Before the pop and R&B group 98 Degrees took ot the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom stage, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced a donation of $25,000 to the local Toys for Tots campaign.
Since 2004, the Chumash Casino Resort has designated a December concert to bring awareness to the Central Coast Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots campaign, which serves families in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties through partnerships with local agencies, such as Unity Shoppe, People Helping People, the Salvation Army, Community Action Commission, Tribal TANF Program, and the Boys & Girls Club.
“We have been proud to partner with Toys for Tots throughout the years, and we support our local chapter’s efforts to help make the holiday season a little bit brighter for children in our county,” said Kenneth Kahn, tribal chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
Kathy Marshall of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians presented the $25,000 donation check to 1st Sgt. (ret.) Soledad Kennedy, the Marine Corps League 1340 Toys for Tots coordinator for Santa Barbara County, and 1st Vice Cmdr. Nathaniel Taylor on Dec. 13.
This year’s donation brings the tribe’s total contributions to Toys for Tots, since its first benefit concert in 2004, to $400,000.
“Over the past 16 years, the support of the Santa Ynez Chumash has been very instrumental to the Toys for Tots program,” Kennedy said. “Their partnership with the Marine Corps League has continually provided monetary support to purchase toys and books for children in Santa Barbara County.
“Every child deserves a gift for Christmas, and because of the tribe’s annual donations, the Toys for Tots program in Santa Barbara County has flourished.”
For information on how to donate a toy or make a monetary donation, visit www.toysfortots.org.
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $25 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.
For more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and its giving programs, visit www.santaynezchumash.org.
— Veronica V. Sandoval for Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.