"This is a great opportunity for our team members and guests to support our community and the surrounding communities by volunteering at The Manna Food Project and by donating canned goods for those in need," said Eric McLester, general manager. More than 7,500 cans were purchased by the casino and will be donated to Manna after the contest.
"It was really great to see all of the teams come together when building the can sculptures. It makes you feel great just knowing that you are helping those in need," said Nick Foltz, associate director of table games.
Members of the community can also help raise donations in any of the following ways: Guests who earn 200 base points, using their Players Club Card on slot machines or table games can swipe at the kiosk and Odawa Casino will make a $4 donation. Membership to the Players Club is free; and, guests can sign up at the Optimum Rewards desk at the casino. Guests can also purchase a piece of carrot cake from the Copper Café, and $1 will be donated. Purchase a "Bet Against Hunger" shirt at the Quill Box gift shop for $12 and $6 of the purchase will be donated. Quill Box gift shop will also be offering a bracelet for $2, of which $1 will go to Manna.
Odawa Casino team members are also raising money by purchasing the "Bet Against Hunger" fundraiser t-shirt to wear on select days with blue jeans, and they can purchase the bracelets. Team members will also be making weekly trips to Manna to volunteer their time to assist with whatever needs to be done.
The Manna Food Project is a non-profit organization established in 1987 to help feed the hungry throughout Northern Michigan. Manna operates a food bank, food pantry, and a "Food 4 Kids" backpack program. Manna serves as a food bank for more than 35 partner agencies in Antrim, Charlevoix, and Emmet Counties feeding over 60,000 families a year.
Owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, the $140 million Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey opened in June, 2007 and features 1,200 slot machines, 25 table games, a 4 table Poker Room, several restaurants, a gift shop, a nightclub and a 137-room hotel.