Puyallup Tribe donates over $1.1 million to 38 local organizations

PUYALLUP RESERVATION, Tacoma, Wash.—The Puyallup Tribe Charity Trust Board has awarded 38 local organizations a combined $1,100,960, including $500,000 to Riverside Fire and Rescue to help purchase a new fire truck.

Representatives of more than 30 nonprofit and charitable organizations were greeted and thanked by members of the Puyallup Tribal Council as they arrived for the Aug. 8 celebration at the Emerald Queen Event Center in Tacoma. Tribal Council delivered remarks recognizing recipients and all attendees gathered for a group photo.

“We are here today to award dollars to qualified non-profits in the state of Washington that are working to make their communities better and that is all of you,” said Puyallup Tribal Council Chairman Bill Sterud.

The donations are for the second quarter of 2023. They are funded from Emerald Queen Casino revenue as part of an agreement with the state of Washington that includes additional contributions for smoking cessation and problem gambling programs, and for impact costs paid to local governments for such things as fire and police services.

Riverside Fire and Rescue serves the Puyallup Tribal community with Chief Leschi Schools and fish hatcheries in their response area. The staff and Commissioners on hand were thrilled with their award.

“Thank you very, very much. I cannot say how much the Tribe has done for our department. We wouldn’t be the same without them. This is almost our entire year’s budget,” said Riverside Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Kira Thirkield.

The Puyallup Tribe has donated more than $17 million to hundreds of local organizations through its Charity Trust Board over the past 10 years. The Puyallup Tribal Council has donated millions more out of its own budget to help community organizations ranging from the Northwest Trek Foundation to the Steilacoom High School Sports Boosters.

Casino operations are also the single biggest revenue source for the Puyallup Tribe’s government. They pay for comprehensive services to the Tribe’s Membership, including children’s services, housing, educational support, emergency assistance and funeral services. In the past two years, the Tribe has embarked on an ambitious economic diversification program that will not only strengthen its economic base to bring security for future generations but bring more jobs to the region.

The Charitable Trust Board has awarded donations to the follow organizations:

American Leadership Forum of Tacoma Pierce County – $10,000

Associated Ministries of Tacoma Pierce County – $10,000

Blue Mountain Community Foundation – $2,000

Camp Korey – $10,000

Celebrate Harvest – $32,000

Center for Women and Democracy – $10,000

CJK Community Homes – $50,000

Coast Guard Family and Friends Holiday Stockings – $12,000

Community Lunch on Capitol Hill – $9,000

Give Something Back – $3,810

Greater Life Church of God in Christ – $20,000

Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County – $30,000

International Youth Fellowship – $5,000

Jerry Meeker Middle School PTSA – $20,000

Key Peninsula Volunteer Firefighters Association – $50,000

Lighthouse Christian School – $10,000

Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children – $10,000

Network Services- $5,000

Northwest Athletic Conference – $5,000

Northwest Children’s Foundation – $5,000

Northwest Harvest – $10,000

Northwest Trek Foundation – $50,000

Olympia Community Solar – $5,000

On the Road with Partner Cafe – $5,000

Our Savior Lutheran Church Abundance Garden – $2,500

Pierce County Fire District 13 Association – $65,000

Riverside Fire and Rescue – $500,000

Seattle Children’s Chorus – $2,500

Servants Way – $4,000

Soulumination – $5,000

South Sound Care Foundation – $25,000

St. Stephen Housing Association – $7,500

St. Vincent De Paul Society, St. Theresa’s – $5,000

Steilacoom High School Sports Boosters – $20,000

Street Youth Ministries – $5,000

Tacoma Fire Buff Battalion – $20,650

University Beyond Bars – $10,000

University of Washington Tacoma – $50,000