Kiowa Casino Gives Back to Hometown Heroes

Kiowa Casino Gives Back to Hometown Heroes

It was the "Lucky 7th" annual Hometown Heroes event on Thursday, where Kiowa Casino gave away just under eighteen thousand dollars to a number of local deserving causes.

And while everyone involved is thankful for recent rains, the severe weather this spring affected both the organizations receiving the donations and the casino itself.

Because of rising waters in Harrell park, Camp Fire, which serves about one-thousand kids in a three week time, and the Boy Scouts both dealt with flooding issues last month.

But what comforted leaders of those organizations was the thought that kiowa casino, through the hometown heroes program, had their back financially. the money was collected over a four month period for law enforcement officers and non-profit organizations alike, which officials are grateful for.

Those attending praised Kiowa Casino's efforts to reach out to and help the local community.

In total the casino gave out just under $18,000 dollars to the different causes tonight, which also included the Wichita Falls Professional Firefighters Association.

It's about $6000 dollars less than last year's total, a shortfall Kiowa CEO James LaPorte says is due mainly to the casino's financial struggles during the active severe weather season, which kept a lot of patrons at home.

The casino ran a promotion this month where patrons with Rewards Club Cards could donate to one of the Hometown Heroes by just playing.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6