Lake of the Torches Makes Sizable Donation to Local Food Pantry

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Lake of the Torches Resort Casino presented the Lakeland Food Pantry with a check for more than $3,100, providing a critical boost to the organizations efforts to help area families in need.

Michael J. Broderick and Bill Guelcher (CEO), Present Food Pantry Staff With Check for Over $3,100.

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino presented the Lakeland Food Pantry with a check for more than $3,100, providing a critical boost to the organizations efforts to help area families in need.

The donations were proceeds from the casino’s Spooktacular Halloween Party and the New Year’s Eve celebration, both of which featured the popular Vic Ferrari Band. Those attending each party paid a $5 admission, which was used for the donation.

“The Lakeland Food Pantry provides a much needed resource for families struggling in these tough economic times. Lake of the Torches is always glad to lend a hand to make sure that the pantry has the resources it needs to ensure it can assist all those who need its help,” said Michael J. Broderick, Director of Marketing at Lake of the Torches.

The Lakeland Food Pantry plans to use this donation to help purchase some the 400,000 pounds of food it distributes on an annual basis. Ninety-five percent of this is purchased food and this donation will help supplement their financial resources. “The winter months are especially a critical time for the food pantry with many area residents facing seasonal unemployment. And, we’ve seen an increase in recipients because of the economic downturn. This is a critical time and we thank Lake of the Torches for its help,” said John Winkelman, who helps run the food pantry with his wife, Pam.

Lake of the Torches has provided the food pantry with assistance over the past few years. The casino has sponsored a number of food drives done in which admission to an entertainment act was a donation to the Lakeland Food Pantry. Pantry volunteers also have been involved with the casino’s annual "Carry the Torch Classic" sporting clay and trap shoot that raised thousands of dollars for area charities over the years.

Situated on the shores of Pokegama Lake and nestled in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino has a feel of a classic Northern retreat and reflects its Ojibwe culture and heritage. The casino has over 800 slot machines (including a high-limit and non-smoking area), 12 blackjack tables, Let it Ride, Three Card Poker, and three poker tables, a high-stakes Bingo Hall seating up to 500 persons, the Game Time Grill and the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant. The hotel has 101 well–appointed rooms, the Dancing Waters Lounge and the Woodland Oasis pool area. The 8,500 square-foot Convention Center with the Hall of Nations offers an outstanding venue for entertainment, receptions, trade shows, meetings, presentations and seminars. It is proudly owned and operated by the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

More information on upcoming events at Lake of the Torches is available at http://www.lakeofthetorches.com.

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