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10 INTRO With Luis Briseno, Director of Brand and Service Operations
THE MAYORAL TREATMENT
44 14 TRIBE The new Tribal Government Center 16 BEHIND THE SCENES With Fun Supervisor Anita Warren 18 TASTE Smashburger 22 PLAY A beginner’s guide to Craps 26
David Hasselhoff’s guide to Funner, CA
Your fun checklist
Contemporary mosaic sculptor Jean Wells
Craftastic creations at Spiked
More ways to boost your bank roll
On a mission to help the planet
Retail therapy poolside at The Dive Shop
Teammates are becoming Model Citizens
Your guide to fun
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Your itinerary to fun starts on page 38.
WEARING FUNNER ON OUR SLEEVES Words by Luis Briseno, Director of Brand and Service Operations Photo by Troy Doney
HI THERE! HOW’S IT GOIN’ ?! If you answered, “I’m
funner recipe is what we call, a “Funner Filter,”
our team. The result: confident, authentic, happy
having so much fun!” then I’m smiling right now
and we run just about everything through it.
teammates—a must in creating an effortlessly
and feel pretty good about your answer. If your
When it comes to the teammate experience, one
funner experience for you, our guest.
answer was, “I’m having FUNNER!” I just did
of the most exciting things we run through the
From Golden Tickets to Fun Citations to a
three cartwheels, two back flips and a triple axel
Funner Filter is our uniform program. Over the
Floatapalooza out at Dive to passing out lollipops
jump. I feel better than pretty good about your
past two years we’ve updated more than half
on international lollipop day, we’ll always offer
answer! I feel, funner, about it!
the uniforms you see. It’s one of my personal
experiences that are unexpected and unique,
As Director of Brand and Service Operations
priorities to work with each uniform vendor in
for Harrah’s Resort SoCal, one of my top
co-designing styles that our teammates feel
priorities is to ensure we’re activating funner
great about wearing.
And the icing on the funner cake is that your experience will be delivered in an authentic
for teammates and guests. What is funner? And
And why stop there? Promoting a “feel good,
way by teammates having funner themselves.
what does it mean to activate it? The answer is
do good” environment for our teammates is a
By the way, the Golden Tickets and Fun Citations
quite simple. Funner is unforgettable fun. It’s an
top priority, so we made some outside the box
mentioned above are two of my personal favorite
elevated level of fun. Say that five times fast!
moves when it came to our dress code. Into the
promotions we have here to deliver funner to
Knowing that fun is subjective, how we go
Funner Filter it went, and out came what you’ve
you. Imagine unwrapping your silverware roll
bringing it to life is critical. In Funner, CA we
been seeing since May 2017—our Casual Chic
at one of our dine-in restaurants and to your
strive to provide experiences that are made
dress code partnered with appearance standards
surprise, and delight, there’s a shiny Golden
memorable because they’re unique, different
that allow our teammates to be more expressive
Ticket gifting you concert tickets, or a free Hotel
and usually include an element of surprise. And
and comfortable. It feels SO good to say “Yes” to
stay? Or how about being approached by a public
they need to feel authentic. So it’s important
denim! And “Yes” to fashion sneakers! And “Yes”
safety officer handing you $5 in free play, just for
that we start with our teammates. Authentic,
to purple hair! And so much more!
having fun and showing it!
funner teammates equals authentic, funner guest experiences. A tool we use in cook’n up our exclusive
Not confining a teammate to a suit and tie
No need to imagine it! At Harrah’s Resort
and allowing them to fun-up their uniform are
SoCal, in the city of Funner, CA, unforgettable
just a couple ways we embrace the diversity of
fun happens every day.
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SEIZING THE FUTURE
THE NEW TRIBAL GOVERNMENT CENTER Words by Tanya Duggan
“Band members will have a community facility that’ll bring everyone together and give them pride as both members and residents of our reservation.”
—Steve Stallings, Tribal Council Member
IN JULY OF 2017, the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians
built a group of top-level professionals and
tribal management team. “We worked very hard
building could easily be protected in case of
possible energy efficiency. Landscaping will use
broke ground on a new Tribal Government
managers that operate each department with
managers, departments and employees—tribal
to insure the new building is environmentally
emergency; and finally, to serve as an impressive
plants native to the area, as well as integrate
Center. Located on Valley Center Way, this
skill and excellence.”
member services will be improved. “This new
efficient, user friendly and serves our future
gateway for visitors to the reservation.
existing oak trees into the site plan.
new building will bring tribal employees from
Stallings explained that the new Tribal
facility will take tribal government into the
needs as a tribal community. The committee
Tribal Council member Laurie Gonzalez
“The Council looked at Luiseño basket
five different locations under one roof—a step
Government Center would provide employees with
future,” said Stallings. “Band members will
continues to review construction progress and
looked at the building’s placement on the site,
designs, native plants and such cultural artifacts
that’ll eliminate inefficient facilities, while
a work-place environment that’ll be conducive to
have a community facility that’ll bring everyone
costs on a regular basis.”
modernizing the tribe’s infrastructure.
increasing efficiency, thereby improving tribal
together and give them pride as both members
“A primary goal of the Tribal Council is
member services in one central location. “In
and residents of our reservation.”
to make Rincon Tribal Government as strong,
increasing overall efficiency, we can better serve
efficient and professional as any municipal city government in California,” said Councilmember Steve Stallings. “The council believes we have
and how it’ll blend with the surroundings. “The
as ‘metates,’” said Council Member Gonzalez.
Stallings further explained the committee’s
Council wanted the building’s exterior to reflect
“We are pleased the architect’s design of the
goals in designing the building. “When we met
traditional Luiseño culture designs and art.
Council member Stallings explained that
on building design and location we wanted to
We wanted the building to reflect the hills and
culture and heritage.” The Tribal Government
our members,” said Stallings. “This has always
the design of the building was the product of both
achieve several things, including locating the
colors of our natural surroundings.”
Administration Building will be opening its
been our highest priority,” said Stallings.
the Tribal Council and the Council’s building
building, so it was easily accessible to employees
The building is also designed to incorporate
committee that includes key members of the
and the membership; situated so that the
details and specifications that’ll ensure the best
doors this summer.
BEHIND THE SCENES
WITH FUN SUPERVISOR ANITA WARREN Words by Aaron Schmidt Photo by Zach Cordner
You’d be hard pressed to find a teammate at Harrah’s Resort SoCal having more fun doing their job than Fun Supervisor Anita Warren. From Trivia Nights to Tribute Nights, Warren brings her energy and enthusiasm into everything she does. If you ever get the chance to see her in action, you’ll witness an electricity that sparks everyone around her. There’s so much to say about Warren and all the hard work she’s put into growing the unique category of resort activities at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. To sum it up, her love for fun and her passion to make guests happy is apparent in the role she’s so invested in here in Funner, CA.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM ORIGINALLY? WHERE
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB IN THE
Activities Supervisor. On my badge it says, “Fun
DID YOU GROW UP?
