In 2004 Relay for Life (RFL), an event benefitting the American Cancer Society, came to Lemoore. Initially a small group of slot clerks from the Tachi Palace Casino decided to participate and raised an amazing $10,000.
RFL is an event where a variety of organizations and family teams spend months raising money and competing against each other. Then they come together to camp out on a field for 24 hours, walking laps and selling items at their campsite, all of which benefits the American Cancer Society.
Over the next several years, Tachi’s slot department continued to raise money for RFL, usually $10,000 to $15,000. The casino, after seeing what these amazing slot clerks were doing, began contributing, with the amounts increasing to $15,000, then $20,000, earning them first place for the past several years.
In 2012 every department of the casino plus the Santa Rosa Rancheria (owners of Tachi Palace Casino) were united on the project, highly committed, and raised a record-breaking $34,637.
Jacob Jeff, a tribal member of Santa Rosa Rancheria and director of the slot department has been the pacesetter for the other departments in the casino. Their RFL motto: “It’s a gamble not to be informed.”
On April 28 to 29, 2012, the Lemoore community came together once again at Lemoore High School and raised an amazing grand total of $205,000. This money will go toward a grant to provide technology in pain management for children battling cancer. Even during a fragile economy, the power of a few people can make lifesaving changes.