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CONTENTS

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Featuring the finest images taken around Funner, CA

10  WELCOME TO FUNNER, CA Fun's new permanent address 13  TOTAL REWARDS Increase your fun bank faster with a TR Visa

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STAY

The Newport Suite

SPLASH

Dive Cabanas Southern California's only Swim-up Bar

DRINK

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14  THE TRIBE’S NATURE TRAIL Step back through time

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AROUND TOWN

16  TASTE KJ Chinese Restaurant

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GIVE BACK

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RESORT MAP

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Roulette 101

24  BEHIND THE SCENES With Funner, CA’s new mayor David Hasselhoff 30 

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Meals On Wheels

Finding fun is easy with this "go to" guide

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WELCOME TO FUNNER,CA

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Words by Darrell Pilant, Senior Vice President and General Manager  Photo by Troy Doney

FIRST OFF, LET ME WELCOME YOU TO FUNNER,

creating the city of Funner, we started with the

We know that “funner” will mean different

CALIFORNIA. We know … it’s not a word—it’s a

customer experience at the core. If you’re going to

things to different guests. And our goal is to create

place. By now you’ve seen the billboards. You made

create a place that’s known for being “funner” than

a place where, whatever funner means to you, it

it here. And hopefully, from the booking experience

anywhere else, then you have to start with the

can happen here. Where you can be lighthearted,

to opening this magazine, you’ve already figured

teammate experience. Because if the teammates

you can joke and you’ll find a lighter atmosphere

out that something is different here at Harrah’s

aren’t having fun, then how can we expect the

where you’ll actually be rewarded for having a

Resort Southern California. Something funner.

same from our guests?

good time.

I’ve worked in the casino industry for 20 years, and what we’re doing here is something that’s never been done before. But it’s about so much more than just creating a small city—the new city of Funner, Calfornia. Sure we could promise that your experience here at Harrah’s Resort SoCal—the number one resort in Funner, California—would be different than anywhere

“This isn’t just a campaign for us. This is a way of life. This is who we are now, and going forward this is who we’re going to be.”

—Darrell Pilant, Senior Vice President and General Manager

else. But without the support of our team, then you’d see right through us.

To help facilitate this for you, in addition to a new attitude and a new address, we’ve also expanded your opportunities for excitement from the casino floor. We’re doing this by adding new experiences like our state-of-the-art Fitness Center, SR76 Beerworks, our newly remodeled Spa and an ever-evolving entertainment line up to bring you shows that you really want to see. We want you to relax, have a good time and enjoy this

We are empowering our team and allowing

escape from your everyday lives.

As the Senior Vice President and General

them to create an environment where they can

Don’t get me wrong—we take your experience

Manager, one of my main responsibilities here is

be their authentic best selves and have fun while

with us very seriously. And as we get feedback

to oversee the culture of the property. For me, to

they’re doing it. If that happens, they will in turn,

from you we’ll continue to evolve and grow this

be able to affect the lives of 1,700 people is a very

have created that kind of environment for you—

idea of an elevated level of fun. But our hope

important thing. Everybody has to work. So why

our guests. And I think we’re on to something here.

is that while you’re here in at Harrah’s Resort

wouldn’t we want to create an environment where

This isn’t just a campaign for us. This is a way

SoCal, in the heart of Funner, California, you’ll

people have fun while they’re doing their work? When we started developing this idea of

of life. This is who we are now, and going forward this is who we’re going to be. ESCAPE

find your own style of funner.


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TRIBAL NATURE TRAIL STEPPING BACK THROUGH TIME Words by Rob Schafer  Photo by Zach Cordner

FOR THREE THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE the arrival

time of year and weather patterns such as

The Spanish began referring to the Indians

of Columbus in the New World, the Indian

drought or f looding. Larger villages could have

associated with the San Luis Rey Mission as San

tribe that came to be known as Luiseño had

numbered as many as 300 or more, with the

Luiseño Indians, or, more generally, as “Mission

well-established population patterns in the

smaller villages averaging between 50 to 100

Indians.” The name has evolved to simply Luiseño.

geographic region now known as Southern California. Archaeological evidence indicates the distant ancestors of the Luiseño had lived in the area for 5,000 years. By the time the Spaniards arrived in the 18th century it is believed as many as 10,000 people occupied the region. The Spaniards found as many as 10 permanent and seasonal

“We wanted to give visitors to Harrah’s Resort SoCal an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors”

—Tribal Council Member Laurie Gonzalez

The natives called themselves Payomkawichum— meaning, the “Western People.” The geographical and botanical diversity of the territory covered nearly every ecological zone: From the ocean and its sandy beaches, shallow inlets, freshwater marshes, salt marsh estuaries, and coastal chaparral—to lush interior grassy valleys, valley woodlands and extensive oak groves—to the pines and cedars on the peaks of

villages from the mouth of the San Luis Rey

Palomar Mountain.

River eastward along the river’s edge to the

inhabitants. The village of Topamai, located

highest

Mountain.

on the Santa Margarita River about nine miles

Lakes, streams, marshes and the Pacific

Over the centuries, the populations of the

from the Pacific, had continual habitation for

Ocean provided the Luiseño with a great variety of

various villages f luctuated depending on the

approximately 6,000 years.

food. These included river catfish, many varieties

elevations

of

Palomar

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of clam, as well as mussel, oyster, tusk, Pismo

animals (such as bears) to be sacred. Bears

and moon shells from the estuaries. The people

were hunted for their skins and claws, but the

constructed in 2015 by the Rincon Band of

favored abalone, lobster, stingray, numerous

flesh was not eaten. Prayers were offered when

Indians Tribal Government’s Cultural Resources

species of shallow water fish and many species of

a bear was killed, and a stone erected where

Department. “We wanted to give visitors to

deep-water fish.

the animal fell. The mountain lion was also

Harrah’s Resort SoCal an opportunity to walk in

revered. The places where they died were also

the footsteps of our ancestors,” added Council

marked with stones.

