Community Relations

Readers of USA TODAY Name Pechanga the #1 Casino in U.S.

10best logoTEMECULA, Calif. — (June 30, 2015) – Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California is the favorite United States casino, according to a nationwide poll by 10Best.com,  part of USA TODAY Travel, that ended Monday, June 22. The Native American owned and operated resort/casino claims the top spot after four weeks of voting by readers. It edged out well-known resort/casinos including the Bellagio, Borgata and L’Auberge in established gaming destinations such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the South. Pechanga, the largest resort/casino in the state, initially made the 10Best.com list, along with two other California resort/casinos.  Read More

PECHANGA HOSTS 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS FOR COMMUNITY

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Fireworks at Pechanga Resort & Casino

TEMECULA, Calif. — (June 19, 2015) – Pechanga Resort & Casino celebrates the 4th of July with a patriotic fireworks display on Saturday, July 4 at dusk (approximately 9:00p.m.). The show will run for about 20 minutes and is put on as an exhibition for the entire Temecula Valley community to enjoy. Spectators will be able to view the fireworks from Pechanga Resort & Casino in limited and designated parking areas.

As a pillar and partner of the Temecula Valley community, Pechanga offers the July 4th fireworks celebration as a way to encourage family and friends to share the spirit of freedom and independence fought for by millions of service men and women.

The fireworks celebration also allows the community to come together this summer as the annual Pechanga Pow Wow has been postponed due to planning and preparation for upcoming construction. Late last year, the Pechanga Tribe announced plans for a $285 million resort expansion. The popular pow wow is postponed for at least two years in an effort to offer guests the best possible experience while visiting the Temecula resort.

Chili Champ Crowned at Pechanga – Get the Recipe!

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Chef Marlene Moore

TEMECULA, Calif. — (June 9, 2015) – A new chili champion has been crowned by the people the annual Pechanga Microbrew Festival and Chili Cookoff at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Temptations Food Court chef, Marlene Moore, tantalized the sold-out crowd with her “Temptation” Hearty Southern Style Chili. She edged out seven other Pechanga chefs’ chili varieties which included Texas-style chili with trio of meat, steak chili mac, and black bean chili con carne, with poblano rajas, crispy pork and shishito peppers.

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Chef Marlene’s Award Winning Southern-style Chili

With 219 votes out of a total of 914 from  style=”line-height: 1.714285714; font-size: 1rem;”>Microbrew Festival attendees, Chef Moore, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, unseated Chef Damian Stanley of Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar who had held the chili throne for two years. Stanley received third place with 153 votes. Kelsey’s chef, Ronnel Capacia, came in a close second with 155 votes. Now in its seventh year, 1,695 people came to enjoy brews, chili and music at the 2015 Pechanga Microbrew Festival, making it the most well-attended to date. Proceeds from the event benefited Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley. 

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Pechanga Supports Special Olympics with $20,000 Donation & Law Enforcement Torch Run

lap with torch and banner_smPECHANGA INDIAN RESERVATION, Calif. – (May 18, 2015) – Special Olympics Southern California, Pechanga and Riverside County Law Enforcement celebrated a kickoff to the 2015 summer games season with the lighting of Flame of Hope at Pechanga Resort & Casino. On a crisp and sunny Sunday afternoon in May, about 150 police officers, firefighters and other law enforcement, Special Olympics athletes and the public gathered outside the resort/casino to see the Special Olympics torch be lit from a ceremonial cauldron. The crowd heard a few remarks by Riverside County Sheriff, Stan Sniff, and by Pechanga Development Corporation board member Ken Perez about their longstanding commitments to the organization.

Check presentation_smBefore the torch lighting ceremony concluded, Pechanga presented a $20,000 check to the Special Olympics to help support critical programs in the community. Athletes then laced up their shoes as they readied for the ceremonial first lap through the hotel/casino’s valet area.
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Annual “K-FROG Cares” Golf Tourney and Country Concert Hosted at Pechanga Resort & Casino to Benefit Local Children’s Hospital

– Concert to Feature Country’s Rising Superstars Dustin Lynch, Gloriana and Jana Kramer –

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Dustin Lynch

TEMECULA, Calif. – (March 15, 2015) – The 13th annual “K-FROG Cares Golf Classic” will be hosted at Pechanga Resort & Casino’s award winning Journey at Pechanga golf course and followed with a charity concert headlined by some of the biggest rising names in country music at the Pechanga Theater on April 13, 2015. A community event to raise money for local Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, single golfer entry is $250 and a discount is available for a foursome group at $900, fees not included and entry can be purchased at www.Kfrog.com or by calling 909-825-9525. Concert tickets are available for $25 and $20 with a 7:00 p.m. showtime and are available at the Pechanga Box office, 877-711-2WIN (2946) or www.Pechanga.com.

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer

Hosted on Monday, April 13, 2015, the day will begin with a round of golf at Journey At Pechanga where participants will enjoy various contests, lunch, a “hoppy hour”, dinner and a charity auction. The night concludes with a country concert featuring performances by chart topping country artists Dustin Lynch, Gloriana and Jana Kramer in the 1,200 seat theater at Pechanga Resort & Casino.

