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Viejas Casino & Resort team members and guests raise over 12,000 toys for local Salvation Army

12 December 2013

SAN DIEGO, California -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Viejas Casino & Resort team members and guests have raised more than 12,000 toys for the Salvation Army serving eastern San Diego County.

Viejas Casino & Resort team members and Viejas Tribal Government staff donated the toys during the month of November. In addition, Viejas Casino guests received $5 Free Play Cash in exchange for donations of new, unwrapped toys and shoppers at the Viejas Outlets received discounts at Viejas Bowl and the Viejas Ice Rink, as well as a Gift Card in exchange for new, unwrapped toys.

There was a lot of excitement and anticipation this evening during the “Big Reveal” where the curtain was raised in the DreamCatcher at Viejas Casino, all the toys are revealed on stage, and the exact number of toys raised was announced – 12,017 toys! It was a new record and it is believed to be the most toys raised by a single organization in San Diego County.

Viejas Casino General Manager Chris Kelley said, “This year’s goal of 10,000 toys was a bit daunting at first, but when we started seeing the response from our guests and Team Members we quickly became very confident that we could reach the goal. And actually exceeding it by so much is incredible, and is a testament to the spirit and dedication of all those involved.”

Also at this evening’s event, Viejas Community Relations presented Salvation Army Captain Terry Masango with a check for $15,000 on behalf of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians to support the Army’s efforts in eastern San Diego County.

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