23rd Annual Tournament is the most successful ever
HIGHLAND, Calif. (August 8, 2022) – Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel, in partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, celebrated their annual golf tournament; the largest ever, bringing together over 1,200 participants.
Tribal leaders, vendors, and community partners united for this year’s golf tournament to raise over $400,000. The annual event commenced on July 31 with a celebration and check presentation at Yaamava’ Resort and Casino at San Manuel. Eight inspiring local and national non-profits received $50,000 each to provide support through health services, environmental conservation and cultural development for tribal communities.
Four Tribal and four local non-profits were awarded for their commitment to education, health, economic and community development, or special projects. The Tribal charity tournament recipients included Advocate for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS), Children of the Setting Sun Productions from Bellingham, Washington, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Zuni Youth Enrichment Program from Zuni, New Mexico. The four regional non-profit recipients were Desert Sanctuary, Inc., Miracles for Kids, Working Dogs for Warriors, and Youth Mentoring Action Network (YMAN).
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Business Committee Secretary Audrey Martinez, the tournament’s chair, says she is moved by the community’s commitment to providing a hand up to non-profits that are dedicated to making a difference regionally and throughout Indian Country.
“I continue to be in awe of the thoughtfulness and generosity of our sponsors and partners to continue San Manuel’s mission of supporting organizations that are truly the boots on the ground for making our world a better place,” said Secretary Audrey Martinez. “These eight nonprofits are dedicated to improving the lives of so many Native Americans as well as local communities, and we are proud to be in a position where we can help. The tournament is just one of the many ways San Manuel embodies a culture of giving back.”
This year, golfers teed off on ocean-view golf courses at Pelican Hill Resort Club in Newport Beach and Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point from Monday, August 1 to Thursday, August 4. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated over $300 million to charitable organizations nationally and locally over the last 20 years.
Presenting sponsors of the tournament included Penta Building Group, Las Vegas Raiders, Imagine This and Aristocrat Gaming. Yaamava’ Resort & Casino was also joined by its sports partners from the LA Dodgers, LA Galaxy, Anaheim Ducks, LA Kings, the Las Vegas Golden Knights Club, and UCLA.
About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As the Indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.
About Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel
Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel is Southern California’s newest luxury resort featuring a 17-floor hotel tower with 432 guest rooms and spacious suites, an elevated pool deck experience, a lavish full-service spa and salon and convenient 24-hour in-room dining. Millions of visitors each year will now be able to enjoy a premier “stay and play” experience with more than 7,000 slots, five high-limit gaming rooms, incredible entertainment, a full array of dining options, multiple bars and lounges, luxe retail shops and a generous player’s reward program.
The San Manuel Entertainment Authority (“SMEA”) wholly owns and operates Yaamava’ Resort & Casino. Located just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles in the city of Highland, Calif., the casino resort offers sweeping views of the San Bernardino Mountains. In 2021, San Manuel Casino and San Manuel Tribal Government Operations were certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the global authority on workplace culture.
Learn more about Yaamava’ Resort & Casino and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook. Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel is located at 777 San Manuel Blvd, Highland, Calif. 92346. Telephone 800-359-2464.