Four Winds Casinos Donate $120,000 to Beacon Children’s Hospital

Four Winds Invitational Check Presentation
L-R: Ryann DeMoss, Senior Major Gift Officer, Beacon Health System; Rhonda Keene, Member at Large, Pokagon Band Tribal Council; Gary Morseau Sr., Vice Chairman, Pokagon Band Tribal Council; Rebecca Richards, Chairwoman, Pokagon Band Tribal Council; Scott Brewer, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Relations/Security, Four Winds Casinos; Jen Tonkovich, Director of Women and Children’s Services, Beacon Health System; Greg Helmkamp, General Manager and Head Golf Professional of South Bend Country Club; Clayton Mason, Chief Financial Officer, Four Winds Casinos; Stephen Studer, Tournament Director, South Bend Country Club; and Susan King, President of Beacon Health Foundation.

SOUTH BEND, IN – The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds Casinos donated $120,000 to Beacon Children’s Hospital during a check presentation ceremony at Four Winds South Bend. The donation is a result of the proceeds from the 2022 Four Winds Invitational, which took place from Aug. 12 through Aug. 14 at South Bend Country Club. Beacon Children’s Hospital will use the funds for a Quad Cab NICU Transport to safely move premature infants along with Beacon’s Specialty Care Team. The Four Winds Invitational is part of the Epson Tour, which entered its 42nd year of structured competition in 2022 and is the most established women’s qualifying tour in the world as the one “Road to the LPGA.” 

“The Pokagon Band is very proud of our continued sponsorship of the Four Winds Invitational and our annual donations to Beacon Health System and Beacon Children’s Hospital, which now total $892,500 over the past eleven years,” said Rebecca Richards, Tribal Chairwoman for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. “We would like to thank everyone who was involved in supporting the tournament and helped to make this donation possible including the LPGA Epson Tour, South Bend Country Club and its members, our sponsors, team members, volunteers, and vendors.”

“Since the inception of the Four Winds Invitational in 2012, we have continually strived to raise the bar,” said Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos. “From increases in prize money over the years, to the relocation of the tournament to South Bend Country Club in 2021, we’ve consistently worked to improve the tournament for both players and fans alike. We are very proud to be part of this important event that has been so well received by the South Bend community, and thankful to everyone who has helped make it so successful.” 

“We would like to thank the Pokagon Band, its Four Winds Casinos, and all of the donors from the community for their continued generous support over the years,” said Jen Tonkovich, Director of Women and Children’s Services for Beacon Health System. “Receiving the proceeds from the Four Winds Invitational has not only helped us acquire life-saving equipment, but also plan for the future and identify ways we can better serve patients and families.”