Member Gonzalez. “We also wanted to give them

Using bows made from the wood of the ash tree and arrows fashioned from greasewood,

The

San

Luis

Rey

River

Walk

was

the Luiseño hunted black-tail deer and antelope,

The San Luis Rey River was the lifeblood

an opportunity to get away from the casino for a

jackrabbits and cottontail, ground squirrel and

of the Luiseño. The river was the artery upon

few moments and appreciate the tranquility of

wood rats. Commonly hunted birds included

which they built their culture and lifestyle.

the river area.”

ducks and valley and mountain quail. Plant foods

The river served as the highway to maintain

enjoyed by the people were pinon nuts, toyon

communication with relatives, as well as migrate

berries, sumac and Manzanita berries, currants,

back and forth between coastal regions and the

gooseberries, blackberries, elderberries, wild

mountains—depending on the seasons. “To us,

grapes, prickly pear fruit, chia seeds, sage, tree

water is life,” said Tribal Council Member Laurie

mushrooms, watercress and wild celery.

Gonzalez. “And the river brought that life to our

The

Luiseño

considered

certain

large

people. We did everything along this river.” #HARRAHSSOCAL

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KJ CHINESE RESTAURANT

THE FAR EAST HAS NEVER BEEN CLOSER Words by Adam Sullivan  Photos by Zach Cordner

House Special Steam Chicken

Crispy Deep Fried Flounder Sole

Bai Ling Mushroom with Baby Bok Choy

Roasted Duck Sauteed Beef (French Style) Scallop and Crab Fried Rice

IN ADDITION TO ITS EXCITING GAMES, lavish relaxation

waiting. The people waiting in these lines came

areas and all-around fun, Harrah’s Resort SoCal is

back again and again, they brought friends and

also famous for its wide variety of amazing food.

word eventually got out.”

And that variety got even more authentic with

So explained that, as fortune would have it,

the recent opening of KJ Chinese Restaurant—the

this word-of-mouth reached an executive at the

third location for this notable dining experience.

Rio Casino in Las Vegas: “This executive would

KJ Chinese Restaurant is a Las Vegas staple

always go there [to KJ Chinese Restaurant’s

that’s been around for over a decade. Co-Owner

original location] and eat. He saw that it was

David So explained that it began with just one

busy all the time and that the clientele was

location in Las Vegas’ Chinatown district: “We

mostly Chinese. So he wanted to bring them

[have been] open since 2006. As soon as we

to the Rio.” The second location opened up in

opened the door, business has been really good.

December of 2011.

We have about 100 seating in the restaurant.

In addition to the restaurant buzz, So

Every day at dinnertime there’s a line of people

also stated that the strategy was to help lure a

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"So when the craving for authentic Chinese food hits, you know exactly where to go" #FUNNER


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(Continued from page 16)

FAMOUS KJ DIM SUM MENU DISHES FAMOUS DISHES BLACK PEPPER TENDER BEEF HONEY WALNUT CREAMY SHRIMP STEAM FRIED CLAM WITH BASIL

HA GAO (SHRIMP BALL) EGG CUSTARD SIU MAI

GINGER AND GREEN ONION (SCALLION) LOBSTER HOUSE SPECIAL CRAB

greater Asian clientele to the casino. “Rio was

People come from miles around to try them, at

Resort SoCal (290 miles each way!). “We have a

not busy with Chinese games like Pai Gow,”

the original location in the heart of Las Vegas, in

big prep room at the Rio,” he said. “Three times

So remembered. “But as soon as KJ Chinese

its second location at the Vegas Rio, and now, its

a week, we will use a refrigerated van [to drive

Restaurant opened, Asian business for them was

third location at Harrah’s Resort SoCal located

them], because none of the airports are close to

better.” The KJ location at the Rio offers the same

adjacent to the casino floor next to Fiore.

the casino.”

great quality food and because it was a much

When asked to reveal the secret to a good

So when the craving for authentic Chinese

larger location, they were able to add Dim Sum to

dumpling, So had one simple tip: “They have

food hits, you know exactly where to go. Head

the menu—a delicacy that soon became KJ’s claim

to be fresh.” In order to maintain the quality,

to where the Dim Sum and dumplings rack up

to fame.

KJ Chinese Restaurant drives fresh Dim Sum

more road miles than you do.

Another menu item that sets KJ Chinese

and dumplings from the prep room at the Rio

Restaurant apart is its hand-made dumplings.

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ROULETTE 101

KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE WHEEL Words by Adam Sullivan  Photos by Zach Cordner EXOTIC IN ORIGIN, exciting to play and the potential for a hefty payout—Roulette might just be the sexiest casino game around. And nobody knows Roulette better than Harrah’s Resort SoCal, where there can be up to four wheels spinning on any given night. When you first walk across the casino f loor, Roulette may appear the same as Poker, Blackjack and all the rest of the table games. But what sets Roulette apart from the others is its wheel. Wheels make everything more exciting, don’t they? In fact, wheels are a common theme in games of every kind from Let’s Make A Deal to Wheel of Fortune. Even Twister has a little spinning wheel. Not since the creation of fire has man been so impressed with such an invention. And yeah, we may have evolved a bit, but the wheel still holds a tender place in all our hearts. Don’t be intimidated, though—Roulette is surprisingly easy to understand. Harrah’s Resort SoCal Table Games Supervisor Rita Pasquarelli explained what newcomers to the game should do to get started: “We have little handouts that explain the basic strategy of Roulette. They’ll show you the different odds. The dealers are very friendly here and they’re more than happy to walk you through the game.” As with all casino games, the object is to bet on what you think will come up as a winner, but Roulette is a bit sexier—and it’s all because of that wheel. One of the most fascinating elements of Roulette is the myriad of ways you can play.


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“IT’S A VERY SOCIAL GAME AND ROULETTE PLAYERS ARE VERY SOCIAL PEOPLE.” —RITA PASQUARELLI, TABLE GAMES SUPERVISOR

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MAKING A BET ON ROULETTE There’s more to the game than just placing your chip on a number. Here’s a quick explanation for placing Roulette bets and their payouts.

