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A SNOWCAPPED PARADISE IN FUNNER, CA Photo by Brian Luna
3 DOORS DOWN LIVE AT THE EVENTS CENTER Photo by Troy Doney
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10 INTRO “Just like Bruce Willis, we saved the world” 12 TRIBE The Rincon Fiesta 16
‘ritas Fabulous Fall Food
Powering Your Fun with the Sun
BEHIND THE SCENES
With Funner Mayor David Hasselhoff
Sips of the Season
40 FEATURED ARTIST Doug Hyde Discusses “Milky Way Woman” 44
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To see Mayor Hoff behind the scenes, go to page 30.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND PLACING FUNNER, CA ON THE MAP Words by Amber Lussier, Director of Resort Marketing Photo by Zach Cordner
IF YOU WERE CHALLENGED WITH SOMETHING no
in-cheek concept to an actual city. We worked
take him or herself too seriously, who’s easily
one else had ever done before, would you try
very closely with the Rincon Band of Luiseño
recognized around the globe and someone who
it? What if it was something that felt larger
Indians, the United States Postal Service,
has their own set of wheels. In walked David
than life? Think along the lines of the movie
Hasselhoff. The vote was unanimous.
Armageddon (not my favorite big budget movie,
and hundreds of other entities to make this
Mayor Hoff truly enjoys his role as mayor
but stay with me). Rather than preventing a
legitimate city as legitimate as possible. Once
and believes fun should be something that is
gigantic asteroid on a collision course with
all of the logistics were handled, it was time to
enjoyed by all. If you’ve seen him in the Lazy
Earth, the challenge is developing a new city
toss in a little magic.
River, you know this to be true.
and getting it on the map. And we’re not talking
What do other cities have? Libraries. Sure,
As you spend time in Funner, CA, take a
about a fictitious map. This is the real deal—
but think bigger. Real cities have real mayors,
look around. What we’ve created is much more
land, water, elevation, even a compass rose.
and a place like Funner, CA needed a mayor
than just a marketing campaign. It’s a change,
This was the challenge we accepted, and just
that was the personification of what Funner
a culture shift that’s rare in our industry—
like Bruce Willis—we saved the world. Not
was meant to be. We called for all candidates
purple hair, sneakers and jeans, jacket and tie
really, but I like to think we did.
to step up and toss their hat in the ring. The
and everything in between. Everyone is invited
It took two years of hard work by dozens
people of Funner, CA had a few prerequisites
because in Funner, CA, you don’t have to ride
of people to take Funner, CA from a tongue-
for their new leader—someone who doesn’t
an asteroid (or drive a talking car) to be a hero.
Perfecting the craft. Sip for yourself at SR76 Beerworks.
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ANNUAL FIESTA CONTINUES TRIBAL TRADITION AT RINCON RESERVATION Words by Tanya Duggan Photos by Rob Shaffer
SINCE THE 1930s the Rincon Indian Reservation
three to four days. The traditional Indian game
sounds of turtle-shell rattles that accompanied
has been the gathering place for the annual
of “peon” was played day and night, as was the
Rincon Fiesta. “The annual gathering of the
popular game of Horseshoes. Campfires burned
In the 1970s, a rodeo became a favorite part
tribes in the early years at Rincon was essentially
from sunset until dawn as family members
of the fiesta, with popular events like horse races
a ‘pow-wow,’” said Rincon Tribal Chairman Bo
and old friends from distant tribes sat around
and roping. Expert riders, calf-ropers, barrel
Mazzetti. “However, due to the Spanish influence
the fires and talked stories through the night.
racers and other equestrians from Southern
in California at the time, the tribal gatherings
In later years, cultural dancing and singing—
are now called ‘fiestas.’”
known as “bird singing” by local tribes—was
competitions. For the past decade, fast-pitch
In the early years—from the 1940s through
an important part of every fiesta. Dancers and
softball has been very popular for all fiesta goers.
the 1980s—members from surrounding tribes
singers representing their tribes by wearing
Tribes send teams from throughout California,
traveled to Rincon where they camped for
traditional dress filled the air with songs and the
including teams from Nevada and Arizona.
“The fiesta celebration is a gathering for the tribes to see family and old friends” Indian handicrafts, including turquoise and silver jewelry from the Navajo and Hopi tribes that travel from Arizona and New Mexico. This year the fiesta was held on August 17 – 19 and as always it was one for the memory books. “The fiesta celebration is a gathering for Double elimination tournaments produce quality
the tribes to see family and old friends. A time to
competition that draws big crowds.
play ball, dance, sing, eat and play Peon games.
Traditional structures known as “ramadas” are constructed of wood frames with coverings of
Good Medicine,” said Tribal Council member Alfonso Kolb.
branches and leaves. Cooks serve all varieties of
Planning for 2019 is already in the works.
traditional foods, including Indian tacos, “wii’wish”
Mark your calendars for August or contact the
and various acorn foods, as well as barbeque and
Rincon Cultural Resources Center for more
various sweets. Other vendors in ramadas sell
details by calling 760-297-2635.
Our shows rock. The Killers. Billy Idol. Alice Cooper. Bill Burr. Ice Cube. Heart. Amy Schumer. Snoop Dogg. Blondie. Adam Sandler.
From side splitting comedy to concerts worth losing your voice over, our monthly events calendar is packed with shows that pack the house. Tickets and info available at: HarrahsSoCal.com/Events
‘RITAS CANTINA’S FALL FOOD REVIEW Words by Alondra Figueroa Photos by Zach Cordner
Carne Asada Queso Dip
When visiting Funner, CA, a stop at ‘ritas Cantina is always a win. The Baja-inspired cuisine hits the spot when you’re craving something hot, spicy or thirst-quenching. That being said, the chefs at ‘ritas are always looking for something fresh and new to spice up the menu and keep you coming back for more. I was lucky enough to sample some of the new fall specialties and I’m absolutely in love!
many times, I was astonished by how absolutely
LET’S START WITH ‘RITAS CANTINA’S FAMOUS Queso
decadent, delectable and different this starter
Dip. “We were finding that our guests couldn’t get
truly was. The queso appetizer consists of a
enough of our homemade Queso Salsa,” said ‘ritas
beautifully creamy béchamel mixed with a
Cantina Manager Robert Greenan. “So naturally
few cheeses, pickled jalapenos and blended to
we decided to make it even better and bigger!”
smooth perfection. The carne asada was fresh,
Cheese lovers can rejoice, the Queso Dip is
full of flavor and complimented the queso
now available as a full-fledged appetizer. When
perfectly. A hearty portion, it’s definitely worth
that hefty bowl was set in front of me filled
trying and sharing!
