HIGHLAND, CA – Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel, in partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, celebrated their annual golf tournament – the largest ever, bringing together over 1,200 participants.
Tribal leaders, vendors, and community partners united for this year’s golf tournament to raise over $400,000. The annual event commenced on July 31 with a celebration and check presentation at Yaamava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel. Eight inspiring local and national non-profits received $50,000 each to provide support through health services, environmental conservation and cultural development for tribal communities.
Four tribal and four local non-profits were awarded for their commitment to education, health, economic and community development, or special projects. The tribal charity tournament recipients included: Advocate for Indigenous California Language Survival; Children of the Setting Sun Productions; National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition; and Zuni Youth Enrichment Program. The four regional non-profit recipients were Desert Sanctuary, Inc., Miracles for Kids, Working Dogs for Warriors, and Youth Mentoring Action Network.
“I continue to be in awe of the thoughtfulness and generosity of our sponsors and partners to continue San Manuel’s mission of supporting organizations that are truly the boots-on-the-ground for making our world a better place,” said Audrey Martinez, tournament chair and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Business Committee Secretary. “These eight non-profits are dedicated to improving the lives of so many Native Americans as well as local communities, and we are proud to be in a position where we can help. The tournament is just one of the many ways San Manuel embodies a culture of giving back.”
This year, golfers teed off on ocean-view golf courses at Pelican Hill Resort Club in Newport Beach and Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point from August 1-4. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated over $300 million to charitable organizations nationally and locally over the last 20 years.
Presenting sponsors of the tournament included Aristocrat Gaming, Penta Building Group, Las Vegas Raiders and Imagine This. Yaamava’ Resort & Casino was also joined by its sports partners from the LA Dodgers, LA Galaxy, Anaheim Ducks, LA Kings, the Las Vegas Golden Knights Club, and UCLA.