California: Morongo Charity Golf Tournaments raises more than $150,000 for charities

October 19, 2023 8:15 PM
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  • Rege Behe, CDC Gaming Reports
October 19, 2023 8:15 PM
  • Rege Behe, CDC Gaming Reports

The 27th Annual Morongo Charity Golf Tournament Oct. 16 raised $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass and $50,000 for the Malki Museum, the oldest nonprofit museum founded by Native Americans on a California Indian reservation.

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The tournament, held at the Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon, also featured a helicopter ball-drop raffle that raised funds for the Banning Animal Shelter, operated by ARE Animal Rescue.

“From creating positive pathways for local youth and families, to preserving the rich cultural history of local tribes, to finding loving homes for 3,000 pets every year, the non-profits benefiting from this year’s Morongo Charity Golf Tournament each provide vital services to the (San Gorgonio) Pass,” said Morongo Tribal Vice Chair and tournament co-chair James Silva in a statement. “Combined, the work of Boys & Girls Clubs, Malki Museum, and Banning Animal Shelter strengthen our region’s future while preserving our past.”

“We are genuinely grateful to Morongo for their generosity, which fuels our mission and empowers us to create even greater positive change in the lives of those we serve,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass interim CEO Megan Grisham.

The Morongo Charity Golf Tournament has raised more than $2.75 million since its inception in 1997, supporting nonprofits that serve children, schools, veterans, and hospitals.

“Morongo remains committed to supporting community organizations that enhance the quality of life in the Pass,” said Morongo Tribal Council Member Brian Lugo, a co-chair of the tournament. “Once again this year, we are grateful to the players and sponsors whose contributions led to the tremendous success of our 27th annual Charity Golf Tournament.”