Grand Partnership: Ben West (left) accepts a donation from the Osage Nation and Million Dollar Elm’s general manager at Pawhuska, Eli Red Eagle.
(PAWHUSKA, OK) – Pawhuska Public Schools has accepted a much needed $2,500 donation from the Osage Nation.
School superintendent Ben West said that the school will use the funds to purchase s (automated external defibrillators) for school buildings and athletic sites.
He was grateful for the donation from Million Dollar Elm Casino, an economic enterprise of the Osage Nation. Added funds for local school districts in Oklahoma are important because schools are receiving less state money due to budget cuts, according to the Oklahoma Department of Education.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, students and staff of Pawhuska Schools, we wish to thank the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino for their generous donation,” West said. “As many as 7,000 children and 450,000 adults lose their lives to sudden cardiac arrest every year. This donation will allow our district to take positive action toward saving lives.”
Jennifer Bighorse, marketing director, Osage Million Dollar Elm casinos, said the casino is committed to building relationships with the local community.
“It’s important to give back to the communities where our properties are located,” Bighorse said. “We are pleased to assist during these trying economic times and look forward to a bright future for the Pawhuska Public Schools and the Osage Nation.”