Santa Claus makes perfect laning in Gun Lake Casino parking lot. Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert
Published November 26, 2019
WAYLAND, Mich. — Some patrons of the Gun Lake Casino witnessed Santa Claus arrive via a parachute in the casino’s west parking lot on Monday morning. He arrived to collect toys in a $10,000 gift exchange and $25,000 challenge. The event was part of the Lakeshore Toys for Tots, sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve, services a number of local communities including Allegan County, Ottawa County and Van Buren County.
U.S. Marine Corps reservists assisted elves collect toys for this worthy cause.
“Gun Lake Casino has been a proud sponsor of Toys for Tots for many years. In 2018, over $11,000 in new toys were raised for children in Allegan County. Each year we’ve not only achieved our fundraising goals, but continued to increase team member and guest participation,” said Jose Flores, vice president and general manager of Gun Lake Casino. “With the help of the community and our exciting exchange event, I believe we will go above and beyond this year.”
An elf makes his way down the west wall of the Gun Lake Casino.
Gun Lake Casino will continue the collection of toys for local children from now until December 15. Following the gift exchange event, guests with new unwrapped gifts, accompanied by a receipt, may receive up to $50 in Free Slot Play for their donation.
For more information, please visit the Rewards Center located within the casino.
Flores finished by challenging other local businesses to participate in this goodhearted cause, “Gun Lake Casino is issuing a challenge to all local businesses to participate in this toy collection, and if one business can raise more toys than we do – we will contribute an additional $25,000 to Lakeshore Toys for Tots.”
The Gun Lake Casino is owned and operated by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi. The Gun Lake Casino is located halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, Michigan.