Charitable Contributions Ceremony Held

April 17, 2014 –

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A large crowd attended the Charitable Contributions ceremony this morning at the casino.

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From left to right:  Sarah Terwelp, Katy Price, Chairman Steve Ortiz and Cathy Gragg.  The three women represented the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization today that received a $10,000 donation at the ceremony.

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The Charitable Contributions Committee (front row) with Tribal Council members who attended today’s ceremony.  Front row, left to right, Wanda Treinen, Lavera Bell, Mary Carr, John Tuckwin, Betty Rice and Frank Tecumseh.  Back row, Steve Ortiz, Carrie O’Toole, Tom Wabnum and Junior Wahweotten.


MAYETTA: Twenty five organizations received a total of $76,425 at a ceremony sponsored by the  Prairie Band Charitable Contributions Committee that was held today.

Organizations that received the largest donations were the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Shawnee County and the Arthritis Foundation that each received $10,000 awards.  Other substantial donations of $5,000 were awarded to the YWCA, Topeka Blues Society, America Heart Association, Family Service & Guidance Center of Topeka, and Three Rivers Inc.

For a complete list of organizations see below:

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Members from the PBPN Charitable Contributions Committee and Tribal Council will be on hand to deliver the checks to various organizations and the public is invited to attend.

The Charitable Contributions Committee is comprised of six tribal members, who along with the Tribal Council selected the organizations to receive the quarterly distributions.  Areas that are focused on when determining the distribution of funds include groups involved in education, health and community services, environmental protection and preservation, and religious organizations that have an impact on the spiritual wellness and quality of life for all.

The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a tribe that originated in the Great Lakes region thousands of years ago. The Prairie Band Potawatomi people were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands to Kansas around 1846. Today, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a federally recognized sovereign nation with almost 5,000 tribal members.