12/15/2017 - Client News


SugarHouse Casino is pleased to announce, in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia (the Chamber), that Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino, will receive the 2018 Paradigm Award, the region’s most prestigious award for businesswomen.

“Wendy is one of our region’s most influential figures and represents our community of outstanding business leaders,” said Chamber President and CEO Rob Wonderling. “She has paved the way for women in business as a successful leader of SugarHouse Casino, both regionally and nationally.”

Ms. Hamilton oversees 1,500 employees and all day-to-day operations at SugarHouse, including the property’s gaming repertoire, seven food and beverage venues and The Event Center. In addition to managing all property amenities, Ms. Hamilton supervises all human resources, marketing and finance functions.

A Philadelphia native, Ms. Hamilton received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Saint Joseph’s University. Outside of the workplace, she is an active community leader serving on the boards of the Chamber, the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia and Visit Philadelphia. 

Ms. Hamilton was named a 2017 Emerging Icon by The Philadelphia Inquirer for her outstanding leadership and dedication to making positive community impacts. In 2015, she was honored with the PAL Award from the Police Athletic League and the Cornerstone Award from SmartCEO for corporate leadership.

In addition to these honors, Ms. Hamilton has earned numerous leadership awards honoring women, including the Woman Who Empowers Us Award from 95.7 BenFM, the Women’s Achievement Award from KYW Newsradio and the Great Women of Gaming Award from Casino Enterprise Management. 
Under Hamilton’s leadership, SugarHouse has long been the title sponsor of notable city events like the New Year’s Eve fireworks and the Mummers Parade, and has also contributed more than $8 million to local community organizations, including the Penn Treaty Special Services District. 

“It’s an incredible honor to receive the Paradigm award,” said Ms. Hamilton. “Not only am I proud to join this exclusive club of Philadelphia business leaders, but this award reflects the hard work and dedication the SugarHouse Team Members put in each and every day.”  

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM, the business community will celebrate Ms. Hamilton’s accomplishments with the presentation of the Paradigm crystal sculpture at a luncheon at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Ms. Hamilton will also designate $25,000 in charitable gifts provided with support from EY.

In addition, the program will include the Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women, which awards several women up to $5,000 in merit-based scholarships to help complete their undergraduate degrees while working full-time at Chamber member companies. A special presentation will be made to the Stradley Ronon scholar.

This award has been given annually since 1992, Ms. Hamilton being the 26th Paradigm honoree. She is joining a distinguished field of past recipients that includes Teresa Bryce Bazemore, President, Radian Guaranty, Inc.; Emily Bittenbender of Bittenbender Construction LP; Sue Schick of UnitedHealthcare; Mary Stengel Austen of Tierney; Renee Amoore of The Amoore Group; and Judith von Seldeneck of Diversified Search Companies.


SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philly’s casino, features 1,891 slots, 103 table games, a 28-table poker room, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views, and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,500 people and has been voted a “Best Place to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal for seven consecutive years and a “Top Workplace” by Philly.com for six straight years. For more information, visit www.sugarhousecasino.com.

Jeff Shurilla 
For SugarHouse Casino 
267-932-8760, ext. 304 


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