Viejas Exceeds 2015 Toy Drive Goal of Raising 15,000 Toys for Salvation Army

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 10:15 pm PST


"There remains a pressing need for assistance in the community"

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viejas Casino & Resort exceeded all expectations with a final count of 17,368 toys donated to the Salvation Army. Thousands of guests and team members were present for this year’s ceremony for one of the largest holiday drives in San Diego. Many of the toys were displayed on stage at the Park at Viejas, where the crowd cheered at the big reveal and the final count.

Viejas Tribal Government staff, team members, and guests collected toys throughout November and early December, along with holding a variety of fundraisers, to achieve the donation goal for the Salvation Army.

Viejas Tribal Chairman Robert Welch said, “Providing support for those in need in our community is at the heart of our value system. Every family deserves good cheer for the holidays.”

At the height of the event, Chairman Welch presented Salvation Army Captain Terry Masango with a check in the amount of $35,000 on behalf of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, in support of the Salvation Army’s ongoing efforts in San Diego East County.

“There remains a pressing need for assistance in the community,” Viejas General Manager Chris Kelley observed. “The dedication and compassion of our team members, guests, and tribal community always come to the forefront during the holidays. We are very proud to be a part of this community, and we are committed to making it a better place for us all.”

In October of this year, Viejas celebrated the grand opening of their new luxury hotel tower, along with their expanded casino and the addition of 1,000 new slot machines. Viejas Casino & Resort has been consistently recognized with the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award for outstanding quality in guest services since the opening of their first hotel tower in 2013.

About Viejas Casino & Resort

Located at I-8 and Willows Road east of San Diego, the AAA Four Diamond Viejas Casino & Resort features world-class gaming with thousands of slot machines, exciting table games that include Blackjack, Baccarat, and Pai Gow, a modern and elegant bingo room, and an off-track betting facility. Viejas Casino & Resort also features a variety of restaurants including the AAA Four Diamond Grove Steakhouse, The Buffet, and The Café.

The beautiful Viejas Outlets, located across the street from the casino, offers visitors a unique shopping experience with highly acclaimed stores, numerous eateries, Viejas Bowl, and Southern California’s largest outdoor ice skating rink. Viejas Hotel features 203 luxury rooms and 34 VIP suites, including a spacious pool and lounge area, and nine indoor-outdoor meeting spaces, featuring the magnificent Oak Ballroom.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-847-6537.

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Viejas Tribal Chairman Robert Welch, with fellow Council Members, a moment before presenting a check for $35,000 to Salvation Army Captain Terry Masango. (Photo: Business Wire)
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On-stage presentation of just some of the 17,368 toys that Viejas has donated to the Salvation Army. (Photo: Business Wire)
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The Park at Viejas, featuring a 60-foot Christmas tree, where the 2015 Toy Drive was held. (Photo: Business Wire)
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