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Introducing Funner’s New Mayor

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PICTURE-PERFECT IN FUNNER, CA. Photo by Brian Luna


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JON PARDI, GETTING THE CROWD ON ITS FEET IN FUNNER, CA. Photo by Troy Doney

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HALESTORM ROCKS HARRAH'S RESORT SOCAL. Photo by Troy Doney

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CONTENTS

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ESCAPE AT HARRAH’S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Spring/Summer 2019

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LOOK

Featuring the finest images taken at Harrah’s Resort SoCal

12  INTRO Play Funner games at Harrah's Resort SoCal

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Enjoy sweet dreams in Funner Suites 40  FUNNER LIFE Be entertained with summer fun at Dive

14  CAESARS REWARDS New face, same great fun

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16  TRIBE Rincon Tribal museum displays Luiseño history and culture

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BEHIND THE SCENES With New Mayor Rob Riggle

AROUND TOWN Fun is growing at Stehly Farms

SHOP

Get branded with Funner merchandise 50 

FUNNER PROMOTIONS

Go behind the scenes with games, giveaways and more

Try the new flavors in the Café

24  PLAY Swing into the suite life with the Topgolf Swing Suite

STAY

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GIVE BACK

The Funner, CA Model Citizen program 54  RESORT MAP Find your way around Harrah's Resort SoCal

ON THE COVER: FUNNER'S NEW MAYOR ROB RIGGLE COVER PHOTO BY ZACH CORDNER ESCAPE AT HARRAH'S RESORT SOCAL MAGAZINE IS PUBLISHED BY TRANSITION VISUAL AGENCY, INC. TRANSITIONVISUALAGENCY.COM ©HARRAH’S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 2019 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


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There's a new mayor in town. Get to know Rob Riggle on page 28. #Funner


INTRO

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MAKING YOUR PLAY FUNNER Words by Robin Zetts, Vice President of Casino Operations  Photo by Troy Doney

Welcome to Funner, CA! I’d like to let you in on

allow you to play some fun games anywhere in

Craps game, plus our increasingly popular

a little secret. Everything we do here is for one

Funner, CA (including the pool!).

Faceup Paigow. Both have really taken off! We’ve

specific purpose: To inspire grown ups to play.

What else is new here in Funner? We’re

also incorporated fun side bets such as Bonus

And how do we do that? By helping them release

happy to invite you to try out Southern

Spin. And Harrah’s Resort SoCal is the first in

their inner Funner.

California’s first Topgolf Swing Suite®. We have

California to use RFID tracking capabilities with

One of the best ways for us to do this is

two semi-private bays available for rent seven

our gaming chips. This means we’re able to track

by keeping our gaming floor fresh, exciting

days a week. Up to eight guests can kick back,

and record your bets and winnings in real time

and innovative. As the Vice President of Casino

enjoy some food and challenge each other to a

to ensure you get all your benefits as a Caesars

Operations, it’s my job to make sure you have

little “friendly” competition. We provide the

Rewards member even faster.

plenty of ways to play—your way. Every one of

equipment—you provide the skill (or at least the

I’ve been at Harrah’s Resort SoCal for 17

our 60-plus table games and nearly 1,700 slots

enthusiasm). The games we offer aren’t limited

years and I’m so proud to be a part of the Funner,

are handpicked just for you, based on what you

to golf, either. Try out your pitching arm, hockey

CA family. Not just for the things we offer, but

like to play. It’s true! We modify what we offer

skills or even take on some Zombies in a game of

for the amazing people we have here. The most

casino-wide based on your feedback. And we’re

dodgeball. Nine games total are available for you

important way we inspire grown ups to play is

always eager to try new things. Here in Funner,

to pitch, swing and laugh your way to victory.

by building a team that brings fun to everything

CA we’ve been thrilled to experiment with

If table games are more your speed, we’re

they do. Enjoy your playtime at Harrah’s Resort

innovative new games like our social Gamblit

constantly mixing things up in Funner ways.

