NHBP Hosts a Veterans Funds Distribution Event at FireKeepers
Battle Creek, Mich. – The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP), owners of the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich., announced the distribution of over $25,000 to area veterans groups. NHPB recently instituted a veterans’ relief fund to serve area veterans and their families. To support this initiative, the NHBP Veterans Committee raised funds at the Chief Moguago Golf Outing, which took place June 3 at Binder Park Golf Course.
Representatives of the Veterans organizations were on hand to accept the checks. Organizations receiving the funds included Union City Post 196; South West Michigan Veterans; Battle Creek Post 196 Harley Riders; Battle Creek VA Youth Academy; Pokagon Veterans; Gun Lake Veterans; Branch County VFW; Veterans Helping Veterans and the Bronson American Legion.
“Our goal here is to help support local veterans and area veterans who are in need of economic help,” said NHBP Tribal Veterans Committee Secretary and Veteran Douglas Taylor. “And it’s not only helping vets, it’s helping their families.”NHBP Tribal Council Treasurer Tony Day, who chairs the Veterans Committee, believes this relief fund will speed up the process of getting aid to Southwest Michigan veterans and veterans’ organizations.
American Legion Post 196 Commander Ralph Gottschalk says that all donations received will be used for additions to the Veterans Memorial Wall in Union City, a project that has been ongoing for over five years. Currently, we have over 40 names to be added to the new sections, veterans who need to be honored for their service to our country! These additional funds will free up other monies earned from other fund raisers, to continue the sponsoring of programs.”
Southwest Michigan Veteran Relief Fund Chairman Jack Hunn feels the funds NHPB distributed today serve to keep many local veterans and their families warm, housed and with food during emergency situations. “It is one of the only funds available to assist wartime and non-wartime veterans and is specifically intended to help veterans who might not qualify for government funded financial relief programs,” said Hunn.
NHBP is making a concentrated effort to give back to the community and feels that helping local veterans is the right thing to do. “I felt something more had to be done,” said Day. “Where before it would take weeks for area veterans and veteran organizations to receive funds, now they will be able to receive funds almost immediately. It is an honor to give back to veterans who have given so much for our country.”
About The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the PotawatomiThere are nearly 1,200 Tribal Members. The Nottawaseppi’s primary Indian Health and Bureau of Indians Affairs Service Area covers members in Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent and Ottawa counties. The Tribe’s administrative office is located at the Pine Creek Reservation in Athens Township, with a satellite office in Grand Rapids, Mich. to better serve Members.