FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2017
National Center for Victims of Crime: Tara Ballesteros 202-467-8743 or [email protected]
Lytton Rancheria, Doug Elmets (916) 329-9180
100% of all donations collected will be distributed directly to victims and their families.
Washington, DC – The National Center for Victims of Crime announced a $500,000 donation from the Lytton Rancheria Tribe, owner and operator of the San Pablo Lytton Casino in California, for victims of the mass casualty shooting in Las Vegas.
“We are extremely appreciative of the generous contribution from the Lytton Rancheria Tribe to the National Compassion Fund Las Vegas. This donation will support the needs of victims and their families throughout these dark times,” said Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. “Moreover, their leadership in stepping forward and encouraging others to do the same sets an example for the country for how we can come together and support one another during this tragedy.”
The National Compassion Fund was established by the National Center for Victims of Crime, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and an authority on how victims are compensated for loss, as a safe and transparent way to give to victims directly and is the only straight-to-victim fund of its kind in the country.
“Our Tribe is devastated by the senseless, horrifying act of violence that occurred in Las Vegas this week,” said Lytton Tribal Chairperson Margie Mejia. “It is the Lytton Rancheria’s deepest hope that our donation will help to support the victims of this tragedy as they begin to recover and rebuild their lives. We are also hopeful that this donation will inspire others to contribute anything that they can to assist the National Compassion Fund, as 100% of all donations will be distributed directly to the victims and their families.”
The Lytton Rancheria of California and San Pablo Lytton Casino are committed to aiding programs whose efforts significantly impact those most in need. Over the last several years, the Tribe and casino contributed over $18.5 million to underserved communities throughout the nation.
To Donate to the National Compassion Fund:
- Text Vegas to 20222 to give $10
- Visit org
- By mail. Please make checks payable to the National Compassion Fund Las Vegas and send to:
National Center for Victims of Crime
ATTN: National Compassion Fund Las Vegas
2000 M Street, NW, Suite 480
Washington, DC 20036
The National Compassion Fund promotes transparency, helps prevent fraud, and ensures the fair and equitable distribution of funds directly to victims. The Fund together with Equality Florida and the City of Orlando distributed over $32 million to more than 300 victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting.
The National Compassion Fund is designed, first and foremost, to serve victims. The goal is to help victims recover and rebuild their lives after a horrific crime. The National Center has the experience to help victims navigate this process, and to treat victims with the respect and dignity they deserve. Victims or family members who have questions about the Fund and/or resources available should call our VictimConnect Resource Center toll-free at 855-4-VICTIM between the hours of 8:30am and 7:30pm eastern time.
About the National Center Victims of Crime
For 30 years the National Center for Victims of Crime has been the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. The National Center for Victims of Crime is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and an authority on how victims are compensated for loss.
About the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Pomo Native Americans. The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians owns and operates San Pablo Lytton Casino. What began as a card room has expanded to a full-fledged casino with Class II Gaming Machines, Poker, Black Jack, Pai Gow and more.