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August 03, 2004

Will Hinds, artist and Acadiana native, has donated two of his paintings to the Racing Employees Assistance Program (REAP). "Summer Thirst" and "Rabbit Run" will be available for purchase at REAP's Inaugural Benefit Banquet (REAP-the Benefit) on Tuesday, August 10 at the Holidome.

Members of the Acadiana racing community, along with Officials at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, formed REAP to make certain that individuals employed in all sectors of the racing industry will receive assistance in maintaining a good quality of life.

Below you will find a press release with further details on Hinds' paintings available at the banquet and information on REAP. To view this press release via the Internet, simply click on the link below or copy and paste to your browser:

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Julie Calzone
Calzone & Associates
Lafayette Atlanta New Orleans
337.235.2924 ext. 3
337.237.0556 (fax)
August 3, 2004

Will Hind's Prints to be Auctioned at REAP Inaugural Benefit Banquet
Acadiana-Native's Paintings Reflect Southern Heritage, Character

(Carencro, LA)-When Will Hinds first picked up a paintbrush and pencil, he had no idea that he was being called to pursue a career as an artist. In fact, the Lafayette High School and University of Southwestern Louisiana graduate holds a degree in engineering.

However, almost thirty years later, Hinds is acclaimed as one of the country's foremost investment artists today. Describing himself as a "super-realist," Hinds' uses a realistic style, expressing great detail in each piece he creates.

Hinds has works displayed in museums and galleries stretching from the East to West Coast, particularly in the South. These places include: Milwaukee Museum, Wisconsin; Colorado Museum, Denver; R.W. Norton Museum, Shreveport; Bordens Collection; Texaco Oil, New Orleans, Oklahoma, and Houston; Exxon, Dallas; Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City; Getty Oil, Los Angeles; Collection of Oil Center Research, Lafayette. He is also the recipient of numerous major art awards.

Also known for his generosity and contributions to non-profit organizations, Hinds donates much of his time and effort to ensure their success. He has worked closely with the American Heart Association, Animal Shelters in Mississippi and, most recently, the Racing Employees Assistance Program (REAP), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

The concept and theory behind REAP intrigued Hinds because of his history with the horse industry. In previous years, Hinds owned 6 racehorses that were trained at Evangeline Downs Racetrack. When he learned of REAP's Inaugural Benefit Banquet (REAP-the Benefit) he was moved to donate two of his paintings to the organization.

Members of the Acadiana racing community, along with Officials at Evangeline Downs Racetrack, formed REAP to make certain that individuals employed in all sectors of the racing industry will receive assistance in maintaining a good quality of life.

"It was an opportunity I simply could not pass up," stated Hinds. "I am fortunate to have been given this talent and use it when I can to help raise money for such worthy causes, especially in the Acadiana area."

Hinds' "Rabbit Run," a lithograph print and "Summer Thirst," a giclee painting will be available for purchase at REAP-the Benefit. Both pieces are original, signed paintings by the artist. "Summer Thirst" is the 11th of 15 paintings of its type.

REAP's banquet, to be held Tuesday, August 10, 2004 from 6-10 PM at the Holidome in Lafayette, will feature a sit-down dinner, live entertainment, both a silent and live auction, and a reverse drawing worth $5,000.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets to REAP-the Benefit or making contributions may do so by calling the Evangeline Downs Racetrack at 337.896.7223.

Hinds has made plans to be a part of the festivities on Tuesday, August 10.

About Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino
Peninsula Gaming Company, LLC, the parent company of Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino in Opelousas, LA, owns Evangeline Downs Racetrack in Carencro, LA. The "Racino" development is the first new facility of its kind in the United States to be built from the ground up and was completed ahead of schedule. The Casino opened December 19, 2003.

The racing operation is expected to move to a totally new facility next to the Casino and begin racing by April 2005. Evangeline Downs opened for its final live racing at its current Carencro location in 2004 on April 1 and will race a 92-day thoroughbred meet through Labor Day, September 6, 2004. Racing will be held on a Thursday through Saturday format and also Mondays with a post time of 6:45 p.m. A Quarter Horse race meet returns to the track on September 16 through October 31 (including a special quarter horse date on Sunday August 22) with racing on a Thursday through Sunday schedule. Post time for all quarter horse evenings will be at 6:45 p.m.


David Yount, Executive Director of Racing/Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino 337.896.7223,

Julie Calzone, CEO/Calzone & Associates
337.235.2924 ext. 3,
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