HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 6Pokagon Band Announces Additional Contributions to Michigan Economy; 2015 Four Winds Golf Invitational

Today, February 20, 2015, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (“Pokagon”) announced that it made more than $88 million in additional contributions to the Michigan economy in 2014. These contributions do not include annual payments made to the State of Michigan as a part of the Pokagon’s tribal-state compact. The Pokagon also estimates that it has made approximately $167 million in additional contributions to the Michigan economy over the past three years.

“The Pokagon Band is proud to have called Michigan  and Indiana home for hundreds of years and we are fortunate to be in a position to give back in such meaningful ways. This includes direct contributions, payments to local businesses and vendors, and support of other charitable organizations,” said John P. Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. “We are also pleased to be one of the largest employers in Michiana with more than 2,500 people.”

In 2014, the Pokagon provided $1.8 million to the Pokagon Fund, which is supported by electronic gaming revenue from the Pokagon’s Four Winds New Buffalo. Through revenue generated at its casino locations, the Pokagon also made contributions of $5.4 million to the New Buffalo Local Revenue Sharing Board, $990,956 to the Hartford Local Revenue Sharing Board, and $667,356 to the Dowagiac Area Local Revenue Sharing Board.

2015 Four Winds Invitational

On Thursday, February 19, 2015, the Pokagon and its Four Winds casinos announced that the 2015 Four Winds Invitational will be held from Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21 at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Indiana. The tournament will feature 144 professional women golfers competing on the Symetra Tour—Road to the LPGA competing for a $150,000 purse.

“We are pleased to continue as the title sponsor for the fourth annual Four Winds Invitational,” said John P. Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. “Over the past three years, the tournament has had an economic impact of more than $500,000 to the local economy and provided more than $200,000 in charitable contributions to worthy causes such as Memorial Children’s Hospital.”

Several other Symetra Tour events, including the Four Winds Invitational, will be part of the second annual Potawatomi Cup, which awards players a bonus based upon performance at events sponsored by five Potawatomi nations’ casinos.

Additional information including the 2015 charity beneficiary, volunteer opportunities, and ticket sales can be found at www.fourwindsinvitational.com.


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