It was a big moment for 14 Texoma organizations Thursday night as they attended the fifth annual Hometown Heroes event held at Kiowa Casino in Devon, Oklahoma. The casino presented checks to local first responders and charities at the casino's Morning Star Steak House to give thanks to each organization for their hard work.
"The community supports us… It's the guest here that are supporting those particular organizations by playing on those certain days. So it's just one solid way for us to be a community partner and we strive to do that." said Kiowa Casino's Chief Operating Officer Jim LaPorte.
This Hometown Heroes dinner and check presentation marked the end to a four month long event. Checks averaging about $1200 were presented to each recipient. Funds were raised from a percentage of every Wednesdays gaming over the last four months at the casino.
These checks mean a great deal to the recipients who hope to use the money to improve their individual organizations.
"It's a great deal because it will help provide jobs, meals, clothes for the people in need whether homeless or near homeless" said Nick West of Wichita Falls Faith Mission.
Marguerite Love of Burkburnett Boys & Girls Club said, "whether or not its 5 dollars of 5000 dollars, its still going to go for the benefit of the kids… and that's what's important to us."
In the last four months, Kiowa Casino raised over $16,000 for the organizations. In total for the last 5 years, the casino has raised over $85,000. Kiowa Casino hopes to continue this event each year with the support of the community.
The 2013 recipients are:
Tillman County Sheriff's Department
Cotton County Sheriff's Department
Burkburnett Police Department
Wichita Falls Police Department
Burkburnett Fire Department
Chattanooga Fire Department
Randlett Fire Department
Grandfield Fire Department
Wichita Falls faith Mission
Children's Aide Society
American Red Cross
Burkburnett Boys & Girls Club
Wichita Falls Fire Association.