Chairman Robert Smith, center, of the Pala Band of Mission Indians and, center right, Bill Bembenek, chief executive officer of Pala Casino Spa & Resort, present a check for $11,000 to Rick Hinrichs, center left, director of emergency operations for the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties to benefit the Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund as Pala Casino management and team members and tribal members participate. Pala Casino team members and the tribe held a two-week fundraising campaign in January at the casino to help the Haitian relief effort. Courtesy photo
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