San Diego’s Sycuan Casino Resort has donated more than $70,000 to 21 different charities as part of the property’s holiday gift giving celebration.

Each December, members of the Sycuan Tribal Council and leadership team each individually select a charity to support on behalf of the venue, however, the traditional commemoration ceremony had to be cancelled this year.

To ensure everyone’s safety, and to maintain physical distancing, this year donations were either hand-delivered by members of the Sycuan team or mailed to each of the charities.

“Although we’re celebrating our holiday gift giving a bit differently this year, right now is especially important for us to continue to give back to our local community,” said Rob Cinelli, general manager at Sycuan Casino Resort

“I picked Big Brothers Big Sisters as my charity of choice, because I’ve been a huge supporter of their mission for many years. The development of our youth is extremely important and the services that BBBS provides is invaluable to their future.”

The list of beneficiaries includes Alzheimer’s Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters San Diego County, Center for Community Solutions San Diego – Bridging Hearts, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Children’s Health Defense, Choice Harvest Worship Center, Computers2Kids San Diego, Dallas Pugh Foundation, ElderHelp of San Diego, JDRF San Diego Chapter, Lucky Duck Foundation, Outdoor Outreach, San Diego Equality Business Association, San Diego Pride, San Diego Rock Church – East County Campus, Second Chance, Sharp HospiceCare, Skinny Gene Project, Special Delivery San Diego, Serving Seniors San Diego and Westsiders Urban Outreach.

“We are honoured to partner with the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in a shared commitment to our community’s youth, empowering them to overcome challenges and achieve their full potential,” added Tina Rose, CEO and president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County.

“This investment in Big Brothers Big Sisters mission will help provide evidence-based, one-to-one mentoring to youth across San Diego County.”