HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 45POKAGON BAND DONATES PROCEEDS FROM FOUR WINDS INVITATIONAL TO BEACON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi donated $62,220 in proceeds from the 2020 Four Winds Invitational to Beacon Children's Hospital. The donation will be used to purchase Centrella Smart+ Beds for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Beacon Children's Hospital to improve patient mobility and prevent pressure injuries. The 2020 Four Winds Invitational was held September 4-6, and was part of the Symetra Tour - Road to the LPGA. Over the past nine years that Four Winds has hosted the tournament, the Pokagon Band has donated $734,720 to Beacon Health System.

"Despite the continued health, safety and economic challenges caused by COVID-19, we are very pleased that we were still able to complete our ninth annual Four Winds Invitational tournament this year," said Matthew Wesaw, Tribal Chairman of the Pokagon Band and CEO of Pokagon Gaming Authority. "Donating the proceeds from the Four Winds Invitational is just one of many ways we provide support to Michiana and South Bend communities, and we hope that this year's donation to help purchase Centrella Smart+ Beds will further enhance the quality of care Beacon Children's Hospital delivers to all the children and families it serves."

"In speaking on behalf of my fellow Four Winds team members, we are very proud to have been able to plan and organize the Four Winds Invitational for the last nine years," said Frank Freedman, COO of Four Winds Casinos. "Even though the tournament looked completely different this year, there was still the same high level of enthusiasm from our employees, sponsors and players, which helped us complete another successful event."

"On behalf of everyone at Beacon Health System, and most importantly our pediatric patients, we want to thank the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, Four Winds Casinos, and Blackthorn Golf Club for their commitment to children in our community," said Susan King, President of the Beacon Health Foundation. "Today the need is greater than ever, and their partnership helps us provide children and families in our region with hope and healing close to home."

"The Four Winds Invitational is firmly established as one of the premier events on the LPGA Symetra Tour and despite the various challenges caused by COVID-19, including having to reschedule the tournament for a later date, completing the tournament was a testament to the commitment of the Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos to give back to the community," said Tim Firestone, CEO of Blackthorn Operating Group. "It truly was a great collaborative effort by everyone involved, while still making it enjoyable for the players."

 

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