Firetrucks and firefighting equipment. An ambulance. Lifesaving hospital equipment. Advanced technology implementations at local schools — These are just a few of the health, safety, and education improvements made possible with grants from the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians, owners of Rolling Hills Casino. Since founding the Casino in July 2002, the Tribe contributed over $8 million to the local community through its Rolling Hills Foundation. This month as the Casino celebrates its 15th anniversary, the Tribe announced another $55,000 in recent grants.
"When we established Rolling Hills Casino, our dream was to help members of our tribe and our community prosper, and to help make Tehama County a better place to live and work. We are proud of our accomplishments toward our vision, and the role we continue to play in strengthening the health, safety, and education of our community," said Natasha Magana, tribal council member.
As a popular tourist destination with over 500 employees, the Casino is a major contributor to the Tehama County economy. It has grown to include two hotels, three restaurants, a gas station, truck stop, travel center, golf course and equestrian center. The Tribe also established the Rolling Hills Health and Dental Clinic in keeping with its goal to help improve local health.
The Rolling Hills Foundation's recent grants reflect the Tribe's continued commitment to support education and enrichment programs as well as programs that protect the safety and well-being of residents. The Back to School project, Corning High School's Technology and Media program, Alternative to Violence, Glen County 4H, Red Bluff FFA, Corning FFA, Rodgers Theatre, Red Bluff State Theatre, Sacramento River Discovery Center, and Think Pink were among those that received grant funding in the Foundation's latest round of charitable contributions.
"We recognize that supporting education goes beyond funding programs within the schools. Organizations such as the 4H and FFA help students develop leadership and life skills that will benefit them for life, regardless of whether they choose agriculture as a career path. Programs such as the Back to School project enable economically disadvantaged students to purchase school supplies so that they can return to school feeling prepared and excited. Theatre and artistic programs provide students of all ages the opportunity to develop creative skills as well as promote cultural literacy. The Sacramento River Discovery Center helps students develop a respect and understanding for our natural resources and promotes conservation. These programs compliment the school curriculum, contribute to a well-rounded education, promote self-esteem, and provide enrichment opportunities throughout life. Education is essential to the future prosperity of Tehama County and the well-being of the entire community, and it will continue to be a major focus of Rolling Hills Casino Foundation charitable contributions, said Chairman Andrew Alejandre.
The Rolling Hills Community Development Foundation committee reveiws applications for grants on a quarterly basis. Applications and more information are available on the Rolling Hills Casino website at www.rollinghillsfoundation.com.