Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, Paragon Casino and United Way Partner


MARKSVILLE, LA – Paragon Casino Resort and the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana partnered with United Way of Central Louisiana to host the Hit for Hope Tunica-Biloxi Governors Cup, a fundraising golf tournament held at the Tamahka Trails Golf Course, Paragon’s 18-hole championship-level golf course. Tournament participants included Michelle Purl, United Way of Central Louisiana President and CEO, and Chairman Marshall Pierite of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. 

“The Tunica Biloxi Tribe will always seek opportunities to aid not only tribal citizens, but all our friends, family and neighbors,” said Pierite. “United Way of Central Louisiana is an outstanding partner, and we greatly appreciate the work they do to make a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable in Central Louisiana.”

Proceeds from the tournament were donated to the United Way of Central Louisiana programs that benefit the asset limited, income constrained, employed population.

“It is because of the generosity of our partner organizations and good-hearted people across Central Louisiana that we can continue to advocate for the betterment of our communities and find solutions that uplift families in need,” said Michelle Purl, President and CEO of United Way of Central Louisiana. “We hope to continue our partnership with the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and Paragon Casino Resort in our collective mission of serving the families of Central Louisiana.” 

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and Paragon Casino Resort have a long history of investing in the communities that surround their tribal lands. In 2021, the tribe donated over $1 million, their largest contribution ever, to organizations and causes that support the residents of Avoyelles Parish. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe also participates in annual food drives and hosts events such as the Special Olympics Torch Run to support community engagement and unity within the parish.