“Even in our 21st year, I am continually amazed by the generosity of our sponsors and partners to continue San Manuel’s mission of assisting philanthropic organizations in the broader community,” said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ economic strength empowers the Tribe to give generously. In addition to contributing to its surrounding community and other Tribes, the Band raises money through initiatives like its recent, 21st annual golf tournament to benefit Indian Country. The California-based Tribe raised in excess of $275,000 for five Native American nonprofit organizations across the country.
On July 16 and July 17, over 600 competitors teed off at the two ocean-view golf courses at Pelican Hill Resort Club in Newport Beach.
Before competitors took to the greens, San Manuel’s Charitable Giving Program selected five nonprofit organizations focused on education, health, economic and community development, or special projects to honor with the proceeds from the event.
The 2019 charity recipients include the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health California Indian Legal Services, Chief Seattle Club from Seattle, Washington, Haskell Foundation in Lawrence, Kansas and Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation based on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, each of which is to receive in the region of $55,000.
Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said of the charitable event: “Even in our 21st year, I am continually amazed by the generosity of our sponsors and partners to continue San Manuel’s mission of assisting philanthropic organizations in the broader community.
“These five organizations are dedicated to improving the lives of so many Native American communities across the nation and we are so 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.”
Over the last 20 years, the annual San Manuel Golf Tournament has donated more than $1.6 million in charitable funds to 36 nonprofit organizations.
Joe Sperazza, OC golf events president and owner, added: “We produce over 50 large golf events per year, none bigger or more exciting than San Manuel’s annual tournament. We look forward to collaborating with them each year, and bringing that first in class experience San Manuel Casino is known for to a grand stage.”