Friday, April 28, 2017

Cherokee Nation Honors Volunteers

Cherokee Nation Businesses recently recognized local employees for their outstanding volunteer efforts throughout the Cherokee Nation.

Employees of the tribe’s business arm dedicated more than 3,300 volunteer service hours to community outreach projects and numerous charitable efforts during the past year.

Those honored from Sequoyah County are Jon Cherry from the Cherokee Casino in Sallisaw and Renae Williams from the Cherokee Casino & Hotel in Roland.

“The collective goodwill toward our families, friends and communities is one of our most respected and shared values within the Cherokee Nation,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Community Impact Award honorees embody these important values we hold so closely. Our employees who embrace the spirit of volunteerism are true champions in our tribe, and they are making real differences in northeast Oklahoma.”

The employees volunteer alongside other members of the company’s Community Impact Team for a variety of outreach assignments that assist local communities. The volunteers offer their time to various organizations and events, such as Iron Gate, Cherokee Nation Angel Project and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Trash-OFF and Adopt-A-Highway programs.

They also coordinate essential item and school supply drives, blood donation events, the tribe’s Heart of a Nation annual fundraising campaign and many other efforts throughout the year.

CNB recognizes a top volunteer from each if its properties, along with one employee earning the Volunteer of the Year title companywide.

Janell Anthony, customer service administrator at Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville, received this year’s top overall honor. The 2016 Community Impact Team Volunteer of the Year has worked for Cherokee Nation Entertainment for more than seven years. The Community Impact Team is CNB’s companywide initiative dedicated to helping promote volunteerism and community engagement for all employees.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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