"We are so grateful to Odawa Casino Resort customers and employees for making a difference locally in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection and education about breast health gives women the best chance for survival. This generous donation of $11,543.30 will support the Kathleen Jontz Breast Health Fund which pays for diagnostic tests including mammograms and biopsies for men and women right here in northern Michigan. This gift will truly save the lives of friends, family members and neighbors. On behalf of the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation and the patients who will hear the words, 'Your mammogram is covered,' I sincerely thank you." said Moon Seagren, the Vice President and Chief Development Officer at McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation.
"The generosity of your patrons and staff has truly overwhelmed us! This wonderful donation will make such a difference for so many women. We applaud the resourcefulness and vision of your staff in the imaginative ways they raised money for this worthwhile cause and promise you that it will be put to good use immediately. The Circle of Strength, our cancer support group at Charlevoix Area Hospital, provides mammograms for women who can't afford them. They are so touched to receive this very generous check because they are fully aware of how many lives your donation will impact. Thank you for being such wonderful neighbors," stated Cathy Fischl with Charlevoix Area Hospitals Marketing and Public Relations Department. The Charlevoix Area Hospital Circle of Strength is a Cancer Resource Program that provides education and emotional support as well as financial assistance with mammograms, diagnostic tests and other treatment expenses for those in need. The program is run by a group of volunteers that help patients, families, and friends through the challenging times after a cancer diagnosis.
The total donation amount was divided equally between the McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation and Charlevoix Area Hospital Circle of Strength. Each charity received a check in the amount of $11,543.30 during a check presentation ceremony hosted in Sage, Odawa Casino's fine dining restaurant.
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, 29 table games, a 6 table Poker Room, a live entertainment venue, several restaurants, gift stores, a nightclub and a 137-room hotel.