Toys for Tots Receives $25,000

Receiving a check for Toys for Tots is 1st Sgt. Soledad Kennedy (third from left) from Kenneth Kahn (left), Chumash tribal chair. Also pictured (from left) are DJ Jay Turner, CMC George Moran, and Raul Armenta, Gary Pace, and Mike Lopez of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
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Thursday’s performance of The Nutcracker by the Moscow Ballet was also a Toys for Tots fundraiser sponsored by the Chumash Casino Resort, which netted $25,000 for the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo county campaigns. Tribal chair Kenneth Kahn recalled the tribe’s involvement with the program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve began 13 years ago during the resort’s first concert. “We continue to support this program year after year because of the positive impact provided to the children in our community during the holidays,” Kahn said. The area Toys for Tots program has benefited more than 6,000 families since its inception in 1994.

More information about donations and drop-off locations can be found at Among the county’s drop-off locations are the Marine recruitment offices in Lompoc and Santa Barbara, as well as the Toys R Us in Santa Maria.


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