The Ingalls Development Foundation is a federal 501 c 3 tax exempt organization that was established in 1982 to raise funds to support the mission of Ingalls Memorial Hospital, to improve the health of the Southland communities we serve.
Our very first donor, industrialist Frederick Ingalls, who founded his namesake hospital in 1923, continues his family’s philanthropic legacy to this day by designating Ingalls as sole beneficiary of two charitable trusts named after Mr. Ingalls’ wife and daughter.
The Wind Creek charitable trust promises to continue this legacy at Ingalls of prominent business leaders making long term philanthropic investments in sustaining quality healthcare for our Southland patients and residents.
As beneficiary, Ingalls Development Foundation (IDF) will honor donor intent by investing distributions from the Wind Creek trust in our Community Impact Fund and Ingalls Development Foundation. The Community Impact fund was created following the merger between Ingalls and UChicago Medicine in 2016. Its purpose is to award Ingalls Impact Grants to fund healthcare activities through community based programs, including cooperation with local organizations that sponsor healthcare initiatives to address identified community needs and improve the health status of the elderly, poor, and other at-risk populations in our core Thornton Township community. More than 30 municipalities throughout the Southland are represented, including East Hazel Crest and Homewood. The Ingalls Development Foundation raises funds to enhance direct patient care through capital investment or program support at our hospital in Harvey and outpatient facilities in Flossmoor, Tinley Park, Calumet City and Crestwood.
Presentations to Village Trustees Outlining Project Details Scheduled for Next Week
Wind Creek Illinois LLC, a subsidiary of PCI Gaming Authority and operating under the brand name Wind Creek Hospitality today announced its intent to submit an application to develop a casino and entertainment destination in the south suburban communities of East Hazel Crest and Homewood, IL.
Wind Creek will present the proposed casino development – to be located directly off of I-80, near Halsted Street and 175th Street – at Village Board meetings next week in Homewood (October 7) and East Hazel Crest (October 9). Wind Creek’s management is hopeful that, at those meetings, Village Trustees will vote to certify the project, which will enable the casino operator to proceed to develop an application to be submitted to the Illinois Gaming Board by the October 28 deadline.
“Wind Creek Hospitality has a proven track record of success in developing high-quality and successful casino and entertainment projects, and we’re excited about the opportunity to bring one to Illinois,” said Brent Pinkston, chief operating officer of Wind Creek Hospitality. “East Hazel Crest and Homewood are two strong and stable communities, with visionary leadership. We believe this partnership and the prime, easy-to-access location creates a solid foundation for the quality casino and entertainment complex we hope to develop – one that will maximize revenue and bring sustained benefits to the entire south suburban region.”
Wind Creek Hospitality is an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and manages 10 premier gaming properties with best-in-class amenities in Alabama, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and the Caribbean.
Wind Creek’s proposal in the south suburbs includes a phased construction plan that would offer:
A rendering of the proposed development can be found here. Phase one of construction includes the casino, entertainment center, bars and restaurants. The hotel, pool, spa and skyline lounge are included in a second phase of construction scheduled to open in year four of operations.
“Right off I-80 and close to the Indiana border, we feel as if this site presents a unique opportunity to draw patrons from not only across the south suburbs, but from neighbors in Indiana as well,” said Pinkston. “A casino in this location will benefit the entire south suburban region – providing jobs and revenue for years to come.”
The casino itself is projected to create the equivalent of least 800 full-time jobs when fully operational – careers ranging from maintenance and casino floor positions to hospitality and management roles. This estimate does not include temporary jobs created by the project’s construction.
In addition, Wind Creek has a track record in each community where they operate for being a good neighbor and giving back in a number of philanthropic ways – setting aside over a million dollars annually for charities in the areas they serve.
“Wind Creek makes it a priority to not only be a good neighbor, but to give back to the communities where we are located,” said Pinkston. “We are committed to identify ways to identify the best way to do that here, based on local market needs.”
About Wind Creek Hospitality: Wind Creek Hospitality is an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Wind Creek Hospitality manages the Tribe’s gaming facilities including: Wind Creek Atmore, Wind Creek Wetumpka, Wind Creek Montgomery, Wind Creek Bethlehem, Wa She Shu Casino in Nevada, Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino as well as racetracks in Alabama and Florida. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, operating as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws. The Tribe operates a variety of economic enterprises, which employ thousands of area residents. For more information, visit: WindCreekHospitality.com.
Wind Creek Hospitality has submitted an application to the Illinois State Gaming Board to develop a casino and entertainment destination in the south suburban communities of East Hazel Crest and Homewood, IL. The proposed 70,000-square-foot casino would feature 1,300 slot machines, 56 table games, entertainment, dining, a 252-room luxury hotel, and would bring 800 jobs to the south suburban region. Wind Creek has a proven track record of success in developing high-quality and successful casino and entertainment projects, and we’re excited about the possibility of bringing one to Illinois.
Wind Creek Hospitality is the principal gaming and hospitality entity for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. One of the most respected and fastest growing brands in the gaming industry, Wind Creek manages 10 premier gaming properties with best-in-class amenities in Alabama, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and the Caribbean.
Wind Creek makes it a priority to not only be a good neighbor, but to give back to the communities where we are located. In partnership with our host communities, East Hazel Crest and Homewood, we have created a Southland Public Benefit Fund that will distribute $150,000 annually for the first five years of operation to fund scholarships for disadvantaged students and provide health services in the south suburban region. After the first five years of operation, the goal will be to distribute $1 million annually.