SoCal and we hope you find your inner Funner

machines, or our exclusive eFunner app that’ll

For example, we have introduced a new, faster

while you’re here!

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CAESARS REWARDS

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NEW FACE, SAME GREAT FUN Words by Robyn Lass  Photo by Troy Doney

6. Will I still be able to use the website and the Play by Total Rewards app? Both the Total Rewards website and the Play by Total Rewards app have been updated to reflect our new Caesars Rewards name and look. 7. How do I get to be a Platinum/Diamond/Seven Stars® cardholder? All members start at Gold level and status increases based on the number of Tier Credits you earn during a calendar year. You can reach Platinum status with a Tier Score of 5,000 and Diamond status with a Tier Score of 15,000 within In Funner, CA, having a good time looks different

2. What changes should I expect with

the calendar year. Reach a Tier Score of 150,000

for everyone. But one thing we can all agree on is

Caesars Rewards?

and you could be eligible for an invitation to

getting more out of your fun is…well…it’s Funner!

In addition to a fancy new card, you’ll continue

the exclusive Seven Stars® status. You must re-

to receive all of the same great benefits offered

achieve these milestones each year to maintain that status level.

Harrahs’ Resort SoCal is one of nearly 40 Caesars

nationwide.

by Total Rewards. Use your Caesars Rewards

Voted best resort in Funner, CA, this North San

Entertainment

properties

card for everything you do like gaming, dining,

Diego County resort is not just a fun escape

shows and hotel. It’ll keep track of what you do

8. What does being a Platinum or Diamond

from daily life—it’s also part of the Caesars

and reward you with even more fun.

cardholder get me? Being a Platinum or Diamond cardholder opens

Entertainment family of resorts. And the best way

you up to awesome benefits like retail discounts,

to enjoy the perks of this connection is through its

For 2019, a few new benefits have been added!

award-winning loyalty program. Formerly dubbed

New Members: 1 free night in Las Vegas or

Reward Credits® for comps, free tickets to

Total Rewards®, the program was renamed Caesars

Atlantic City for every 5,000 Tier Credits earned.

headlining concerts and shows, slot tournament

Rewards in February 2019, and the new identity is

Diamond & Seven Stars ® : 2 free nights at the

entries and much more! You can view the entire

designed to bring the fun of this entire family of

new Caesars Resort or Caesars Palace in Dubai.

list of benefits at Caesars.com/myrewards.

properties even closer together. 3. What if I still have my old Total Rewards

9. How do I know what my Tier Score is?

Caesars Rewards to our guests,” said Barbara Killen,

card? Can I still use it?

You can check your Tier Score on any slot

manager of Cage Cashiers & Caesars Rewards

Yes, you can still use it, your account will remain

machine reader at the kiosk or the counter at

at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. “Our Total Rewards®

the same. If you'd like a new card Please stop by the

the Caesars Rewards Center, online at Caesars.

members have enjoyed amazing benefits from this

Caesars Rewards Center with your valid ID in order

com/myrewards or through the Caesars Rewards

program over the past 20 years it has been in place.

to get a new card printed. If you already received a

mobile app.

Now with the Caesars name attached, there’s a

Caesars Rewards card and misplaced it, you can use

clear connection with our Caesars Rewards resorts

one of the brand new card printing kiosks located

10. Is there anything else I should know about

and casinos located all across the US.”

outside Caesars Rewards to replace your card.

my Caesars Rewards membership?

“We’re excited to unveil the new look of

Yes! As a member, you’ll continue to earn Credits

If you were already a Total Rewards member, you might be wondering if your benefits have

4. Will my Rewards number change?

when you use your Caesars Rewards card at any

changed along with the name. Below are a few

No, your Caesars Rewards card number will be

Caesars Entertainment property. And if you

frequently asked questions about the Caesars

the same as it was on your Total Rewards card.

forget your card, just check in with a Caesars Rewards teammate with your photo ID to replace

Rewards program that should help you continue to earn, save and have fun!

