Grand Traverse Resort and Casinos held its first annual charity golf tournament, the Heroes Cup, on August 28 and 29 to honor and raise funds for Northern Michigan organizations that support military veterans, first responders, healthcare workers, and other community heroes. This year, $5,000 in proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Munson Healthcare COVID-19 Response Fund to support Munson Healthcare hospitals located throughout Northern Michigan.

National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman Ernest Stevens attended the Heroes Cup and presented the Chairman’s Award for Leadership. This year’s honorees were Michael Schrader, CEO of Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos, and Jerry Danforth, former Tribal Chairman of the Oneida Nation, who were recognized for their contributions to the Indian gaming industry.

Mr. Schrader and Mr. Danforth were joined by former award winners in attendance at the Heroes Cup, including Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council Member Gayle Ruhl, and Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians members Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel General Manager Johnny Barrientoz, Gaming Regulator TJ McClellan, and Tribal Councilor Bob Kewaygoshkum.

“The concept for the Heroes Cup was born from the legacy of the Bob K Golf Classic which ended last year after celebrating 29 years of golf and charity,” said Mr. Schrader. “Bob Kewaygoshkum (“Bob K”) received a NIGA Chairman’s Leadership Award for his years of dedication and service, and we are honored to continue his good works with the Heroes Cup. We want to thank Bob, along with Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., and all the participants whose contributions have helped raise the funding to be used for emergency medical triage supplies, supplies for emergency rooms, surgical rooms, and other patient-specific supplies and testing sites to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

The check for $5,000 was presented to Kira Walkup, Event Specialist for the Munson Healthcare Foundation by Chairman Stevens, Mr. Schrader, and Mr. Barrientoz.


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