About the Hosts
Madison365 is the state’s leading source for local community news by and about Wisconsin’s communities of color. Operated by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit 365 Media Foundation, Madison365 produces excellent journalism to start conversations, find real and lasting solutions, build community, invite action and encourage emerging leaders in Wisconsin’s communities of color, and to foster dialog between members of diverse communities. We also train young people of color in journalism in order to diversify the news media.
Our Founder & CEO - For nearly twenty years, Henry Sanders Jr. (CEO and Publisher) has been a force for community development, economic development and entrepreneurship in the Madison area, in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest.
He worked for the City of Madison and then-Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin before joining the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce as Vice President. In that capacity he started the Small Business Advisory Council, Latino Chamber of Commerce and the African wAmerican Black Business Association. Sanders is also the founder of the young professionals organization Madison Area Growth Network (MAGNET), Madison Network of Black Professionals, and Capacity 360, a government relations firm that brought more than $15 million to Wisconsin businesses.
Henry ran a statewide campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 2010 and in 2011 joined the Obama Administration as the Small Business Administration’s Region V Advocate, speaking up for small businesses across six states.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and chairs its Membership Advisory Council.
Opened by the Ho-Chunk Nation in July 1999, Dejope Bingo and Entertainment offered a 1,100 seat high-stakes paper bingo hall, pull tabs and electronic bingo. The high-stakes bingo games provided an opportunity for traditional bingo players to win large cash prizes up to $100,000. Although the traditional bingo proved to be successful, technology and Dejope’s goal of always providing a first-class atmosphere led to new state-of-the-art games and renovation of the facility.
With its grand re-opening on Dec. 31, 2006, the “Dejope Gaming” interior was designed to reflect a prairie-style atmosphere with touches of Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired styling that flows throughout the corridors and gaming floor. Dejope also unveiled 1,100 state-of-the-art Class II bingo slot games, casual dining at the Gamers Grill and hired more than 200 employees.
In 2010, the facility rebranded itself as “Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison” after introducing a loyalty program that benefits guests who visit all six Ho-Chunk Nation Gaming facilities in Wisconsin. The “Rewards Club” is a points based program redeemable for hotel rooms and merchandise as well as special offers, food discounts, entertainment discounts and other incentives.
As the only facility in Wisconsin dedicated to Class II gaming, its mission to create an atmosphere that is fun, relaxing, exciting and rewarding for guests is illustrated daily by its employees.