INSIDE BETS (ALL NUMBERS INCLUDING 0 AND 00) STRAIGHT UP: A bet straight up on the number. (35:1) 
 SPLIT: A bet on the line between two numbers. (17:1) 
 STREET: A bet on three numbers in a line. To do this, place a bet on the outer edge of the number. (11:1) CORNER: A bet on the corner line of four numbers. (8:1) 
 SIX-LINE: A bet on six consecutive numbers. This bet is made on the line of three numbers each that lie next to each other—a total of six numbers. (5:1)
 TRIO: A three-number bet including “0” or “00.” Place your bet on the line of “0,” “1 & 2 or 00,” “2 & 3.” (3:1) BASKET BET OR BUCKET: A bet on the line of 0, 00, and 2. (3:1) 
 TOP LINE: A bet on five numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. Place your chip on the line of 1 and 0. (6:1)


OUTSIDE BETS (OUTSIDE AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE NUMBERS) EVEN MONEY BETS: Red or Black, Even or Odd, High 19 through 36, Low 1 through 18. (1:1)
 TWO TO ONE BETS: First Dozen 1 through 12, Second Dozen 13-24, Third Dozen 25-36. (2:1)
 TWO TO ONE BETS: Column Bet: 3 columns that consists of 12 numbers at the bottom of layout. (2:1)

“There’s a basic strategy,” said Pasquarelli.

here every week. It’s a very social game and

then by all means—read on. But while you do,

“There’re a lot of players that have their favorite

Roulette players are very social people.”

it’d certainly behoove you to keep the word

numbers. There’s also a tote board that lists

Pasquarelli is speaking from experience—

“theory” in mind (also the word “crackpot”

previous numbers. Everybody has their own

she’s been working with the game since 1979. “We

for some of them). Obviously, there’s no magic

specific way of playing.”

have family and friends that like to play together.

formula that’ll turn your “ones” into “10s,”

We have four tables and on the weekends they

“100s,” or even 1 million.

At its most basic level, you can place a bet on a specific number and get a 35 to 1 payout when it hits.

like to jump from game-to-game.”

Like all games of chance, the operative

As with any other topic, you can Google

word here is “chance.” However you play (and

Another great aspect of Roulette is that

“How to win at Roulette” and read all sorts

with whomever you bring with you), the best

it’s particularly fun to play in a group. “We

of dubious and conf licting “theories” until

way to ensure you win is to set the right goals.

have a large number of regulars who we see

you go cross-eyed. If that’s your cup of tea,

If your goal is to have fun, then everybody wins!

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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH FUNNER, CALIFORNIA

MAYOR DAVID HASSELHOFF Words by Robyn Lass  Photos by Zach Cordner

Every town needs rules and regulations for their citizens and guests to follow—even a place like Funner, California. As we prepared to christen our new city with its new name and new objectives, we sought high and low for the perfect person to lead this community in the right direction—the direction of fun. This town needed someone who represented everything we stand for in Funner. They needed to have a positive outlook on life, they needed to be someone who didn’t take him or herself too seriously and they needed

to embrace the overarching goal of Funner, California—to be a place where everyone is encouraged to enjoy fun their way. Meet David Hasselhoff—the first official mayor of Funner, California. “The Hoff,” as his fans and followers affectionately refer to him, is the embodiment of everything Funner stands for. Actor, singer, producer and businessman, The Hoff is an international icon and a household name. He’s also familiar with wearing many hats and having a great time doing it. If you haven’t

seen it yet, check out his first Funner, California TV commercial at visitfunner.com. You’ll see exactly what we mean. Mayor Hasselhoff was sworn in to his new position on May 18, 2017 (if you missed it, check out visitfunner.com/blog for a recap of the event). We caught up with the Hoff before he took office to get his view on his new position, how he thinks his background and celebrity status can help him in his new role and his hopes and dreams for Funner, California.


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WHAT ARE YOUR IMMEDIATE PLANS AS MAYOR FOR THE

WHAT INITIATIVES OR LAWS DO YOU PLAN ON

it that you don’t really know until you actually

CITY OF FUNNER, CALIFORNIA?

PUTTING IN PLACE?

become president or you become mayor. You find

My immediate plan, as mayor, is to have fun. I plan

The thing that’s most exciting is that people are

out all the tough, negative stuff. Inspiring people

on being hands on. I’ve been hands-on my whole

going to be rewarded for having fun. If people are

is where I’m at. The theme of “Knight Rider” was

life. People seem to consider me one of their family

having fun at the slot machines, they’re going

“One man can make a difference.” And I give

members because I was in their living rooms with

to be rewarded. They’re going to be rewarded

speeches—extemporaneous

“Knight Rider,” I was in their living rooms with “Bay-

if they’re out at a restaurant and they’re with

positive thinking and positive reinforcement to

watch” and I’ve just never left. And I keep coming

their family and having fun. They’re going to

a lot of people all over the world. I always start

back. Like Christmas, I come back every year.

be rewarded if they’re out in the Lazy River and

with either singing, or I start with “One man can

they’re laughing and having fun.

make a difference.”

I want to show people how to have fun on their

speeches—about

adventure at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. We’re going to

The most important thing is to have fun.

I always say I might be making a difference

put the emphasis on fun and entertainment and not

I have a saying that I continually make my

in your life today, but you have made a difference

taking life too seriously.

fiancé say to me, and when I’m in a bad mood

in my life. Without you, making a difference, I

It’s a serious world out there right now and I

or I’m tired and I can’t go on stage after the

wouldn’t have a career. Without 3,000 people

think people need to get away and look at something

second show, I say to my daughters “What are

sitting there listening to me talking about

familiar. And they’re going to see David Hasselhoff

we having?” and they say “Fun!”

“One man can make a difference,” I’d have

and they’re familiar with David Hasselhoff. From

We forget to have fun in life. I forget to

no audience. And you inspire me to inspire

“America’s Got Talent,” to “Knight Rider,” to

have fun, and I constantly demand that people

you to say, “Never give up” and keep smiling.

