PORTERVILLE, CA – Eagle Mountain Casino presented donation checks totaling $97,000 from the 21st Annual Eagle Mountain Casino Charity Golf Tournament held at the Ridge Creek Golf Club in Dinuba, CA. The organizations that received donations included Porterville Area Coordinating Council, Golden Empire Gleaners, Visalia Emergency Aid Council, and Valley Adult Day Services. Each organization received a check for $24,250 at the awards presentation held at Eagle Mountain Casino.
Porterville Area Coordinating Council provides Tulare County with emergency shelter, utilities, clothing, transportation, and gas vouchers; Golden Empire Gleaners has a private food bank in Bakersfield, CA providing meals to families in need; Visalia Emergency Aid Council services Tulare County and assists with food-insecure homes and senior housing; and Valley Adult Day Services is an adult day care that provides respite to the caregivers of Tulare County.
“Our organization started on an answering machine, and I feel a lot of symbolization when I come up here to the Tule River reservation and Eagle Mountain Casino as they started on two trailers back in 1996,” said Ryan Land, Executive Director at Porterville Area Coordinating Council. “This check will give a huge hand up and lift spirits for people in need. I greatly appreciate Eagle Mountain Casino and the team for all they do, and I congratulate all the other organizations.”
“We can do what we do because of the support of businesses like Eagle Mountain Casino,” said Debbie Powers, Executive Director at Golden Empire Gleaners. “The need right now is greater than ever. We are finding at our private food bank in Bakersfield that we are filling more baskets of food to take home to their families, so it means so much to have this support.”
“Thank you to the Tribal Council and to Eagle Mountain Casino and the hard work and effort that goes into putting together a golf tournament,” said Mary Jennings, Executive Director at Visalia Emergency Aid Council.
“The number goes up yearly from the charity golf tournaments, so you are all doing something right,” said Laura Kaylor, Executive Director at Valley Adult Day Services. “Thank you very much for all you do for us.”
Matthew Mingrone, General Manager at Eagle Mountain Casino, said the goal is to surpass the $97,000 donated at the 22nd Annual Charity Golf Tournament in 2023.