Jamul Casino Honors Veterans With Annual Luncheon, Check Presentation

Jamul Casino Veterans Day donation
L-R: Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council Treasurer, Teresa Cousins; San Diego County Supervisor, Joel Anderson; Central Surf San Diego CEO, Denise Graham; Jamul Indian Village Tribal Vice-Chairman, Michael Hunter; Jamul Indian Village Tribal Councilmember, James Hunter; Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council Secretary, Jasmine Aloese; and Jamul Indian Village Tribal Councilmember, James Cuero.

JAMUL, CA – Supervisor Joel Anderson of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors joined Jamul Casino and the Jamul Indian Village of California Tribe to commemorate Veterans Day. The seventh annual luncheon paid tribute to 54 members of the tribe and casino team who have served in the military. The event also featured its annual check presentation to a local veterans’ organization – this year given to Central Surf San Diego. The yearly Veterans Day luncheon is part of the Jamul Tribe and Jamul Casino’s commitment to recognize the courageous work of individuals and organizations making a difference in the San Diego community. 

“This event is an opportunity to honor the strong legacy of military service among the Jamul Indian Village tribal members and Jamul Casino team members,” said Mary Cheeks, President and General Manager of Jamul Casino. “Having so many service members among our team is truly a source of pride. We are thankful for the sacrifices they have made and the talents they bring to our team.” 

“Today, it is my sincere privilege to be able to honor the sacrifice of veterans by contributing to Central Surf San Diego,” said Erica M. Pinto, Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village. “Their mission of wellness and healing resonates in our tribal communities and we are honored to include them in our philanthropic efforts. I also want to especially acknowledge our American Indian veterans – they have served in every major conflict in every capacity and in every generation since the military was established. Their enduring legacy carries on and we are proud to be able to recognize them today.”

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Central Surf San Diego was founded by Coast Guard veteran Denise Graham, who discovered the calming and healing effects of the ocean in 2015. She founded Central Surf to promote health and healing among veterans and others who have experienced trauma by using nature, athletics, and the power of the ocean.