The pink outpouring at Four Winds this year was nothing short of remarkable as the casino operations team and the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians announced a $10,000 donation to the Kelly Cares Foundation in celebration of the just concluded Pinktober festivities held there.
The $10,000 donation was made as part of Four Winds Casinos’ Pinktober celebration in which it raised money through a variety of initiatives throughout October. That included a breast cancer awareness-themed pumpkin decorating contest that raised nearly $8,200. Employees voted for their favorite pumpkins through donations and each Four Winds Casino location had first through fifth place winners with various prizes. Guests at Four Winds Casinos also raised money for the Kelly Cares Foundation by purchasing a Pinktober bracelet or a pink milkshake.
Additionally, all tips from the dueling pianos show at Four Winds New Buffalo’s Hard Rock Cafe on October 26th were donated to the Kelly Cares Foundation.
Frank Freedman is Chief Operating Officer at Four Winds Casinos. He says, “We have been making an annual donation to the Kelly Cares Foundation for several years now,” and adds, “Each year I am continually impressed by the enthusiasm of our guests and employees to donate money to the Kelly Cares Foundation, which has made a significant impact in improving health and education throughout the region.”
The Kelly Cares Foundation, now in its eleventh year, has established itself as a “Playbook for Hope.” The Foundation’s mission strengthens communities and inspires hope by investing resources to improve Health and Education. The communities touched by the Foundation are a model of educational success and wellness that provide hope and inspiration to all. Since its founding in 2008, the Kelly Cares Foundation has donated over $5.4 million to support causes locally, nationally and globally. More information on the Kelly Cares Foundation and its initiatives is available at: www.kellycaresfoundation.org.
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians’ sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its approximately 5,700 citizens. The Pokagon Band’s ten-county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, with a satellite office in South Bend.
In 2007, they opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011, Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013 and Four Winds South Bend in January 2018. They own and operate a variety of businesses via Mno-Bmadsen, the tribe’s non-gaming investment enterprise. More information is available at www.pokagonband-nsn.gov, www.fourwindscasino.com and www.mnobmadsen.com.