LINCOLN – The United Auburn Indian Community and Thunder Valley Casino awarded ten $10,000 grants to charities and organizations in Placer County today in honor of the Casino’s third anniversary. Representatives of the ten charitable organizations were on hand to accept their donations from Tribal Chairwoman and Thunder Valley Casino CEO Jessica Tavares as well as Thunder Valley Casino General Manager Scott Garawitz.

Then ten charities that received donations are: Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center, Friends of the Lincoln Library, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Auburn, Magic Circle Theatre, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Roseville, PEACE for Families, Rocklin Historical Society, Assistance League of Greater Placer and Legal Services of Northern California.

“The Tribe and the Casino are very impressed with the work that these organizations do in our community,” said Jessica Tavares, Tribal Chairwoman and CEO of Thunder Valley Casino. “We felt the donations were a good way to give back to the community that has helped make the Casino so successful for three years.”

“Thunder Valley couldn’t be more proud to be in Placer County,” said general manager Scott Garawitz. “We have wanted to do something like this for some time, and we’re happy we are able to celebrate not only the casino, but the community as well.”

The United Auburn Indian Community, founder of the Community Giving Program, owns and operates the successful Thunder Valley Casino.  A federally recognized Indian tribe, the United Auburn Indian Community is a sovereign government, making the establishment of its philanthropic fund even more unique.  The Tribe receives no tax advantage for making a charitable contribution to any group.

Thunder Valley Casino, a 200,000 square foot, $215 million casino, entertainment and dining complex opened in June 2003.  Located 30 miles east of Sacramento, it is Northern California’s first casino offering all the elements of real Las Vegas-style gaming: service, cuisine and entertainment in an attractive, quality facility.  Thunder Valley Casino offers approximately 2,700 slot and video machines, 100 table games, a 500-seat buffet, food court, Thunder Café, Austins Steakhouse and Shanghai Fats.  Also on property is the Falls Bar and parking for 3,300 vehicles.

Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center was established to provide free, direct, targeted services to students and families in the Lincoln community. Partners of the organization include Placer County Office of Education, Sutter Health, Kaiser Health, and PEACE for Families among others.

Friends of the Lincoln Library is an organization works to keep people interested in books and libraries; focus public attention on library services, facilities and need; and provide community enrichment programs.

UAIC has worked with Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation to help fund the United Auburn Indian Community Infusion Therapy Center, which provides chemotherapy and dialysis services to those in the Auburn area who would have to otherwise travel to receive their treatments.

The Boys and Girls Club of Auburn provides the most solid after-school program for grades K-12 in the Auburn area. The Tribe’s Community Giving Program has worked with the organization in the past, providing funds to build a new center for its after-school program.

The Magic Circle Theatre operates two historic theatres in Roseville and has been providing live theatre for the community for 19 years. Its mission is to serve as a comprehensive, community-based performing arts center for the region. In addition, the organization provides education and training for students of all ages and produces professional quality plays.

St. Vincent DePaul Society of Roseville provides services such as intervention, consultation or in-kind service and includes a lengthy list of services including food programs, emergency relief assistance, disaster relief assistance, shelters for the homeless and abused, budget counseling and nutrition programs.

PEACE for Families provides a variety of services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Placer County. Intervention and support services include a 24-hour crisis line, sexual assault and domestic violence emergency response and counseling.

Members of the United Auburn Indian Community volunteered hours to help the Rocklin Historical Society in relocating Old St. Mary’s Church, the oldest structure remaining in Rocklin, to its new location in Front Street Heritage Park, an area which will contain historically significant buildings. The Park will encompass a new downtown area and become a tourist attraction.

The Assistance League of Greater Placer has worked with the Tribe to help fund the League’s School Bill Program, which provided school supplies such as backpacks and shoes for area children. The program also gave a dictionary to each 4th grade student in Roseville and Auburn area schools.

Legal Services of Northern California assists with those unable to pay court fees and require assistance filing court documents or need proper representation.


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