Anita Varela, Gun Lake Casino’s community relations manager, presents a check for $1,500 to Mary Barnes, and Sandy Zuidersma of Project Hope, Dorr
WAYLAND, MICHIGAN – Gun Lake Casino, which is owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish of Pottawatomi, most commonly known as the Gun Lake Tribe, donated $15,000 to 10 area food pantries on Monday, December 16, 2013.
The casino contribution will impact hundreds of hungry individuals and families at a time of increased need during the holiday season.
“We recognize the tireless efforts of area pantries and volunteers who provide direct services for those who are struggling in our community”, says Rob McDermott, general manager of Gun Lake Casino. “We know there is a tremendous need during the holidays.”
The 10 area pantries are from Allegan, Dorr, Martin, Hopkins, Wayland, Plainwell, Hamilton, Douglas, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, who each received a surprise donation of $1,500. The $15,000 contribution is made possible through the Gun Lake Casino’s Charitable Giving Program. Gun Lake Casino strives to improve the quality of life for residents in the surrounding communities and consistently donates to worthy causes in its service area.
“We deeply appreciate the generosity of the casino as they partner with us to help those in need in Northeast Allegan County. At this time of the year, it is a special blessing to our families,” said Mary Barnes, executive director for Project Hope of Dorr. “This $1,500 donation will purchase over 9,000 pounds of food from Feeding America.”
Gun Lake Casino is located off Exit 61 on U.S. 131, halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. The casino features over 1,500 slot machines, 33 table games, a food court, and a 225-seat café, along with bars, lounges, and live entertainment.