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Pechanga Poker and Bingo players make food donation to Community Mission of Hope


Last updated 2/21/2019 at 11:04pm

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Pechanga Poker team members Richie Lopez, Eduardo Beltran Del Rio, David Dolim, Seng Tong, Mary Lou Sanchez, Lisa Hagen and Adam Baker pose with food donations to Community Mission of Hope as part of the national Restock the Shelves campaign.

TEMECULA – Throughout the month of January, Pechanga Poker and Pechanga Bingo players helped "Restock the Shelves" of the Community Mission of Hope, the community's only local food bank, this week with 4,400 pounds of non-perishable foods.

For some scale equivalents, that's the average weight of a rhinoceros, a giraffe, a hippo or the American bison – individually, not all added together. It's also more than double the amount from Pechanga's initiative last year, which collected 1,900 pounds.

The Restock the Shelves campaign supports the regional assistance organization by replenishing their depleted food supplies after the November and December holidays. The Community Mission of Hope serves more than 400 residents and families of Murrieta, Temecula, Anza and Aguanga and beyond each month.

Throughout January, players had the opportunity to bring donations of non-perishable food items in exchange for incentives. Bingo players who brought in two cans of non-perishable food items received one free earlybird game pack with their buy-in for matinee and evening sessions.

Pechanga Poker players competing in weekday tournaments received a head start on chips for bringing in non-perishables. Those who brought two canned goods received 500 bonus starting tournament chips and those with three or more canned items received 1,000 bonus starting chips. Poker players also marked their calendars for the Restock the Shelves tournament. The event offered 2,500 in starting chips for a $10 buy-in and three canned goods. Donors received 3,500 starting chips for five canned goods and the $10 buy-in.

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The non-perishable food donated by Pechanga Poker and Bingo players in January weighs 4,400 pounds, about the weight of a rhino. It will be donated to Community Mission of Hope, which serves residents of Murrieta, Temecula, Anza, Aguanga and more.

A glance at the collected items showed 20 boxes of macaroni and cheese, bags of stuffing and a box filled with eight cans of tomatoes. Some poker players brought extra non-perishables in case they were knocked out early. With two more cans, they were able to rebuy into the daily tournaments between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Pechanga Poker players donated more than 1,900 pounds of food for the Restock the Shelves efforts in 2018. Last year, the campaign was extended to Pechanga Bingo. Those players doubled the efforts and provided an additional 900 pounds of food compared to 2017's efforts.

The Restock the Shelves food donation campaign is put on in conjunction with Ante Up Magazine and Blue Shark Optics. Ante Up and Blue Shark Optics team up with poker rooms in regions across the country to host Restock the Shelves events each January. It is Pechanga Poker Room's fourth year participating and Pechanga Bingo's second.

Submitted by Pechanga Resort Casino.


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