Nisqually Red Wind Casino is commemorating its 20th anniversary during the month of May, amidst an expansion that will yield more casino space and an adjacent hotel.

The celebration will include $220,000 in prizes over the course of the month, said General Manager Cheebo Frazier.

“Our 20th anniversary is an important milestone for Nisqually Red Wind Casino,” said Frazier, a member of the Nisqually Tribe. “One way we’re marking this special event is by rewarding the guests who help our casino do so well.”

“The economic benefits and employment opportunities of Nisqually Red Wind Casino ripple throughout this region. We can be proud of the casino’s many positive impacts,” added Farron McCloud, chair of the Nisqually Tribal Council. “It’s important to step back and look at the past 20 years. We are very appreciative of the tribal elders who had the vision to build the casino, as well as the tribal leaders and casino team members who have contributed to its growth and success.”

The facility, located east of Olympia, started out in 1997 as a bingo hall but has grown to 95,000 sq. ft. of casino space with 1,500 slot machines, four restaurants, a sports pub, a bar, a gift shop and a 1,000-space parking garage.

Gaming revenues from the casino are used to fund support services for tribal members and provide operational funding for many area non-profit agencies and organizations. In just the past five years, charitable funding awarded by the Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable and Local Government Program totaled an estimated $5 million.