San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Community Center

For more than two decades, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has made generous contributions to nonprofits and government agencies to make a difference in their surrounding communities and Indian Country. Below are some highlights of our charitable giving efforts.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Named “Responsible Business of the Year”

Global Gaming Awards 2021 recently named the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians as the “Responsible Business of the Year” for its significant contributions to the community during the coronavirus pandemic. This award acknowledges the Tribe and its gaming enterprise for its commitment to corporate social responsibility in the gaming industry.

“Having San Manuel recognized as the ‘Responsible Business of the Year’ is a testament to our Tribal values and we are proud to receive recognition of our philanthropy,” said Chairman Ken Ramirez. “Congratulations to the entire team on a job well done. I look forward to working together to continue these meaningful efforts to give back to our community and those in need.”

Giving back is part of the Tribe’s heritage and core mission, leading to its support of thousands of non-profit organizations in the local community and throughout Indian Country with more than $290 million in philanthropic grants since 2003. In addition, earlier this year, it assisted small businesses within the Tribe’s ancestral territory through a $1 million small business relief fund. The fund awarded $20,000 grants each to 50 small businesses affected by the pandemic.

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More Than $84,000 Raised in Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Yaamava’ Resort & Casino participated in a breast cancer awareness campaign between September 7 and October 7 to benefit The Pink Ribbon Place, which serves Inland Empire families through no-cost resources and programs.

As part of the team member and Tribal Citizen philanthropy program, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians matched donations made by both team members and Tribal Citizens; a total of $85,094.02 was donated to The Pink Ribbon Place.

Those who donated received a special “Together We Fight. Together We Win” long-sleeved shirt to show support and bring awareness to this disease, which impacts family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers throughout the Inland Empire. Each year, more than 2,000 women in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are diagnosed with breast cancer.

San Manuel is dedicated to the health and wellness of its team members and their families, and supporting this cause is just one of the ways it helps to promote healthier communities. Since 2019, the Tribe and Casino have provided grants to both Susan G. Komen Inland Empire and The Pink Ribbon Place.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Donates $100,000 to Las Vegas Food Bank

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians on Wednesday, October 6, donated $100,000 to Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas to help individuals and families suffering from food insecurity.

The donation will provide more than 300,000 meals through the food bank’s BackPack for Kids program, which gives food to Southern Nevada children and families during weekends and school breaks.

“It is important to our Tribe that we work to impact and change lives of those who are in need and facing economic challenges,” said Chairman Ken Ramirez. “Our Tribe is proud of the community involvement and support we have provided in Southern California and across Indian Country, and we are humbled and honored to continue this tradition of giving here in Las Vegas.”

The Tribe has donated more than $9.3 million to educational institutions and charities in Las Vegas since January 2020.

RUHS Foundation Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Child Assessment Center

RUHS Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Riverside University Health System (RUHS) Foundation held a ribbon cutting on September 1 for its Child Assessment Center. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians awarded the Foundation a $99,586 grant in 2020 to support its expanding forensic tools for the assessment of, and response to, child abuse in Riverside County. 

The grant was used to purchase technology, including an interrogation management system, VolP phone, Tru Touch X7 Smartboard, and View Sonic Projector as well as to pay for installation and other tech-related costs.   

San Manuel’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament Raises $350K

San Manuel Golf Tournament donation

More than 750 golfers participated in the 22nd San Manuel Annual Golf Tournament, held recently in Orange County. The event benefitted seven nonprofit organizations from the Inland Empire as well as Native American organizations in Arizona and New Mexico, including Million Kids, Hopi Education Endowment Fund, Cruz Chacon Foundation, Mountain Meals on Wheels, Foothill Family Shelter, BLU Educational Foundation, and the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation.

The nonprofits were selected by San Manuel’s Strategic Philanthropy team and Tribal leadership. Each received $50,000.

“Thanks to generous support of our tournament participants, we are again funding Native American nonprofits with national reach, as well as groups focused on regional needs,” said San Manuel Tribal Secretary and Golf Committee Chair Audrey Martinez. “Together, we have raised more than $2 million to benefit 45 nonprofits over these last two decades through the San Manuel Golf Tournament.” 

This event is made possible by its participants, but especially the contributions of title sponsors Imagine This, Penta Construction, and the Las Vegas Raiders.  In addition, San Manuel welcomed their other sports partners from LA Galaxy, LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks, LAFC, and Los Angeles Dodgers to the tournament.

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