Officials with Buffalo Run Casino Resort continued its support of the Community Crisis Center with a $2,000 donation, as the presenting sponsor for the Fearless Fern 5K run.
This year's event, set for Saturday, Aug. 24, is named in honor of Fern Holland.
It will cap a full week of activities August 19 to 24 in honor of an Ottawa County hero who dedicated her life to advocating for victims of crime internationally.
Part of the donation will help with run sponsorship and the rest will help with operations.
"We are so grateful for the commitment of Buffalo Run Casino and the Peoria Tribe of Indians to support local victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” said CCC executive director Kelsey Samuels. “When victims see that businesses and individuals are using their voice and resources to support a network of hope beyond just our agency — that's what makes the difference."
The Crisis Center began in Ottawa County in 1981 and serves more than 600 victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, according to Samuels.
“Buffalo Run Casino along with the Peoria Tribe is proud to be a part of community and helping in any way that we can,” said Tara Yaryan, advertising and publicity coordinator at Buffalo Run. “We want to support the community that supports us.”