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Avi, tribe donate 3,000 turkeys to Tri-state food pantries

By JULIE FAIRMAN News West Dec 24, 2014



Avi and Fort Mojave Indian Tribe volunteers unload some of the 3,000 turkeys they donated to area food banks throughout the Tri-state.

LAUGHLIN — The Avi Resort & Casino and the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe are making sure that thousands of Tri-state area families have a holiday to remember.


On Monday, tribal leaders and the Avi Casino executive team personally visited many local food banks and organizations, where they distributed more than 3,000 turkeys. It’s believed this is the largest turkey donation in the Tri-state area by a single organization in recent history.


Groups that received the turkeys include the Colorado River Food Bank, Salvation Army, Bullhead City Senior Center, Praise Chapel, Harvest Bible Church, Caring Hearts Food Ministry, and St. Vincent de Paul of Bullhead City and Needles. Organizations in Lake Havasu City and Kingman also received turkeys. 

The Tribe and executive team of the Avi Resort & Casino hope this will become an annual tradition in the Tri-state community and look forward to further opportunities to give back.

“This year, at our special Thanksgiving holiday box distribution we provided food boxes to over 630 families, and this year’s Christmas distribution is on pace to mirror the results at Thanksgiving,” Darryl Dauenhauer, treasurer of the Colorado River Food Bank, said. “Due to the generosity of a donation of 500 whole frozen turkeys today from the Avi/Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, as well as the many donations from other businesses, organization, and individuals in the community, we are able to provide holiday food boxes to many additional families. 


“Moreover, today’s donation will ensure that families will be able to continue to receive meat products with their normal monthly food boxes even after the holidays, a period when our shelves and freezers would otherwise be nearly exhausted from the holiday distributions.”

The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and the Avi have a long, proud history of supporting local civic organizations and schools.


This year marked the sixth annual Toys for Tots Golf Tournament at the Huukan Golf Club, which benefitted the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Colorado River.

Avi Resort & Casino, an entity of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, is located in Laughlin where the states of California, Arizona and Nevada come together. For more information, go to AviCasino.com.

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