5. I have a special military Salute card. Will I

your card and start playing.

still be able to have this style of card with the 1. Why the change to Caesars Rewards?

new program?

In a market where brand identity is invaluable,

Yes, we will continue to offer the Salute cards

the Caesars family decided to leverage the

in 2019 for our military members. And if your

flagship name and build a stronger connection

status was upgraded in 2018, you’ll maintain

between all of the sister properties.

that status in 2019! ESCAPE

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RINCON TRIBAL MUSEUM DISPLAYS LUISEÑO HISTORY AND CULTURE Words by Tanya Duggan  Photo by Rob Shaffer

Tribal Council Member Laurie Gonzalez provides a tour of the museum to visitors.

The ancestors of the Rincon people have lived in

of the Rincon Band and Luiseño people is on

people of the past, but a people of the present

the North San Diego County geographic region for

display at the Wasxayam Pomki (People’s House)

and the future.”

more than 6,000 years. Rincon is one of six Bands

Museum located in the Tribal Hall at the Sports

of the Luiseño Indian tribe that settled along

Park, just north of Harrah’s Resort SoCal.

Council Member Gonzalez explained that the museum offers traditional workshops in

the San Luis Rey and Santa Margarita rivers and

The museum’s exhibits include a variety

basket weaving and pottery as well as Luiseño

coastal areas. The Luiseños settled from Oceanside

of displays centered on the traditional life of the

language studies. “The importance of our tribal

to San Clemente and east to Temecula, across

Luiseño people, the importance of the San Luis

museum,” Gonzalez added, “is that the museum

Palomar Mountain, as well as on the eastern side

Rey River to the ancestors, basketry, ethno botany

allows for preservation of Luiseño cultural

of the Palomar Mountain range.

and the tribal language. The museum also offers

heritage by providing interpretation from a

The Luiseño people called themselves

community-driven digital exhibits, maps and

native perspective.”

Payomkawichum, which means “the Western

ancient artifacts such as traditional baskets,

People.” The ancient Luiseño village of Topamai,

arrowheads, grinding stones and bows and arrows.

located on the Santa Margarita River in what is

“The museum strengthens Luiseño identity

today Camp Pendleton, was permanently occupied

by representing continuity,” said Tribal Council

for at least 5,000 years. The rich history and culture

Member Laurie Gonzalez. “We are not only a ESCAPE

THE MUSEUM IS OPEN TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 10AM TO 4PM, AS WELL AS BY APPOINTMENT. FOR MORE INQUIRIES, PLEASE CALL 760-297-2635 EXT. 318.


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CAFÉ INTRODUCES A NEW MENU FOR SUMMER

TROY DONEY

Words by Alondra Figueroa  Photos by Zach Cordner

Specialty Chef Tye Nielsen and the Tye-Dye Waffle

Whether you’ve dined at the Café, or you’re

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS

perfectly poached egg, fresh sliced avocado

new to Funner, CA, it’s time you stopped in for

to create the brunch of your dreams. They have

and then covered in the most delicious green

a bite. The culinary creatives at Harrah’s Resort

a phenomenal selection for you to choose from,

chile hollandaise I’ve ever tasted. Creamy

Southern California have re-imagined some of

starting with Plane Jane—think classic Benny: a

green chile goodness all served on an English

your favorite classics, and added several new

poached egg, Canadian bacon and hollandaise.

muffin. I finished my heavenly trio with the

flavors, to deliver a well-rounded menu that will

Turn it up a few notches with options like the

Southern Fried Benedict—delectably golden

raise the bar on your dining expectations.

