Sycuan presents $187,000 to local charities at Holiday Gift Giving Ceremony

Representatives of 28 local charities pose for photos at Sycuan Casino Resort’s 16th annual Holiday Gift Giving ceremony. Photo courtesy of Sycuan Casino Resort

By SDCN Staff

San Diego, CA–Sycuan Casino Resort presented a total of $187,000 to 28 different local charities at its 16th annual Holiday Gift Giving ceremony.

Members of the Sycuan Tribal Council and leadership team individually select a charity to support on behalf of Sycuan. The selection of charities is made every year in December, Sycuan officials said.

“This event is always such a special one because members of our team are given the opportunity to select a charity partner that is meaningful to them,” said Cody Martinez, chairman, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. “Our event this year is also very exciting because we’ve broken another record making 2022 the biggest Gift Giving Ceremony we’ve ever had.”

Over the years, the holiday event has supported hundreds of diverse nonprofit organizations ranging from social and health services to the arts and the environment. 

This year’s chosen charities were Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego, Alzheimer’s San Diego, Andre Reed Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters San Diego County, California Indian Legal Services, Center for Community Solutions, Choice Harvest Worship Center, East County Transitional Living Center, ElderHelp San Diego, Gary Sinise Foundation San Diego, Jackson, and Cameron Clark Foundation, JDRF San Diego, Outdoor Outreach Project, AWARE Enterprises, Rady Children’s Hospital – Cancer Center, ReOpen San Diego, San Diego Harbor Police Foundation Stop Human Trafficking Now, Skinny Gene Project, J. Moss Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition, The Animal Pad, The Project HEAL, Rock Church – East County Campus, The San Diego LGBT Community Center SD, The San Diego Library Foundation, United Through Reading, Urban Street Angels and We See You.



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