Baywatch and the emphasis is on “hands on.”

remind me to have fun. Because we’re living a

No matter what happens, realize that there’s

blessed, fantastic life and also you can win a

somebody probably sitting right next to you

lot of money, which is a lot of fun.

that’s a thousand-percent worse off than you,

We shot a really cool commercial that’s in and around Harrah’s Resort SoCal and basically showed what I’m capable of doing and that will

The funny part about it is David Hasselhoff

so you better wake up and smell the coffee

answer a lot of questions, because once you see

is on some of the slot machines with “Sharknado”

because life is what you make it. You can either

this—you’ll see I’m planning on having a lot of

at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. So not only will you

watch it or you can live it.

fun.

see the mayor of Funner, California making sure And there were a lot of things in there

specifically for fun, like surprising people as a

everyone has fun—you’re going to see him on slot machines as well.

David Hasselhoff—who’s the mayor of Funner,

And that’s not about alcohol—that’s about just having fun.

waiter, maybe showing up for room service, or I’d surprise people by driving valet. There’ll be

And I intend as mayor to show you how to live, and have fun and have a party “Hoff” style.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS ASPIRED TO GET INTO POLITICS? Well, seeing what’s happening in the

CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT ELSE

world and realizing the politicians that get the

YOUR FANS CAN EXPECT FROM YOU IN THE COM-

We’re still planning on what will be fun, but

farthest are basically actors and celebrities

ING MONTHS?

most of it’ll be a surprise. Basically, when you’ve

in their own right. I’ve never wanted to get

I’m a part of the Baywatch movie. I had a lovely

been “Hoffed,” the mayor will show up at different

into politics on a real serious level, because I

time on the set with Dwayne Johnson. I’ve

places unannounced, and people will get a real

think that when you become president or mayor,

known him for many years, even back when he

kick out of it.

there’s a lot of responsibility that goes along with

started a wrestler. He brought his mom down

California—valeting their car.

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to meet me. I met Zac Efron. I’ve met Zac before and he came down to see me on the set, even though he wasn’t shooting and he asked me a lot about “Baywatch”. And I wish them well. I hope the movie does really well. It’s sometimes a

bittersweet

relationship

because

they’re

playing characters that we created and loved and characters that people know and loved, so I hope that they pay homage to “Baywatch” in a positive way. I think they will because The Rock [Dwayne Johnson] and Zac both have a great sense of humor, and I think it’s going to be very funny. I’m also part of a movie that I can’t really talk about now that’s going to be a huge movie coming out in May. [Editor’s note: David is referring to his cameo role in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” released on May 4, 2017.] You’ll basically have to go see the movie. And that’s really, really exciting to me. Marvel Comics is a really classy organization, and the

not true. And what really is the truth is what’s

as well. So I’ll let the lifeguards do their job.

director is amazing. It’s great to be a part of that.

in this show. I encourage everyone to turn on

I’ll just walk around, look nice and smile and

I’m also coming out with my own film

Netf lix and watch it. Not only will you love it,

make sure everyone is having fun.

called “Killing Hasselhoff,” which is about a

it also won the Emmy and it’s got five stars. I

death pool. I developed the script and raised

think it’s going to go on for a long time.

SO MAYOR HASSELHOFF, WHEN YOU COME DOWN TO VISIT US IN FUNNER, CALIFORNIA, WILL YOU

all the money for it, and it’s been a long time. It’s gone through a lot of changes almost like

WE’RE CURIOUS IF YOU’LL TAKE ON SOME

VALET KITT OR WILL HE PARK HIMSELF?

“Forrest Gump” took 14 years to get made.

LIFEGUARD DUTIES HERE AT THE LAZY RIVER?

KITT won’t go near a valet. He’ll probably drop

We’re going on two years—almost three, but

I’m sure you’ll see me by the pool. As far as

me off on the side of the building where nobody

we finally got it made and it’s ready. I think it’s

jumping in to rescue anybody, I’ll say with

is. Then he’ll probably go out and hide because

going to be released sometime in September.

a smile and a wink that I’m retired. I’m sure

he hates valets. He will not let anybody else

You can look for it on Netf lix.

they’ll have good-looking young boys and girls

drive that car but me. And if a valet driver tries

out there to help.

to get in there—or if anyone else tries to drive

But I’m extremely proud of “Hoff the Record”

“Baywatch” is

that car—they’ll be in for a real experience

life. It’s what David Hasselhoff is all about. I

everybody in America, at one point, took offense

because KITT will take them for a ride they’ll

did something really interesting, I think, and it

that we had such a good looking cast. But if you

never forget.

worked. I took everything anyone ever printed

go to the beach and you look at the real lifeguards

about me or anything anyone thinks about me,

you’ll see that they’re really good looking people.

put it to a script and blow it out of proportion

They have to be good looking because they have

and find the joke.

to be in shape. These guys and girls are not just

more than anything. And Hoff the Record is my

I found the fun in not taking yourself

The

funny

thing

about

in cosmetic shape—they’re in athletic shape

too seriously and also answering the press’

“I want to show people how to have fun on their adventure at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. We’re going to put the emphasis on fun and entertainment and not taking life too seriously” questions through entertainment. It’s really funny—funny in “weird” kind of way. It was almost therapeutic because I couldn’t wait to do another episode. Because something happens in your life and everyone perceives it because the press puts out something, and it’s #FUNNER

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MEMORIALIZE YOUR TRIP WITH FUNNER, CA MERCHANDISE Words by Robyn Lass  Photos by Christopher Donez

Get all your Funner gear at Bazaar.

REMEMBER THAT ROAD TRIP you took with your parents when you were a kid? You know, the one to the Grand Canyon, or Yellowstone, or the Santa Monica Pier? Remember that postcard you picked out to send to your best friend at home? Or what about that trip you took last summer with your own kids, when you bought that T-shirt that’s now your favorite one to wear every Sunday? Collecting memorabilia on a road trip is a fun part of the travel experience. When you visit Funner, California you can commemorate your trip in the same way you would if you stopped into a gift shop at any national park or tourist destination. “Since Funner, California is the newest, funnest destination in Southern California, we wanted to offer our visitors the opportunity to take a piece of this lifestyle home with them,” ESCAPE


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“When you visit Funner, CA you can commemorate your trip in the same way you would if you stopped into a gift shop at any national park or tourist destination”

said Bonnie Quintero, Harrah’s Resort SoCal

tumblers for those sunny days at Dive. You’ll

retail manager. “All of our merchandise is

quickly become the Funner king or queen as

meant to be fun and nostalgic, taking people

you strut your stuff and sip away by the pool.

back to a time when life was simpler. When

While you’re here having a blast, why

collecting key chains and shot glasses from

not make your friends back in Boredom-opolis

your road trip destination was the best way to

jealous with a Funner, CA postcard? Nothing

show off where you’ve been.”

says, “Wish you were here” like a postcard from

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

a beautiful Southern Californian paradise.