SoCal Benny, Smoked Salmon or the Surf and

fried chicken topped with a fried egg, smokey

Turf Benny. I love that you can really mix and

bacon and covered in mouthwatering sausage

match your meal to make it your own.

gravy—all on a f lawlessly baked rosemary

I sat down with Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Specialty Chef Tye Nielsen and Assistant Executive Chef Jason Luke to find out more about their new

My, oh my! Let me tell you about the

biscuit. This totally blew me away and I’ve

take on all of your old favorites. “We really wanted

glorious Surf and Turf Benedict. It has a very

seen this done many times in many ways

to do comfort food, but have fun with it! Change

generous portion of lump crabmeat piled on top

before, but the Café does a spectacular job

up the classics a little bit to make them more

of SoCal’s own Cardiff Crack™ Burgundy Pepper

with this one. The chicken was crispy, but

dynamic and a lot funner,” said Chef Nielsen. I

Tri Tip from Seaside Market in Cardiff. It was

tender and juicy. The sausage gravy was jaw-

was lucky enough to get a sneak preview at their

sprinkled with bacon crumbles, layered with

droppingly good—not too thick or thin, but

new summer menu and was blown away at how

arugula for the perfect little kick and topped

just right. And who doesn’t love bacon? You

absolutely delicious everything tasted and how

off with a creamy hollandaise sauce—it’s so

get two big pieces of crispy bacon with this

fun and nostalgic it is!

incredibly decadent and flavorful.

gorgeous Benedict, and it’s so big you can get

I started with a stop at the new Egg Benedicts

I then tried the SoCal Benny. It features

menu. What variety! You can order individually

mouth-watering carne asada and topped with a ESCAPE

away with just ordering this guy alone. Trust me, you won’t regret it!


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EXTRA SPECIAL SPECIALS It’s clear the Café’s chefs know how to take the classics and give them a modern twist. This past March, for example, they offered a Sloppy Joe special and it kept selling out! Keep an eye out for more special food days, Spaghetti Day or Waffle Day. I’m letting you in on a little secret— you can also order some fun off-menu items, like a Tye-Dye Waffle. It’s a bit of a Funner, CA local’s item that’s only available upon request. This extra-special ultra colorful breakfast item made its first appearance on National Waffle day, and guests went mad for them—they quickly sold out within a few hours. Surf & Turf Benny

Don’t’ forget dessert! For those of you looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, they have a creative take on the Strawberry Shortcake using Twinkies instead! If you’re a peanut butter fan, then try the Fluffernutter Over the Moon. This dessert takes a peanut butter graham cookie with marshmallow f luff and dips it in chocolate.

Southern Fried Benedict

Pizza Grilled Cheese

FRESH FLAVORS WITH A NEW LOOK

SAY CHEESE!

than it looks! You can basically choose your own

All of these new menu items can be found on

The chefs really understand that this is the kind of

adventure with the grilled cheeses they have on

the brand new menu. And don’t forget, the Café

food everyone loves and they love to bring out the

offer. Get your basic Ooey Gooey Grilled Cheese,

is open 24-hours. The late night menu offers a

fun in all of us. Hence, their upcoming specialty

Pizza Grilled Cheese and even a melt your face

limited list of some of the hottest items.

grilled cheese sandwiches like the Pizza Grilled

off delicious Mac ‘N’ Cheese Grilled Cheese with

No matter what you’re craving, there’re

Cheese. It’s filled with fried pepperoni, oozing

actual macaroni and cheese in between two

yummy options for everyone to look forward

with luscious provolone, mozzarella, Parmesan

slices of bread. That’s right, it’s actually possible

to. I guess it really is like Chef Nielsen said,

and marinara on sourdough grilled to buttery

to have it all at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. God bless

“When you’ve come to Harrah’s Café, you’ve

perfection. It was amazing and tastes even better

Funner, California!