with queso heaven, topped with sizzling hot carne asada surrounded by fresh chips, I may
BIGGER, BETTER BURRITOS
have teared up from sheer joy. Even though I
Who doesn’t love their favorite meat, cheese
have enjoyed this dish as a part of the salsa trio
and more all wrapped up in a warm tortilla? ESCAPE
Ladies and Gentlemen, the 5 Pound Burrito
This fall the creative culinary team has added a Chile Relleno burrito to the menu, a ‘ritas team favorite. This dish is simple—there’s a little ranchera sauce, lettuce, but what will blow your taste buds away is that it’s loaded up with two (yes, two) chile rellenos and then poof! Rolled up deliciousness. I was also super excited to see a kicked up ‘ritas version of the classic California Burrito, which includes carne asada, French fries, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and a whole lotta love. But the star of the season is the 5 Pound Burrito: A colossal beast filled with carne asada, pollo asado, beans, rice and cheese topped with tasty half green half red sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. “In the spirit of Funner, we wanted to take one of our traditional Chile Relleno Burrito
recipes, and put our funner spin on it. Hence, the 5 Pound Burrito,” said Greenan. You can’t just order it off the menu—no
sir. You have to be up for the 5 Pound Burrito challenge! These upcoming food challenges will be so epic you know the whole restaurant will want to join in the fun. The trick is that you must finish the massive burrito in 20 minutes while sitting at a
“The chefs at ‘ritas are always looking for something fresh and new to spice up the menu and keep you coming back for more.”
table on stage, so only true heroes will be able to take this on. I can see it now—fellow patrons
addition made with Ghost Pepper tequila, fresh
soda and fresh lime juice. You can even keep the
cheering on while some brave soul tries stuffing
cucumber, jalapeno, lime and lemon sour. This
cup and come back for $10 refills!
themselves into scrumptious oblivion, everyone
delicious drink is sure to satisfy those of you
The new fall offerings at ‘ritas Cantina are
tracking the stop clock and the excitement of the
looking for a little spice in your life. I was so
all spectacular, and after trying some of them
final 10 second countdown! If they do manage
happy to try the new Passion ‘rita, and it did not
out, I’m certain they’ll quickly become favorites
to eat it all, that definitely earns them bragging
disappoint! Refreshingly light and fruity, yet it
of locals and tourists alike. Whether it's the
rights forever, some free swag and their picture
definitely packs a punch. It’s expertly made with
on the coveted ‘ritas Wall of Fame.
Karma silver tequila, passion fruit puree and
margaritas—‘ritas always knows how to keep
lemon-sour mix. ‘ritas lovely bartender Diana
you coming back again and again. Now, where’s
Dib definitely knows how to mix a deliciously
my giant souvenir cup again? I think it’s just
There are also some changes to the always-
about time for a refill, don’t you?
amazing margarita menu. “There’s nothing
The ‘rita-nator is another giant specialty
better to pair with homemade queso than
‘ritas Cantina is serving up. It’s truly enormous,
an amazing Margarita!” said Greenan. The
coming in at 44-ounces, and it’s made with orange
Kickin’ Cucumber margarita is a spicy new
peel infused tequila, triple sec, house sour, citrus ESCAPE
LOCATED ADJACENT TO DIVE, ‘RITAS CANTINA IS OPEN MONDAY & THURSDAY 11AM – 9PM, AND FRIDAY 11AM – 10PM, SATURDAY 11AM – 10PM AND SUNDAY 11AM – 9PM.
Keep your fun going! Charge up on the casino floor. $4.99 for one hour $49.99 to purchase portable charger
Mobilequbes located near Total Rewards® Center and Dive. Must be 21 or older to register as a Hotel guest, attend events and to gamble with valid photo ID. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. Owned by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. Trademarks used herein are owned by Caesars License Company, LLC and its affiliated companies. Managed by HCAL, LLC. ©2018, Caesars License Company, LLC. All rights reserved.
THE TOP 10 ARTISTS OF ALL TIME
Words by Marlise Kast
WHEN IT COMES TO PLAYING HARD AT HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL, a winning streak goes far beyond the gaming floor. In fact, it’s made its way to all 23,000 square feet of The Events Center, where up to 3,000 excited fans can catch some of the biggest names in music and comedy all year long. From Lynyrd Skynyrd and Stone Temple Pilots to Jaime Foxx and Cheech & Chong, the lineup in Funner, CA is packed with shows that pack the house. Over the last few years, the genres have expanded to bring chart toppers ranging from The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, Ice Cube, Blondie and Alice Cooper to comic icons like Bill Burr, Trevor Noah and Amy Schumer. But top talent and an ever-changing line-up are just the beginning of what gets the stage lights shining. Behind the scenes, Harrah’s Resort SoCal has made big-time investments like expanding and improving The Events Center and transforming it into a mecca for top entertainment. As a venue of innovation, the resort was also the first implement L-Acoustics’ K2 source system. What does this mean for you? It means you get the best quality, big-production sound on the market—period. Great sound, great seats and amazing performances, what more could you want from a concert venue? An overall great experience that’s what. Looking back on the past 18 years, there are a few favorite shows that stand out from the pack. Check out the “Top 10 List” of the best shows to ever perform at Harrah’s Resort SoCal.
On April 2, 2016, The Killers took center stage to one of the largest, loudest crowds at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Considered a top group of the 21st Century, this chart-topping rock band attracts die-hard fans, especially in Funner, CA, where concert goers lined up as early as 8am to get in to The Events Center. In true Harrah’s Resort SoCal fashion, the team shook things up by changing the lighting design in The Events Center, and making it the first General Admission show ever. The results were a sold out concert, and the best audience participation in history. With a packed house like that, its no wonder The Killers have sold over 25 million albums.
BOB DYLAN When Bob Dylan plays, people listen—especially, when the music legend settled into Harrah’s Resort So Cal for an epic performance on October 13, 2017. The singer–poet–Noble Prize-winner played classic hits like “Why to Change Me Now” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” Especially moving was the timing, as this was one of Bob Dylan’s first performances since winning the Nobel Peace Prize for literature in 2016.
SNOOP DOGG AND MIKE EPPS From the drop of the first beat, everyone’s hands were up in the air as Snoop and Mike Epps doubled down on the double G. It was on April 29, 2010 when the father of hip-hop teamed up with comedian–actor Michael Epps for a oneof-a-kind comedy rap tour. Their collaborative performance brought the house down with tag-team
and a storyline where Snoop and Epps plot to escape jail time. The two were popping bottles backstage then popping off with hip-hop music and hip-hop comedy together on stage for one dope performance!
WILLIE NELSON Country-music legend Willie Nelson is a familiar face in Funner, CA. He has delivered multiple performances over the years at Harrah’s Resort SoCal but the most exciting was his outdoor performance in the Open Sky Theater. The 2008 show was part of the Harrah’s Resort SoCal Summer Series and drew a crowd of over 4,000 excited fans. The show was held in the South parking lot and Willie’s infamous tour bus was parked right behind the stage so concert goers could see it for themselves. As always his set included favorites like “Whiskey River,” “On The Road Again” and “Always On My Mind.” The crowd was thrilled to see this legend perform and female fans were even throwing bras on stage during the show!
Willie Nelson #Funner
The girl is flippin’ hilarious. In fact, we’re still
What’s better than Adam Sandler performing
It was October 1, 2011 when Duran Duran hit
laughing about her set four years later. In April
live at Harrah’s Resort SoCal? Adam Sandler
the stage at the Open Sky Theater with a playlist
25, 2014, the comedian–actress–director–writer–
performing live with his comedy comrades
built from over 40 years and 14 albums together.
producer went full steam ahead with a stand-up
David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider!
Opening act Neon Trees, got the crowd warmed
routine that had people choking on their drinks.
