Officials form Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs present a check to Vance Blackfox, executive director of Oaks Indian Mission. The funds generated from the annual Reindeer Games were specifically designated as a contribution to the mission.
WEST SILOAM SPRINGS, OKLAHOMA – This year’s Reindeer Games poker tournament at Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs may be over, but it continues to benefit local youth.
Funds raised from the eighth annual poker tournament ensure children at Oaks Indian Mission celebrate important milestones throughout the year, such as birthdays.
“We are very happy that Cherokee Nation Entertainment and Cherokee Nation Businesses continue to support the children we care for,” said Vance Blackfox, executive director of Oaks Indian Mission.
“Gifts such as this and the ongoing support from casino employees and guests are crucial to providing the children with structure, a place to call home, and educational opportunities that will bring hope for them and their futures.”
Reindeer Game players were given the option to purchase additional poker chips. The money generated from the rebuy was specifically designated as a contribution to the mission, which raised more than $1,000.
“I’m proud to see our employees working hard to make sure the children of Oaks Indian Mission feel special throughout the year,” said Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs general manager, Tony Nagy. “This is something they have continued to be passionate about. Making birthday memories is important for any child, but these children especially need loved during their special day.”
Through an ongoing partnership, CNB, CNE and Oaks Indian Mission collaborate year round to improve the lives of the children who call the mission home. Along with donations, CNB and CNE employees volunteer at the mission during company-organized events and undertake roles such as tutors, mentors, storytellers and cultural activity organizers. Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs employees also deliver monthly birthday cakes to the youth at Oaks.
Oaks Indian Mission cares for children ages 4 to 18. Throughout the school year, up to 36 youth reside at the mission, and many children stay through the summer months. Youth who reside at Oaks Indian Mission are citizens of tribal nations located in Oklahoma and surrounding states.
To learn more about Oaks Indian Mission, visit www.oaksindianmission.org.
Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs is located off U.S. Highway 412 and State Highway 59 in West Siloam Springs. For more information, visit www.cherokeecasino.com or call (800) 754-4111. All guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend.