3:51 min April 05, 2023

Pocono Tourism Gives Back | Mount Airy Casino Resort

Find out how Mount Airy Casino Resort is lending a helping paw to Camp Papillon Animal Shelter.

Chance the dog is happy and healthy, enjoying his second chance at life. Six months ago, he was found abandoned and emaciated.

Camp Papillon Animal Shelter in Stroudsburg immediately stepped in. Founded in 2015 and operating from a 33 acre former summer camp, the pups have plenty of land for long walks and socialization.

“We don't have any government funding, so we rely 100 percent on donations,” explained Maria Zarate, kennel manager.

Mount Airy Casino Resort recently donated thousands of gently used linens and bedding to Camp Papillon. It’s a big help since the shelter's services are in high demand, leaving little time for laundry.

“Donations always seems to come when we need them most. We’re so grateful Mount Airy is thinking about us. It shows such a high level of compassion,” said Zarate.

As a top tourist destination in the Poconos, Mount Airy's general manager says it's only right to give back. Since opening in 2007, Pennsylvania’s first AAA Four Diamond casino-resort has generated over $3 billion in gross revenue, contributing $1.5 billion in tax revenue and fees to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. That economic impact trickles down locally.

“We are the largest taxpayer in Monroe County and one of the largest employers with almost 900 employees, providing full-time jobs and full benefits. In addition, Mount Airy Casino Resort has generated about $2 billion in revenue for the local community,” said Ben Koff, general manager.

Mount Airy recently worked with Pocono Mountains United Way to identify five non-profits that could benefit from receiving nearly $80,000 worth of brand new, excess inventory such as luggage, cookware, and first aid kits. PTN was there as organization representatives loaded up the merchandise.

“Over the past year we’ve given over $1 million through our foundation to local charities. Part of being a business in any community is the ability to give back to that community, and we're going to keep doing that as long as these doors are open,” Koff smiled.

That includes around the holidays, giving back in the grocery store. “We have Mount Airy elves pop out of aisles and surprise local residents with gift cards between $250 and $500 because even though the holidays are a wonderful and festive time, they can be stressful,” Koff added.

Back at Camp Papillon, as dozens of cats and dogs wait for their fur-ever homes, they'll do so comfortably - a "win" for all.