Legends Casino taking applications for charitable donations

LEGENDS CASINO NEWS RELEASE -- Yakama Nation Legends Casino invites non-profit organization to submit an application for the seventh annual distribution of the Charitable Contributions fund called Yakama Cares in early May. Acceptance for Yakama Cares applications runs through March 31, 2014, and the application can be accessed under the Community heading at

In 2013, the Charitable Contributions Fund distributed $366,075 to over 160 area non-profits. Grant recipients included schools, senior services, veteran services, food banks, shelters, and many more in Benton, Franklin, Kittitas and Yakima counties. Grants were awarded to the Red Cross, Academy of Children's Theater and more in the Tri-Cities community.

The committee of five community members and Yakama Nation Legends Casino employees receives an average of 500 to 800 applications annually to evaluate. The applications undergo three to four rounds of cuts before the final selection. Historically, applications addressing a youth/educational need, medical benefit to the community or assistance to senior citizens are given preference.

According to the committee, "We look for applications that not only fill a need but involve minimal overhead, and we're also reviewing the overall community needs in our effort to find programs where we can make a significant impact for the community."