By the end of 2022, the Three Rivers Foundation, the charitable arm of the three tribes that run the two Three Rivers casinos in Oregon, will have bestowed over $1 million to important community groups throughout the state.
Add it all up, and, in the end, the winners are members of the Oregon community.
The gifts underscore the pledge by the confederated tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians to be good partners and neighbors to the surrounding communities. The Foundation was established in 2011 with profits from the Three Rivers Casino Resorts in Florence and Coos Bay.
Doug Barrett, the Chair of the Three Rivers Foundation Board of Trustees said in a press release last week:
“It is important to us that we make an impact within our community and help organizations that work hard to get the extra funding they need to be successful. Our board values the community and helping organizations that help so many families and individuals.”
Oregon casinos foundation aids medical community and young students
During the pandemic, the Foundation took a special interest in reaching out to the besieged medical services community. One organization that received a gift from the Three Rivers Foundation was the South Coast Hospice and Palliative Care Services.
This organization is determined to make the final days of the ill and suffering easier. “We are extremely grateful to the Three Rivers Foundation for their generous support,” said Doreen Kelly, an employee at South Coast Hospice and Palliative Care Services.
“When we informed them of the ongoing need to test our staff for exposure to COVID-19 to best protect the terminally ill in our care and our staff, they came to our aid.”
Another area the Three Rivers Foundation gave aid to was young students in need of a boost. The Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley received $25,000. Boys & Girls Club CEO Matt Sorensen said:
“Three Rivers Foundation understands the urgent need to help ignite the imagination and interest of kids, especially traditionally underrepresented groups like girls and young people of color, to the possibility that STEAM learning can provide for enhancing their fundamental skills at school. With this grant money, our organization can expand these programs and serve even more kids.”
The Three Rivers story
Opened in 2004 on the South Oregon Coast, the Three Rivers Casino Resort boasts over 500 slots and table games. It also features an active sportsbook. And it has a one-of-a-kind links-style golf course, “Ocean Dunes.” A 93-room adjoining hotel opened in 2007.
Three Rivers Coos Bay has a 15,000-square-foot casino and is constantly adding new games for players. It welcomed its first guests in May 2015.
The name Three Rivers comes from the Coos, Umpqua and Siuslaw Rivers that flow nearby.