Program provides food for 2,000 families
LAUGHLIN — The latest version of the Aquarius Casino Resort’s annual Feed a Family program raised enough money to help feed 2,000 Tri-state families over the holidays.
The seventh annual program ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 25, providing food for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Aquarius’ silent Christmas Tree Auction raised $12,500 for the program alone, which is $3,410 more than last year and $2,500 more than the goal.
“This is definitely going to set the bar for next year,” Aquarius General Manager Sean Hammond said.
Six of the Christmas trees went for more than $1,500 and one was sold for $2,000, setting a new bidding record. A few of the 11 theme-decorated trees stayed in the local area. The Angels, Cartoon Christmas and Peppermint Twist trees each went to a local family in need.
Sunridge Village Retirement off Landon Drive was the winner of the Winter Frost-themed Christmas tree.
The nucleus of Feed a Family funding comes from Aquarius’ ace|PLAY card members. These members can give as many of their player points as they want to the program. The points then go into a collective pool, and for every 12,000 points acquired, the Aquarius donates a food box.
“I’m just so proud and impressed by the players and team members,” Hammond said. “They just step up and give with their generosity. Its not just local members that donate, either.”
One generous woman donated 314,000 points, and a local couple gave a $1,000 check before the Feed a Family promotion even began.
The Aquarius is donating $5,900 to the Colorado River Food Bank even after the promotion. It’s enough to feed an additional 294 families.
Hammond said he would like to thank all those who donated to Feed a Family over the holiday season. The food boxes went to various organizations such as the Women’s Club of Needles, Colorado River Food Bank, Caring Hearts Food Ministry, Kingman Area Food Bank, Cornerstone Mission Project, Food for Families, United Methodist, and Havasu Community Health Foundation Food Bank.