Pechanga Indian Reservation, CA, May 3, 2019 – Pechanga Resort Casino once again played host to one of the region’s largest charitable events on Wednesday and Thursday, with the return of the Pechanga Charity Golf Classic to the championship Journey at Pechanga golf course.
Celebrating its 21st year of bringing together tribal government and Indian gaming industry leaders who love spending a day on the course while helping those in need, the event has raised more than $1.4 million for a variety of essential non-profits throughout the Temecula Valley. This year’s sole beneficiary was Michelle’s Place Cancer Resource Center, which received $125,000 from the popular event. To further assist Michelle’s Place in reaching their goal, the Pechanga Tribal Council matched the funds raised through the golf tournament, bringing Pechanga’s total donation to $250,000.
The two-day event has grown into one of the most popular charity golf tournaments in the region and has become a must-play event for more than 300 golfers from throughout California.
This year, Michelle’s Place has gone from providing services to those only battling breast cancer, to helping patients and families facing all types of cancer. To accommodate their expanded vision and program, they are expanding their footprint with the purchase of a new building.
“Pechanga is proud to support Michelle’s Place as they expand their much-needed services in our community,” said Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro. “We’ve all been impacted by cancer in one way or another. This expansion will provide community members in need more access to the help they require to fight this disease. That’s something that Pechanga is honored to stand behind.”
“Pechanga has a proud history of supporting non-profit organizations that are making significant strides to better the lives of others in our community and the surrounding region,” said Pechanga Development Corporation President, Jared Munoa. “The amazing participation of our players in this year’s event carries that tradition on by supporting free programs, seminars, support groups and services for those battling cancer, so they do not have to navigate their difficult journey alone.”
“Honestly, we couldn’t do it without Pechanga’s support in building the Cancer Center,” said Kim Gerrish, Executive Director for Michelle’s Place. “It’s the biggest contribution we’ve ever had. I’ve been there 15 years, and it brings tears to my eyes to think that Pechanga is wrapping their arms around us, saying we support you and we believe in you.”