The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds Casinos donated $100,000 to Beacon Children’s Hospital.
Funds for the donation came from proceeds and private contributions during the 2021 Four Winds Invitational, which took place between Aug. 13 and Aug. 15 at South Bend Country Club. The funds will be used for a Quad Cab NICU Transport, which will allow Beacon Children’s Hospital to safely transport premature infants as well as the entire Specialty Care Team.
The Four Winds Invitational is part of the Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA.
“The Pokagon Band is very proud of our sponsorship of the Four Winds Invitational and the donations to Beacon Health System and Beacon Children’s Hospital, which total $772,500 over the past 10 years,” said Rebecca Richards, tribal chairwoman for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. “We would like to thank everyone that supported the tournament including the LPGA Symetra Tour, South Bend Country Club and its members, our sponsors, volunteers, team members and vendors (because) everyone’s collective efforts helped make this donation possible.”
Frank Freedman, chief operating officer of Four Winds Casinos said the 2021 Four Winds Invitational offered a $200,000 purse, which matches or exceeds most of the tournaments on the LPGA Symetra Tour. The Four Winds Invitational was established in 2012 as part of the Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA.
“To date we have offered over $1.1 million in prize money, making the Four Winds Invitational one of the most popular events on the LPGA Symetra Tour,” he said. “We are extremely pleased that we were able to continue our partnership with the LPGA in 2021, as well as bring on a new partner, the South Bend Country Club.”