A program for special-needs children who receive treatment through animal-assisted therapy scored a jackpot thanks to an area casino.
Gila River Hotels & Casinos presented the Gilbert-based Pawsitive Friendships with a check for $25,473 at the Barney Sports Complex in Queen Creek. The money was part of $76,000 in unclaimed jackpots that the casino gives to nonprofits each year. The money was donated during Gila River Cares Week of Giving. A committee from the casino chose the recipients.
“Thank you to Gila River Hotels & Casinos for allowing us to continue serving the special needs community with animal therapy,” said Tosha Tharp, CEO of Pawsitive Friendships. “This grant will allow us to continue providing services to our 11 facilities, as well as help us train and equip new animal therapy teams and expand our services to additional schools to create even more Pawsitive Friendships.”