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September 12, 2008


For Immediate Release

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino Contact:
Trey Thibodeaux, Director of Community Relations
(337) 594-3138
 tthibodeaux@evangelinedowns.com

Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 Ext. 3
jcalzone@calzone.com

Louisiana Business Shows A Lot of Heart Post Hurricane Gustav By Paying Its Employees Despite Being Forced To Close

(Opelousas, La.) - Not everyone in this part of Louisiana lost a paycheck when Hurricane Gustav struck on September 1. One business is paying all of its part-time, seasonal and full-time employees who were scheduled to work August 31 through September 3, even though they were not on the job. Anyone who did work is being rewarded with double-time.

Gustav hit St. Landry Parish hard and many residents lost refrigerated and frozen food as well as experiencing minor to major damage to their homes. Most were also hit with lost paychecks.

"You just need to have a heart when disasters impact not only your business, but your employees as well," said Michael Howard, general manager for Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino.  "This was set to be one of our busiest times of the year and it is not our employees' fault that they could not report to work."

The racetrack was set for a major stakes racing schedule and the very first race on its new turf track.  The facility was also geared up for a higher than normal attendance due to the Labor Day weekend.

Evangeline Downs employs 771 people and for Sunday, August 31, Evangeline Downs paid a total of 391 hourly employees that were scheduled to work, but were unable to due to hurricane Gustav. 
 
For September 1, 2 and 3, Evangeline Downs will pay all employees that were scheduled to work but could not due to Hurricane Gustav as follows: 123 salaried employees paid; 454 hourly employees paid; and 194 part time, hourly and seasonal employees paid.

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