Palms launches community outreach program with $1.2 million in grants

New management at the Palms wants to give back to the community through a new grant program.

The San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority on Thursday awarded 30 Southern Nevada nonprofits a total of $1.2 million in grants, as part of its new Palms Cares community outreach program. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 have been awarded to various organizations, including Opportunity Village, Green Our Planet, and Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.

Latisha Casas, president of the Gaming and Hospitality Authority, said donations were a priority for the organization even before it purchased the off-Strip resort in late 2021, becoming the first fully tribally owned and operated site. native american.

The chosen charities cover the full range of causes supported by the tribe: education, empowering lives, supporting health and resilience, and cultural traditions.

“The Home Tribe is focused on those areas as well, so we wanted to make sure we captured those and supported the same kinds of organizations,” Casas said in an interview earlier this month.

Culinary Academy of Las Vegas received the largest grant at $250,000, Palms officials said.

“This grant will allow us to upgrade our classroom kitchen equipment to provide the best and most industry-relevant training experience and better prepare our students for successful careers in hospitality,” said Edmund Wong, CEO of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. statement.

Other funded programs include the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, for patient and caregiver services; Alliance For A Just Society, for its governance project Tribal Minds; Project 150, for scholarships and food distribution; and Unshakeable, for its Empower to Employer program.

Palms Cares should be an annual program targeting different organizations. Resort staff will also be encouraged to be present with community partners, Casas said, and resort management will work on a diversity, equity and inclusion plan to track its impact.

“The reason giving is so important to us as tribal people is that for a long time we were sustained by the kindness of others who helped us when we were living in poverty,” Casas said. “We were really counting on this help. When we found ourselves in a position to help others, we wanted to make sure we did.

McKenna Ross is a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms. Contact her at [email protected] Follow @mckenna_ross_ on Twitter.

Ryan H. Bowman