Message from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino:
FIND FOOD BANK RECEIVES $35,000 GIFT FOR THEIR 35TH ANNIVERSARY FROM THE CABAZON BAND OF MISSION INDIANS
At a benefit jazz concert inside TWELVE: Cocktails Above at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Sunday, The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians presented a $35,000 gift to FIND Food Bank in celebration of the regional food bank’s 35 years of service to the community.
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians was represented by Tribal Vice Chairwoman San Juanita Callaway, Tribal Secretary-Treasurer Helen Callaway and Member at Large Brenda Soulliere, who presented the $35,000 gift to Debbie Espinosa, CEO and President of FIND Food Bank. FIND Food Bank Board Member Clark Hallren introduced a challenge at Sunday’s benefit concert, where he announced he and his husband Ken Wilson would generously match all donations given by guests gathered at the event, up to $5,000. That challenge was happily met.
For 35 years FIND Food Bank’s mission has been to fight food insecurity and hunger by providing much-needed food resources. FIND has evolved from a small fellowship of like-minded individuals into the Greater Coachella Valley’s Regional Food Bank, providing not only healthy, nutritious food assistance but also outreach services to help low-income households build sustainability and self-sufficiency. Every dollar given to FIND Food Bank goes to serve seven meals to those who are food-insecure in the Coachella Valley, so every donation, no matter how small, helps the community.
Also on hand to entertain the invited guests with jazz standards for the afternoon was The Brian Nova Trio featuring FIND Food Bank board member Paul MacKey. Paul is the host of Jazz at Twelve, held every fourth Sunday at Fantasy Springs.
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe with approximately 1,610 acres of reservation land in the Coachella Valley. The Tribe owns several business enterprises including Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Goals include growing and diversifying its business ventures to increase employment in the Coachella Valley, increasing the support of community programs, continuing to pursue economic self-sufficiency and preserving and educating the public about Cabazon culture.