Four major charities divided more than $100,000 thanks to the annual Pechanga casino’s two-day charity golf tournament held at the Journey at Pechanga in Temecula.

The beneficiaries include the American Red Cross of Riverside, Million Kids, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the American Indian Veterans Memorial, Inc.

In its 18th year, the Pechanga Charity Golf Classic has brought together tribal government and Indian gaming industry leaders to raise more than $1 million for vital nonprofits throughout the region. The two-day event has grown to include more than 300 golfers including several sports celebrities.

“We deeply appreciate the work that these service groups do for our veteran’s, homeless families, and our young people,” said Patrick Murphy, president of the Pechanga Development Corporation.  “Our region’s non-profits amaze us with what they can accomplish in the lives of our neighbors in need and we are honored to support their vital efforts which make our community stronger.”

 The American Red Cross of Riverside County serves more than 2 million people across 7,208 square miles. The Red Cross empowers ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts in emergency situations.

Million Kids serves as the training and outreach coordinator for the Riverside County Anti Human Trafficking Task Force.  They assist women and youth on the street who need a safe haven, food or personal items; educate school administrators, teachers, support staff, and students about how predators groom, recruit and exploit young people; educates at-risk and foster youth, foster parents, single parents and Grandparents raising grand kids about predators, social media and human trafficking. They help activists and communities develop effective anti-trafficking programs in their locales.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. The hospital is in Memphis, TN.

American Indian Veterans Memorial, Inc. collaborating with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to build an American Indian Veterans Memorial Exhibit at the Education Center at the Wall ( near the Vietnam Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC to honor our country’s “First American Veterans” (HFAV). The American Indian Veterans Memorial Exhibit will highlight the bravery, contributions, and sacrifices of the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander veterans during their service in the military.


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