already won!” #Funner


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SWING INTO THE SUITE LIFE WITH THE TOPGOLF SWING SUITE Words by Brian Luna Photos by Troy Doney So you thought Topgolf was all about crushing golf balls and hanging out at driving ranges? Well, toss out those knickers because your local Funner, Californians at Harrah’s Resort SoCal are bringing you a gaming experience that’s sure to knock your argyles off. Say hello to Southern California’s first Topgolf Swing Suite. Part luxury suite, part social gaming and a whole bucket of fun! To call the Topgolf Swing Suite a “simulator” would be a huge disservice and downright mislabel. Sure, it has a massive screen to hit and throw balls into, but the Swing Suite is so much more than that. The Topgolf Swing Suite is an experience and an extremely immersive one at that. Boasting comfy lounges, HDTVs and delicious food and drinks in a modern lounge setting, the Swing Suite takes your average social setting and elevates it a whole new level. Dare we say, Funner!

“Topgolf is the strongest brand in this type of experience, which is why we partnered with them to bring Southern California’s firstever Swing Suite to Harrah’s Resort Southern California,” said Harrah’s Resort SoCal Senior Vice President and General Manager Darrell Pilant. “It’ll provide our guests with another unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else in SoCal. The Topgolf Swing Suite is a perfect compliment to our Funner environment!” Now, we know what you’re thinking. “But Harrah’s Resort SoCal, I don’t like golf!” Have no fear, the Topgolf Swing Suite appeals to more than just the golf fanatic. It has plenty of nongolf related games such as Baseball Pitching, Carnival Classic, Hockey Shots and, our personal favorite, Zombie Dodgeball. Beat it, zombie— you’re dead! ESCAPE


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TOPGOLF

Step on the tee and swing into Topgolf’s classic target games or tee it up on over 80 different championship courses!

BASEBALL PITCHING It’s the bottom of the 9th and you’re on the mound protecting a three-run lead. Bring your A-game and pitching arm to strike out each batter who steps up to the plate and save the game.

HOCKEY SHOTS No ice skates required! Grab a hockey stick, swipe a A sampling of the delicious Topgolf Swing Suite menu.

#Funner

few slapshots and break the targets to earn points.


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Senior Vice President and General Manager Darrell Pilant testing out his arm.

QUARTERBACK CHALLENGE Hut hut! Drop back in the pocket and toss the ol’ pigskin to your receivers for completions and score that game-winning touchdown.

CARNIVAL CLASSICS If you’ve won a prize at the carnival for your high school sweetheart, then you’ll be right at home. Pop as many balloons or break as many plates as you can by throwing a baseball. You have 60

Whether you’re slinging pitches, cranking out slapshots or flushing seven-irons, the Topgolf Swing Suite has something for everyone. Gone are the days of driving to ranges (see what we did there?) and hacking through a large bucket of balls by yourself. Grab seven of your friends, book a reservation and let the games begin! Just remember to stretch, warm-up and then order a few appetizers and drinks before you start slaying those high scores.

seconds to toss and win.

ZOMBIE DODGEBALL It’s your final stand against a zombie horde! You’ve got three dodge balls and 60 seconds to take them out. Get to dodging!

THE TOPGOLF SWING SUITE IS OPEN NOW AND PLAYING THROUGH THE EAST AREA OF THE CASINO FLOOR NEAR THE BUFFET. BOOK YOUR TIME ONLINE AT HARRAHSSOCAL.COM/TOPGOLF OR WITH THE CONCIERGE AND GET READY TO LIVE THE SUITE LIFE !

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BEHIND THE SCENES

INTRODUCING A GOLDEN AGE IN FUNNER, CA WITH MAYOR

Words by Robyn Lass  Photos by Zach Cordner

Two years into establishing itself as the city where fun lives, Funner, CA is ushering in a new leader. The citizens of Funner looked high and low for a candidate who isn’t afraid to look boredom in the face and say, “Not on my watch.” A leader who would take charge, take action and raise the already high bar on what good times can and should look like. On May 15, 2019, under the Funner flag, Mayor Rob Riggle raised his right hand and swore the oath of Funner. The setting was glorious. Media gathered out at the pool to witness the

event first hand. A delectable menu inspired by the mayor himself was presented, and the event was draped in gold and turquoise. Majestic golden eagles were perched throughout to add a regal touch to the event. The new mayor graciously accepted the key to the city from Tribal Councilman Bo Mazetti and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Harrah’s Resort SoCal, Darrell Pilant. Now the fun really begins. Actor, comedian and retired United States Marine, you may know Rob Riggle from his work on Saturday

