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YSNN Receives Grant from Yakama Legends Casino Hotel

Chrissy Schott | Published on 6/17/2021

Legends Casino Hotel gives more than $301,000 to local nonprofits, public safety agencies

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    Legends Casino Hotel gave more than $301,000 to nonprofit organizations in Yakima, Benton, Kittitas and Klickitat counties Wednesday as part of the casino’s annual grant program.

    The Yakama Cares program focuses on nonprofit groups in the community, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $1,000 this year. Groups receiving grants included school districts, fire services and health organizations.

    Legends’ Community Impact Fund Committee received 240 applications for this year’s distribution. This year, the committee focused on the effects of COVID-19 and wildfire threats, as well as community needs.

    While more groups received grants this year compared to last year, the amount of money disbursed was less than the almost $380,000 given out in last year’s program.

    The program’s funding is based on a percentage of a portion of the casino’s revenue, and Legends was closed for five months due to the pandemic.

    In April, when Vice President Kamala Harris’ husband, Douglas Emhoff, visited the Yakama Nation, Tribal Chairman Delano Saluskin said that Legends saw a 40% reduction in its annual revenue due to the pandemic.

    Legends General Manager Letisha Peterson said the pandemic also highlighted the need for the program.

    “Maintaining (the program) and making the contributions is important to the Yakama Nation, and the community,” Peterson said.

    She said school districts and many nonprofits were hit hard by the pandemic, and she said the grant committee wanted to make sure to assist as many groups as possible.

    The largest single recipients of grants were the American Red Cross and the Kittitas County Search and Rescue, which received $10,000 each. The Wapato School District will receive $8,554. Ellensburg Community Health’s Open Door Clinic and Naches Firefighters Association each received $7,000.

    Lavon Miller, a nurse with the Wapato School District said the money will be used to purchase equipment to allow school staff to perform objective vision and hearing examinations for children who appear to have learning disabilities.

    Grandview received 21 grants for its schools, totaling $32,447, while Toppenish School District received a total of $22,500. Naches Valley School District received a total of $7,600 for the district, its virtual academy and the high school.

    Oralia Villarreal, a kindergarten teacher at Arthur H. Smith Elementary School in Grandview, said she was grateful for money to buy kindergarten-level reading books in Spanish for her students, something she said was hard to come by without help.

    “I’m so excited,” Villarreal said. “I can order more books at the children’s grade level.”

    PACE High School, an alternative high school in Wapato received two grants totaling $2,000.

    Also receiving funds was the Yakima and Selah Neighbors Network, which was given a $5,000 grant. Mary Lou Rozdilsky, the group’s board president, said the money will be used to help expand its program of helping seniors remain active and in touch with the community while living in their own homes.

    The Nile-Cliffdell Fire Department received $4,200 from the program.


    Yakama Care Grants recipients

    The following organizations received grants through the Yakama Cares program run by Legends Casino Hotel.

    American Red Cross $10,000

    Broken Spur Rodeo Association $3,000

    Chaplaincy $5,000

    Cherry Wood Horse Rescue & Barn $5,000

    Children's Developmental Center $3,000

    Children’s Reading Foundation $5,000

    City of Granger Volunteer Fire Department $2,000

    City of Yakima Parks and Recreation $5,500

    Community Safety Network $5,000

    Davis High School Volleyball Program $1,000

    Eisenhower High School PBIS Program $1,500

    Ellensburg Community Health (Open Door) $7,000

    Fraternal Order of Eagles #649 $5,000

    Grandview High School $1,500

    Grandview School District $1,500

    Grandview School District $1,500

    Grandview School District $1,500

    Grandview School District Harriet Thompson $1,500

    Grandview School District Harriet Thompson $1,500

    Grandview School District Harriet Thompson $1,500

    Grandview School District Harriet Thompson $1,500

    Grandview School District Harriet Thompson $1,500

    Grandview School District Harriet Thompson $1,500

    Grandview School District Harriet Thompson $1,597.38

    Grandview School District McClure $1,000

    Grandview School District McClure $1,000

    Grandview School District McClure $1,500

    Grandview School District McClure $1,000

    Grandview School District McClure $1,000

    Grandview School District McClure $1,500

    Grandview School District McClure $1,500

    Grandview School District McClure $1,500

    Grandview School District McClure $1,500

    Grandview School District AH Smith $1,350

    Grandview School District AH Smith $1,500

    Grandview School District AH Smith $1,500

    Home Roots $3,000

    Inner Strength Ministries $5,000

    Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition $1,500

    Kittitas County Friends of Animals $3,000

    Kittitas County Search & Rescue‐Dogs $10,000

    Kittitas School District $5,000

    Klickitat County District #8 $5,000

    Life Support $6,000

    Mabton School District Artz Fox $1,500

    Mabton School District High $1,500

    Mabton School District (Artz‐Fox) $1,000

    Masada Shriners $4,000

    Mount Adams School District $3,000

    N7YRC Group $5,000

    Naches Firefighter's Association $7,000

    Naches Valley High School $1,500

    Naches Valley School District $5,100

    Naches Valley Virtual Academy $1,500

    Nile‐Cliffdell Fire Fighters Association $4,200

    Nile‐Cliffdell Fire Protection District #14 $4,200

    Othello Community Christmas Baskets $2,500

    PACE High School $1,000

    PACE High School $1,000

    Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program $2,500

    Peacekeeper Society $4,000

    Pit Bull Pen $1,295

    Prosser Boys & Girls Club $2,500

    Roslyn Fire Department $5,295

    Saddle Mountain Dog Rescue $5,000

    Salvation Army $5,700

    Selah School District $1,500

    Southern Heart Animal Rescue $2,000

    St Peter Claver Catholic Church $3,000

    Sunnyside School District (Pioneer Elementary) $5,340

    Sunnyside School District (Washington) $1,500

    Sunnyside School District (Washington) $1,500

    Sunnyside School District (Washington) $2,500

    Sunnyside School District (Washington) $4,476.50

    Sunnyside School District (Pioneer Elementary) $1,000

    The Friends of the Kittitas Library $1,600

    Thorp Mill Town Historical Prevention Society $3,000

    Toppenish High School Baseball $1,500

    Toppenish Preschool & ECEAP $2,500

    Toppenish School District Pre School $1,500

    Toppenish School District $1,500

    Toppenish School District $1,500

    Toppenish School District $1,500

    Toppenish School District $1,000

    Toppenish School District $1,500

    Toppenish School District $1,500

    Toppenish School District Middle $1,500

    Toppenish School District Middle $6,000

    Toppenish School District Lincoln $1,500

    Toppenish School District Lincoln $1,000

    Tri Cities Cancer Center Foundation $2,500

    Triumph Treatment Services $3,000

    Truth Sanctuary $3,000

    Union Gap School $1,500

    VFW Auxilary Post #24 $2,015

    VFW Post 683 $3,500

    Viking Crew of Selah (Selah Players) $1,200

    Wapato Middle School $1,500

    Wapato School District $8,554.20

    Women for Women of Yakima $2,500

    Yakima And Selah Neighbors Network $5,000

    Yakima Bullpen $1,500

    YMCA Richland Early Childhood Learning $2,000

    YMCA Richland Early Childhood Learning $2,000

    YMCA School Age Childcare $2,000

    YMCA Youth Sports $1,240

    Zillah High School $1,000

    Zillah School District $4,000

    Zillah School District $2,800








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