Country music’s Dustin Lynch has had a career of hit singles, with his very first “Cowboys and Angels” back in 2012. His second song, “She Cranks My Tractor,” became his second Top 20 hit and was followed by “Wild in Your Smile,” making the Top 30. His very first number 1 single was “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep),” followed by “Hell of A Night” in November 2014.

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Gloriana

While making their initial mark on the country music scene with single “Wild at Heart,” Gloriana quickly became a recognized as the band to know when named as “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” at the American Music Awards and “Top New Vocal Act” at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2010. Their hugely successful follow up single “(Kissed You) Good Night” became a country music radio staple and they even performed the single during a private concert on ABC’s hit series “The Bachelorette.”

Many of Jana Kramer’s original music fans know her from her regular acting gig on the CW television show “One Tree Hill.” With her debut single “Why Ya Wanna” hitting number 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, her most recent single “I Got The Boy” is already rising on the charts.

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Pechanga Looking for a Few Good Men & Women at Military Open House

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Pechanga Resort & Casino

TEMECULA, Calif. – (Jan. 22, 2015) – Pechanga Resort & Casino hosts an employment open house specifically for current and former members of the military. Taking place Wednesday, January 28 from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. in the Turtle Conference Room on the Pechanga hotel’s second floor, Pechanga Human Resources professionals will meet with prospective job applicants with military experience to gauge their interest and skills in order to fill available positions in six of the resort’s 10 divisions. Military applicants have the opportunity to listen to testimonials from a panel of current Pechanga employees who are also armed services veterans. Candidates are encouraged to ask questions and gain more information about the culture of working at the state’s largest resort/casino before they head into their interview with a Human Resources specialist.

If interested in attending, job seekers must first fill out a basic application at www.PechangaCareers.com. The online application registers them for the open house.  Pechanga Human Resources specialists will be looking for candidates to be placed in the Food and Beverage, Hotel Operations, Table Games, Bingo, Facilities/Maintenance and Public Safety Departments. Applicants can also find out more about the resort on its Careers Facebook page. Read More

Salvation Army major attempts bell ringing record of 150 continuous hours

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3-year-old Summer Marchante Gives to Salvation Army

Murrieta, CA (December 8, 2014) – Salvation Army Major Marcelino “Butch” Soriano loves kettle season. Each of the last three years, he’s participated in the national World Record Bell Ringing Competition, achieving a new record last year. He, Captain Jim Brickson of Albert Lea, Minn. and Andre Thompson of Tyler, Texas agreed to stop ringing at 105 hours.

There’s no official national competition this year, but Soriano refuses to lay down his bell. He has started the attempt to set a new world record for the longest continuous hand bell-ringing by an individual with a goal of 150 hours.  He began at 4:00 AM Monday, December 8 and is planning to finish on Sunday, December 14 at 10:00 AM.  He hopes to raise awareness for The Salvation Army’s 124th Red Kettle Campaign and kick off a historic new year for the Army.

“My goal is set for 150 hours because I’m excited to highlight the Army’s upcoming anniversary in 2015. I want to ring the bell for an hour to mark each year that The Salvation Army has been on the march, doing good for people around the world,” says SorianoRead More

Pechanga Takes Time To Give 2,200 Turkeys to Needy

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Seniors Receive Bags with Turkeys

TEMECULA, Calif. – (Nov. 25, 2014) – Just in time for Thanksgiving this Thursday, thousands of the less fortunate in the Inland Empire received a fresh turkey and many non-perishable fixings courtesy of Pechanga and other businesses and community organizations.

Dozens of volunteers from the Temecula resort and other area businesses spent their morning assisting at a Murrieta, Calif. senior center where assisted the efforts of the Calvary Murrieta Care Ministry. Volunteers unloaded, bagged and handed out turkeys and other food items to seniors, church groups and individuals in need this holiday. Pechanga donated 400 turkeys at the November 25 event and will be giving more than 2,175 birds over the course of the holiday season, providing 30,000 meals to those who may not otherwise be able to enjoy a special home cooked dinner.

Seniors and those receiving food also were able to lap up some canine companionship courtesy of the K-9 Komfort Therapy Dogs organization during the donation event.  Read More

Top chefs in SW Riverside Co. Compete to Raise Money to Help At-Risk Youth

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Chef Open At Pechanga Resort & Casino

TEMECULA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2014) – If a night of sampling gourmet cuisine from the area’s top chefs sounds like the idea of a good time, The So Cal Chef Open in Temecula is the place to be on Monday, October 20.

Happening inside the Pechanga Resort & Casino Grand Ballroom, foodie festival goers can experience intense flavors and fresh ingredients in dishes made by 12 culinary experts. Attendees will be able to sample their way around the room as they vote for their favorite chef and favorite dish of the night. The chefs and their dishes will also be scored by a panel of celebrity judges including Steve Cazel (“Cutthroat Island,” “Survivor”), Amanda Colello (“Hell’s Kitchen”), Comedian Rocky Osborn (Aces Comedy Club) and last year’s “Judges Pinnacle Award” winner, Chef Steve Stawinski (Wilson Creek’s Creekside Grille).

This foodie experience starts at 4:30p.m. and has historically hosted more than 400 guests. Entry is $45 online or at the door, or $35 if purchased from participating restaurants. Ticket price includes unlimited tastings from all food vendors. For tickets or more information, call Oak Grove Center at
(951) 677-5599 or visit www.oakgrovecenter.com and click on “Events.”  Read More