Caesars Entertainment pitches in to help former employee recover from crash

Caesars Entertaiment is helping the family of a former part-time employee pay for medical expenses. The young woman who was seriously injured in a car crash last fall.

Anne-Monique Lippitt, 20, has been in Progressive Hospital, a Las Vegas long-term care facility, with severe brain damage she suffered Oct. 11 after the car she was riding in struck a tractor-trailer rig stopped for another crash in a heavy rainstorm near St. George, Utah.

The Spring Valley High School graduate, who served four years as student body president, had been attending Southern Utah University.

This afternoon, Paris casino president David Hoenemeyer will present Lippett's family with a check for $5,000 from the Employee Sunshine Fund. The money will help pay for care at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo., which specializes in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.

Lippett worked summers as a lifeguard at the Paris pool. A co-worker wrote casino executives in January asking for help.

The Sunshine Fund is an employee assistance program. The check will be presented during an employee rally at the Paris Cabaret Theater.

Family insurance covers 70 percent of Lippett's basic care but doesn't cover the costs of transportation to or rehabilitation at Craig.

"While the donation will tremendously help the family with their goal, they are still in need of assistance," Caesars officials said in a statement.

People can donate to the family online at a web site that details Lippitt's progress. The family so far has raised more than $15,000 toward its $120,000 goal.

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