Weight Of A Rhino In Non-Perishable Food Going To Feed Less Fortunate Thanks To Pechanga Poker & Bingo Players

Pechanga Poker players went all-in on restocking the shelves for the Community Mission of Hope.

TEMECULA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2019) – Throughout the month of January, Pechanga Poker and Pechanga Bingo players successfully helped Restock the Shelves of the Community Mission of Hope with 4,400 pounds of non-perishable foods. For some crazy equivalents, that’s the average weight of a rhinoceros, a giraffe, a hippo and the American bison – individually, not all added together.

It’s also more than double the amount from Pechanga’s initiative last year (1,900 lbs.). The Restock the Shelves campaign supports the regional assistance organization by replenishing their depleted food supplies after the incredibly busy November and December holidays. The Community Mission of Hope services more than 400 residents and families of Murrieta, Temecula, Anza, and Aguanga and beyond each month. It’s the only one of its kind in the Temecula region. 

Throughout January, players had the opportunity to bring donations of non-perishable food items in exchange for valuable incentives. Bingo players who brought in two cans of non-perishable food items received one free earlybird game pack with their buy-in for matinee and evening sessions.

Pechanga Poker players competing in weekday tournaments received a head start on chips for bringing in non-perishables. Those who brought two canned goods received 500 bonus starting tournament chips and those with three or more canned items received 1,000 bonus starting chips.

In only its second year participating in Restock the Shelves, Pechanga Bingo players brought an impressive line of food.

Poker players also marked their calendars for the Restock the Shelves tournament. The event offered 2,500 in starting chips for a $10 buy-in and three canned goods. Donors received 3,500 starting chips for five canned goods and the $10 buy-in. A glance at the collected items showed 20 boxes of macaroni and cheese, lots of bags of stuffing and even a box filled with eight cans of tomatoes. Some poker players brought extra non-perishables in case they were knocked out early. With two more cans, they were able to rebuy into the daily tournaments between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

Pechanga Poker players generously donated more than 1,900 pounds of food for the Restock the Shelves efforts in 2018. Last year, the campaign was extended to Pechanga Bingo. Those players doubled the efforts and provided an additional 900 pounds of food compared to 2017’s efforts.

The Restock the Shelves food donation campaign is put on at Pechanga in conjunction with Ante Up Magazine and Blue Shark Optics. Ante Up and Blue Shark Optics team up with poker rooms in regions across the countries to host Restock the Shelves events each January. This is the Pechanga Poker Room’s fourth year participating and Pechanga Bingo’s second.