Fun and nostalgic is the bread and butter of

We all know souvenirs can get repetitive—

Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Forget snow globes and

the same old items visit after visit. Maybe

“I

NY” bumper stickers. Take a bite out of

that Funner, CA shirt you wear every Sunday

Funner, CA with a Funner chocolate bar. Turn

needs to tap out for a few rounds and take a

that Seriousville frown upside down with a

breather. Lucky for you, the Funner offerings

Funner T-shirt or catch some rays in a bright

at Bazaar will change regularly, so grab what

tank top.

you like now. There’ll be plenty more where

And don’t forget about koozies and metal

that came from! #HARRAHSSOCAL


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STAY

NEWPORT SUITE

EXPERIENCE LUXURY IN YOUR LAP Words by Adam Sullivan  Photos by Zach Cordner

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The quote “If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right” is one of those old sayings that everyone’s grandfather used that still holds true in any situation. And when it comes to enjoying yourself—doubly so. If you’re ordering steak, go for the porterhouse. Rumand-Coke? Make it a double. And when you’re booking accommodations, make your memories—well, memorable.

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You have 48 hours in the Newport Suite. Lucky you. Here’s what we recommend you do upon first arrival:

Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Newport Suite

“Luxury Accommodations” means that

is the pinnacle of luxury. Located at the tip-

Harrah’s Resort SoCal has anticipated—and

top of the Hotel, you can check out what’s

answered—any

going on at the Dive pool area, or peer out at

of you can’t decide on what to watch? No

SET A WAKE-UP CALL: Heavy hotel

the mountains—your view from the balcony

problem—you’ve got two 32-inch televisions to

curtains and the Newport’s king-size bed

stretches for miles around. And that’s just the

choose from. Want a quiet night in? Order up

will make it all too easy to wile the day

outside. Turn around, and that’s when it gets

some room service, fill up the hot-tub bath and

away. When you first check in, set a wake-

really impressive.

melt your cares away.

up call for a decent hour so you don’t miss out on breakfast!

possible

request.

The

two

This 1,345 square-foot suite offers everything

Maybe you and your special sweetheart

you want from a luxury room and so much

are getting out of town for a romantic weekend

more. The king-size bed is big enough, soft

getaway. Of course Harrah’s Resort SoCal is the

MOVE IN: Take five minutes and put your

enough and cozy enough to send you off to

perfect destination for anyone living in San

stuff in the vanity and the drawers to really

dreamland. And when you get up— you’ll have

Diego, Orange County or Los Angeles. It’s far

set the mood.

everything you need at your fingertips to make

enough to “get out of town” and just different

those dreams come true.

enough from the usual humdrum day-trips.

Feel like dining in? Room service is only

You can head out to the resort after work on a

the wet bar, and sit for a few out on the

a phone call away. Bringing friends back to

Friday, be checked in by dinnertime and catch

balcony. Inhale. Exhale. Welcome to

the room for an after party? The wet bar is

a show in The Events Center or by the pool in

your weekend!

ready to stock, plus there’s a pool table, so

the summer.

TAKE IN THE VIEW: Mix a drink from

you can entertain in your room before you’re SELFIES WELCOME: Ordinarily, selfies are

entertained on the gaming f loor.

And as for the old saying itself—“If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing

Of course, as with all Harrah’s Resort

right”—no one knows where it originally came

going to want to share this experience with

SoCal rooms, you get access to the Fitness Club,

from, but once you stay at the Newport Suite,

the world. #HarrahsSoCal #NewportSuite

lux amenities in the private bath and AAA Four

you’ll have a pretty good idea of where it might

#Funner #Luxury #thegoodlife

Diamond level comfort.

have been written.

a faux pas, but we’re pretty sure you’re

#HARRAHSSOCAL


SPLASH DIVE CABANAS

THE PERFECT POOLSIDE PARKING SPOT Words by Adam Sullivan  Photos by Troy Doney


By now you’re probably making plans for the “dog days” of summer and looking to beat the heat in style. Well there’s one way to be a V-I-P at the P-O-O-L. A cabana. Reserving a cabana is the easy, completely stress-free way to kick back and soak up some rays without fighting for a lounge chair or worrying about where to hide your hotel keys.


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WHAT’S A CABANA? Have you cruised out to a resort pool and noticed lounge chairs ensconced in those

yourself (and let’s face it, you are), upgrade

bachelorette party, birthday celebration or

your lounge game by reserving your private

just a casual get-together with friends, there’s

sunning station.

a theme for every occasion. All cabanas are complete with loungers, food and beverage

half tent/half gazebo things? Yeah, those are cabanas. If you’re anything like me, you’ll turn

WHAT’S IN A CABANA?

green with envy because you didn’t think to

The short answer is this: Everything you need,

book one. Then you’ll turn red with sunburn,

anything you forgot to bring and even a few

because you didn’t.

things you hadn’t thought about.

The good news is that Harrah’s Resort

Harrah’s Resort SoCal offers a wide range

SoCal makes renting and reserving cabanas

of cabana packages to suit the needs of you

super easy. If you’re in the mood to treat

and your guests. Whether it’s a bachelor/

service, refrigerator, safe, fan, fruit-infused water, snacks, TV and more. In fact, the only thing missing is you.

