Running Aces Supports Community With Inventive Fundraising Method

Running Aces Casino & Racetrack has implemented a new, unique fundraising method that not only gives back to the community, but also gives guests control over the music that plays throughout the casino. The promotion, called “You’re the DJ,” allows randomly selected guests to choose the artist or genre they want to listen to for an hour. The fundraising element comes into play when another guest wants to skip the current song and move on to the next, but must contribute at least one dollar to make that happen.

While charitable contributions are nothing new to Running Aces, which has made contributions to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and participated in activities with the Special Olympics, “You’re the DJ” is a fresh idea at the entertainment hot spot. The offer helped raise $1,105.26 in the month of February for the Forest Lake Music Boosters, who put on a concert at Running Aces on Saturday, February 28th to help raise more funds for their new music scholarship program.

“This promotion allows our guests to customize their experience and gives our employees a fun way to interact with all of our guests,” said Taro Ito, President and CEO of Running Aces. “Most importantly, ‘You’re the DJ’ generates resources that we can give back to our community. We look forward to continuing the promotion through March and hope to get more local organizations involved throughout the year.”

In March, all contributions will go to the Upper Midwest chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society to coincide with Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.

Interested in raising money through the “You’re the DJ” promotion at Running Aces? Contact Aaron Bedessem at or at 651.925.4587.

About Running Aces® Casino & Racetrack

Running Aces is the Twin Cities’ premier card room and entertainment destination, with live harness racing in the summer and unbeatable entertainment and cuisine year round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Over 600 Running Aces employees have been serving up the best in cards, food and entertainment since 2008. Running Aces is located one exit past the collision of 35E and 35W, just 17 minutes from 694.

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