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More than $10,000 was raised for Divide Camp — a former Wallowa County elk hunt camp that offers a wilderness retreat for combat veterans — during the Red Zone Party at Wildhorse Resort & Casino.
In its fifth year, Wildhorse held its annual RedZone Raffle on Super Bowl Sunday, which benefits a designated veteran’s organization. A record amount of $10,267 — topping last year’s amount by more than $3,000 — was raised, said Kevin Haid, Wildhorse Sports Bar manager.
Haid teamed up with Wildhorse vendors for donations to be raffled off. Football fans purchased nearly 3,800 tickets for a chance to win prizes, which included fire pits, coolers, guitars, barbecue grills, snowboards, refrigerators and National Football League merchandise.
“My goal is always to top what we were able to contribute the previous year, we are thrilled with the outcome,” Haid said. “It is a great feeling to be able to support our local wounded combat veterans and a great organization like the Divide Camp.”
A tradition of giving back is shared by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, said Diane Long, Wildhorse marketing director. Wildhorse Resort, she said, does a wonderful job in giving back to the region. In addition to annual grants disbursed by the Wildhorse Foundation — more than $850,000 in 2016 — the casino supports nearly 1,000 raffles, golf tournaments and fundraisers throughout the year with prize donations, as well as supporting community events through sponsorships.
“Being a good community partner is a goal for all of us at Wildhorse, not only through monetary donations and sponsorships but also through our employees volunteer involvement, supporting local vendors and events such as this one,” Long said.
Located near Joseph, Divide Camp features 40 acres of remote forestland, cabins, a shop and an outdoor picnic shelter. The goal of the nonprofit organization is to aid healing and build hope for post-Sept. 11 combat veterans from Oregon, Idaho and Washington. In addition, veterans from other states are welcome to apply.
There is no charge for participants to visit the camp, which offers hunting, fishing and other sporting and recreational activities. For more information or an application, contact 541-531-9939, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dividecamp.org.