HOW TO ENJOY A CABANA Sometimes, you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came. So why not create your own personal party? Get some friends together and plan an agenda with the number one item—lounging at the pool. Arrive at the crack of Noon and post up until the sun goes down—or longer on Fridays or Saturdays when Dive After Dark gets the tunes going. Let’s think this through: How long can you spend in the pool before you get “wrinklefinger?” How long can you be in the sun before you start to fry? In order to plan an ideal day at the pool, you have to plan ahead. Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. With a cabana, you have a place to enjoy a quiet moment at any point in the day. Think of it as your “home

HOW TO RESERVE A CABANA Be 21 years of age or older (Kids are allowed in the cabanas near the Lazy River)

away from home.” By reserving a cabana, you’ve just given yourself and your crew a home base—a comfortable,

shaded

location,

complete

with loungers where you can get out of the elements, but also keep the party going. It’s

Call Harrah’s Resort SoCal concierge at 760-651-3506

a safe place to store your stuff while you mill

Select the package that works for you (Basic, VIP, Party, etc.)

about the pool area, showing off your new suit or summer bod.

Get some friends together (Cabanas are ideal for groups of 8-10 guests)

THE FREEDOM OF HAVING A CABANA

Show up and relax!

When you’ve reserved a cabana, you’re free splash away, cruise the Lazy River or make some new friends at the Swim-up Bar, without concern for your stuff or your premium sunning spot. Stay away as long as you like, because you know that your cabana is there for you when you need it. And every cabana comes with and added luxury, your own personal server ready to take your drink order, bring you a snack or clear away those pesky cups every time you get to the bottom of your drink. Think booking a cabana is out of your price range? Think again. Dive offers a range of pricing options mid week and on the weekends. So if you plan on cruising out to the pool with the intention of being “seen” just ask yourself this question: When was the last time you walked by a row of cabanas and didn’t peek inside? ESCAPE


“ALL CABANAS ARE COMPLETE WITH LOUNGERS, FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVICE, REFRIGERATOR, SAFE, FAN, FRUIT-INFUSED WATER, SNACKS, TV AND MORE. IN FACT, THE ONLY THING MISSING IS YOU”

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MAKE A LIFE OF LUXURY A BIT MORE LUXURIOUS AT THE SWIM-UP BAR Words by Adam Sullivan  Photos by Troy Doney

Southern California's only Swim-up Bar awaits you.

PICTURE THIS: YOU’RE RELAXING IN THE POOL. The sun is out and the water’s just right. Everything’s going your way, but then you look down—your drink’s empty. To

remedy

this

problem

at

most

ordinary resorts, you’d have to get out of your comfortable spot, walk up to the bar and drip and shiver while you stand in line to catch the bartender’s eye. It’s a luxury problem, for sure, but a problem nonetheless. The good news is that Harrah’s Resort SoCal takes your fun seriously. They’ve stepped in to solve this dilemma—with

Southern

California’s

only

Swim-up Bar. Yes, you read that right. Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s

Swim-up

Bar

pool

area

offers

a ZACH CORDNER

perpetual shallow-end with a wraparound bar, so you can swim, wade or just kind of f loat your way over whenever your cup runs dry. The Swim-up bar offers submerged seating ESCAPE


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it’s an inviting treat in any temperature. If you really want warmth, the nearby hot tubs are kept close to 100-degrees! Plus, there’s a crackling fire pit nearby where you can toast your buns. If that’s not enough to get you in the pool, there are plenty of other reasons. In typical fashion, Harrah’s Resort SoCal has doubled down on their happy hours—there’s one at sunrise (50-percent off Bloody Mary’s until 10am) and again at sunset (50-percent off all well and frozen drinks, Monday through Friday from 6pm to 8pm). And just to make things more convenient, there are three ways to pay at the Swim-up Bar, so you never have to worry about getting your wallet wet. Resort Operations Manager Benjamin Petell explained: “Hotel guests have the option for room charge—we just need to verify their ID. And on weekends, we started a $10 bag check service at the wet bar on the Lazy River side.” If want to keep your phone handy for much needed “selfies,” but you’re worried about the splash effect, Harrah’s Resort SoCal and the shade of a thatched roof bungalow for

once more has a solution: “The Dive Shop sells

maximum comfort.

a waterproof case,” said Petell, “that can fit

In addition to the 11 in-pool seats, there

most cell phones as well as cards and cash.”

are an additional 15 loungers available so

Great minds will find a solution to any

you can still utilize your favorite bar (and

problem. And at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, it’s the

bartender) even when you’re on dry land.

attention to details that help make sure each

What if those pesky clouds roll in and

visit is the best visit. So even when there’s a

you’re feeling a bit chilly? Not a problem. The

nip in the air, you’re free to relax with a nip in

pool is kept at a bathtub-like 85-degrees, so

the pool.

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“The Swim-up Bar offers submerged seating and the shade of a thatched roof bungalow for maximum comfort”


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SR76 BEERWORKS

GOOD FLAVORS, GOOD COMPANY Words by Adam Sullivan  Photos by Brian Luna

“We definitely have the hometown bar feel. Everyone’s having a good time” —Brian Scott, SR76 brewmaster

IN JUST A FEW SHORT MONTHS the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indian’s own brewery SR76 Beerworks has gone from a f lickering startup to a house staple. And what’s not to like? As the first San Diego brewery owned and operated by a Native American Tribe, SR76 is

a red IPA. The Saison is Farmhouse Ale. We also

making histor y as well as turning heads in

have a Blueberry Saison in the tasting room

the beer community.

that’s an 8.5-percent, but it’s smooth—like

Brewmaster Brian Scott has a sought-

drinking a 5-percent. It’s easy drinking.”

after pedigree in the craft beer community. He’s worked for big names in the biz, including

100 steps across the parking lot from the hotel

Firehouse Brewing Company, Mission Brewery

Valet area, is busiest on Friday and Saturday

as well as the VP of the San Diego Brewers

nights. Scott explained that they worked to

Guild. But for Scott, what really matters is the

create a comfortable vibe in the tasting room

product itself: “The reception of the beer has

that’s inviting even for the craft beer newbie.

been great for all of us. It’s really rewarding to

“We definitely have the hometown bar feel,” Scott said. “Everyone’s having a good

create something people want.” SR76’s beers are both available in their

time.” According to Scott, the clientele that

throughout

frequents SR76 is a 50/50 mix of Harrah’s Resort

Harrah’s Resort SoCal itself. “We’ve got seven

SoCal guests, and local beer enthusiasts. “I was

beers on tap now,” said Scott, “and we’re slowly

pleasantly surprised,” said Scott.

tasting

room

and

distributed

adding to that. By the end of [May, 2017] we’ll have 10.” The tasting room, located approximately

Part of that comfortable vibe is encouraging guests to look up from their myriad of screens. “We still don’t have TVs,” stated Scott. “We just play music. There’s no gaming and no smoking—it’s a tasting room that’s more about experiencing the beer. We want to promote people to interact with each other.” This makes SR76 a perfect respite in between gaming sessions. It’s a place where you can relax, unwind, and get yourself ready for action—whatever your game may be.