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Night Live, Fox NFL Sunday or his roles in movies like The Hangover, 21 Jump Street and Step Brothers. But with all of these credits to his name, Riggle has never held political office—until now. With his magnificent sense of humor and lofty vision for his time in office, Mayor Riggle was kind enough to take a break from his regal routine to sit and chat a bit about his new role. He shared deep insights into what it takes to lead, how he plans to guide all of us toward the light of good times and, most importantly, how to dress for success in a town like Funner.


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The mayor on patrol in Funner, CA.

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What were your first thoughts when you learned you had been chosen as the new mayor of Funner, California? I was very concerned about staying up 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. I’ve never attempted that before, so it has me a little nervous. What inspired you to get into politics? It was an accident. I was just trying to get a library card in Funner, California. I filled out the wrong form, and next thing I know—I’m the mayor. Wow, that’s an interesting way to wake up one morning. You’re telling me! What do you think is the most important part of your role as mayor and why? Clothing. I think it’s important to be dressed in princely robes and put out an image. I think that’s And the Alpacasus displayed on the back of

How do you plan on connecting with your

your mayoral suit, does that symbolize anything

constituents in Funner, CA?

Well, you’ve definitely brought some unique

in particular?

Mudwrestling and blackjack.

style to this role already. What was the

Well, the alpacasus is a mythical beast. Most

inspiration behind each of your looks?

people don’t know if it’s real or not. I don’t think

What’s your favorite Mayoral look?

Well, thank you, first of all. And you’re correct,

we’ve actually determined if it’s a real animal. But

Oh, they’re all glorious in their own right. I do

they’re incredibly fashion forward styles. Sonny

it’s something that’s majestic and beautiful, kind

love the 15-foot robe on top of my formal wear.

and Cher meets the royal family.

of like a unicorn. That’s why I like having it around.

But I don’t think the people have seen it in its

the most important thing I can do for Funner.

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Funner’s New Mayor

true majesty, which is me on a stallion—a white, Arabian stallion riding through the casino with my robe trailing behind me. Should we expect to see that in the next commercial? I think that’d be amazing, but I’m just really bad with animals and I’m afraid for everyone around me when I get on a horse. What if we used a pony? Yes. I have no problem with that. Or maybe a burro, perhaps. What did you do to prepare for your term as mayor? A lot of spin classes, some sit ups, some light jogging. Some quick five-minute meditations here and there. Squeezing a racket ball when I’m driving. That helps. That’s pretty much it.

“I was just trying to get a library card in Funner, California. I filled out the wrong form, and next thing I know—I’m the mayor”—Mayor Riggle


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That sounds like a lot of strength training. Are you strengthening your body and your mind? Mainly the body. The mind, I think that’s a lost cause at this point. What do you do to stay sharp and focused in your role? To stay sharp I like to just sit in my bathrobe in a very comfortable chair and stare at a spot on the wall…for…well, to be honest I don’t know how long because I lose track of time.

Are there any surprises we can expect from Mayor Rob Riggle during your term? Yes! I think I’m going to surprise some people. I’ve got an agenda. How can guests and visitors to Funner get to know you a little better? Well, there are a couple things. One, just off the What type of mayor are you? Are you a

top of my head…keep your head on a swivel.

