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Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana and Coushatta Casino Resort Donate $11,400 to St. Nicholas Center for Children

Benefiting Children on the Autism Spectrum and Their Families

May 29, 2019

KINDER, LA––During April 2019, Coushatta Casino Resort associates participated in a fundraiser to benefit a local non-profit organization, St. Nicholas Center for Children, whose mission is to transform the lives of children with autism, delays and disorders by providing therapy and family support.

Casino associates who wished to donate had the option to purchase specially designed t-shirts displaying a motivational message promoting autism awareness, “It’s Okay to Be Different.” Participating associates were allowed to wear their t-shirts with jeans as part of their uniform on designated days during the month. Through generosity and community spirit, casino associates raised a total of $11,400.

St. Nicholas Center representatives Ada Oquain, Event Coordinator, and Hannah Johnson, Development Relations Coordinator, accepted the donation from Coushatta Tribal Chairman David Sickey and Coushatta Casino Resort General Manager Scott Sirois. They were joined by Tribal Vice Chairman Jonathan Cernek, as well as Coushatta Casino Resort associates Whitney Bell, Casino Executive Housekeeper, and Alvin Langley, Director of Player Development, both of whom have children who attend St. Nicholas Center, and Tribal Development/Associate Engagement Manager Kristen Johnson.

“Partnering with outstanding organizations like St. Nicholas Center for Children is always among our favorite opportunities. These are the community members who save the lives of our children and our best possible future. It’s a privilege to stand with them, as well as witness the continuous generosity of our extraordinary Coushatta Casino Resort associates,” said Tribal Chairman David Sickey.

St. Nicholas Center Event Coordinator Ada Oquain stated, “This is incredible! Thank you to all who participated! The support we have received from the Tribe and the casino has been incredible, to feel the outreach from the community. It is so wonderful to have this partner in our community service!”

St. Nicholas Center offers a wide range of services including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Skills training, and diagnostic testing. Services are provided to children with autism, developmental delays, and neurological disorders in a fun, loving, and educational environment. Over 60 years of research demonstrate the effectiveness of ABA in increasing communication, social skills, and academic skills while decreasing problematic behaviors.

Coushatta Casino Resort is located in Kinder, Louisiana on US Highway 165 (I-10 exit 44) and features over 2,000 slots and more than 65 table games including live poker, plus live bingo and off-track betting. Phone 800-584-7263 for more information or visit the website at