Carry the Torch Fundraiser Raises $15,525 For Northwoods Charities

Lake of the Torches Resort Casino along with the help of its business partners and sports enthusiasts raised a total of $15,525 for four vital Northwoods charities during the annual Carry the Torch Fundraiser held Wednesday, September 9, at Gateway Gun Club in Land O’ Lakes, Wis.

As part of the event that has been held for the past six years, participants competed in trap and sporting clay competitions on one of the premier shooting facilities in the Midwest. The Lakeland Pantry, the Wisconsin Central Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Northwoods United Way and the Lac du Flambeau Youth Center will each receive approximately $3,880 as part of the proceeds of the event.

John Muir, a four-time All-American trap champion and a former professional shooter with the Winchester Firearms Company for 10 years, led participants in shooting demonstrations that morning in preparation for the trap and sporting clays competitions. Awards were presented to top place finishers in a number of categories. Participants also had the chance to win prizes during raffles held at the end of the event.

“We’re so glad to be part of this wonderful day,” said Amy Vanney, President of the Northwoods United Way. The United Way helps fund more than 20 agencies that provide services such as family resource assistance, temporary housing and youth activities to Northwoods residents.

The American Red Cross will use its donation to help with disaster relief and providing assistance to fire victims in the Northwoods and central Wisconsin area. The Red Cross also teaches classes on CPR and emergency preparedness. along with sending assistance to armed service members and their families, according to John Gross, a Northwoods American Red Cross disaster response volunteer.

The Lac du Flambeau Youth (Abinoojiiyag) Center offers a wide variety of after school and cultural programs for more than 500 youth in the Lac du Flambeau area. The Youth Center will use the donation to help fund its many club activities, including cultural activities and Ojibwe language instructional programs.

Last, the Lakeland Pantry serves more than 1,800 families throughout the Lakeland area. These families receive a two-week supply of food along with clothing, infant supplies and other essentials. The pantry routinely distributes 16,000 pounds of food items each week.

“Thank you to all of our participants and our generous sponsors who helped make this incredible event possible. Carry the Torch is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together with our business and community partners to truly make a difference in the livesof Northwoods residents,” said Lake of the Torches’ Director of Marketing Leana Schlecht.

Situated on the shores of Pokegama Lake and nestled in Wisconsin’s Northwoods, the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino has a feel of a classic Northern retreat and reflects its Ojibwe culture and heritage. The casino has over 800 slot machines (including a non-smoking area), seven blackjack tables, a three-card poker table and three Texas Hold’Em poker tables along with Roulette and Craps tables, a high-stakes Bingo Hall seating up to 500 persons, the Woody’s Bar and Grill and the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant. The hotel has 101 well-appointed rooms, the Dancing Waters Lounge and the Woodlands Oasis pool area. The 8,500 square-foot Convention Center with the Hall of Nations offers an outstanding venue for entertainment, receptions, trade shows, meetings, presentations and seminars.

More information on upcoming events at Lake of the Torches is available at

Contact Information
Leana Schlecht
Director of Marketing
Lake of the Torches Resort Casino
1-800-25-TORCH, ext. 4016