Arts, social, and veterans’ organizations are among the recipients of $1.2 million in grants Wednesday announced by the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority and Palms Casino Resort
A total of 30 charities, including the Nevada Ballet Theatre, the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, and the Edward Kline Memorial Homeless Veterans Fund, received grants between $5,000-$250,000.
The grants are a product of San Manuel’s commitment to providing support to underserved populations in the communities where they operate.
“We are committed to fulfilling our legacy while aspiring to be a community leader for positive social change,” said San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority Chairperson Latisha Casas in a statement. “We refer to it as The Spirit of Yawa’ – to act on one’s beliefs. That’s what inspires us to contribute to the Las Vegas community and the organizations here working to create a better tomorrow.”
The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas received the largest grant: $250,000 for kitchen equipment and upgrades at the hospitality training institute.
“We are so appreciative of the generous support from the San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority and Palms Casino Resort,” said Culinary Academy of Las Vegas CEO Edmund Wong. “This grant will enable us to upgrade our classroom kitchen equipment to provide the best, most industry-relevant training experience and better prepare our students for successful careers in hospitality.”
Funded programs include The Cleveland Clinic Foundation for patient and caregiver services; the Alliance for a Just Society for its Tribal Minds Governance Project; Project 150 for scholarships and food distribution; and Unshakeable for its Empower to Employ program.
Since January 2020, the San Manuel Tribe has awarded $10.3 million to educational institutions and charities in Las Vegas, including $9 million to UNLV for the Boyd School of Law and the William F. Harrah College of Hospitality to fund education programs in Tribal law and Tribal gaming operations.
“There are so many worthy organizations doing amazing and impactful philanthropic work throughout the Las Vegas Valley,” said Palms General Manager Cynthia Kiser Murphey. “We are thrilled to be able to support their ongoing efforts. Even better, this is just the beginning.”