Olympic Casino awarded Andrus Värnik a bursary of 31,000 EEK

Posted on 03.09.2004

On 1 September 2004, Olympic Casino and the Estonian Olympic Committee held a function at the Reval Park Hotel&Casino to celebrate the closing of the Athens Olympic Games. Upon a decision of a special committee, Olympic Casino awarded javelinist Andrus Värnik a bursary of 31,178 EEK
According to Olympic Casino marketing manager Marje Braunbrück, the nominees for the bursary were all athletes who had represented Estonia in the Athens Olympic Games. “It was difficult to make a decision because all our athletes performed very well in Athens. After thorough consideration we decided to give the bursary to Andrus Värnik whose efforts at the Olympic Games created many emotions and who has proved that in the future he will do even better” explained Braunbrück.

Besides a special charity jackpot which by the time of the function had amounted to 25,000 EEK, the funds for the bursary were collected at various charity events - from lotteries to an auction. “Many exciting items were put up for auction, such as a left shoe belonging to Aleksander Tammert and Jüri Jaanson’s leader’s jersey. Such memorabilia were of a great interest among the audience and bids frequently reached over 1000 EEK”, said Marje Braunbrück. Also, taking a photograph together with an Olympic athlete was very popular. Participants received a photo signed by the athlete they had posed together for the photo.

A representative of the Estonian Athletics Union Aivar Karotamm received the bursary on behalf of Andrus Värnik who, unfortunately, could not participate in the function. Olympic Casino awarded surprise prizes – a basket of fruits and sparkling wine and a business poker package - to Jüri Jaanson, Indrek Pertelson and Aleksander Tammert. Runner Egle Uljas who holds the Estonian record at 300 m and 400 m and was the second candidate for the bursary received also a delicious fruit basket.

A part of the function was an awarding ceremony organised by Samsung Electronics. The Baltic manager of Samsung Electronics Mr Chang Huy Ahn congratulated Estonian athletes and handed over to the three Olympic medallists an expensive gift which comprised a plasma TV set, home cinema system and mobile phone. Bronze medallist Indrek Pertelson who thanked Mr Chang Huy Ahn on behalf of all athletes promised to use the TV to improve his technique.
Olympic Casino Estonia was established in 1993. By today Olympic Casino is the largest gambolling company in the Baltic countries. The chain has 15 casinos in Estonia, four in Lithuania and four in Latvia. Olympic Casino employs more then 900 people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The company operates in compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001 standards. Olympic Casino is also a sponsor of the Estonian Olympic Committee.

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