Payback.  The word usually has a negative connotation but not in this case.  The Yakama Nation benefits greatly from the money Legends Casino brings in and back in the day when the Casino was going through the permit process, Tribal leaders agreed to payback some of the profits to nonprofits in the surrounding communities for the priviledge of doing business. (Saying it that way sounds a little like extortion but it really amounts to a generous willing partnership!)

So it's a new year and another opportunity for the annual Yakama Cares grant distribution.  Area nonprofits are invited to apply now through March 31 for the May 2019 grants.

Charitable organizations whose service area lies within a 100-mile radius of the Legends Casino Hotel campus and address a youth/educational need, elder care and activities as well as medical benefit to the community receive priority consideration.

In 2018, the Charitable Contributions Fund vetted hundreds of of applications and distributed more than $480,000 to 214 area nonprofits. Grant recipients included schools, senior services, veteran services, food banks, shelters, and many more in Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, Klickitat, Adams, and Yakima counties.

For more information: 1-877-7-COME-11 or www.legendscasino.com. Legends Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.