Personnel with Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Atmore unveiled a new 3,600-gallon aquarium at a ceremony Monday, April 8. Several dignitaries were present to witness the event, showcasing more than 270 fish indigenous to the Gulf Coast. Among those attending was U.S. Congressman Jo Bonner.
“Everything that they [PCI] are doing is worthy of praise,” Bonner said in reference to the charitable endeavors of PCI and Wind Creek. “They are helping the challenges their neighbors are facing.”
Several Mobile and South Alabama charities will benefit from promotions connected to the new aquarium including The Wounded Warrior Family Foundation, The Ronald McDonald House, Penelope House, The Bay Area Food Bank and The American Cancer Society. In all, 20 charities will be given $5,000 plus a chance at an additional $5,000 later in the promotional period.
“Wind Creek has partnered with Animal Planet’s hit TV series ‘Tanked’ to build an aquarium on the hotel’s and casino’s main floor,” said Arthur Mothershed, Wind Creek Casino and Hotel property manager. “The tank is designed to replicate historic Middle Bay Lighthouse (located in Mobile Bay) in celebration of Mobile Bay and the Gulf Coast.
“One of the most interesting aspects of this promotion is the opportunity to work with the team from ‘Tanked.’ It isn’t every day that you have a production crew show up at your door and begin building a massive aquarium with an authentic replica of our local lighthouse. I enjoyed watching what all goes into their work, and I’m looking forward to seeing our project on their television program. The aquarium will feature a rich selection of aquatic sea life indigenous to the Gulf of Mexico.”
Wind Creek Casino intends to give away more than $1,000,000 as part of their promotion.