Maverick Gaming, which owns several casinos in the area, will distribute 4,200 summer packs on June 28 to families and children in need at its annual “School’s Out” event held at multiple locations across the state.
Each drawstring backpack will be filled with items including snacks, light outdoor toys, treats, grocery gift cards and tickets to local activities such as mini golf, skating and laser tag. The activities will be different for each location depending on what is most accessible.
“When cafeterias close, things can get tough for food-insecure students,” the organization notes on its website. “Maverick Cares partners with local schools and youth-focused nonprofits to support children who need it most. We at Maverick Cares are all excited to partner with our friends in the community to bring even more sunshine to children as schools roll out for the summer.
The drawstring backpacks are distributed to eligible families through a voucher system conducted with the support of Maverick Cares and its partners. Eligible families are generally defined as children and families in need who may not have the same level of access to activities when school is closed for summer vacation.
Each family will receive a voucher in advance which can then be redeemed for a summer pack of goodies at participating locations on Tuesday June 28 from 3-7pm.
Eleven of Maverick Gaming’s casinos and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce will host the event. When registering, attendees can choose their preferred location from the list and then select one or two tickets that can be redeemed for the summer packs. Each of the 12 host venues was allocated 350 tickets.
Participating locations in or near Snohomish County include Crazy Moose Casino in Mountlake Terrace, Silver Dollar Casino in Bothell, Great American Casino in Everett and Caribbean Casino in Kirkland.
“While activities vary by location, we are thrilled to partner with schools, non-profit organizations and the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce for this year’s event,” Maverick Cares said in a statement.
Registration and more information about the “Summer’s Out” event can be found here.
The gaming company established Maverick Cares in late 2019 as an employee-led “good neighbor” program active in the communities where it operates casinos. During the holidays last year, the employee-led effort worked with local partners to distribute 8,000 meal kits to Washington families in need. Also in 2021, Maverick Cares and partners provided 8,000 backpacks full of school supplies for a back-to-school event, and in the spring the organization partnered with businesses and nonprofits to distributing meal kits and educational excursion vouchers to local K16,000. -12 students.
It coordinates with community organizations such as schools, police departments, food banks and churches that help identify families to provide vouchers. The organization’s website states: “Maverick Cares is made possible through partnerships with local community leaders and organizations and is focused on supporting individuals and families, a community effort made even more critical during the new pandemic. of coronavirus.”
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