Charitable Contributions Ceremony Held

MAYETTA:  The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN) presented checks totaling $77, 000 to various organizations at the quarterly Charitable Contributions ceremony July 11 at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort.

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.

Below are some photos taken from the ceremony:

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Chris Fisher (far right, front row) represented TARC, an organization from Topeka, that received a $1,000 donation.  Seated with Fisher on the front row (left to right) is Wanda Treinen, John Tuckwin, and Betty Rice who are on the Charitable Contributions Committee.  On the back row (left to right) is Jim Potter, Tom Wabnum, Joyce Guerrero, and Junior Wahweotten who are on the PBPN Tribal Council.

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The Kansas American Legion received a $7,000 donation and at the podium is Department of Kansas Commander Paul Sanford who explained that the money will be used to help the Legion’s Wounded Warriors program.  Standing with Sanford is Commander Gaylord Sanneman (left) and Don Behrens (right). 

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Anita Wolgast (in black shirt) shakes hands with members of the committee upon receiving a $1,000 award for the NOTO Art District in Topeka. 

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Paul Williams, president of the Shawnee County Allied Tribes (SCAT), publicly thanked the PBPN for the $4,000 donation that will be used to help with the SCAT pow-wow held during the Labor Day weekend each year in Topeka.

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Don Nieto, Lawrence, accepted a $1,500 donation on behalf of the Waconda Indian Festival.

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Members of the Mayetta Pioneer Day Association visited with Tribal Council Secretary Jim Potter (second from left) after the ceremony over refreshments.  In the photo (left to right) is Eldon Darnell, Don Walrod, and Michelle Ensley.  Potter also served as the emcee at today’s event.

For a complete list of donations click here.