from left are Wheeling Island Island-Hotel-Casino-Racetrack President and General Manager Kim Florence, Madison Elementary School Principal Andrea Trio and Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller. Florence presented Trio with donations to the school totaling more than $8,000.

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