Currently, the most popular drinks vary with availability. Scott explained: “Right now, it’s a toss up between the Apricot Saison and ESCAPE

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ROBEKS FRESH JUICES & SMOOTHIES RECHARGE WITH GOOD STUFF Words by Adam Sullivan  Photo by Christopher Donez

GAMING CAN TAKE QUITE A TOLL ON YOUR BODY. It

that love fresh juice in the morning, or an Acai

bite, there’s also a selection of healthy and

takes intense concentration, and then there are

bowl for breakfast,” she said. “The smoothies

tasty acai, fast break, or split banana bowls

the emotional highs of winning a hand—even

are more for the pool, or when guests go back

to choose from—you even have the option

your arm can get tired from pushing on the slot

to their rooms to relax.”

to make any smoothie into a bowl for the

machines all day. And don’t forget all the off-the-

Robeks has been around for more than 20

floor fun you can have, like laughing hysterically

years, delivering healthy pick-me-ups across

“I love the Lean Green,” said Sieyes. “It’s super

at a comedy show, soaking up the sun at Dive or

the country. With a central location right here

light and low-calorie—a refreshing afternoon

burning calories in the Fitness Center. The best way to combat casino fatigue is to ensure you’re eating right and are well hydrated. Let’s face it—it’s not hard to give in to decadence in a casino. At Harrah’s Resort SoCal,

“Robeks has been around for more than twenty years, delivering healthy pick-me-ups across the country”

ultimate frozen meal!

treat.” The Lean Green is made with Active Waters, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, fresh cucumber, fresh spinach, frozen yogurt, pineapple sherbet, pineapple and a touch of raw honey. Maybe you’re on a hot streak, and you want a

there’s tons of amazing food available around

at Harrah’s Resort SoCal—tucked in between

pick-me-up that won’t slow you down. Or perhaps

the clock. And with the excitement of the games,

the casino f loor, Starbucks and the Total

you want to be good, in advance, of that luxurious

events and shows—it’s all too easy to forget to

Rewards Center—it couldn’t be easier to pop in

dinner at Fiore you’re planning. Or maybe it’s the

take care of your own body. Not to worry. Robeks

and replenish, and clear your head so that you

morning after, and you want something healthy

has the solution. And it tastes great.

can get back to the games!

to sip on as you catch some quiet time on the

“People want something healthy and

And for the calorie-conscious, Robeks

refreshing for their afternoon,” said Robeks

makes it easy with a handy chart. You’ll see

Manager Sandra Sieyes. She explained that

at a glance just what you’re getting: Vitamins,

Robeks has something to offer wherever you’re

minerals, protein, calories and more. And if

headed. “For the most part, we have customers

you’re craving something with a little more ESCAPE

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AROUND TOWN

GET WILD AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK Words by Elizabeth Schwartze  Photos by Zach Cordner

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IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN IDEAL, family-friendly

that they aim to get to the park to ride the first

destination that’s perfect for all guests visiting

tram safari of the morning or the last one of

Funner, California there’s something wild

the day as this is when the animals are most

just a short jaunt away. Nestled in the lush

active. If guests want to splurge (knowing their

San Pasqual Valley of Escondido (a quick

splurge helps conservation in the process), I

30-minute drive from Harrah’s Resort SoCal),

recommend a caravan safari where you go out

the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an 1,800-acre

on the savanna and even get to feed giraffes.”

conservation park that contains close to 3,000

It’s worth arriving early to take advantage

animals representing more than 300 species—

of daily schedules and plan out your day.

most living in open-field habitats. The park

Animal Encounters are available such as

is also home to 1.7 million plants growing

the Animal Ambassador Stage, Lemur Walk,

throughout the property. Visiting is not only

Lorikeet Landing, Nairobi Station, Petting Kraal

enriching, but you can feel good knowing that

and Tiger Keeper Talk. To get the inside scoop

proceeds of the park benefit the conservation of

on some of the species, try a caretaker-led

species locally, and in more than 80 countries

Animal Show such as the Frequent Flyer Bird

around the globe.

Show, Shiley’s Cheetah Run, Tiger Keeper Talk

Open

daily

from

9am

to

5pm

with

extended hours during peak months, the

and Training Talk that educates the audience with an informative show.

Safari Park is one of the favorite spots for the

If you’re more of the wandering type, try

Concierge team at Harrah’s Resort SoCal to

strolling at your own pace and enjoying the

recommend. “When I send guests to the Safari

plant and animal exhibits in the authentic

Park, I not only know they’ll see amazing

African safari-style setting at your own pace.

animals and have a great time, but also that

The Safari Park also offers multiple safari

I’m supporting the fight to end extinction,”

experiences to purchase that meet the needs

said Ben Scholl, Harrah’s Resort SoCal Director

of visitors wanting a comprehensive trip.

of Operations. “I always recommend to guests

Harrah’s Resort SoCal guests can customize an


“When I send guests to the Safari Park, I not only know they’ll see amazing animals and have a great time, but also that I’m supporting the fight to end extinction,” —Ben Scholl, Harrah’s Resort SoCal Director of Operations

SAFARI EXPERIENCES OFFERED AT SAFARI PARK INCLUDE:

CARAVAN SAFARI is out in the field in an open-

aerial tightropes, swinging log steps and

air safari cart for an opportunity to hand-

moving platforms. You can customize this

feed animals, such as giraffes and rhinos. A

extreme adventure under the instruction of

knowledgeable interpreter guides the safari.

trained staff.