Comedy fans were floored to learn that these
up, then the classic new wave and synth pop
This was perfect timing, as Schumer’s career
A-list comedians were all performing under the
artists transported the audience back to a time
was really reving up, with her Comedy Central
same roof in Funner, CA.
when MTV sensations ruled the world! After a
show “Inside Amy Schumer” gaining traction
These longtime comedy collegues drew
jaw-dropping performance featuring “Careless
and her big screen debut “Trainwreck” taking off
a packed crowd to the The Events Center on
Memories” and “Hungry Like a Wolf,” they came
the following year. During her show she dropped
April 8, 2017. Everyone in attendance had ample
back for more with “The Wild Boys” and “Rio”—
hysterical dimes on her personal life, and took
opportunity to work out their laugh muscles
which, of course, made the crowd go wild.
the crowd to an echelon of entertainment where
as the jokes flowed effortlessly. A few lucky
few female comedians have gone before. Schumer
guests were even able to catch a glimpse the
had the crowd eating right out of her hand.
guys cruising the Casino floor before and after
Age means nothing to jazz crooner Tony Bennett,
especially during his performance at Harrah’s
Resort SoCal on November 4, 2016. At 90 years
His make-up was in full effect, and his guitar
was amped up in October 28, 2016 when Alice
May 24, 2018 will go down in history as one of
San Francisco along with other hits like “Fly Me
Cooper gave the crowd a show to remember. This
the best shows at Harrah’s Resort SoCal thanks
to the Moon,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and
was his second time taking the stage in Funner,
to punk-rock performer Billy Idol. After all these
“The Lady is a Tramp.” The big-band icon brought
CA and his chilling performances made him a
years, the singer didn’t disappoint with favorites
class, style and swank to the stage alongside
Harrah’s Resort SoCal favorite. The legendary
like “White Wedding” and “Dancing with Myself.”
Bennett’s quartet, and his daughter Antonia,
shock rocker pleased fans with famous hits like
The audience got plenty lip-curling sneers
who opened the show.
“Poison” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” The fact he
and fist-pumping ’80s rock from the superstar.
was playing two days before Halloween took it
From the get-go, Idol’s vocals and Steve Stevens’
to the next level with amazing production and
guitar were beyond aligned like a match made in
theatrics featuring costumes, guillotines, and of
heaven. Billy Idol left concertgoers wanting more
course, fake blood.
and the outpoor of excited fans had them “Rebel
of age, he sang his heart out, and then left it in
Yell”ing for more. #HarrahsSoCal
INNOVATIONS THAT TURN YOUR PLAY INTO FUN IN FUNNER, CA Words by Marlise Kast
RARELY IS ROLLING THE DICE IN FUNNER, CA A GAMBLE.
edge technology. And they’re not afraid to try
In fact, it’s a chance to win big—thanks to
“Everyone greets everyone” is a cultural motto
innovations on the gaming floor that’ll keep you
that every Funner, CA teammate embraces. It
smaller, start-up vendors who have new products
jackpot-ready and entertained for days.
ensures the team welcomes you with a smile
to bring to the casino floor.
Over the past decade, the team at Harrah’s
and a willingness to make your visit beyond
Resort SoCal has placed its bets on the guest
epic. “The customer service experience at
experience—where the mission is to inspire
our resort is unparalleled,” said Jeff Hornung,
According to Hornung, Harrah’s Resort SoCal will
grown-ups to play. By dealing a player-friendly
boldly roll out new technology if it promises to
environment and memorable experiences, they
members take pride in knowing the guests on
enhance your gaming experience. And they have
keep the gaming floor fresh and alive with offerings
a personal level.”
the track record to prove it. From jumbo-sized boxes
that are different from the competition—starting first and foremost with the team as a whole.
Beyond customer service, Harrah’s Resort
and larger screens, to 4k resolution and custom
SoCal is dedicated to innovation and cutting-
bonusing, Harrah’s Resort SoCal has led the pack on
“ THE TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED THE FACE OF GAMING.” how many chips you’ve got on the table and your VIP guest status—so that you'll get pampered just a little more! Unlike traditional table games with even money bets, at Harrah’s Resort SoCal you’ll find progressive bets such as Bonus Spin on Blackjack. The equation is simple: Make a $5 wager, land Blackjack and spin the wheel for a chance to take home anywhere from $40 to upwards of $70,000! In addition to Bonus Spin on Blackjack and Poker variant Chase the Flush, Harrah's Resort SoCal recently added STAX progressive to its Premium Hold ’Em game. This four-tier progressive—and random “must hit by $500” challenge—can be won by simply placing an optional $5 bet. Still not convinced to try your luck? How about if you could see the dealer’s hand before you place your bet? Harrah’s Resort SoCal may be known for comedy and fun, but this is no joke! The resort is officially the first in the industry to offer Face-Up Pai Gow—a game that let’s you see the dealer’s hand before you throw down. And that’s just the beginning of your winning streak. Step into the Poker Room, now featured on the poker social media app, “Catching Cards.” Download the app to view when specialty games are taking place, giving you a chance to sign up to get in on the fun. You can also request specific games at certain dates and times, or simply choose “play now” if you’re in-house. This social media platform is a great way to connect you to the Harrah’s Resort SoCal Poker Room, so you can play the games you want, when you want.
THE FUTURE With all that innovation and technology at your fingertips, you’re probably wondering what’s left for the future of Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s gaming floor? The one thing up their sleeve is mobile integration. At the push of a button, you’ll be able to download credits, receive offers and leased games like Lightning and Dragon Link—both
electronic table games, Harrah’s Resort SoCal
transfer funds onto slot machines. As Hornung
considered floor favorites today.
was also the first of the nearly 40 Caesars
explained: “From anywhere on the property,
“Technology has changed the face of
Entertainment properties to launch RFID chip
guests will be able to play their favorite slot for
gaming through speed, great graphics and
technology. Eliminating any chance for human
real money on their smart device. We’ll also have
an easy user interface that guests of all
error, this innovative tool brings accurate ratings
mobile integration for live table games from
technological backgrounds can use,” explained
in real time to table game play. Gone are the
anywhere on the property.”
Hornung. “The thing that makes us truly unique
days of estimating an average bet. Now players
When it comes to Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s
is speed, speed and more speed.” Harrah’s
can receive a real-time ratings for accurate
other innovations on the gaming floor—well,
Resort SoCal takes pride in its slot wait times
re-investments for Total Rewards® member
you’ll have to just find out for yourself. The chips
and the ability to get you paid out on jackpots
comps, free-play and more. How else does RFID
are stacked, you’ve got a killer poker face and
and back in the game in record time.
technology benefit you? How about computer
luck is on your side. What are you waiting for?
accuracy and player protection, right down to
Get ready to shake, rattle and roll.
As the pioneer in skill-based gaming and
POWERING YOUR FUN WITH THE SUN Words by Jace Gardenierâ€‚ Photo by Brian Luna
WHEN YOU THINK OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,
green energy per year. For those of you that
Resort SoCal. Since it was installed, the
what comes to mind? Okay, besides traffic.
aren’t scientists, look at it this way:
Funner, CA solar field has generated a total
The sunshine, of course! Bragged about in
That’s equal to planting 423 trees, or
of 16 GWh. That means Harrah’s Resort SoCal
songs, slogans and sayings, the sunshine is
removing the carbon emissions from 85 tons of
has avoided using tons of Greenhouse Gases
one of SoCal’s most precious resources. And at
burning coal from the atmosphere.
Harrah’s Resort SoCal, the sun is put to work in more ways than one. Not only does the sun set the scene for a
The installation of the solar field in 2010
47,933,177 lbs of Carbon Dioxide
became the cornerstone of Harrah’s Resort
8,677.30 lbs. of Nitrogen Oxide
17,070.20 lbs. of Sulfur Dioxide
perfect pool day at Dive or create picture perfect
designed to tackle environmental issues in the
Want to check out these sun soakers
sunsets over the Funner, CA hillside, that big
community by putting eco-friendly options
yourself? Most guest rooms in the Resort
glowing yellow ball also revs up the resort’s
in place. It’s the property’s way of moving
Tower North have a bird’s eye view of the solar
on-site, state-of-the-art solar field. Located
the needle to minimize its eco-footprint in
field as it sits nestled under beautiful Palomar
just across the parking lot from Harrah’s Resort
Southern California, and even globally.
Mountain. You can also snag a #Solarselfie.
SoCal are 4,056 sun soaking solar panels that
“By having our own solar field, we are
combine to make up the largest solar field in
in a unique position to generate some of our
So next time you think to yourself, “How
the Caesars Entertainment empire. And boy is
own power while also helping conserve for
do they keep the fun going 365 days a year in
that SoCal sun strong! These panels produce
the community,” said Jon Houchin, director
Funner, CA?” Say thanks to the sun.
an average of 2 GWh (Gigawatt hours) of clean,
of engineering and technology for Harrah’s
Floors 10-21 have the best view of the solar field.
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BEHIND THE SCENES MAYOR HOFF HAS BEEN MAKING THE ROUNDS! Words by Robyn Lass
On May 18, 2017, David Hasselhoff was inaugurated as the first mayor of Funner, CA. But the fun and festivities didn’t end when the last dove was released into the skies above the new city. Since that day, the mayor has been doing more than shaking hands. The Supreme Leader and face of fun, Mayor Hoff has been on a mission both inside and outside the walls of Harrah’s Resort SoCal. If you didn’t get a chance to catch his count down on New Year’s Eve or belting out Bing Crosby, here’s a rundown of the mayor’s movements around town.
Mayor Hoff and million-dollar winner Jorge B. (center) ringing in the new year.
DOLING OUT THE DOLLAR BILLS What’s Funner than winning a million dollars? Receiving a million-dollar check from the Knight Rider himself. As the clock counted down to the close of the year, on December 31 Jorge B. became 2017’s Year of the Millionaire winner. His monumental prize was handed over by the mayor. “As the mayor of Funner I was thrilled to give away such an amazing prize. It was quite a night to celebrate!” said Hoff. In addition to passing over the giant check, the mayor returned to stage just before the stroke of midnight to count down to the new year.
SERVING UP SMILES When the mayor is in town, he definitely makes a point to put the Fun in Funner, CA. Thanks to his influence, every guest who visits is treated to an elevated experience—from Check-in to Checkout. Mayoral decrees like Fun Citations and Golden Tickets were just a few of Mayor Hoff’s initiatives “These are some of the really special ways we’re making every trip to Funner unique,” Hoff says.
kicked off during his time in office. Hoff's trusty bouncer K.I.T.T.
“These are some of the really special ways we’re making every trip to Funner unique” To make sure these smiles are always “Hoff Approved” the mayor got in on the action at the craps table. Baked in fun in the Buffet. And poolside he posted up in his usual spot (he’s a former Baywatch lifeguard you know). And of course, after all that hard work, the mayor deserved a little relaxation and pampering in his favorite spot, The Spa at Harrah’s.
SAVING HIS SPOT Sometimes the mayor was called out of town on business, so he needed a good deputy to keep an eye on things. To help ensure the fun-o-meter was always amped up, Mayor Hoff relied on his trusty deputy K.I.T.T. to step in for him. Much to the delight of guests, the Knight Rider’s trusty ride was occasionally found in the Resort Lobby, keeping his dry wit and keen eye on point.
REVVING UP THE RACES “Hoff, hoff, hoff!” The crowd called his name and The Hoff responded. On July 18, 2018 the mayor Hoff heating things up.
made the crowd of nearly 40,000 fans at Del MarThoroughbred Club’s opening day even luckier.
The fourth race was dubbed the official “Funner, CA” race. Complete with Harrah’s Resort SoCal branded saddle cloths and the silky smooth sounds of Mayor Hoff singing the Bing Crosby classic “Where The Turf Meets The Surf” acapella. “I love Del Mar,” says Mayor Hoff. “The crowd was amazing. I loved representing Funner on such a special day. And who doesn’t love a sunny afternoon by the sea?”
WHAT’S NEXT? Mayor David Hasselhoff helped put Funner, CA on the map. Thanks to his charisma and creativity the good times are rolling full steam ahead. So what’s next for the most fun city in SoCal? Keep your eyes out for an exciting announcement to come!
Hoff all smiles at Del Mar.
ADD ONS AND AMENITIES ONLY FOUND IN FUNNER, CA Words by Marlise Kast
At Harrahâ€™s Resort SoCal, amenities go way beyond little soaps in the bathroom. When you stay at the best resort in Funner, CA, you can expect the unexpected. From fresh food to sweet swag to exclusive offers designed to get you out into the great outdoors, the team here has drawn way outside the lines and cultivated unique guest experiences to make your stay, well, Funner.
Enjoy a round of golf at Oaks North, Rancho Bernardo's finest executive golf course.
REV UP YOUR ROOM
Sure, most hotels have in-room dining. But do they ease your conscience with guilt-free offerings? Book your stay in one of Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Wellness Rooms and you can satisfy your midnight cravings with a healthy menu that’ll leave you with a happy tummy. Food packages include Sunrise Wellness, which offers fresh squeezed juices, yogurt parfaits, naturally infused waters and more. There’s also the Detox Day Package, designed to curb cravings while cleansing your system with açaí bowls, fresh fruit, cold-pressed juices and even a shot of wheatgrass. And the Deluxe Wellness package is a well-rounded combo of the two. Ask about these Wellness Packages at check-in.
MASTER THE WAVES Surf’s up for Funner, CA guests, with 30% discounts on weekly surf lessons hosted by Harrah’s Resort SoCal partner Surf Ride Surf Shop. Get into the line-up with semi-private and
"WE THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO FIND PARTNERS WHO CELEBRATE THE VALLEY WE CALL HOME, AND HELP DRIVE BUSINESS TO THE AREA"
private lessons Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm, and Saturdays at 9am. You can paddle out all year long with coaching
instructors who know the “ins and outs” of the
—DIRECTOR OF RESORT MARKETING, AMBER LUSSIER
local surf breaks around San Diego county. Need gear? No problem. Meet at Surf Ride’s Oceanside location off of North County’s famed Coast Highway 101. They’ve got all the gear you need,
Check-in and take a look, you should find an
including boards, wetsuits, snacks, and drinks—
exclusive discount giving you access to thousands
all included—in the three-hour adventure. With a
of styles online. Be sure to book your stay soon,
student-to-instructor ratio of 2:1, you know you’ll
these are only available while supplies last!
get the best-personalized attention and hands-
“We like to provide our guests with a variety of
on training. Contact Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s
experiences during their stay, so why not provide
Concierge team to get hooked up for lessons.
a variety of perks they can enjoy in their everyday life? Everyone needs shoes, so why not! Zappos is an extremely popular and well-trusted company, take home a bottle of Hill Top wine for just $88. With over a decade of experience in the barrel, Hill Top is already producing blends worthy of Double Gold Medals. Vouchers for this can be found at Concierge. “It’s important to find partners who celebrate the valley we call home, and help drive business
so we felt a partnership made sense,” Lussier said. Each week, Harrah’s Resort SoCal is offering 1,000 customized QR Codes directing you straight to a discount page on Zappos.com. There you’ll find exclusive savings of 10% off $50 purchase, 15% off $75 and 20% off of $100. Check with the Hotel Front Desk for more details.
to the area. Hill Top is actually cultivating their
HIT THE GREEN
product in our own backyard, and we love to
Taking a swing at fun this season is even easier
encourage our guests to experience the area,”
with a discounted round of golf at nearly a dozen JC
Reward yourself for that big win with an afternoon
said Harrah’s Resort SoCal Director of Resort
Golf courses. Total Rewards® members can tee up
at Hill Top Winery, a family owned and operated
Marketing, Amber Lussier.
every month with special rates at some of the best
SIP SOMETHING LOCAL winery just a few miles from Harrah’s Resort
courses in San Diego County. Get your green fix
SoCal! The best resort in Funner, CA has partnered
STEP UP YOUR STYLE
with this friendly neighbor to bring this local
Thanks to an exclusive partnership with Zappos,
Inn, Reidy Creek, Twin Oaks and more. The
vintage to you. Through the Concierge team,
you can let your shoes do the walking in Funner,
Harrah’s Resort SoCal partnership with select JC
book an afternoon of wine tasting for two and
CA. Just crack open your key card packet after
Golf courses means you can perfect your swing at
at Encinitas Ranch, Oaks North, Rancho Bernardo
CHRISTOPHER DONEZ CHRISTOPHER DONEZ
"OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH JC GOLF IS A TRUE REFLECTION OF KEY PRINCIPLES IN THE OFFERINGS WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE OUR LOYAL GUESTS; VALUE, CHOICE AND EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE" —VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING, BEAU SWANSON Welk Resort, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Cathedral
floor,” says Table Games Manager, Tony Wenger.
Canyon and Woods Valley—with rates as low as
“We select guests at random and go out of our
$42 on weekdays and $59 on weekends. Purchase
way to say ‘Thanks for choosing Funner’.” The
your next round using your Total Reward Credits®
best part is that gifts and prizes are handed out
by booking directly through the Concierge.
by the Funner, CA mascot, Mr. Al Paca himself—
“Our partnership with JC Golf is a true
fully dressed up, blasting party music and loaded
reflection of key principles in the offerings we
with gifts. Inside the swag bag are hats, T-shirts,
are able to provide our loyal guests; value, choice
tumblers and phone chargers that look like candy
and exceptional service. With special JC Player
bars. All decked out with artwork unique to the
rate offers, the ability to use Reward Credits® for
best resort in Funner, CA. Get your good-time game
‘comp-ing’ rounds and so many courses to choose
face ready . . .You never know when the alpaca will
from, we make it easy to enjoy the sport of golf in
hit your table!
SoCal. Not only that, but after attending just two of their group lessons, I dropped four to five strokes
BOP WHILE YOU SHOP
off my own game,” said Harrah’s Resort SoCal Vice
Fun is in the bag with a surprise shopping jam
President of Marketing, Beau Swanson.
held one Saturday per month. Prepare for disco
WIN FUN WITH TABLE GAMES
The fun team at Bazaar.
lights, loud music and a festive theme that will
on one random Saturday per month. Fashion has
blow your socks off (don’t worry, you can buy
never been so fun!
Sitting down to play your favorite table game
more socks at Bazaar). The entire store transforms
brings more than just the luck of the cards in
into one gigantic party, with themes ranging
MORE FUN TO COME
Funner, CA. This season, the team has made a
from Mexican fiesta to country western. Every
The team in Funner, CA is always on the look out
habit of surprising guests with loads of Funner
purchase comes with a raffle ticket, giving you a
for new ways to boost your stay. So be sure to check
swag, just when they least expect it.
chance to win awesome prizes. How does a basket
out HarrahsSoCal.com or ask your Concierge what
“People love the free gifts and it creates an
full of candles, accessories and a Michael Kors bag
exciting activities and offers are on deck for guests
exciting, unexpected commotion on the game
sound? Yep, they’ve done it and will do it again
at Harrah’s Resort SoCal.
SIPPING INTO FALL
Words by Shannon Gavin
CRAFTED BY SPIKED MIXOLOGIST DEREK BLANCO TO MAKE THE HIGHLAND TEMPTRESS: •
1.5 oz Michter’s Rye
THE LEAVES ARE CHANGING and the scent of
crisp and refreshing drink needs. Take the two
0.5 oz Art in the Age root rhubarb
cinnamon and pine are filling the air. Don’t
cocktails below, for instance. Would you ever
¼ oz The Bitter Truth Pimento Dram
you think your cocktail of choice should
think combining these ingredients into one glass
0.5 oz Rosemary simple syrup
change as well? After all, the Pumpkin Spice
would create such an exquisite symphony of
¼ oz Turbinado simple syrup
Latte is available now, which is basically the
taste? Neither did we.
Half squeezed blood orange
unofficial fall kickoff! It’s out with the rosé and
The Highland Temptress is an elegantly re-
in with Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s new seasonal
freshing whiskey cocktail using fresh seasonal
cocktail menu. Including, but not limited to,
ingredients. The spirit-forward bite is enough to
1. Pour over ice rock in an old fashioned glass
balanced whiskeys, malty scotches and heaps
get any avid whiskey sipper excited to sip. Blanco
2. Add a blood orange wheel
of seasonal ingredients that’ll grab any cocktail
adds rhubarb and turbinado for sweetness, fresh-
3. Rosemary garnish to finish
ly squeezed blood orange for a zing and rosemary
To avoid the same old Hot Toddy recipe (not that there’s anything wrong with a yummy Hot
with Michter’s Rye, creating the perfect balance of
of whiskey,” said Blanco. “As mixologists, we
earthy notes to warm your palette.
like to use fresh ingredients with a little bit of
Toddy), the Harrah’s Resort SoCal mixologists
“This cocktail was created with a wide
science to give our guests a new experience with
channeled their inner spirits to produce the best
audience in mind and in the hopes of giving the
enhanced mouthwatering explosions to quench
recipes for your warm and cozy dreams and your
guests an open invitation to the wonderful world
“AS MIXOLOGISTS, WE LIKE TO USE FRESH INGREDIENTS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF SCIENCE”— MIXOLOGIST DEREK BLANCO
CREAM ME UP, SCOTTIE
CRAFTED BY SPIKED MIXOLOGIST JIMMY MONTES TO MAKE THE CREAM ME UP, SCOTTIE: •
2 oz Dewar’s 12 Years Old True Scotch
0.75 oz E & J Brandy
1 oz Cream
0.75 oz Maple syrup
0.25 oz Simple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Build all ingredients in a shaker 2. Shake with ice 3. Strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass 4. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and dust cinnamon powder Do yourself a favor and order your Highland The Cream Me Up, Scottie was concocted with
of multiple familiar ingredients, like cream
and cinnamon. You’ll notice the Scotch, but it’s
Generally, thoughts of cigars clubs, smoking
extremely subtle and very light.
jackets and “neat” or “on the rocks” are conjured
“It [Cream Me Up, Scottie] is approachable
when thinking about Scotch. Montes wanted to
to anyone who may be a little worried about
reintroduce an old favorite yet liven the spirit up.
having Scotch. You hear about this just being
The result: The perfect blend of sweetness and
on the rocks, but you don’t hear about it being a
comfort in a glass.
savory or even a sweet type of drink,” explained
Yes, it’s easy to become intimidated by this
Montes. “You’re not supposed to get a kickback
drink’s star ingredient—Dewar’s 12 Years Old
from this drink. When you drink this, you’re
True Scotch—but Montes assures that anyone
surprised at how smooth it is.”
can enjoy this drink with the simple additions #HarrahsSoCal
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Words by Aaron Schmidt Photos by Brian Luna
ON AUGUST 30, 2018, the fifth installment of
Tribe and Harrah’s Resort SoCal decided that
of it that you have to pour wax into. Once the
Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s on-property art collection
they were going to do a new art installation here,
wax is burned out, then it’s poured into metal.
was unveiled. Located at the front entrance near
Steve called me and said he had a project that I
After that, all the pieces of metal have to be
Valet, the beautiful bronze sculpture “Milky Way
might be interested in. Once I came out and saw
welded back together. It’s quite the process. I’ve
Woman” stands roughly 12 feet in height and is a
the property, I knew this was the right place to
been working with a metal foundry for many
breathtaking nod to the local tribal history.
be. It was wonderful staying here—everyone was
years, and they have a great crew that assists
Native American artist Doug Hyde was
really nice and accommodating. I think Harrah’s
me—it’s pretty hard to do this and be a one-
commissioned to create the sculpture and
Resort SoCal is a great facility, and I’m very
man operation. And the type of tools you’d need,
worked closely with the tribal government of
happy I was asked to do this project.”
you’d have to be a millionaire,” said Hyde. During
the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians to get it just
For Hyde, creating the Milky Way Woman
right. Hyde originally got involved with the tribe
was no easy feat, as working with metal can be
through Tribal Council Member Steve Stallings
very meticulous with many painstaking steps
significance of the sculpture for the Rincon
at a tribal gaming convention. “I’ve done a lot
involved to complete its lengthy process. “From
Tribe. “When you look at what’s depicted here,
of work for different tribes all over the country,
start-to-finish, it took about seven or eight
it’s a woman. Our women nurtured us, took care
and I go to a lot of gaming conventions and meet
months to produce the Milky Way Woman. Every
of us and fed us as children,” Mazzetti said. “We
people. I met Steve a number of years ago at
step had to be approved, so after it was all first
could’ve had a warrior like a lot of folks, but the
one of these gatherings,” said Hyde. “When the
sculpted in clay, I had to make a hard copy mold
backbone of our youth, as we were all raised even
today, is our mothers who did so much for us. We believe that when our people pass, they go to the Milky Way. We can look up there and see our people up there looking at back us. Hopefully, they are proud that we are recognizing them— that’s what this represents. It’s the feeling you get from looking at it. Doug really captured that, and I really appreciate the work he has done.” Hyde grew up in Northern Idaho on the Nez Perce Reservation. The lore of his Nez Perce, Assiniboine and Chippewa ancestry came to him from his grandfather and other elders. They carefully instructed him through the vast Native American legends of animal characters, the morals of his people, as well as the ways of Mother Earth and the creation of mankind. Today, Hyde expresses this mythology and spirit through his artwork. Currently
Hyde began his foray into the art world at age 17,
Harrah's Resort SoCal's Senior Vice President and General Manager Darrell Pilant (left) introducing Tribal Chairman Bo Mazetti (center) and Doug Hyde (right).
attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico for his senior year of high school. As for his early influences, Hyde looked to his teachers for inspiration: “I think it’s just one of those things that’s inevitable. I don’t think I had anyone that was really inspiring me to do art. I had some good teachers once I got to the Institute. They allowed you to work in a lot of different fields, so you could choose what direction you wanted to go in art. I originally went there for painting.” Hyde officially began his artistic career in 1963 as a stone sculptor, a path he followed for 25 years. He started dabbling in bronze sculptures around the same time. “I really enjoy working with stones because each one is so different. Artist Doug Hyde and his creation: "Milky Way Woman."
Most people don’t know that stone has a grain like wood and so it’s not only the colors you get to
“My goal in life is to make sure the tribes are presented culturally correct”—Doug Hyde
(Left to right) Council member Steve Stallings, Council member Laurie Gonzalez, Artist Doug Hyde, Council member Alfonso Kolb, Chairman Bo Mazzetti and Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Senior VP and GM Darrell Pilant.
work with, but also the hardness and softness—
of European artists and their interpretations of
Museum, Museum of the Southwest, Southwest
all these things come into consideration.
American Indians. They had people with African
Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Eitelborg Museum
“When you do a bronze, it’s basically
shields and they’d dress people up in different
of American Indians, Western Art, the Colorado
remains the same—the metal is the metal.
tribal outfits from back east, California and all
Springs Fine Art Center and the Smithsonian
It’s a completely different technique. The real
over. They’d conglomerate them together,” Hyde
Institute, among others. “All my pieces are like
difference is that stone is a ‘take away’ process
said. “As a people, you need to have control of
my kids. I mean, you put everything into each
to where bronze is an ‘add on’ process. So you
your history and your image and people will
one of them and then the next one you do is
have to have two different ways of thinking
then be able to learn about other people from
always the one that’s the most important to you
about it,” Hyde explained.
what they perceive them to be by their artwork.
at the time,” Hyde said with a smile.
Whether his sculpture is a bird, an animal, a fish or a person, Hyde bases his artwork around
My goal in life is to make sure the tribes are presented culturally correct.”
Native American culture. “When I went to the
In addition to his installation in Funner, CA,
Institute [of American Indian Arts] and was
Hyde’s work can be viewed in the collections of
studying art history, they’d show us pictures
the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Heard ESCAPE
DURING YOUR NEXT VISIT TO FUNNER, CA, SWING BY THE HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL ENTRANCE AND CHECK OUT THE STRIKING “MILKY WAY WOMAN” FOR YOURSELF.
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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THE SPA AT HARRAH’S RETAIL STORE Words by Alondra Figueroa Photos by Zach Cordner
Get all of your beauty needs met and and more at The Spa at Harrah's.
AS THE FIRST STRIKING FEATURE on your right when
be able to relax and leave their stress at the door.
entering Harrah’s Resort Southern California,
When they select and take home some products,
The Spa at Harrah’s is gorgeously modern, chic
my hope is that they can enjoy the serenity and
and inviting. Just as inviting are those enticing
relaxation at home,” said Layland. The “Build Your
packages of products lining the shelves of The
Own Essential Oil Bar” is a perfect example. Guests
Spa Shop. But as any spa aficionado knows, no
can choose from several scents, create their own
matter how captivating the packaging, its the
concoction for purchase, then take it home as an
results that really matter. This is where the
aromatic souvenir of their stay.
items for sale in The Spa at Harrah’s really shine.
Other products that line the shelves include
With endless products available on the
local brands like Kopari skin care based in La Jolla,
market, it must be hard to choose just the right
COOLA® skin care and UNITE® hair products out
selection. “We put a lot of thought and care into
of Carlsbad. This approach allows you to enjoy
selecting spa retail products,” said Spa Manager
wonderful products while supporting our local San
Gina Layland. “We choose active, organic and
local products whenever possible.” The team
I have to be honest and say that almost
strives to provide a variety of special products
every time I go to Harrah’s Resort SoCal I buy
and merchandise that deliver on the unique
UNITE Hair products at The Spa. I can always find
experience clients enjoy throughout their time
exactly what I’m looking for—and that’s never the
in The Spa.
case anywhere else. The display is simple and no
“When guests visit the spa I want them to
nonsense, just like the brand. Naturally, UNITE is ESCAPE
If you’re looking to freshen up your beauty routine, The Spa at Harrah’s offers the Jane Iredale line. Known as “the skin care make-up,” it’s what the stylists use in the Salon and in my opinion it’s a beauty buff’s well-kept secret. Jane Iredale uses clean ingredients, the colors are beautiful and timeless and the brand focuses on improving skin with organic materials while giving back to the world. For example, one hundred percent of the proceeds of Magic Mitt sales, a microfiber mitt that completely removes make-up using water only, goes to support breast cancer awareness. Truly a woman’s brand made for women by women. If you’re looking for something that smells as good as it looks, try the Lollia line. You will instantly be smitten by their beautifully detailed products and their hand cream is rich and absorbs quickly. The bubble bath bottles are stunning and come with lovely jeweled charms and both can be easily repurposed long after the luxurious bubbles have gone. Speaking of luxury, I was thrilled to see UGG®, the Australian brand known worldwide for its cozy apparel. The racks in The Spa feature UGG’s casual loungewear, perfect for taking your spa day home. Éminence Organic Skin Care, the Hungarian specialty line and go to for facials and treatments within The Spa, is another one to check out. Layland recommends the Bamboo Firming Fluid. It’s ideal for normal to dry skin and has great properties that really lift, firm and hydrate skin. Last but not least, the shop at The Spa offers some exclusive products for men. Jack Black is just one of the lines featured in the Barbershop. You can’t miss the iconic blue bottles filled with simple, easy, hair and facial products. Check out the beard wash to keep that facial hair looking fresh. When asked what their top sellers are, Gina used in the Salon at The Spa because of its high
was quick to point out that Eminence is always
quality and versatility for any hair type.
selling out and the UGG and UNITE products
COOLA, a cute brand that started out making all-natural face and body products
move quickly. However, Layland and her team
in Funner, CA are constantly bringing in new
another great go to. “I love the integrity of their
merchandise. Be sure to stop in and shop The
products!” Layland exclaimed. They don’t have
Spa at Harrah’s for yourself or something special
to, but they actually list the percentage of organic
for your favorite beauty buff.
ingredients used in each item, and that level of transparency is unique in this era of products boasting to be earth friendly. #Funner
STOP BY THE SPA AT HARRAH’S TO BROWSE THE SHOP SHELVES MONDAY – THURSDAY, 9AM – 6PM, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 8AM – 8PM AND SUNDAY 8AM – 6PM.
2018 Words by Elizabeth Schwartze Photos by Christopher Donez
THE MAYOR OF FUNNER, CA HAS SPOKEN, and he wants to give away millions— $3 million to be exact! Over the course of the year, Total Rewards® Card Holders can win a share of up to $3 million in cash and prizes culminating with a New Year’s Eve party Funner style on December 31, 2018. Modeled
Year Of The Millionaire event, Funner’s Mayor David
guests at Harrah’s Resort SoCal with something spectacular. It seemed only fitting that the new name reflected his influence—hence the 2018 Mayor’s Millions. According to Harrah’s Resort SoCal Events and Promotions Manager Melissa Fry: “The Funner brand means so much more to us than standard casino messaging. It’s about our relationships here with our guests, the community, our teammates and the overall guest experience as a whole.”
HOW TO PLAY Over the course of 2018, “Monthly Mayoral Payouts” occur on the last Saturday of each month. During these drawings, guests can win
their share of over $50K in Free Play and $50K in cash by earning drawing entries throughout the month. All entries earned after 10:31pm on the last Saturday of the month will be activated for the next month’s drawing. By June, the monthly fun ramped up for the first big payout of the year. “On June 30, 2018 at our Mid-Year’s Eve celebration, we had 10 lucky guests win $100,000 each,” said Fry. “We will be ringing in the New Year on December 31 by giving away another piece of the Mayor’s Millions to 10
lucky guests who will also each win $100,000!”
THE BIG NIGHT
Each New Year’s Eve gets bigger and better,
Whether you’re looking for a grand way
On December 31, 2018, Mayor’s Millions will be
with record-breaking attendance expected this
to ring in the new year, or a way to boost your
showcased in grandiose glory with a New Year’s
year. “The high-energy entertainment, the fun
bankroll with multiple grands, be sure to book
Eve party at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Once guests
buzzing all around, all the smiles, the laughs,
your stay in Funner, CA. Rooms go fast and you
step in to Funner, CA, they’ll experience a night
the cheers and celebration are what truly makes
don’t want to miss your chance to be a big winner!
of vintage big top-themed fun including trapeze-
it was awesome and awe-inspiring event for
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artists, interactive circus stations and more.
everyone,” Fry said.
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NURTURED BY NATURE
Words by Shannon Gavin Photos by Troy Doney
Hey little buddy
LEMURS PLUS FOXES PLUS OTTERS EQUALS BEST. DAY. EVER. A LITTLE-KNOWN SECRET set just outside of
their conservation efforts—instantly selling out
Funner, CA is a six-acre Nature Conservation
all the spots in their encounter experience.
Center. Located in Valley Center—approximately
The programs offered at Nurtured by Nature
11 miles away from Harrah’s Resort SoCal—is a
(NBN) provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences where
unique place where visitors can come face to face
guests can interact with a variety of remarkable
with uncommon animals in a safe and controlled
animal species. It’s very important to make note
environment, while feeling the comforts of a
that all animals only interact on a voluntary
committed team fostering love to all.
basis. Nurtured By Nature never overworks
With over 30 years of experience in the Zoological
their animals during encounters—they swap out groups of animal species per encounter.
began Nurtured By Nature Animal Educators,
Available only by reservation, encounters
a nonprofit organization formed in 2008. Since
are held three times a week (unless a Make-A-
then, they have provided animal education
Wish request comes in) from 10am – 2pm. Only
through interactive programs, including meet-
1,000 spots are available each year, so they fill up
and-greets with kangaroos, feeding Cuddles the
fast! Each encounter can only be reserved for up
resident porcupine and slowing things down
to eight guests to keep the interactions with the
with a sloth named Belt. It wasn’t until a viral
animals very intimate and not overwhelming.
video launched in 2016 when this husband and
Nurtured By Nature is an official Wish Maker for
wife team gained steam and awareness around
the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After Southern ESCAPE
MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP California Wildfires destroyed the couples’ Valley Center home in 2003, Kevin and Wendy Yates experienced unconditional support from their community to help rebuild their home and get back to their normal day to day. From this experience, they wanted to give back to their community that gave them so much. Appreciation for their family, community and the natural world fostered the idea for Nurtured By Nature and providing solace in times of misfortune or troubles. In 2017, Nurtured By Nature was able to provide $60,000 in-kind free swims to MakeA-Wish children and are on track to provide over $100,000 in-kind free swims in 2018. Their
experiences to children and their families in need through individual animal encounters at their facility. (left to right) Nurtured by Nature Owners Kevin and Wendy Yakes with Volunteers Danica Waitley and Sarah Stuck.
EXPERIENCING THE EXPERIENCE On the day of their adventure, guest encounters
team with the baby otters’ training. The toys are
kickoff with a tour of the property, a friendly
meant to protect your fingers and give these
“Hello” to a 15-year-old Sulcatta tortoise—aptly
little critters something to nibble on!
named “Turbo”—and a chance to take in the
The excitement continued as the otters
gorgeous 180-degree view of the beautiful Pauma
were gently taken back to their area and guests
Valley. After a quick introduction, Sarah Stuck,
enjoyed a warm welcome from a couple of ROUS,
Wendy Yates and volunteer Danica Waitley
rodents of unusual size, in the form of pacas,
will explain the upcoming adventure and the
Wesley and Amigo. Quick and food motivated,
inspiration behind Nurtured By Nature.
these characters have the look of a giant mouse,
Then it’s off to start the day by feeding
complete with deer markings on their back for
mealworms to the most adorable Fennec foxes,
camouflage. Wesley and Amigo make friends
Dill, Pickle, Snicker and Doodle. Don’t feel too bad if
quickly, but when they retreat, the NBN team
these little guys are asleep on the job! The Fennec
knows it’s time to go.
foxes are crepuscular animals that tend to be more active during the dawn and twilight hours.
The next star is a two-clawed sloth named Belt. He easily became a favorite with our group!
After meeting your new furry friends,
After showing off his fun climbing skills, Belt
guests are guided to a large play pin filled with
decided to “hang” around as Stuck fed him
toys and a climbing tree. Here you’ll have a
treats. While Belt enjoyed the limelight during
chance to interact with some of the youngest
our visit, Waitley brought in two three-banded
residents. Guests are given toys to assist the NBN
armadillos that proceeded to swiftly run across #Funner
the playpen from person-to-person. While we watched their antics, Stuck informed us about NBN’s sustainable breeding program specific to these Three Banded Armadillos. As a responsible wildlife facility, NBN participates in the breeding of animals that they work with, rather than collecting animals from the wild. Over the span of seven years and 30 armadillos, NBN was able to produce 90 babies. Alongside the breeding program, NBN makes monetary donations to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN)—a group that tracks population statistics of animals worldwide. After a quick break, the next celebrity we met was a beautiful porcupine named Cuddles. Contrary to popular belief, porcupines do not shoot their quills. Cuddles enjoys the company
one-hour splash session, you’ll have the pleasure
of guests—and the bananas that he’s fed. Next
of watching these cute animals jump into the
up are two beautiful lemurs that jump from tree-
pool, float on rafts and dive for marbles. Don’t be
to- tree above heads hoping to receive treats
afraid to get in some serious cuddle time! Pro tip:
from the guests below. After all of the lemur
The otters love to play “Otter Ski”—a trick where
action, guests are escorted down to where the
they hang on tight to a rope and guests can pull
six male kangaroos live.
them back and forth through the waves!
The last item on the day’s agenda is the
One of Nurtured By Nature’s goals is to
main attraction—swimming with the otters.
make known the plight of otters in the wild. Of
Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit! And fair
the 13 species of otters, the North American River
warning, otters have no boundaries! During your
Otter is the only species that is not currently in ESCAPE
â€œThe programs offered at Nurtured by Nature (NBN) provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences where guests can interact with a variety of remarkable animal speciesâ€? significant decline. The Asian Small Clawed Otter is considered to be vulnerable which is one step behind endangered. Throughout each of these fun and unique interactions, the NBN team takes the opportunity to teach guests about each animal, its natural habitat and how human behavior impacts the natural world.
BOOKING YOUR ENCOUNTER We highly advise booking your encounters as far out as one year from your ideal date. Nurtured By Nature opens their 1,000 encounter spots once a year. To keep up to date with the organization and available openings, follow them on Facebook and check their website. The 2018 encounters all filled up in less than four hours! FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT NURTUREDBYNATURE.ORG #HarrahsSoCal
HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL BEAMS WITH SAN DIEGO PRIDE Words by Brian Luna Photos by Troy Doney
The Funner, CA team.
HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL PRIDES ITSELF on being the Best Resort in Funner, CA, but what’s more fun than … fun? Equality. A core value of the resort, equality and a caring culture are at the forefront of what the property stands for. So much so that teammates have made a point to participate in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade six years running. Boasting an impressive 200 employees and a massive float ridden by DJ Kinky Loops and Insta-star Dave Coast, Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s San Diego LGBT Pride presence on July 14, 2018 was loud and proud. “We are a key sponsor of San Diego LGBT Pride because we believe that love trumps all, and we want everyone to be proud of who they are by being their authentic selves,” said Harrah’s Resort SoCal General Manager Darrell Pilant. There was dancing, cheering, laughing and embracing. If that wasn’t enough, a Harrah’s Resort SoCal VIP lounge also sat a few ESCAPE
Harrah's Resort SoCal team scored some shade at the Pride Festival.
feet from the San Diego LGBT Pride Main Stage.
Night, while being awarded the Spirit of Stonewall
“By involving everyone in their organization
Philanthropy Award in 2017. And let’s not forget
from their catering staff to their leadership in
the property’s exclusive All-in 4 Change grant
the celebration over the course of the weekend,
program! North County LGBT took home a cash
they [Harrah’s Resort SoCal] are demonstrating
grant of $4,000 in 2018 for the organization’s work
their commitment to being an equal opportunity
in the community. “Since we opened our doors in
employer and a firm LGBT advocate,” said San
2002, respecting diversity has been at the core of
Diego LGBT Pride Director of Philanthropy
everything we do,” stated Corporate Citizenship
Sarafina Scapicchio. “We know that other
and Communications Manager Sheryl Sebastian.
small businesses have seen their commitment
“So it’s only natural that we’d provide financial
and followed their example. Their support has
and volunteer support to organizations that serve
created a positive ripple effect that they may not
our local LBGTQ community.”
Year after year, the team at Harrah’s
The “ripple effect” refers to the culmination
Resort SoCal returns to San Diego LGBT Pride
and accomplishments of years of Harrah’s Resort
as advocates for human rights, supporters of
SoCal’s philanthropic work. Participating in
free love and ambassadors of fun. “Harrah’s
the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival is
Resort SoCal is a key sponsor of San Diego
an amazing achievement, but it’s the resort’s
LGBT Pride because our values and vision are
contribution to the LGBT community on the other
aligned perfectly,” said Director of Brand and
364 days of the year that allows teammates to
Service Operations Luis Briseno. “The San Diego
hold their heads high with pride. Harrah’s Resort
LGBT Pride atmosphere is lots of emotion, love,
SoCal was the first casino resort in the region to
excitement, and above all—Funner!”
offer its location as a wedding site to the LGBT community. Resort teammates have volunteered countless hours in LGBT events in the area. Harrah’s Resort SoCal has also sponsored critical LGBT fundraisers such as the Human Rights Campaign Gala and The LGBTQ Center’s Casino
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL SUPPORTS, PLEASE VISIT HARRAHSSOCAL.COM/COMMUNITY #Funner
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