Supervisor.” That’s my exact title.
I’m from Central California—Hollister, California.
About 23 years ago, I worked for a corporate big
I moved to the San Diego area about 30 years ago.
band locally here in San Diego. I did everything
CAN YOU RUN US THROUGH A LIST OF YOUR
from costuming to office work and traveled
DAY-TO-DAY ACTIVITIES AS FUN SUPERVISOR?
WHAT WERE YOU INTO AS A KID?
to high profile ABC/Disney events in Florida.
I plan most of the resort activities for the
in planning Friday night’s tribute acts. Some
overcome them is the key! Keeping a positive
atmosphere. We provide them with the best
Well, I handle entertainment here at the resort, so
It was wonderful! I did that for a long time in
property, so we have something for everyone
of the other activities I run month-to-month
attitude, and knowing you can get through it
gaming, best restaurants, best resort amenities
I liked to sing and dance! Can you imagine that?
the social market. I also worked for another big
that’s not only just gaming. For example,
include a “sip-n-paint” class called Get Crafty,
with a fun spirit is what makes the difference!
and best live music. But more importantly, the
I loved it! I’m from a large family—I’m one of 12
entertainment company in the corporate market.
we have a Sommelier who comes out every
and that’s really fun. Another event I’m really
Providing fun activities at Harrah’s Resort SoCal
people are what make Funner, CA the best place
children and I have very strong family roots there
I’ve done a lot of event planning over the years.
Wednesday and gives wine samples. We also do
excited about is called Movie Under The Stars. I
is so exciting! Dancing, music and art can be a
in the world! We have repeat guests who know
a Trivia Night, which has been very successful.
also MC a little bit, so I’ll go on the gaming floor
great outlet. And it’s fun!
us by name because we make an impression. I’m
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING FOR
On Thursdays, we have Latin Dance Instruction
and make announcements about what’s going on
HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL?
featuring bachata and salsa dancing and we
at the resort.
WERE YOU THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR
I’ve been working here for around eight years.
follow that up with a Latin DJ and Live Bands.
I started out by handling all the backstage
I’m mostly programming these fun events,
No, I wasn’t captain, but I was most definitely the
entertainment for the headlining acts that
spirit behind it!
perform here. Last year, I became the Resort
[in Hollister]. I graduated from Hollister High and I was a cheerleader—believe it or not. Go Haybalers!
Fun Supervisor Anita Warren smack dab in the middle of Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney (from tribute bands The Beatles Vs The Stones)
a people person, so I really love interacting with WHAT MAKES FUNNER, CA THE
our guests. We—as teammates—love where
BEST PLACE TO WORK?
we work, and our guests love where they come
WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF FUN?
Funner, CA is a great place to work because we’re
to relax and play. Being the Fun Supervisor for
booking people, making sure everything’s in
Fun to me comes from an inner spirit! Everyone
all here to entertain on one aspect or another!
Funner, CA has been the best job I’ve ever had
place and doing all the legwork. I’m also involved
has troubles and stresses in life, but how you
Our guests choose to come here for the relaxed
in my career!
The Classic Burger in all its glory.
SMASHBURGER HEATING THINGS UP IN FUNNER, CA Words by Alondra Figueroa Photos by Zach Cordner
IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT THE BEST RESORT in Funner, CA would have great burgers, but nothing prepares you for the simply delicious and fresh taste of Smashburger, the newest addition the property’s delicious dining options. In a quest to find the right restaurant fit for the best resort in Funner, CA, the Harrah’s Resort SoCal team selflessly conducted grueling research taste-testing burger after delicious burger. When they got to Smashburger they fell in love with their inventive “Smasher” machine.
The Smashburger process entails literally smashing—utilizing a metal rectangular press that provides that “oh, so special” searing technique—the never frozen, all natural, grass fed beef burger patty onto the buttered grill for exactly 30 seconds. This step ensures that the bottom of the burger is caramelized to a crisp, while pushing all of the juices inside! The cooking technique creates a perfectly well done, yet juicy patty that’s completely customizable to your liking. I saw the sizzling process myself and it was mesmerizing. While observing the Smasher in action, I noted how impeccable the kitchen was. I’m happy to report that the condiment bar is amazingly fresh. The tomatoes were perfectly
YOU KNOW YOU WANT ME
The Bacon Avocado Chicken Club Sandwich
The Funner Burger Cobb Salad
to give a nod to Elvis Presley, the king of fun and fried foods. Another specialty that is specific to Harrah’s Resort SoCal is the “after hours” milkshakes. These delights are made with Häagen-Dazs ice cream mixed with various liquors such as Kahlua, Crème de Menthe, Malibu Rum and Amaretto. With flavors like these I’m sure you’re bound to find something you like. I tried the Moe Joe Kahlua and it was so yummy I almost forgot it had alcohol in it—until I realized I was having too much fun waiting to try more Smashburger favorites. Leave it to the resort to find a way to make ice cream even Funner with liquor—what a combo!
Need a little pep in your Häagen-Dazs? Try the Moe Joe Kahlua milkshake.
cheese, Smash sauce and all the fixings on an egg bun. It was delicious, and the sear is so noticeable, it has a definite crunch to it when you take your first bite. Their famous Smash Fries seasoned with rosemary, garlic and tossed in olive oil were perfectly cooked and the rosemary wasn’t overpowering, which is rare—so good! The tots are extra crispy and scrumptious. The Sweet Potato Fries were a healthy alternative and will become a staple for me from now on. An alternative to the burger is the Bacon Avocado Chicken Club sandwich—simply fantastic. They also sear the chicken, so there’s a luscious caramelized shell on the breast along with lettuce, tomato, ranch dressing and mayo on a multigrain bun. I highly recommend it for those not craving a burger. The Cobb Salad was spectacular and came with a fried egg on top, making my day Dinner is served.
that much more special! The chicken was fresh and hot with just the right amount of blue cheese
ripe, juicy and gorgeously red. The lettuce was
dishes. Of course I waned to try Harrah’s
crisp, vibrant and ready to go. Frankly, there
Resort SoCal’s very own Funner Burger, a truly
The bottom line is that Smashburger has
wasn’t a limp condiment in sight. I was so
astonishing collaboration between the brilliant
been an awesome addition to the food court
amazed at their immaculate kitchen and how
culinary minds of the restaurant and the resort.
and has raised the bar for burgers in the area so
delicious everything looked that I couldn’t wait
It consists of that delicious seared burger patty,
high that guests are coming to Harrah’s Resort
to sample some burgers!
and everything you could want.
aged cheddar cheese, a layer of crunchy peanut
SoCal just to get their Smashburger fix. So next
Since I’d never tried their food before I
butter, fried bananas and applewood-smoked
time you’re near Funner, CA, drop by Harrah’s
asked the Smashburger Supervisor Malena
bacon on an egg bun. Super rich and flavorful
Resort SoCal for a Funner time and some mouth-
Torres, to show me some of their most popular
you have to be ready for it. But who wouldn’t love
Enjoy relaxation by reservation. Visit the Concierge or call 760 -651- 3506 to book your private cabana.
STEP UP TO THE RAIL A BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO CRAPS Words by Chris Coté Photos by Zach Cordner
Craps is a classic casino table game synonymous with high-energy fun, infectious excitement and Hollywoodstyle glamour. Countless films have showcased the game. Remember when blonde bombshell Sharon Stone hustled the Craps table crowd in Casino, or Sean Connery’s James Bond threw dice in Diamonds Are Forever, or Demi Moore kissed the dice in Indecent Proposal? These films, and many others, show the electricity that often occurs when a Craps table gets hot. ESCAPE
“Craps is actually quite friendly to beginners, and it’s a game that you can casually play for an extended time without a huge entry-level investment”
In the case of Craps, Hollywood hits the
Craps players, we’re just going to cover the basics
their roll. The best/easiest way to start your
Pass Line, but you’re mostly betting against the
hot streak can win the table a lot of money and
mark when it comes to the excitement level
here to give you the confidence to step up to the
So while it’s still fun to watch the dice
Craps schooling is to keep it simple and just play
whole table, so if you want to be a villain—go
keep the roll going for turn-after-turn.
you’ll find at the table. What Hollywood fails
table. The first step to playing Craps is getting
get tossed down the table, the actual business
the “Pass Line” for a while until you can get a feel
ahead and bet there (just kidding, bet with the
Hot rolls can last 10, 20, 30 minutes in some
to explain in these films is that this particular
your spot on the rail. At Harrah’s Resort SoCal
happens when cards get flipped. You’ll see
for the game. The “Pass Line” is where you can
squad!). If the shooter throws the dice and gets
cases—this is when you start to really hear the
game gives players a chance to win—even if
(and most other casinos around the world), Craps
what we’re talking about when you start to play,
be an instant winner when the shooter (person
something other than a 7, 11, 2, 3, or 12, the game
hoots and hollers!
you don’t know what you’re doing. For most first
tables can hold up to 16 players (eight per side)
which is exactly what you need to do to learn
rolling the dice) throws a 7 or an 11, which
moves on “The Point.”
timers, just walking up to the table and getting
and is one of the few games where everybody is
how to play Craps. Sure you can read about it
actually happens more than you’d think. The
This is where things can get a little confusing
hang of Craps. But the good news is even as an
involved in the game can be intimidating. The
on the same team (mostly), hence the reason the
and practice online ’til you get the gist of the
flipside of that is when a shooter rolls “Craps”
for beginners, and also where the action gets
absolute beginner, you can stay playing at the
long tables are covered with numbers and colors,
crowd is cheering for each other when the dice is
game, but actually leaning on the rail and feeling
(2, 3 or 12)—you lose the pass line bet and you
faster paced—but don’t worry, if your bet was on
Craps table for a long time with a minimal bet.
and the pace seems to be frenetic.
about to be rolled.
the excitement is the best path towards Craps
need to wager again to bet on the same shooter
the Pass Line, you’re still in the game. The number
Even though you should keep things simple
(The dice don’t pass until the shooter fails to
that was rolled by the shooter now becomes “The
while you’re still learning, the dealers at Harrah’s
make the “point”).
Point.” A marker is placed on the number and now
Resort SoCal are highly skilled in making first-
this is the number that the players are trying to
timers feel welcome, while keeping the experts
roll. Here’s what can happen:
at the table engaged and excited. So step right up
which cards will reveal the number.
Here’s the thing: Craps is actually quite
If it’s crowded, wedge yourself in and join
friendly to beginners, and it’s a game that
the fun! If it’s mellow, grab some friends and
When playing at Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
you can casually play for an extended time
make it a party. Even amateurs usually know
you’ll see four dealers on the table at all times,
Another fun element to Craps is the fact
without a huge entry-level investment. “Certain
a few common “Craps-isms” like “sevens or
and all will no doubt help you start your game
that everybody gets a turn rolling. That means
craps wagers offer a very small house edge, as
elevens”—exactly what you want to roll when
by telling you when it’s cool to place your bet.
everyone gets a chance to be a Craps hero! There
compared to other games,” said Harrah’s Resort
you start playing the game.
Although you can walk up and bet on any roll of
really is nothing like having a full Craps table
If the shooter rolls “The Point” number, everyone wins!
Harrah’s Resort SoCal Craps is a little bit
the dice, if you wait for the dealer to pick up the
hooting, hollering and cheering for you to roll the
If the shooter rolls a 7, everyone loses
people get the hang of craps, a hot table can be
different (due to California regulations). Here the
point marker (think hockey puck) you can join
dice. There are ways to bet against the shooter,
(rolling 7s is great at the start, but they can
the most fun in the casino”
dice actually dictate which cards will be flipped.
the fun on the “Come-Out Roll”. This is when a
the first one called betting the “Don’t Pass” or
quickly become what you don’t want to see).
A red and green die are thrown to determine
round of Craps begins, and a new shooter starts
“Don’t Come” lines. They’re similar odds to the
to the rail—you’ll be kissing dice and shooting Craps in no time flat!
SoCal Table Games Manager Tony Wenger. “Once
For the sake of the first-timers or entry-level
In all honesty, it can take years to get the
A hot shooter keeps rolling! A shooter on a #Funner
FOR A HANDS-ON LESSON, STEP UP TO ANY CRAPS TABLE IN HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL AND ASK THE DEALER FOR SOME POINTERS TO GET YOU STARTED.
the question! If you want a more intense smoke
went on to explain that there’s a science behind
types of liquors and personality into every
flavor throughout your sipping session, ask for
why they make things a certain way, why it’s
drink they shake, stir or pour-over. It’s all
your cocktail to be shaken with smoke!
presented a certain way (put in a different glass
on the daily, the Spiked team infuses numerous
LET THE FUN BE-GIN IN FUNNER, CA
about versatility, passion and creativity. “We
Words by Shannon Gavin Photos by Zach Cordner
unique. We get the chance to play with a lot of
can muddle the freshness—this makes our bar stuff,” said Mixologist Troy Hermosillo. After all, being a cocktail master in Funner, Fancy yourself a Rum and Coke? Then expect
CA takes someone who wants more than to just
one that hits the spot in a way you might not
deliver a drink to you—it takes passion to give an
expect. “It all starts from the quality of the Rum
chosen, to how the drink is prepared, down to the final touch of the garnish,” said Mixologist Jimmy Montes. Sure it sounds like a simple drink, but there’s so much more that Funner, CA bartenders consider. They design a wellrounded sipping experience that raises the bar for your next bar visit. Not sure what you would like to drink for the evening? The vast world of alcohol is enough to intimidate even the most initiated imbiber, especially when you’re not skilled in the art of the perfect cocktail. It’s safe to say that most of the average bar knowledge starts and ends with cold beer and margaritas. Rest assured, the Spiked team of beverage experts will take excellent care of you if and when you get a wild hair. With a few simple questions (likes, dislikes and profile preferences), your mixologist will be able to whip something up that’ll please your palate—it’s like the best first date you’ve ever been on. From there, our team works hard to construct distinctive flavors and “out-of-theglass” creations tailored to your taste. Liquor aficionado? Maybe your ears will perk up when we start name-dropping. Don Mixologist Jimmy Montes can "smoke" your drink.
Julio 1942. Whistlepig Boss Hog. Louis XIII. A lot of places can’t get their hands on these bottles.
than the others) and why it’s stirred or shaken.
MIXOLOGIST VERSUS BARTENDER Two words are being used to describe expert shakers behind the bar these days: Bartender and Mixologist.
Thinking about all of that and considering the details is what makes a mixologist. You’re doing the science of bartending.
SIP WITH US
Sure they may sound like the same thing.
When you’re craving a craft cocktail,
But ask yourself this: Whom are you going to ask
Spiked is the place. Want to learn more about
to make that blissful Manhattan for you? The
what compliments your favorite liquor? Are you
True to the prohibition spirit, Spiked has its very own secret menu, which is a lot easier to find than a hidden bar. The menu offers a variety of flavors and liquors that’ll raise your eyebrows with intrigue. The Fernet About It features Fernet, an Italian type of Amaro, Luxardo, green Chartreuse and lime. If you don’t know what all of that is, we suggest taking a trip to speak with our friends at Spiked. Each Spiked Mixologist assisted in the creation of the secret menu. “Someone will bring in a new idea and we will work on it together and make something. Then we put in our input. We’re a team when it comes to creating new cocktails for the bar,” said Blackno. “Create, share with the team, refine (if needed) and put it on the secret menu.” Sounds like a fun process! For example, Montes crafted the Pig In Paradise—Whistlepig 10 Year Rye Whiskey (which was barreled specifically for Spiked!) meets apricot, elderflower, Turbinado and fresh squeezed orange juice creating a tropical flavor balance. Yum! Spoiler alert! They’re all delicious!
Once these rare items are off the shelf—the top shelf—they’re gone. “What Spiked has to offer you might not find anywhere else in San Diego,” said Grescia Skarra, Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Casino Operations Beverage Manager.
MORE THAN A SMOKE SCREEN You read that right. If you’re feeling adventurous, then ask a Spiked mixologist to smoke your favorite cocktail. Why smoke a cocktail, you ask? Well, why candy bacon and
LET’S GET PERSONAL
put it in a Bloody Mary? Because it’s different,
Ladies and gentlemen we present to you, the Pig In Paradise.
RAISE YOUR HAND if you love fresh ingredients
behind the bar. The mixologists (A.K.A. “Black
and tasty drinks. Lucky for you, Harrah’s Resort
Belt Bartenders”) as coined by Spike Mixologist
Harrah’s Resort SoCal mixologists have
SoCal has exactly what you crave. We’re savoring
Gustavo Ramirez, are formally trained and
quality products. In the words of Bruce Hornsby (as
a ton of cocktails that they can recommend
Clase Azula Ultra Tequila, Pappy Van Winkle
certified by BarSmarts—this means they really
made popular by Tupac Shakur), “That’s just the
if you’d like to try this unique delight. Using a
Reserve and a few other surprises for you to
know their stuff! After all, at Spiked it’s not just
way it is.” With each cocktail also comes a serving
one-of-a kind smoker, they’re able to infuse your
mixologist with that look of concentration while
thirsty to increase your cocktail knowledge?
experience later in the article (or in your glass).
about the delicious handcrafted cocktails—it’s
of personality and knowledge behind the drink.
drink with Hickory, Cherry wood, Apple wood
crafting away, of course! Just ask the experts. “I
Well, then pull up a stool and your bartender will
“Initially, we were learning a couple of
or Mesquite. And if you’re not sure what’ll work
consider them all mixologists! Their knowledge
be happy to answer all of your questions. Cheers!
drinks and putting them out to the guests, but
with your favorite drink, your mixologist will
and creativity is unmatched,” said Skarra.
now we have creativity as a team where we can
be sure to point you in the right direction. Go
“When it was first being used [mixology], I
come up with fresh cocktails on the spot,” said
ahead and mix two smoky flavors together to
thought it was pretentious. Just doing more, caring
Spiked Mixologist Derek Blackno.
create a unique taste for your cocktail—smoking
more and taking pride in what you’re doing is what
spices, herbs and orange peels are not out of
makes you a mixologist,” explained Montes. He
Adjacent to the Gaming Floor next to the High Limits area resides Spiked—a prohibition-
about the entire experience.
esque cocktail bar that pours more than meets
TWISTING THE SPIKED WAY
the eye (or taste buds). Offering a place to sip
Tasty drinks are readily available resort-wide
and sit in style, Spiked is where you want to be
but at Spiked, the crafty cocktail inventors are
to soak up the creativity and knowledge from
ready to put a fresh spin on your “go-to” drink. ESCAPE
Every cocktail is made the Spiked way—fresh ingredients,
Making use of their knowledge and background
fun and it tastes delicious!
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THE MAYORAL TREATMENT
DAVID HASSELHOFF’S GUIDE TO FUNNER, CA Words by Robyn Lass Photos by Zach Cordner
We can’t all be David Hasselhoff. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a stay at Harrah’s Resort SoCal like David Hasselhoff. For those of you looking to enjoy life the Funner, CA way, Mayor Hoff himself has a few key tips to enhance your trip. Check out this quick guide to some of Hoff’s favorite spots in Funner, CA. Who knows, you might just catch a glimpse of the head cheese himself as he slips into the salt bath or snacks on a Lobster Cocktail.
Dining family-style at Fiore.
HOFF SAYS: “THE BONEIN RIBEYE IS WORLD CLASS AT FIORE. ORDER IT WITH THE TRUFFLED CAULIFLOWER SOUP AND YOU HAVE A WINNING COMBO!”
FIORE RESTAURANT WHERE DINING IS DIVINE THE NUMBER ONE STEAKHOUSE IN FUNNER, CA
perfect pairing to the overall vibe in Funner, CA.
starchy sides like mashed potatoes and mac &
didn’t get this title by accident. Fiore has earned
Aside from delicious steaks crafted to your
cheese, Colello’s menu delivers lighter items
the “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator
personal taste, the menu is packed with sharable
like sweet potato purée and sautéed sugar
magazine 10 times. So if you’re going to eat
items as well as meals you won’t want anyone
snap peas plus Vegan and Gluten Free options.
like the mayor, make a reservation and start
else’s fork to touch. If you’re looking to feed
To keep things fresh, Colello updates the
sampling the new menu created by Specialty
yourself like The Hoff, try the Lobster Cocktail or
menu seasonally. To reserve your table visit:
Chef Amanda Colello. Her fun, appetizing and
the Hamachi from the Oyster Bar.
HarrahsSoCal.com/taste/Fiore and use the Open
unique approach to culinary creations is the ESCAPE
Unlike other steakhouses that offer standard #Funner
Table option or call 760-751-3100.
THE SPA WHERE RELAXING IS REQUIRED EVERYONE DESERVES SOME ME-TIME. Even the mayor. The spa is the perfect place to hide away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi, treat yourself to some pampering or prepare for your next selfi shoot. To start your relaxation session, browse a menu packed with massages, facials and full-body treatments. To get camera ready, the full-service salon and barbershop offer men and women head to toe primping and polishing including mani pedis, waxing and soothing shaves. Give yourself the mayoral treatment by scheduling an Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial with the Knesko Collagen Mask add-on. Or schedule a couple’s massage for you and your honey, a favorite of The Hoff and his betrothed. To browse the menu, check out monthly specials or make your reservation go to HarrahsSoCal.com/ Play/Spa-at-harrahs or call 760-751-7709
HOFF SAYS: “FOR AN OUT OF THIS WORLD EXPERIENCE, TREAT YOURSELF TO THE OXYGEN FACIAL.” ESCAPE
The full-service salon at The Spa.
THE MAYORAL SUITE WHERE HOFF LAYS HIS HEAD EVERY CELEBRITY KNOWS THERE’S NOTHING BETTER for your complexion than a good night’s sleep. The 2,398 square-foot Mayoral Suite is the only place the mayor of Funner, CA lays his head after a hard day of work. This roomy space can sleep up to six, so bring your friends and take up residence for the day or the week. With two balconies you can soak up the entire Funner, scene with a mountain view on one side and a poolside view on the other. Designed for the highest level of living, this premium suite includes large rooms for relaxing, entertaining and dining. If you’re really in the mayoral mood, slip off your shoes and into the cozy slippers and robe just like The Hoff enjoys during his stay! Then stand next to the huge hanging portrait of the mayor himself to see how your look compares. To reserve this spot, or any of our luxury rooms and suites, visit: HarrahsSoCal.com/Stay or call 760-751-3100.
HOFF SAYS: “I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO MY SUITE TIME HERE, WHEN I GET TO RELAX, STEP OUT ON THE BALCONY AND SOAK IN ALL THE FUN EVERYONE IS HAVING IN FUNNER, CA.”
Live it up in the Mayoral Suite living room.
FUNNER BONUS WHERE CITATIONS ARE A GOOD THING The whole experience in Funner, CA is sure to make even the most serious visitor laugh out loud. Or cheer. Or dance. However the fun-bug bites you, the best resort in Funner, CA is the place to show of your enthusiasm—and get rewarded for it. The “Fun Police” is fully stocked with a special kind of citation—Fun Citations. These special surprises are only awarded to the truly enthusiastic and guarantees those awarded will walk away with a customized prize. Just one more way The Mayor has found to crank up the celebratory vibe and put good times high on the priority list. READY FOR YOUR OWN MAYORAL MISSION? CHECK OUT EVEN MORE FUN ONLINE THEN BOOK YOUR NEXT STAY AT HARRAHSRESORTSOCAL.COM
HOFF SAYS:”THERE’S NOTHING BETTER THAN GETTING A SURPRISE REWARD IN FUNNER, CA JUST FOR DOING THE THINGS YOU LOVE.”
The Fun Police is always on duty.
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FUNNER LIFE YOUR CHECKLIST TO FUN
Words by Marlise Kast Photos by Zach Cordner
At some point in life, nearly every international traveler has had that split-second fear of “Where’s my passport?” It’s an easy little booklet to lose when you’re catching flights, crossing borders and changing hotels all for the sake of fun and memories. But what if fun came to you this summer? What if you could escape to a place where laughter was the language, boredom was outlawed and boundaries were borderless? Welcome to Funner, California—a place (not a word) where the fun never ends! Harrah’s Resort SoCal is putting the sizzling heat back into summer (and beyond) with a fun checklist that’ll have you shopping for bikinis and Bermuda shorts in no time. Get ready to play, plunge, partake and party with this season’s passport to fun! Rock out to your favorite bands…almost with Tribute Nights. ESCAPE
YOUR CHECKLIST TO FUN
Grab an inflatable unicorn at Dive during FLOATAPALOOZA the last Saturday of every month.
DJs at Dive.
WINE DOWN AT CORKED It’s time to unwind at Corked—the best spot in town to sample local vintages. Join us every Wednesday from 5pm – 7pm to sip on a flight, or your favorite glass. Even if you can’t make it on Wednesdays Corked is the place to sip on highend wines every night.
Who says the Lazy River is just for kids? This
Thursdays with dance instruction and live
spin poolside every Saturday and Sunday
summer, adults can float away their cares every
music at the Courtside Sports Bar. Come feel
from Noon – 5pm. While you work on that
Monday through Wednesday from 7pm – 10pm
the rhythm with beginner lessons at 7pm, and
summer glow (and margarita), master mixers
this summer. Drift through waterfalls, grottos,
then put those moves to work with live music.
drop top 40s, hip-hop and other beats at the
twists and turns—then park your inner tube for
If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to get “steamy”
pool complex. Float down the Lazy River, or
a lap around the Swim-up Bar.
with the Salsa and Bachata—now’s your chance!
relax like a rock star by reserving a daybed or
To keep the mid-week fun going, Corked also
In case you haven’t noticed, the city of Funner
offers a way to test your brainpower every
loves tribute bands. Every Friday, Harrah’s
Wednesday from 7pm – 9pm. Here you can sip
Resort SoCal has a stellar line up of live tribute
a full-bodied red with a side of trivia. Because
bands in honor of music legends, ranging from
let’s face it, who doesn’t want to throw down
The Beatles to U2. Talent hits the stage at 9pm in
random bits of information while glassy-eyed
the Courtside Sports Bar.
and feeling overly confident? Come test your who’s boss. The game is free and the bragging
rights are priceless.
Grab an inf latable unicorn and bob in the
Movie Under The Stars.
pool at Dive! This day club is part of an aqua
(sort of) looks like art, but feels like fun! Create
up and get star str uck with the one you love
Van Gogh’s got nothing on you because you’ve
outside your comfort zone from 4pm – 5:30pm
( just check your teeth for popcorn). Curl
got stencils, wine and pizzazz. Discover your
on the second Saturday of every month.
up in the Courtyard at the outdoor movie
venue and watch favor ite blockbuster hits
events that range from watercolor painting to
MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
pen-and-ink magic. This is one art class where
Lights. Camera. Action! It’s show time at
you’re encouraged to color outside the lines. It
Harrah’s Resort SoCal where you can snuggle ESCAPE
from 8pm – 10pm. Snacks and dr inks will be available for purchase to enhance your exper ience.
Come make a splash at Dive where live DJs
knowledge, win some prizes and show ’em
DJS AT DIVE
For something hot hot hot, check out Latin
paradise complete with VIP cabanas and SoCal’s only Swim-up Bar. Hop on a “f loatie” (cute and creative ones available for sale at The Dive Shop!) and soak up some rays the last Saturday of every month. It’s Funner’s coolest spot where you can work on that summer tan
private cabana in advance.
REGGAE SUNDAYS One love, one fun! Good vibes come to Dive every
DIVE AFTER DARK Things heat up when the sun goes down at Dive. Dance the night away every Friday and Saturday from 8pm – Midnight as the resident DJ spins poolside. Definitely one of Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s most popular “after dark” summertime shindigs.
COWBOY BOOTS & SWIMSUITS Summer at Dive just got hotter! Every Thursday strut your stuff in boots and bikinis with featured country acts like Diamond Rio, Devin Dawson, CAM and Anderson East. Plus play poolside games, enjoy drink specials and even try out the floating bull. Get tickets and complete info at Ticketmaster.com.
and feel like a kid again.
Sunday from Noon to 5pm with DJs taking us back to the roots of reggae. Mellow out poolside with cocktails and music all summer long. On Sundays you can party after the sun goes down with special guests Tarrus Riley and Toots and the Maytals. Tickets and info available at Ticketmaster.com. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RESORT ACTIVITIES AND SHOWS INCLUDING TICKET PRICES AND AVAILABILITY, PLEASE VISIT HARRAHSSOCAL.COM/EVENTS
11,000 SQUARE FEET OF PRISTINE RELAXATION With salt baths, a barber shop and a full-service salon The Spa at Harrahâ€™s has raised the ante on relaxation. Say cheers with a champagne split as you get an up-do or sip a Manhattan during a manscaping session. Donâ€™t worry, our complete menu of massages and facials will keep you looking and feeling refreshed. Call to make your reservation today at 760 -751-7709.
Words by Aaron Schmidt Photos by Zach Cordner
“You get kind of hooked on everyday items and then you want to make them stand out by making them special and different”—Jean Wells
Wells' "Traveling Tree"
If you’ve checked in to Harrah’s Resort SoCal lately, then you’ve seen something special sparkling in the Resort Lobby. The glittering mosaic slot machine on display is a unique design by local artist Jean Wells. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Wells is a San Diego contemporary mosaic sculptor whose work has been featured in solo art shows around the world. Her fun designs include Pop Art mosaic sculptures of regular household items, and her bright, flashy style was a perfect fit for Funner, CA.
my family, I’d say Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud,
be outside all the time and withstand any kind
and grandfather, and then also studying Andy
machine before, so they invited me out to the
Jeff Koons and a lot of Pop Art. I went from
of weather. It’s been in 120-degree heat in Santa
Warhol and some the other Pop Artists who are
Resort. I was just overwhelmed by the casino—
working with my dad on traditional-style art for
Fe and sleet and snow in Chicago. I also did a taxi
graphic designers, too. You get kind of hooked on
with all the flash and sparkle I knew I was where
churches to incorporating my mosaic glass art
that was also featured at OMA. Lifesavers candy
everyday items and then you want to make them
I belonged. I mean, there’s a food truck coming
with Pop Art. It was just a perfect crossover.
motivated me to do that sculpture. Why don’t we
stand out by making them special and different.
out of the wall on the way to the pool area! I’d
WHAT’S THE LARGEST MOSAIC SCULPTURE YOU’VE DONE?
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP AND
really started getting involved more with mosaic
My largest sculptures are about 18 feet tall.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO ART?
art around 2010.
One is a Hershey Kiss and it was featured at the Oceanside Museum of Art. In fact, it smells like
I grew up in Seattle, Washington. I’m a third-
can’t we have something fun? I also did a Jenga
HOW OFTEN DO YOU USE “FOUND” ITEMS FOR
sculpture that’s around 10-feet tall. Everything
very inspired. It’s an older, antique-type slot ma-
I use found objects about 20 percent of the time.
chine and then I just added all the excitement,
I once bought an old airplane from an aviation
flash and color. It took me about 10 months to
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION TO DO
junkyard. My plan was to create a 21st Century-
complete it. It’s very labor intensive, as all the
YOUR POP ART-STYLE MOSAICS OF EVERYDAY
style Noah’s Ark with all the animals coming
glass tiles in my mosaics are hand cut—I slice
down off the wing. When the economy crashed
my fingers up all the time. It was such a won-
There’re three factors that drive my art. When I
in 2008, I had to get rid of it because it just sat
derful project to do—probably one of my most
graduated from college, I was a graphic designer
in our yard for a while. Just like people have old
junky cars in their front yard, we had a plane.
generation mosaic artist and all my family lived
DO YOU DABBLE IN ANY OTHER
chocolate on the inside. Four couples got married
in Seattle. I started doing mosaic art when I
KIND OF MEDIA?
using that Hershey Kiss, too, I might add. I also
was in my teens. I got into it because of my dad.
I’ve gone through some painting and ceramic
did a tree sculpture that is 17 and-a-half feet tall
He did a large mosaic for the Greek Orthodox
phases, but I usually go back to my mosaic art
and 11 feet across. It’s been my “Traveling Tree.”
so I was working with everyday items helping to
Church and so he’d have me help him by giving
roots. I’ve always been an artist.
It’s been featured in front of OMA’s building, at
advertising them. I had to make money because
the San Diego Convention Center, La Jolla and
me wood squares to work on. I was his assistant.
have that at my house if I could.
have Lifesavers hubcaps or donut hubcaps—why
you just can’t expect to start selling sculptures
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE SLOT
My grandfather was a mosaic artist as well. We
WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR MAIN INFLUENCES?
then it went to other cities like Chicago and
right out of college—you’ve got to put food on the
have so many artists in our family. Even before I
My father, grandfather, my uncle and my aunt
Sante Fe New Mexico. I used exterior building
table. So there was the crossover of that. Then
I was approached to do a custom order for
went to kindergarten we were doing art as kids. I
were some of my earliest influences. Outside of
materials from high-rises to create it, so it can
there’s my early mosaic training from my father
Harrah’s Resort SoCal, and I’d never done a slot
Once I was in this environment, I became
TO SEE MORE OF WELLS’ MOSAIC ARTWORK, PLEASE VISIT HER WEBSITE WELLSART.COM
WIN A PAY DAY FROM THE MAYOR OF FUNNER, CA! Words by Brian Luna Photos by Christopher Donez
Kathy Ice, February
Tracey Blix, March
SO YOU NEED SOME TRAVEL MONEY to visit Funner,
presence within Funner and guests associate him
any Promotions kiosk between 6am and 10:30pm
California? Harrah’s Resort SoCal will do you one
with our brand. He was here on New Year’s Eve
on drawing day and all of those tier credits you’ve
better and give you a chance to win money from
2017 to award and present our Millionaire Winner
earned will go towards the hourly drawings.
the Mayor of Funner California. Mayor’s Millions
with their check and the guests went wild! It
The fun kicks off at noon with one lucky
is here and with it comes the chance to go home
seemed almost natural to bring together our fun
winner collecting $5,000 in FREE play. An
$50,000 richer each month and $100,000 richer in
successful promotion of Year of the Millionaire
additional $1,000 in free play will be given to 5
June and December!
with our even Funner Mayor.”
winners every hour from 1pm to 10pm. If you’re
What a nice mayor Funner, CA has! Similar
Play your favorite game, rack up Tier
lucky enough to snag a cool $1,000 in free play then
to the popular Year of the Millionaire giveaway,
Credits, win a boatload of cash and have a
here’s a tip: play more! The earning period for the
Mayor’s Millions takes the best of Year of the
Funner time doing it. Sounds like a Funner deal,
$50,000 grand prize closes 30 minutes before the
Millionaire and serves it to you every month.
huh? Harrah’s Resort SoCal definitely thinks so.
11pm drawing. So rack up more of those entries
It’s a bankroll of over $3 million dollars in
Here’s how it works.
and give yourself a leg up on bringing home the big one.
cash and prizes given out over the course of
An earning period is announced each month
the year. “After 5 amazingly successful years
and with it are the dates to accumulate tier credits
Mayor’s Millions gives away $50,000 to
of Year of the Millionaire, we decided to put a
for the monthly $50,000 drawing. If you’re not sure
one lucky winner on the last Saturday of each
‘Funner’ twist on the program and expand the
about the earning period dates then be sure pay a
month and ten lucky winners will win $100,000
opportunity to give more guests a chance to win
visit to the Promotions Center. Every Tier Credit
each in June and December! Be sure not to miss
throughout the year.
earned between 6am on the first of each month
So now in 2018, we will have 20 guests that
and 10:30pm on the last Saturday of each month
Do you have that winning pose ready? Good.
will win $100K, plus our monthly winners of
earn an additional entry. The last Saturday of each
You’ll need to strut your stuff for the winning
$50K cash!” says Events and Promotions Manager
month is when all of that hard work and serious
photo with your enormous check… and maybe
Melissa Fry. “Hasselhoff has become an iconic
gaming pays off. Swipe your Total Rewards card at
the Mayor himself!
Jack Williams, January
Mary Gie Gilbert, April
FILL YOUR SUITCASE WITH STYLE We’ve packed in your favorites so you don’t have to. It’s ok if you “forgot” something. Bazaar has what you need to look great from the dining table to the craps table.
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ON A MISSION TO HELP THE PLANET
Words by Jace Gardenier Photos by Brian Luna
WHAT’S COOKING? Delicious dining experiences are a mainstay at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. And so is saving the planet. So it makes perfect sense to bring the two together! From filling you up to cleaning your plate—and everything in between—Harrah’s Resort SoCal has come up some unique ways to go green in the kitchen.
When you think of Harrah’s Resort SoCal, what color comes to mind? Purple, you say? We thought you’d say that. But what you might not know is that underneath all of this purple, you’ll find a heart of green! Through its CodeGreen program, Harrah’s Resort SoCal (and its parent company Caesars Entertainment), have aimed to bring about real solutions to the environmental problems facing the planet today. As new issues arise, the CodeGreen solutions grow and expand, offering new branches containing innovative ways to help continue to care for Mother Earth.
You’ve heard the saying, “Nothing goes to waste,” but with CodeGreen in the kitchen Harrah’s Resort SoCal really means it. Scraps of food and leftovers are kept out of the landfills and
Specialty Chef Jason Luke approving local produce.
instead are fed into a hungry Biodigester. This fancy machine naturally processes up to one ton of food in a 24-hour cycle. The end result is liquid waste, which is then sent to our on-site water treatment plant where it’s treated for reuse.
A TREE IS ONLY AS STRONG AS ITS ROOTS Harrah’s Resort SoCal treats the CodeGreen program with the same love and care it’d give to any living thing, which is why the program’s foundation eco-initiatives continue to aid in the fight against on-going environmental issues. For starter’s, Harrah’s Resort SoCal takes full advantage of the great weather in Funner, CA
THE BUZZ ABOUT BEES
Tending to our hive of VIBs.
Bees are a big deal. Did you know that honeybees
by soaking up the sunrays and turning them into clean energy. The property was the first casino in SoCal to go solar, and today, this 5.5-acre solar
pollinate 80% of crops in the U.S. each year?
field generates energy that’s used property-
And on average, humans consume 285 pounds
wide. In fact, the amount of power generated in
of honey annually? Sadly, however, 1/3 of all
2017 was enough to run 113,096 computers for
bee colonies have disappeared since 2006. To
one whole year!
help keep the bee population growing, Harrah’s
Pastry Chef Matt Lawa testing tomatoes in our garden.
The grass (or veggies in this case) is always
Resort SoCal has found a creative way to help—
greener on the other side, especially, in the
by sponsoring a special colony just down the
resort’s on-site garden. This special site provides
road in Valley Center.
yummy fresh ingredients like tomatos, herbs
Each of the resort’s five hives is home to
and peppers that zest up some favorite dishes,
40,000 - 60,000 bees! And just like the guests
while helping the planet go green in a tasty way.
who visit Funner, CA, Harrah’s Resort SoCal is
So just remember that while purple may
giving these bees the royal treatment. The top-
Harrah’s Resort SoCal signature color—green is
notch resort beekeepers keep these little buzzers
by far the most important!
happy, healthy and full of honey! Speaking of honey, buzz over to the Café or Spiked to treat
2017 CODEGREEN STATS * Harvested 597 lbs of fresh grown produce (coming to a salad near you) * Collected and recycled 6,250lbs. of electronic waste (old technology isn’t only slow… its heavy) * Generated 2.46 gWh (we don’t know what that means either, but that’s how they measure solar energy)
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ALL THE PROPERTY’S CODEGREEN EFFORTS, GET THE WHOLE STORY ONLINE AT HARRAHSSOCAL.COM/CODEGREEN
your taste buds to some Harrah’s Resort SoCal honey in select menu items. ESCAPE
* Recycled 315 tons of various materials (Renew. Re-use. Recycle. Duh!)
David Hasselhoff @DavidHasselhoff Come get lazy with me on the Lazy River!! We all need a break @HarrahsSoCal #Funner #HARRAHSSOCAL
Bruce Buffer @brucebuffer IT’S TIME! to KO me for your shot at the title! Come play poker against me TODAY at @HarrahsSoCal @UltimatePoker @ufc
RETAIL THERAPY POOLSIDE AT THE DIVE SHOP Words by Elizabeth Schwartze Photos by Zach Cornder
Farmers Ins Open @FarmersInsOpen There are no “Quiet” signs at this party. @HarrahsSoCal
Dane Cook @DaneCook I’m just hearing about this ;) @HarrahsSoCal
A picture perfect way to spend a warm Funner, CA day is poolside at Dive. Whether it’s the award-winning Main Pool, SoCal’s only Swim-up Bar or the 400ft Lazy River, Harrah’s Resort SoCal offers crystal-clear water, supurb suning spots and essential relaxation options. While you’re enjoying the pristine waters, why not stop by The Dive Shop? Located adjacent to the Lazy River, The Dive Shop offers everything from pool toys, sun hats and snacks to other sunning essentials.
Ron White @Ron_White A little Sat pool time w @HarrahsSoCal. The weekend is here kids!
Price Is Right Live @TPIRLIVE Great to be back at @HarrahsSoCal. One of our favorite casinos. Your guest host this weekend is #JerrySpringer
The Romantics @romanticsrock Check, one two! @HarrahsSoCal
The Dive Shop has everything you need to have fun in the sun.
FLOAT YOUR WAY TO FUN
King Mo @KingMoFH @HarrahsSoCal is my new spot! #HarrahsSoCal
SEE WHAT THE HYPE IS ALL ABOUT. @HarrahsSoCal
Add a little extra fun to your day in the sun with a variety of unusual pool floats. “Our goal is to Nick Hardwick @hardwina @HarrahsSoCal has got it going on! This place will be packed. Line up is huge!
find the ‘must-have’ and exclusive pool floats of the season with a new selection each year,” said
Nick Swardson @NickSwardson Tonight me and the boys @AdamSandler @DavidSpade @RobSchneider are at @HarrahsSoCal JOIN US!
Retail Manager Bonnie Quintero. “This season we anticipate the unicorn pool float to be the Patti Stanger @pattistanger Thx @HarrahsSoCal for an amazing time! #Peprally for your staff was so much fun. Love you!
most popular accessory in the pool. Our product is super fun and our guests are even Funner!” Donuts, flamingos and rubber duckies are just the start to what’s available for purchase. And you can give your lungs a break—a teammate at The Dive Shop will inflate any float for you when you buy it, so don’t hesitate to ask.
EYES ON THE ESSENTIALS
SUN CARE WITH SUN BUM
George Lopez @georgelopez #SoCal #Chingons, catch me at the @HarrahsSoCal this Friday!
The Dive Shop is fully stocked to supply the coverage you need from a collection of Sun Bum
Matt Iseman @mattiseman Riding around the city with @Uber_LA giving free UberPool rides from @HarrahsSoCal #SantaInANissan
Smashburger @Smashburger Delicious burgers smashed to order! @Smashburger @HarrahsSoCal
products. In fact, this local suncare company is the exclusive sunscreen provider for Harrah’s
Poolside necessities available for the whole
family include sun hats, towels, wraps, Tropix
established in 2015. Each product is crafted using
flip-flops and a wide-variety of pool toys for all
only the finest ingredients and made in the USA.
ages. Convenience items such as swim diapers,
“It was a no-brainer to partner with
eye drops, hairbrushes and bug spray also fill the
Harrah’s Resort SoCal because of our similar
racks. Hungry? There are tasty snacks, ice cream
philosophies—work less, live more,” said Sun
and popsicles ready to fill you up or cool you off!
Bum’s Senior Sales Executive Phil Demangone.
Family-friendly, cold, non-alcoholic beverages
“It’s a great way to get the Vegas experience
are also chilling in the cooler.
without leaving the county, and is a mutually
And if reading is your ideal pool-time
beneficial partnership because their success
past-time, The Dive Shop is stocked with
is our success. We want to make sure they’re
books and magazines from the informative to
happy by providing the right sun care products
for their guests.” ESCAPE
Heart @officialheart @HarrahsSoCal we had a blast!!! #HarrahsSoCal #MusicEqualsLoveTour
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TEAMMATES ARE BECOMING MODEL CITIZENS Words by Elizabeth Schwartze Photos by Christopher Donez
“In its inaugural year, Environmental Services Supervisor, Yesenia Guzman, was the lucky grand prize winner. She donated a total of 59 hours of her time!”
Can we get a ride? Harrah’s Resort So Cal executive team and EVS teammates congratulate Yesenia Guzman for her Model Citizen win.
Yesenia Guzman and her brand-new 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.
COMMUNITY SERVICE DOESN’T JUST MEAN SERVING
work puts them in the running to win the grand
and American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.
every Model Citizen participant has an equal and
didn’t win the car.” Guzman chose a 2018 Toyota
the community, it means acting as a good
prize at the end of the competition. In 2017, that
responsible gaming and employee well being). The
Other charities that are favored by the passion
fair chance to win.
RAV4 Hybrid to help with her commute. With
citizen to grow, contribute and celebrate with
grand prize was a new car!
program—open to all non-management employees
of teammates include ONF for Autism, Rady’s
such a worthwhile experience, Guzman and her
family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. To
This year, to spread the love even further,
over the age of 18—has taken off and even created
Children’s Hospital and the Helen Woodward
Services Supervisor, Yesenia Guzman, was the
family have already participated in activities
encourage good community stewardship, while
four grand prizes will be awarded when the
some friendly competition. Approximately 702
lucky grand prize winner. She donated a total of
toward this year’s Model Citizen Program.
establishing healthy habits for the team Harrah’s
employees—around 50-percent of the staff—
Entries into the Model Citizen program
59 hours of her time! Guzman said she embraced
Resort Southern California kicked off the Funner,
2018. The Model Citizens will be announced in
have participated. This equates to roughly 9,700
are calculated by utilizing electronic entries
the Model Citizen program and volunteering
teammates are racking up volunteer hours and
CA Model Citizen Program in 2017. This unique
December at Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s annual
total volunteer hours donated by Harrah’s Resort
because, “it was an excellent way to spend time
Sebastian is proud of the favorable outcome the
reward system encourage teammates to live a
holiday party and those four lucky winners
SoCal employees in the first year.
employee will receive five electronic entries for
with my three children.”
program has produced in such a short amount
will each receive a $5,000 “design-your-own-
Teammates can choose to volunteer their
participating in a company-sanctioned event,
The Guzman family’s favorite event to date
of time: “The Model Citizen Program is a way for
How does one become a Model Citizen? It’s
vacation” package, plus the PTO time to enjoy it!
time at a variety of ways. “It’s important that
like monthly Meals On Wheels deliveries or
was A Walk To Cure Arthritis at Waterfront Park
Harrah’s Resort Southern California to recognize
easy. Every time a teammate volunteers their
The Model Citizen Program is the creation of
we support individual efforts to stimulate
Harrah’s Resort SoCal sponsored beach clean-
in San Diego. With heartfelt honesty, Guzman
and reward our teammates’ efforts to improve
time or makes a donation in the community,
volunteerism,” said Sebastian. Some of the
ups. After a teammate attends the event, they fill
said, “I actually didn’t do it to win the car. I did
both the community in which we live and work,
engages in a company-sponsored wellness event,
out documentation, submit it to Sebastian and
it to spend time with my kids. I’m a single mom
andtheir own personal well-being.”
or participates in earth-friendly CodeGreen
Sebastian, the purpose of the program is to
Harrah’s Resort SoCal and support well-known
their allotted entries are entered into a computer.
and it’s an opportunity to spend quality time
conservation efforts, they can earn entries to
increase employee and guest awareness of
local causes and events, such as I Love A Clean
The computer designates the five quarterly
with my family and show them diversity in the
win exciting quarterly prizes. Plus their good
San Diego, Toys for Tots, Race for the Cure
winners and the grand prize winners—ensuring
community. would do it all over again, even if I
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