Photo taken during The San Manuel Golf Tournament’s charity donation event at the Salt Creek Grille in Laguna Beach, CA. The funds will support organizations in healthcare, education and Native American causes. Photo by (Eric Reed/San Manuel Band of Mission Indians).
HIGHLAND, CA – For the 22nd year, San Manuel Casino, in partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians welcomed vendors, sponsorship partners, and team members to what has grown into a 3-day golf tournament in Orange County. After cancelling the annual event in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, more than 750 golfers were thrilled to partake in this annual event that benefitted seven nonprofit organizations from the Inland Empire, as well as Native American organizations in both Arizona and New Mexico.
This year, San Manuel’s Strategic Philanthropy team and Tribal leadership selected seven deserving organizations with each organization receiving $50,000. The nonprofits selected represent education, healthcare, economic and community development and the preservation of cultural traditions in Indian country. The 2021 golf tournament charity recipients included Million Kids; Hopi Education Endowment Fund; Cruz Chacon Foundation; Mountain Meals on Wheels; Foothill Family Shelter; BLU Educational Foundation, and the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation.
“Thanks to generous support of our tournament participants, we are again funding Native American non-profits with national reach, as well as groups focused on regional needs,” said San Manuel Tribal Secretary and Golf Committee Chair Audrey Martinez. “Together, we have raised more than $2 Million to benefit 45 nonprofits over these last two decades through the San Manuel Golf Tournament.”
This event is made possible by the generosity of its participants, but especially the contributions of title sponsors Imagine This, Penta Construction and the Las Vegas Raiders. In addition to the Las Vegas Raiders, San Manuel also welcomed their sports partners from the LA Galaxy, LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks, LAFC and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Visit the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians website for more information about philanthropy or visit San Manuel Cares to learn how the Tribe creates change in communities through charitable giving.
About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians:
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the City of Highland, California. The Serrano Indians are the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys and mountains who share a common language and culture. The San Manuel Reservation was established in 1891 when the Tribe was recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community, the origins and history of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians stem from our relationship with the land and to all who share it. Since ancient times we have expressed ourselves through a culture of giving. Today, San Manuel is able to answer the call of Yawa’ (Serrano word meaning “to act on one’s beliefs”) through partnerships with charitable organizations. San Manuel has drawn upon its history, knowledge, expertise and cultural values to direct its philanthropic giving to the local region, as well as to Native American causes nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov
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