(TULSA) – During ‘Strike Out Hunger’ at Drillers Stadium, a fundraising event for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Cherokee Casino presented a check for $20,000 as part of the casino’s ‘Anything Can Happen’ promotion. The surprise donation was given during the Drillers’ latest homestand.
“Our ‘Anything Can Happen’ promotion has given us the opportunity to make surprise donations to many great organizations. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma continues to generously assist our tribal citizens and others who reside within the Cherokee Nation, and we know what a positive impact this donation will have on those citizens,” said David Stewart, of Cherokee Nation Entertainment, which operates Cherokee Casinos.
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is located in Tulsa but distributes donated food items to 450 partner programs such as emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, after-school programs and senior citizen centers in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma, including all 14 counties within the Cherokee Nation. The food bank feeds more than 50,000 people per week.
“This donation will go far in helping us fight hunger,” said Cindy Stevens, director of community relations, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “We appreciate Cherokee Casinos’ generosity. This will provide us with 140,000 meals.”
In addition to the $20,000 donation to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Cherokee Casinos has recently given more than $49,000 to other local nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations as well as entities such as Tulsa Zoo Friends, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Rogers County, the Resonance Center for Women and the Roland Police Department. Cherokee Casinos began giving these donations as part of the ‘Anything Can Happen’ promotion in early June.
Cherokee Nation Entertainment operates seven casinos located in Catoosa, West Siloam Springs, Tahlequah, Fort Gibson, Roland, Sallisaw and Claremore, and employs more than 3,400 people in northeastern Oklahoma.