Recently, the Tribal Gaming Agency of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians delivered 3,456 decks of used playing cards from the Black Oak Casino to the United Service Organization at the San Francisco International Airport. The playing cards will be given to military service members and their family members using the USO service center at SFO.
The USO at SFO, located in Terminal 1, provides military service members and the family members of active duty, reservist and National Guard members a safe and secure place to relax and enjoy refreshments while en route between duty stations or traveling during periods of leave. The USO at SFO is part of the USO of Northern California and some of the donated playing cards will be spread to other USO locations at the San Jose International Airport and Travis Air Force Base.
“We recently found out the USO could use our playing cards and felt it was an excellent opportunity for the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, the Tribal Gaming Agency and the Black Oak Casino to help support our brave men and women in the armed services,” said Tribal Chairman Kevin Day.
“We are happy to receive the playing cards from the Black Oak Casino and look forward to giving them to the service members that use our facility,” said Susan Shapira, USO center director at SFO. “The USO is a nonprofit civilian organization that receives no government or military funding and relies entirely on private and corporate donations. We have 94 non-paid volunteers at SFO that help us keep the USO facility open 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, 365 days-a-year for our service members and their families.”
Richard Armstrong, tribal attorney and Of Counsel with the law firm of Rosette and Associates, PC, said: “The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, the Tribal Gaming Agency and the Black Oak Casino have a long history of supporting our military service members through various charitable efforts including sending care packages to service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today’s donation to the USO is simply another example of the tribe’s commitment to supporting our brave troops and their families.”
The USO facility at SFO provides an abundance of resources to traveling service members including fresh, healthy refreshments, computers with e-mail access, a television lounge, limited overnight lodging and nursery facilities, free maps and brochures, as well as shuttle arrangements to area military bases.
“The USO is always in need of donations of paper products and plastic utensils (no Styrofoam),” Shapira said. Donations to the USO at SFO can be made by contacting her at (650) 821-7613.