Recently, our very own Bailee Neyland participated in Northern Quest Casino’s Celebrity Throwdown Charity Blackjack Tournament, and was able to bring home some money from the event. The tournament pitted local celebrities against one another in attempts to win a share of the $15,000 purse for the charity of their choice. Spokane Hoopfest secured $250 to go towards their charities.
Did you know that the Northern Quest Resort and Casino (NQRC) is now celebrating its second year as a Major Sponsor for Spokane Hoopfest? The NQRC opened in 2000, and is among the premier casinos in Washington, offering guests a wide variety of services and events. Featuring 250 rooms, a Four Diamond award from AAA and big name musical and comedy acts, the NQRC offers a truly remarkable experience. Between the shows, fine dining, spa and gaming there is something for everyone to enjoy. “At Northern Quest Resort & Casino, we have a Core Purpose and a set of Core Values that resonate with every team member,” says Julie Holland, Director of Public Relations & Communications for NQRC. “At the most fundamental level, each and every one of us have one simple goal – to make people feel special.”
The Kalispel Tribe, who run the resort have a great commitment to charitable acts both inside and outside of their community, assisting organizations such as American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest, Boys and Girls Club of Spokane Club, March of Dimes and the American Red Cross.
“The Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino strongly believe in giving back to the community,” explains Julie. “We’ve been a proud partner of Spokane Hoopfest for many years because it’s an amazing, iconic Spokane event. Hoopfest brings thousands of people together from all ages and walks of life to celebrate a love for one common thing that everyone can relate to – basketball! What a wonderful way to celebrate teamwork, diversity and fun – while shining a bright light on the heart of our beautiful city.”
Recognized by the Federal Government in 1914, the Kalispel Tribe has made great strides in uplifting their community, which in the mid-60s shared a single telephone. Today, they have many successful business ventures including the NQRC and the Fatburger Franchise in eastern Washington. Over the past decade, the Kalispel Tribe has donated over $15 million to the local community.
“As part of the Kalispel Tribe’s mission to give back to the community, we take very seriously our role in helping events like Hoopfest get enough community funding to continue and thrive. Once you’ve been downtown during Hoopfest, you can’t help but want to go back and be a part of it year after year!”
We would like to thank the NQRC and the Kalispel Tribe for hosting community events and for supporting our Spokane Hoopfest Tournament. Their support goes right back into Spokane through our partners, such as Special Olympics Washington, Spokane Area Outdoor Basketball Court Program and the Mobius Science Center.
The NQRC has hosted, for the past two years, Hoopfest’s Tip-Off Party, the official kick off for the event. Their sponsorship also assists in helping run the Team Tracker which allows fans to follow their teams and friends through the tournament. Be sure to sign in and customize your tracker the week before the event! You can also access the NQRC Team Tracker through the Hoopfest App, available in the App Store.