The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds® Casinos are pleased to announce that a donation of $100,000 was presented to Beacon Children’s Hospital today during a check presentation ceremony at Four Winds South Bend. The donation is a result of the proceeds and private contributions from the 2021 Four Winds Invitational which took place August 13 through 15 at South Bend Country Club. The funds will be used for a Quad Cab NICU Transport, which will allow Beacon Children’s Hospital to safely transport premature infants as well as the entire Specialty Care Team. The Four Winds Invitational is part of the Symetra® Tour — Road to the LPGA®.
“The Pokagon Band is very proud of our sponsorship of the Four Winds Invitational and the donations to Beacon Health System and Beacon Children’s Hospital, which total $772,500 over the past ten years,” said Rebecca Richards, Tribal Chairwoman for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. “We would like to thank everyone that supported the tournament including the LPGA Symetra Tour, South Bend Country Club and its members, our sponsors, volunteers, team members and vendors. Everyone’s collective efforts helped make this donation possible.”
Frank Freedman, Chief Operating Officer of Four Winds Casinos added, “The 2021 Four Winds Invitational offered a $200,000 purse, which matches or exceeds most of the tournaments on the LPGA Symetra Tour. To date we have offered over $1.1 million in prize money, making the Four Winds Invitational one of the most popular events on the LPGA Symetra Tour. We are extremely pleased that we were able to continue our partnership with the LPGA in 2021, as well as bring on a new partner, the South Bend Country Club.”
“We would like to thank the Pokagon Band and its Four Winds Casinos for their generous support over the years,” said Jen Tonkovich, Director of Women and Children’s Services for Beacon Health System. “Receiving the proceeds from the Four Winds Invitational has not only helped us better serve children and families in the region, but also help us plan for the future in ways we can continue to improve our quality of care.”
About the Four Winds Invitational
The Four Winds® Invitational was established in 2012 as part of the Symetra® Tour — Road to the LPGA®, and is sponsored by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds® Casinos. The tournament features a field of professional women golfers from around the world. More information is available at: www.fourwindsinvitational.com.
About The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians of Michigan and Indiana
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi’s sovereignty was reaffirmed under legislation signed into law by President Clinton in September of 1994. The Pokagon Band is dedicated to providing community development initiatives such as housing, education, family services, medical care and cultural preservation for its more than 5,900 citizens. The Pokagon Band’s ten-county service area includes four counties in Southwestern Michigan and six in Northern Indiana. Its main administrative offices are located in Dowagiac, Mich., with a satellite office in South Bend, Ind. In 2007, it opened Four Winds Casino Resort in New Buffalo, Mich., followed by Four Winds Hartford in 2011, Four Winds Dowagiac in 2013 and Four Winds South Bend in January 2018. The Pokagon Band operates a variety of businesses via Mno-Bmadsen, its non-gaming investment enterprise. More information is available at www.pokagonband-nsn.gov, www.fourwindscasino.com and www.mno-bmadsen.com.