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Pechanga Resort Casino puts on holiday party for 300 needy children – Press

More than 300 needy southwest Riverside County children and their families enjoyed an elaborate holiday party at the Pechanga Resort Casino’s 4th annual Holiday of Hope event on Monday night, Dec. 9.

Members of the Great Oak High School Choir sing as people eat dinner at the Pechanga Resort Casino’s 4th Annual Holiday of Hope event near Temecula on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer)

Melissa McMillan helps her daughter Adelaide decorate a Christmas cookie at the Pechanga Resort Casino’s 4th Annual Holiday of Hope event near Temecula on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer)

Andrew Jackson smiles as he rides a train at the Pechanga Resort Casino’s 4th Annual Holiday of Hope event Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer)

Sean Mathews and Anthony Steit eat popcorn Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, as they watch “The Polar Express” at the Pechanga Resort Casino’s 4th Annual Holiday of Hope event near Temecula on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer)

Maliyah Steit tries to catch a flake of snow on her tongue at the Pechanga Resort Casino’s 4th Annual Holiday of Hope event near Temecula on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer)

Families pose for photos with Santa Claus at the Pechanga Resort Casino’s 4th Annual Holiday of Hope event near Temecula on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer)

Katarina Adams reacts as her daughter Katarina walks through fake snow at the Pechanga Resort Casino’s 4th Annual Holiday of Hope event near Temecula on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer)

Kailey Kesterson makes a face as she tries to balance a plate filled with food at the Pechanga Resort Casino’s 4th Annual Holiday of Hope event near Temecula on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Foulk, Contributing Photographer)

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The three-hour party at the casino near Temecula featured train rides, a holiday buffet, family photos with Santa, cookie decorating and other activities, a Pechanga news release stated.

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Each child received a gift. And each family got a holiday gift basket with a grocery gift card, holiday movies, blanket, game, popcorn and cocoa.

The children attend schools in the Lake Elsinore, Murrieta Valley and Temecula Valley unified school districts.