CLAREMORE, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation recently donated more than $123,000 to 13 organizations in Rogers County.

Rogers County organizations that benefited from the tribe’s annual contributions included court advocates, community groups and foundations, the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and others.

“Community partnerships like these are vital for our citizens. When we work together, we accomplish so much more,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “It is always a pleasure to visit Rogers County and see the great things that are being accomplished. We are proud of the work that Tribal Councilors Taylor and Austin are doing, and we look forward to even greater things to come.”

One of the recipients of this year’s funds included the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation. The foundation received $25,000 for renovations to the auditorium, located at the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore.

“This auditorium is where all visitors come to learn about the Cherokee kid, and it is in great need of updates,” said Will Rogers Memorial Foundation Director Tad Jones. “We are extremely grateful for the contribution from the Cherokee Nation and know that this donation will translate into a 30- to 35-year investment in our facility.”

Tribal Councilors Keith Austin and Janees Taylor joined Baker to present the checks from the tribe’s charitable contributions budget.

The following Rogers County organizations received charitable contributions funding:

Meals on Wheels - $2,800

Rogers County Elder Day Center - $3,000

William W. Barnes Child Advocacy Center - $12,000

Child Advocates of Northeast Oklahoma - $25,803.92

Rogers County Sheriff’s Office - $13,000

Safenet - $15,000

Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club - $7,500

Davis Arms Museum - $10,000

Will Rogers Foundation - $25,000

Rogers State University Foundation - $2,500

Good Samaritan Ministry Inc. - $2,000

Rogers County Cherokee Association - $2,000

Rogers County Premium Auction - $3,000