FRESNO, CA – The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians raised $15,727 at a recent gala to benefit Fresno American Indian Health Project and Fresno Veterans Administration Medical Center.
From 2000 to 2020, the national suicide rate among Native American men almost doubled, and the rate among Native American women almost tripled. These staggering increases show a significant need for action. Lack of funding for mental health care services is an ongoing concern in tribal communities. The funds raised will directly impact community organizations who are making a difference.
“All proceeds from the gala will be donated to the Fresno American Indian Health Project and the Fresno Veterans Administration Medical Center to help continue the important work their organizations provide to our community,” said Picayune Rancheria Chairperson Bill. “Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians is committed to doing our part by bringing awareness to an epidemic that plagues our people and raising funds to combat this crisis.”
The gala was attended by over 100 individuals at Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino. The black-tie event included dinner, a silent auction, and a series of impactful guest speakers.