Grand Casinos Donate $5K To Help Endangered Species

Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 6:03 am


ONAMIA, Minn. – Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley donated $5,000 to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Endangered Species Program during a presentation at Grand Casino Mille Lacs on July 7.

The donation was the result of a Wild Cats promotion, in which Guests could earn giveaways and donate to an important cause.  “We found in our research that two of the most urgent environmental problems confronting our state are species extinction and habitat destruction,” explained Joseph Nayquonabe, interim corporate vice president of marketing for Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley.  “We know that our Guests, as a group, enjoy donating money to worthy causes.”

The response among Guests was overwhelming.  Guests who participated in the promotion received a stuffed animal Canada lynx (one of 11 species on the Minnesota endangered species list) – Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley gave away nearly one thousand stuffed animals.

“I’d like to thank the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for their generous contribution to help endangered species in Minnesota,” said Twin Cities Ecological Services Field Office Supervisor Tony Sullins.  “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service looks forward to continuing to work with the Mille Lacs Band and the other Native American tribes in Minnesota to help protect and restore the wild things we all hold sacred.”

“We applaud the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s accomplishments and share its passion for serving and educating our community about endangered species,” said Deron Dunkley, Commissioner of Corporate Affairs for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  “Since Grand Casino Mille Lacs opened in 1991 and Grand Casino Hinckley in 1992, we have strived to make community involvement an integral part of our business and corporate culture.  The company’s efforts have been inspired by the efforts of our Guests, who actively participated in this promotion.”

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