African field habitats for 2.5 miles in an open-

CHEETAH SAFARI allows an up-close-and-

ROAR AND SNORE SAFARI is an overnight tent-

air vehicle to emulate an African safari.

personal experience with trackside seating

camping experience offered February through

during the Shiley’s Cheetah Run, and

November where campers’ tents overlook

BEHIND-THE-SCENES SAFARI is a small group tour

there’s a “meet-and-greet” with the animals

the plains of East Africa. It includes meals,

on a safari cart to experience areas not open

afterwards.

tours, campfire and up-close-and-personal

THE AFRICA TRAM transports guests around the

to the general public. You can also learn about the care of animals at the park.

experiences with the animals. FLIGHTLINE SAFARI is a zip-line course that includes instruction and allows guests to zip

ULTIMATE SAFARI is for the VIP that wants a

CART SAFARI is an intimate small group tour

over two-thirds of a mile of Asian and

customizable five-hour guided tour for a one-

with a knowledgeable tour guide that goes

African exhibits.

on-one and up-close-and-personal experience.

at a slower pace. It’s a great way to learn

Advanced reservations required.

about the park’s history with abundant photo

JUNGLE ROPES SAFARI is a daring experience

opportunities.

that lets guests choose between rope bridges,

experience online before leaving the resort, or you

Bonsai Pavilion, Conifer Arboretum, Epiphyllum

can do it at the park.

House, Herb Garden, Hidden Jungle, Mombasa

Of course, kids take a front seat at the Safari

Lagoon and Nativescapes Garden.

Park. Little ones can enjoy Samburu Jungle Gym,

Single day passes for adults (ages 12 and

Village Playground and Tiger Trail’s Play area. In

up) run $52 and children (ages three to 11) run

warm weather months, kids can swing by the

$42. These standard passes include access to

Lion Camp’s Savanna Cool Zone with a bathing

the Africa Tram, Cheetah Run and all regularly

suit and towel to get drenched and refreshed. The

scheduled shows. Guests can also purchase

Petting Kraal is the perfect place for little ones to

multi day passes as well as multi-park passes

touch and engage with docile animals. And for

that allow access to the San Diego Zoo Safari

a nominal fee, you can take the kiddos (and big

Park two days, two days at the San Diego Zoo,

kids) to the Conservation Carousel where up to

or single day access to each. Plus guests at

60 colorful animals can take them around and

Harrah’s Resort SoCal who want to visit the park

around. And be sure to mark your calendars for

while avoiding the parking fee can request a car

October Kids Free Days that allow children (ages

service through the Concierge at $90 each way.

11 years and younger) free admission to the park! Botanical

enthusiasts

can

take

an

international trip through the flora and fauna. The Safari Park offers regionally themed gardens including the Baja & Old World Succulent Garden, ESCAPE

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK, PLEASE VISIT THE CONCIERGE OR GO TO SDSAFARIPARK.ORG.


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GIVE BACK

HELPING SENIORS IN OUR COMMUNITY STAY HEALTHY Words by Robyn Lass  Photos by Christopher Donez

SENIOR CITIZENS CAN BE one of the most vulnerable groups in our communities. Getting healthy, affordable meals can be difficult— especially when they’re alone and facing health or mobility challenges. But thanks to Meals on Wheels, seniors in the San Diego area have been receiving a nutritious, home delivery meal service since 1972. As an extension of the work Caesars Entertainment began doing with the Meals on Wheels organization in 2002, Harrah’s Resort SoCal began supporting the national program with volunteers in North San Diego County in 2010. Currently, Harrah’s Resort SoCal has eight teammates who volunteer for the program by ESCAPE


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“It’s the small gestures that can go a long way to brighten someone’s day” Meals on Wheels volunteers, Direct Marketing Manager, James Hinkle and Table Games Dealer, Gwen Behler.

the only daily visitors some seniors receive. Volunteers are trained to look for certain signs that all may not be well with the seniors they visit and report this so that the appropriate organizations (or case workers) can follow up to ensure that the senior is receiving the care they may need.” Volunteering for Meals on Wheels also provides a terrific emotional reward for Harrah’s Resort SoCal team members. “I joined the Meals on Wheels team 2.5 years ago and it has been a rewarding experience giving back to our community,” said Jerrod Phillips, business and process improvement manager for Harrah’ Resort SoCal.

delivering food once a month. Teams of two

public health and safety information with them.”

“The seniors we deliver to always seem

are sent out together with prepared meals and

To sign up, a customer must be 60 years

so happy to see us and their smiles make me

directions for delivery to ensure the seniors get

or older. Meals are delivered six days a week

feel like I’m really helping them and giving

their food in a timely manner.

(with Sunday meals delivered on Saturdays) and

them something they need.” As Harrah’s Resort

As of 2016, over 3,200 seniors received home

customers can sign up to receive healthy food for

SoCal’s Meals on Wheels team coordinator

delivery in San Diego County. Charlotte Fan,

a small fee. In order to make the service available

Phillips organizes the monthly teams of two and

manager of the North County San Diego chapter

to even more members, a sliding scale is offered

ensures volunteers are always available to help.

of Meals on Wheels has been working directly

to provide financial support for those in need.

In addition to the food, Meals on Wheels

with Harrah’s Resort SoCal volunteers since the

“While there are other senior nutrition

also brings birthday gifts and special little favors

beginning and says these volunteers have a huge

programs, Meals on Wheels not only provides

for their clients during the holidays. It’s the

impact on the community.

meals, but they also provide a daily ‘check-in’

small gestures that can go a long way to brighten

with homebound seniors,” said Sheryl Sebastian,

someone’s day.

“North San Diego County is 100-percent volunteer coverage,” she said. “The volunteers

corporate

bridge the gap between the community and the

manager for Harrah’s Resort SoCal.

client. They bring smiles and share important

citizenship

and

communications

“Often, Meals on Wheels volunteers are HARRAHSSOCAL.COM

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO GET INVOLVED, PLEASE VISIT MEALS-ON-WHEELS.ORG OR CALL (760) 736-9900.


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