Mayor Breed recognizes Graton Resort & Casino as premier sponsor of APEC leaders’ conference in SF

Tribal Chairman Greg Sarris of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (in podium) gives his remarks as San Francisco Mayor London Breed (left) and California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis (right) look on.Photos courtesy of Viv Yuan

The premier sponsorship serves as a testament to he organization’s ongoing dedication to San Francisco’s growth, development and success

SAN FRANCISCO – On Tuesday, October 24, Mayor London N. Breed recognized Graton Resort & Casino as the city’s Premier Sponsor committed to supporting San Francisco as the host city for the 2023 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting.

Earlier this month, Graton Resort & Casino donated $4,625,000 to the San Francisco Special Events Committee, which is responsible for all APEC-related fundraising efforts. The committee has eclipsed its committed fundraising goal of $20,000,000, and intends to continue raising funds. Graton Resort & Casino’s generosity marks a significant contribution to APEC’s success and demonstrates the business’ commitment to fostering continued economic growth in the city

SF Mayor London Breed (left) extended her deepest appreciation to Graton not only for the donation to the APEC meet, but also for its “unwavering commitment to the city’s progress, prosperity, and innovation.” To her left is CA Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis.

“Graton Resort & Casino’s contribution will help ensure that the thousands of visitors coming to San Francisco for APEC experience the best of the city,” said Mayor London Breed. “On behalf of the city, I’d like to extend my deepest appreciation to Graton for not only their extraordinary donation, but also their unwavering commitment to our city’s progress, prosperity, and innovation.”

“Graton Resort & Casino’s generous support as the premier sponsor of the APEC summit marks not only a key partnership in ensuring the Summit’s success but also a partnership of shared values and commitment to showcasing the best of our state, our world-leading diversity, prosperity, and spirit of innovation,” said Lieutenant Governor and APEC Host Committee Finance Chair Eleni Kounalakis.

California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis shares her remarks.

Graton’s contribution will help enhance the experience for attendees at the conference next month. This support not only strengthens this international conference, but also underscores the company’s dedication to community engagement on a global stage.

“Our business, Graton Resort & Casino, is committed to social justice and environmental stewardship,” said Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. “The APEC conference will shine a light on all the important attributes of the Bay Area, including our diverse population and history of innovation. San Francisco is beautiful, vibrant and welcoming. It remains one of the world’s best and most forward-thinking cities. That’s why we’re proud to be the premier sponsor and enthusiastically support APEC in San Francisco.”

As a Premier Sponsor of APEC 2023 in San Francisco, Graton Resort & Casino supports the conference’s core themes of resilience, innovation, and inclusivity. Graton Resort & Casino is dedicated to helping our community in Northern California. The APEC conference will shine a light on all the important attributes of the Bay Area – including our diverse population and history of innovation.

The APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) is the premier platform for the United States to advance economic policies in the Asia-Pacific region to promote free, fair, and open trade and investment and advance inclusive and sustainable growth. As part of our enduring commitment to the region and broad-based economic growth, San Francisco is excited to serve as host of the APEC Leaders’ Meeting taking place in San Francisco, November 11-17, 2023.

The Nov. 11-17, 2023 APEC conference is the largest convening of world leaders in San Francisco since the UN Charter was signed in 1945.

APEC will be the largest convening of world leaders in San Francisco since the UN Charter was signed in 1945 during the UN Conference on International Organization, also called the San Francisco Conference.

This November, the United States will chair the 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in iconic San Francisco, California. The 21 APEC Member Economies account for nearly 40 percent of the global population and nearly 50 percent of global trade. APEC’s themes this year are sustainability, inclusivity, innovation and resilience.


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