Monday, February 19 , 2018, 2:02 am | Fair 50º

 
 
 
 

Chumash Casino Resort’s Benefit Concert Raises $25,000 for Toys for Tots Campaign

The Chumash Casino Resort’s 10th annual Toys for Tots benefit concert on Saturday raised $25,000 for the Central Coast Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign, which serves children in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

This year’s Toys for Tots benefit concert featured the Jamie O’Neal and Friends Acoustic Christmas show led by the Australian-born country music star and up-and-coming artists, such as Rachele Lynae and Cali Rodi, in the 1,400-seat Samala Showroom.

Buellton’s Chelesa Chaput, who won the Rising Star singing competition at the Chumash Casino Resort in September, opened the show with the national anthem and her own performance.

“Toys for Tots gives children in our community the opportunity to enjoy the holidays,” said Vincent Armenta, tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. “It’s an organization that provides a positive impact on our children, and we are happy to support its mission through our annual benefit concert.”

Captain Shawn Conner of Marine Corps Reserve Unit 2/23 Company and Commandant Dan Cadena of Marine Corps League 1340 Central Coast were in attendance to accept the donation on Saturday.

“On behalf of the Toys for Tots Foundation, I want to say that we are fortunate to have the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians give its continued support for the annual campaign,” said 1st Sgt. Soledad Kennedy (Res — IRR), a spokeswoman for the organization. “The longtime partnership with the Chumash tribe and the Marine Corps Reserve Program has made it possible throughout the years to help over 5,000 families who might not otherwise have had a Christmas.”

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $18 million to hundreds of groups, organizations and schools in the community and across the nation as part of the tribe’s long-standing tradition of giving. Click here to find out more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and its giving programs.

Mike Traphagen is a public relations specialist for the Chumash Casino Resort.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >