The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino held a fundraising golf event, on July 19 and 20 at the Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, Calif. All proceeds from the event benefited the charities Running Strong for American Indian Youth, Shoes that Fit of Claremont, Calif., and High Desert Homeless Services, Inc. with each receiving $67,000.

“A hallmark of both our business and traditional cultures is a call to build upon our relationships to make the most of each and every opportunity,” San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena said. “Through the support and involvement of partnering businesses, tribes and associations, three outstanding philanthropic organizations are better able to reach native and non-native service populations.”

“It is the mission of the Tribe to assist philanthropic organizations in the broader community and through the generosity of our sponsors we exceeded all expectations,” said San Manuel Casino General Manager Loren Gill. “As the leader of gaming entertainment in southern California we drew numerous business partners to Pelican Hill, the pinnacle golf club of our region, providing great benefit to our charities in 2017.”

Running Strong for American Indian Youth is one of the most effective and respected American Indian nonprofits in the nation. The group creates lasting change in the lives of American Indian people addressing their most basic needs, especially Indian youth.

High Desert Homeless Services, Inc. has provided shelter to High Desert (eastern southern California) residents who were displaced from their homes, and served as a temporary emergency shelter for non-residents. Their mission is to help guests regain independence and stable living.

Shoes That Fit is an organization based in Claremont, Calif. that is dedicated to providing children in need with new shoes so that they have the confidence and comfort needed to reach their highest potential.

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