Morongo Raises 60K For Charity

 Charities that support families of children born with a cleft palate and that battle homelessness and hunger in Southern California were presented with $60,000 on Monday, June 11. The money was raised through the 16th annual Morongo Charity Golf Tournament.

 
More than 370 golfers took part in the popular fundraising event at the Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont, making it one of the largest charity golf tournaments ever hosted by the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa since the event was launched in 1996.
 
“This year’s Morongo Charity Golf Tournament was an overwhelming success and it was extremely humbling to see so many golfers come out to support the community, especially in such a tough economy,” said event cochairman Charles Martin, a Morongo Tribal Council member.
 
This year’s charitable event benefited three organizations: Shawnee’s Smile/Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Dream Center Foundation and the Fred Jordan Mission.
 
Shawnee’s Smile, established in 2008, provides resources and sup- port to families of children born with a cleft palate or lip. The charity has provided specialized surgical software that allows physicians to compute extremely complex algorithms essential in correcting cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies.
 
The charity also has provided hundreds of Shawnee’s Smile Bags filled with informational resources and supplies; more than 850-cleft palate bottles/nipples for families in need; and Cleft Bears to comfort children during hospital visits.
 
The Dream Center, a volunteer-driven organization, provides residential rehabilitation programs for teens and adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional shelter for homeless families and mobile hunger relief and health care programs. Founded in 1994, it now serves more than 40,000 people monthly.
 
The Fred Jordan Mission is a nonprofit, educational and relief organization that serves hungry, homeless and impoverished people, especially children and families, in America’s inner cities. Since 1944, the organization’s annual holiday events provide 50,000 new toys to impoverished Los Angeles children and more than 10,000 holiday food bags and blankets to mothers. Its annual Back-to-School Clothing Giveaway provides new shoes, clothes, back packs, school supplies and food to 5,000 inner-city kids.
 
The Press-Enterprise
Published: Thursday June 14th, 2012