Cherokee Nation Businesses recognizes top volunteers in 2016

April 17, 2017

CNB and Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville honor Janell Anthony with the 2016 Community Impact Team Volunteer of the Year award.

Company honors 17 employees for community service

TULSA, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Businesses is recognizing local employees for their outstanding volunteer efforts throughout the Cherokee Nation. Employees of the tribe’s business arm dedicated more than 3,300 volunteer service hours to community outreach projects and numerous charitable efforts during the past year.

“The collective goodwill toward our families, friends and communities is one of our most respected and shared values within the Cherokee Nation,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Community Impact Award honorees embody these important values we hold so closely. Our employees who embrace the spirit of volunteerism are true champions in our tribe, and they are making real differences in northeast Oklahoma.”

The employees volunteer alongside other members of the company’s Community Impact Team for a variety of outreach assignments that assist local communities. The volunteers offer their time to various organizations and events, such as Iron Gate, Cherokee Nation Angel Project and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Trash-OFF and Adopt-A-Highway programs. They also coordinate essential item and school supply drives, blood donation events, the tribe’s Heart of a Nation annual fundraising campaign and many other efforts throughout the year.

CNB recognizes a top volunteer from each if its properties, along with one employee earning the Volunteer of the Year title companywide.

“We are very proud of our employees and their unwavering dedication to serving those in need,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “These dedicated individuals volunteered alongside their colleagues, supported local communities and truly honored our company’s effort to remain a faithful community partner.”

Janell Anthony, customer service administrator at Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville, received this year’s top overall honor. The 2016 Community Impact Team Volunteer of the Year has worked for Cherokee Nation Entertainment for more than seven years.

The Community Impact Team is CNB’s companywide initiative dedicated to helping promote volunteerism and community engagement for all employees.

Members of CNB’s community impact and management teams recently honored Anthony and 16 other employees with awards for their incomparable efforts.

List of 2016 Community Impact Team Outstanding Volunteers:

Becky James, Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs

Cathy Roberson, Cherokee Casino Ramona

Danielle Eastham, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Catoosa

Deborah Fritts, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Tulsa

Erin Williams, Cherokee Casino Fort Gibson

Jake Beaver, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Pryor

Janell Anthony, Cherokee Casino South Coffeyville

Jon Cherry, Cherokee Casino Sallisaw

Ken Manahl, Cherokee Casino & Hotel West Siloam Springs

Kim Webber, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Tulsa

Lisa Bennett, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Tulsa

Margie Long, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Stilwell

Matthias “T” Garcia, Cherokee Casino Tahlequah

Pat Porter, Cherokee Nation Businesses – Tahlequah

Renae Williams, Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland

Robin “Ranae” Johnson, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

Mary Stephenson, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa