Gila River Casinos Donating Nearly $175K To Arizona Non-Profits For Kids

Written By C.J. Pierre on May 31, 2022

One of the more popular Arizona Casinos is giving back in a big way.

Gila River Resorts and Casinos is donating nearly $175,000 to four Arizona non-profits. This generous gift comes thanks to the help of generous casino guests.

Gila River has been one of the cornerstones of Arizona’s giving community. Now they have found a new way to help people in need in the Grand Canyon State. One that is also very easy for guests to be a part of.

Donation program helps Gila River Casinos donate thousands to local non-profits

Every year, Gila River Resorts & Casinos picks out four non-profits to be the beneficiary of the Everi Cares Kiosk donation program. It is a charitable giving application programmed into the kiosks on the casino floors providing guests the option to donate to non-profits from their winning ticket vouchers.

Guests just need to put their winning ticket in the machine to take part. Then, they can donate as little or as much as they want. Gila River was the first of the Arizona Casinos to launch this unique donation program back in October 2019.

In the last year, Gila River guests donated $173,751.52 to be spread out amongst four local non-profits. All four organizations benefit children throughout Arizona. Clearly, it was a successful first year for the kiosk cash program for the gaming enterprise. And all signs point to the program sticking around for a while.

How the donations are helping kids in Arizona

The Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona received a donation of $33,360.26. This organization uses art as a therapeutic tool to help and heal abused and homeless children.

The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation received $43,540.03. They help fund activities to help foster children learn a new skill, play a new sport, meet a new friend and have the childhood they deserve.

Special Olympics of Arizona was given $46,488.53 of donation funds. That money will directly benefit children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The funds will also provide them with year-round sports training and athletic competition in various Olympic-type sports.

Lastly, the Homeless Youth Connection was given $50,362.70 of donation funds. This non-profit serves homeless youth ages 13-19 with basic necessities, case management, housing, and mentors. Their goal is to ensure they have the resources and life skills to stay in school and complete their education.

This month, four new non-profits were added to the Kiosk program, including Eve’s PlaceFlorence CrittentonGabriel’s Angels, and Not My Kid.

Photo by Homeless Youth Connection
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CJ Pierre is a multimedia journalist currently residing in the Phoenix-Metro Area in Arizona. He has been covering news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and an alum of Minnesota State University: Moorhead. CJ has experience as a reporter and videographer and has covered high school, college and professional sports throughout his career. Most notably following Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State University football.

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