San Manuel Partners with Los Angeles Kings and Ontario Reign
For Halloween Fun at Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House
Highland, CA (October 23, 2018) – On Friday, October 19, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians joined the Los Angeles Kings and their top minor-league affiliate, the Ontario Reign, for a day of community service at the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda.
The Ronald McDonald house was transformed into a Halloween Hockey house, while more than 50 volunteers from San Manuel, the Ontario Reign and The Kings Care Foundation came together to create fun Halloween festivities for more than 40 families staying in the house. They baked Halloween cookies for the kids to decorate, hosted fun games like pumpkin bowling, while teaching some hockey fundamentals from the professionals. San Manuel provided a fully-catered meal from Just Barbeque at San Manuel Casino, home of Southern style BBQ delights.
“San Manuel was proud to participate in an event that brings so much joy to the families of the Ronald McDonald House,” said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “We are honored to team up with our partners from The Kings Care Foundation and lend a hand in helping our community to give these families a fantastic Halloween celebration.”
“The Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House is a tremendous resource for children and families seeking treatment nearby. In coming together for this event with our partners, the Ontario Reign and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, we were able to add happy holiday memories to the extensive list of services offered to families staying at that House.” Said Jennifer Pope, VP of LA Kings Community Relations & Kings Care Foundation.
“We were extremely excited to visit the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House to participate in such a great cause and create a fun and memorable experience for those at the House,” said Jamie Coleman, Manager of the Hope Reigns Foundation. “Partnering with our NHL affiliate, the LA Kings, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians made for a wonderful event to support an important organization in our local community.”
The Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House provides housing for families with children receiving medical care at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and other nearby hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House has supported more than 23,000 families since its opening in the Inland Empire in 1996. More than 54 families can be housed each night for a small contribution of $12, but no family is turned away for the inability to pay.
“The celebration hosted by San Manuel, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Ontario Reign was enjoyed by all of the families staying at the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House,” said Karen Hopper, Executive Director of Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House. “All of the staff involved did an outstanding job making this a special event. It’s because of their support that families have a wonderful place to stay and can enjoy some normalcy during one of the most difficult times of their lives.”
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are a proud supporter of the Ronald McDonald House in Loma Linda, CA. Over the years, San Manuel has provided countless hours of volunteer service and donations to help the Ronald McDonald House in its efforts to provide more families with stability and the resources to meet their basic needs during challenging times.
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About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.
About San Manuel Casino
San Manuel Casino is Southern California’s one-stop destination for entertainment and fun, located just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and a short drive from LA-Ontario International Airport. Millions of guests each year enjoy the most slots on the west coast, live poker and Vegas-style blackjack, high-limit gaming, incredible entertainment, sumptuous dining and a generous player’s reward program. Since 1986, players have received over $2 billion in cash, prizes and giveaways, making any visit to San Manuel an exciting and memorable experience. For more information on San Manuel Casino, visit www.SanManuel.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House
The Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House works to keep families close to their critically-ill children - located steps from Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, the House allows families to access critical medical care while ensuring they have a warm nurturing, caring, environment and safe place to stay. The Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home for these families and serves 54 families nightly. Guests have access to a private guest room, private bathroom, and share common areas such as living room, kitchens, dining rooms, refrigeration, activity rooms, library, laundry room, business center, backyard play space and much more. Since opening on September 12, 1996, the House has served more than 23,000 family stay requests from Riverside and San Bernardino counties. For more information, please visit http://rmhcsc.org/inlandempire.