Ten West Michigan charities benefited from a fundraising golf tournament hosted by the Little River Casino Resort. The tribe presented the $5,850 checks to each of the charities yesterday, from the July 8 event at the Manistee National Golf Resort.
In 1999, The Little River Casino Resort (LRCR) Charity Golf Outing was established as a way to give back to the community. To date, over $729,000 has been raised for various charitable organizations that serve the Manistee and West Michigan areas. “The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and the Little River Casino resort will continue to be an integral partner in the community in which we live and work,” said Ron Pete, General Manager of LRCR.
Each year the LRCR’s goal is to raise $50,000 dollars through this event in order to split the proceeds evenly between ten local charity organizations. On average over 18 organizations apply, and ten are chosen. The LRCR Board of Directors review the applications each year and select ten charity organizations.
One of the recipients this year was the Family Life Center in Manistee County. “We are very thankful to have been chosen as a 2016 recipient. We will use this donation to sustain our locally supported Family Life Center in Manistee County. The Family Life Center is a whole family life and skill building ministry with the goal of strengthening and transforming lives,” said Robin Paulus, the Executive director of the Love, Inc. Family Life Center.
Another recipient from Manistee County was Meals on Wheels who provides Senior Nutrition to those who are 60 and older in the area, “In much of the area we serve, we deliver hot noon meals five days per week. This wonderful check donation will help sustain these meals daily. The cost of food, meal preparation, utilities, labor continues to rise,” said Connie Ott, who is the coordinator at NorthWest Michigan Community Action Agency/Senior Nutrition/Meals on Wheels.
An additional recipient was the Manistee County Child Advocacy Center. Who in a statement expressed their gratitude for LRCR’s work in the community, “Proceeds from the LRCR Charity Golf Outing will be utilized for direct services at the Child Advocacy Center to help child victims of abuse and neglect. We are grateful to have a partnership like this in our community” said Traci Smith, who is the Executive Director of the organization.
This years outing also benefited the following worthy non-profit organizations: Manistee 2-1-1, Friends of the Manistee County Library, Grand Haven Equestrian Team, Lakeshore Museum Center, Manistee County Council on Aging, Northern Michigan Recovery Residences, Choices of Manistee County.