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Eagle Mountain Casino donates $163K to charities

Eagle Mountain Casino donates $163K to charities

Tule River Indian Tribe casino funded groups offering one-time funds or hands-on help

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PORTERVILLE – Eagle Mountain Casino donated more than $163,000 to local charities, non-profits and business in Tulare and Kern Counties last year.

Revenues from the casino, based on the Tule River Indian Reservation east of Springville, went to dozens of charities and organizations and benefited people in need in of one-time assistance or hands-on help in 2017.

Some of the most notable recipients of the monetary donations were Habitat for Humanity, CASA of Tulare, CASA of Kern County, Visalia Rescue Mission, Knights of Columbus, United Way of Kern County, United Way of Tulare/Visalia, Porterville Adult Day Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Food Link of Tulare County, Valley Oak SPCA, Relay for Life, Bakersfield Homeless Center, Porterville Breakfast Rotary, Friends of Tulare County and Lost Girls.

CASA of Tulare/Visalia, Our Heroes Dreams of Hanford, Family Crisis Center of Porterville, Helping Hands of Porterville, Tule River Recreation Department and the Tule River Education Department all received a share of $50,000. The donated funds were raised in Eagle Mountain Casino’s annual charity golf tournament held last September. Four organizations received $10,000 each and the Tule River Education Department along with the Tule River Recreation Department, received $5,000 each.

In-kind donation recipients include the City of Porterville, Visalia Parks & Recreation, Kern Literacy Council, Children’s Miracle Network, Visalia Emergency Aid Council, the Kern County Farm Bureau and dozens of others. In-kind donations are given throughout the year and consist of raffle or silent auction items with a price value of $150 to $825, as well as water donations. Recipients of water donations have been the Porterville Breakfast Lions Club, Porterville College, Tule Grace Church, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Links for Life and Porterville Galaxy Theater, to name a few.

Eagle Mountain Casino also hosts a Charter Fundraiser Program. The program is a free service offered by Eagle Mountain Casino to organizations who are looking to raise funds for charity. Eagle Mountain Casino provides a bus for a group of guests, bonus cash and food vouchers. An option to participate in a giveaway such as a slot tournament, is also available. Trips can be booked Monday through Friday with a four-hour stay and at least 30 guests per bus trip. The organization raises money by charging guests to ride the fundraiser bus. In turn, the money raised is what the organizations get to keep for their fundraising efforts.

“We were honored to continue giving back to our community this past year, as it is a priority to Eagle Mountain Casino and the Tule River Tribe,” said Renee Garcia, director of marketing for Eagle Mountain Casino. “We will continue our efforts in 2018 and are thankful for our partner organizations that continue to provide their services to our local communities.”

Eagle Mountain Casino is a full service casino and is owned and operated by the Tule River Tribe. It features 1,200 slot machines and 11 table games. Eagle Mountain Casino is a short drive from Bakersfield or Visalia.

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