FireKeepers Casino Hotel is honored to be named a 2017 Corporate Community Leader by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC). The MCSC has been the state’s leading agency in volunteerism since its inception in 1991. The Corporate Community Leader award honors corporations and businesses that excel in community involvement and demonstrate excellent corporate citizenship by giving back to their community in a variety of ways.
Since opening in 2009, FireKeepers team members have made a positive impact on over 40,000 lives. FireKeepers partners with several local charities, including S.A.F.E. Place Women’s Shelter, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Charitable Union. Through these partnerships, the FireKeepers team has provided nearly 100,000 pounds of food to those in need, raised over $60,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo and donated more than 3,000 volunteer hours to S.A.F.E. Place. The latest and more progressive project, The Fire Hub, is a FireKeepers-owned entity that has transformed a historic Battle Creek fire house into a restaurant, along with a community food bank and gardens located on nearby tribal land to grow food for local schools.
“We take our strong community focus from our owners, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi. Supporting our community and improving the lives of our local residents is important to every person who works here and should be a source of great pride and satisfaction,” stated FireKeepers CEO Kathy George. “Building a positive influence is our number one goal.”
FireKeepers is no stranger to the Governor’s Service Awards. Last year, Michael McFarlen, FireKeepers Vice President of Food and Beverage, was a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award.