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The Pechanga Development Corporation hosted a two-day charity golf tournament that raised over $100,000 for Make-A-Wish Orange County and Inland Empire, the Second Harvest Food Bank, and Jacob’s House, a Temecula-based non-profit created to provide short-term shelter and support for families of those in medical crisis.

Photo from L to R: John Palinkas (Pechanga Development Corporation), Stephanie McCormick (Make A Wish Orange County Inland Empire CEO), Bryan Allan (Make A Wish Recipient’s Dad), Nicole Allen (Make A Wish Recipient’s Sister) - courtesy of Pechanga Casino

Photo from L to R: John Palinkas (Pechanga Development Corporation), Stephanie McCormick (Make A Wish Orange County Inland Empire CEO), Bryan Allan (Make A Wish Recipient’s Dad), Nicole Allen (Make A Wish Recipient’s Sister) – courtesy of Pechanga Casino

Nearly 300 golfers representing regional Indian tribes and leading hospitality suppliers participated in the 15th Annual Pechanga Golf Classic at the Journey at Pechanga golf course.

“Pechanga has long upheld a tradition of providing critical resources for the children and families of our community. Each year we choose this special tournament to recognize organizations and groups that work to meet the needs of our region,” said Patrick Murphy, President of the Pechanga Development Corporation. “We recognize these groups because they provide invaluable services to our community, giving food, clothing, shelter, and physical and emotional support to at-risk families and others in crisis.”

Below are some of the organizations that were helped through money raised in the tournament:

Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Since 1983, the chapter has granted more than 4,500 wishes to children living in Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Pechanga for this partnership. This donation will allow us to grant the wishes of five children living right in this area, which is a first for us,” said Stephanie McCormick, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish. “Wishes forever change the lives of the children – taking them away, just for a moment, from the pain and stress of the needles, chemotherapy, and hospitals, and giving them an experience that will impact them and their families forever. You can never underestimate the power of a smile from a wish child. It’s life transforming.”

Second Harvest Food Bank was founded in 1980 in response to increasing concerns about the dual problems of hunger and food waste in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

The Food Bank provides food resources to non-profit agencies serving the needy throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Second Harvest Food Bank is the primary source of food for over 400 non-profit agencies. Each month over 1,900,000 pounds of food are distributed to emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, daycare centers, halfway houses, senior food programs, residential treatment centers, shelters for the abused, and group homes. More than 350,000 people per month are provided food from the Food Bank.

“We are thankful for the support of Pechanga and the community, because without them we could not do what we do for this region,” said Catherine Ferguson, Director of Donor Relations. “For every dollar donated to Second Harvest, we can distribute over $25 worth of food to our communities, so this donation is literally helping to feed thousands of families.”

It is the vision of Jacob’s House to be a place of comfort and a place of hope to help families survive and overcome life’s challenges. With a 3,800 square foot home on 2.3 acres located less than half a mile from the new Temecula Valley Hospital, Jacob’s House can provide comfort, shelter, and support services to up to 4 families simultaneously.

The group’s ultimate goal is to build a larger facility in with 20 to 25 rooms, a large shared kitchen, laundry, and a chapel to provide support services for all hospitals in the Temecula Valley.

 “Pechanga is a great supporter of our community and we are especially appreciative of being chosen as one the beneficiaries of this year’s tournament,” said Shawn Nelson, founder of Jacob’s House. “The donations given through this event will help ensure that Jacob’s House will be a safe haven for families in crisis in our community and throughout our region.”

*Contributed by Pechanga Casino.

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