Casinos reach out during holidays
Harrah’s Reno, the Nugget Resort Casino and the Silver Legacy Resort Casino are reaching out this holiday season.
Harrah’s Reno Thanksgiving dinners
For more than a decade, Harrah’s Reno has been serving a Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who needs a hot meal on the Monday before Thanksgiving, this year on Nov. 23. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. A tent will be set up at the corner of Center and Sixth streets in downtown Reno. The Harrah’s food department staff prepares the hot meals and Harrah’s volunteers serve them. This year, Clean the World Foundation is donating 750 personal care kits to hand out to needy families.
“The employees find this the most rewarding event they do every year as they are giving back right here at home and seeing the appreciation of those other Reno citizens that are in need of a helping hand during the holidays,” said Janet Leis, the organizer of the event. “Management comes out and works side by side with the all the volunteer team members to make this a wonderful event for everyone.”
Harrah’s Reno and the Salvation Army will be serving a complete Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for those who need a good, hot meal on Thanksgiving Day from non to 2 p.m. at the Salvation Army, located on the corner of Sutro Street and Oddie Boulevard. The Harrah’s Reno staff will be serving 500 hot Thanksgiving dinners.
Nugget provides Thanksgiving dinner at St. Vincent’s
On Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, chefs from the Nugget Casino Resort will continue the 54th yearly tradition of feeding the hungry. The kitchen staff will take over the St. Vincent’s Dining Room, providing an estimated 1,200 free Thanksgiving meals to hungry men, women and children. The Nugget Casino provides a special meal for St. Vincent’s clients every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
“We are so lucky to have the support from Nugget Casino year after year,” said Peter Vogel, CEO of Catholic Charities & the St. Vincent’s Programs. “Our goal is to make Thanksgiving a special day for people in our community who are homeless and have nowhere else to go on this family holiday. We welcome anyone in our doors who is in need of a nutritious, delicious meal.”
This year’s menu will include traditional items such as turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce, followed by pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
The meal will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 26 at St. Vincent’s Dining Room, 325 Valley Road.
Silver Legacy’s Jeffrey Olson Memorial Thanksgiving Feed
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24, the Silver Legacy Resort Casino will serve those in need by preparing and serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Together with members of Vocational Opportunities for Inclusive Career Education and the Washoe County School District Police Explorers, approximately 1,000 people will be served at the corner of Sixth and Center streets in downtown Reno. The annual event is a memorial to Jeffrey Olson, Silver Legacy’s former banquet manager who was instrumental in the development of the event.
This year’s dinner, prepared by the Silver Legacy culinary team, will include oven roasted turkey, honey mustard glazed ham, creamed mashed potatoes, apple sage dressing, candied yams, green beans, pumpkin pie, warm apple cider and more.
“This tradition is important to the Silver Legacy because it allows us to give back to the community that gives so much to us,” said Glenn Carano, general manager of Silver Legacy. “Our team members graciously volunteer their time to ensure others have an enjoyable holiday. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am thankful to operate a business with so many kind hearts.”