And the next thing probably would be to

Because I could come from anywhere, and when

call the Mayoral Hotline. I’ve got all kinds of

sympathetic mayor, a heavy- handed mayor, a

I come I’m coming feet-first karate-style. So

tips, information and stories, so if you want

fun loving mayor?

always have your head on a swivel when you’re

to connect just pick up the phone. That’s how

I’m a pretty laissez-fair mayor. Real hands off—let

in Funner.

simple it is. It’s right there at the hotel.

things kind of run themselves. I’ll show up every

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Funner’s New Mayor

Recently you worked at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, putting in countless hours filming TV commercials. What did you enjoy the most about making these advertisements for Funner? Craft services. In your commercials, we got a glimpse of a guest star—an Alpaca you called Albert. Is it true the alpaca is man’s best friend? You’re referring to the diva alpaca they called Albert, who we barely got out of his trailer long enough to come do the commercials when he wasn’t having a fit. Oh, by the way—his real name is not Albert, it’s Blaze. The producers had to coax him out, he was knocking over things, eating everything at Craft Services and then he’d just walk out. And that was after he pooped on the floor. He was a handful. Checking out the commercial magic.

now and then. You can find me at the bar, basically.

amazing place where all roads lead to it and when you get there all your dreams come true.

If you could say one thing about Funner, CA what would it be? Don’t be late!

For someone who’s never visited Funner, CA, as the mayor how would you explain what this city

What do you do when you’re not in Funner, CA?

is about?

Mainly karate tournaments in the Mid West.

Have you ever seen the movie Wizard of Oz? So how long have you been doing karate? Yes.

I’m not really into it yet. I’m just dabbling. A lot of

Funner to me is like Oz. It’s this wonderful,

what I do know is self-taught. #Funner

TO SEE MAYOR RIGGLE IN ALL HIS GLORY, PLEASE VISIT HARRAHSSOCAL.COM AND CHECK OUT HIS COMMERCIAL SPOTS. AND KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR MORE GREATNESS FROM THE NEW MAYOR OF FUNNER, CA TO BE INTRODUCED THROUGHOUT HIS TERM.


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FALL ASLEEP IN A FUNNER SUITE Words by Marlise Kast-Myers

ZACH CORDNER

IF YOU’VE NEVER STAYED AT HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL, THERE’S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SUITES. THEY DOUBLE AS RECHARGING STATIONS. THIS MEANS YOU HAVE FULL PERMISSION (AND FRANKLY ENCOURAGEMENT) TO DANCE UNTIL YOUR FEET HURT, LAUGH UNTIL YOUR STOMACH ACHES AND YES, PARTY UNTIL YOU SEE TALKING LLAMAS. BECAUSE ONCE YOU SWIPE THAT KEY CARD, YOU’LL FIND BUBBLE BATHS, WET BARS AND PLUSH FEATHER DUVETS—AWESOME FOR SHIELDING DURING PILLOW FIGHTS.

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Enjoy a game of pool when you stay in the Suite Digs suite. #Funner


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Suite Dreams

Even standard rooms at the best resort in Sweet Suite

Funner, CA are luxurious. They’re swagged with relaxing rain showers, vanity areas where you can put your game face on and 42-inch HD TVs for binge-watching all-nighters. There’re even a few amenities you probably won’t use, but hey, they’re there if you need them: alarm clocks and office workspaces—check and check. To match all this suite life, the Harrah’s Resort SoCal crew figured it was time to give these big-baller-cribs some sweet titles to match. “We wanted our suite names to reflect who we are,” said Harrah’s Resort SoCal Hotel Manager, Susan Le. “Here in Funner, we always do things a little differently, and this starts with our suite names. It was time to move from the traditional naming of suites to a funner play on words!” Prior

to

the

creative

shift,

popular

landmarks and neighborhoods in San Diego County inspired Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s suite names. In 2017, with the renaming of the city of

Zenfully Suite

Funner, CA and the overhaul resort-wide to offer an elevated level of fun at every turn, the team

obvious, right? Instead, the team rolled out a slew

started toying with a range of concepts. They

of exciting room titles like “Home Suite Home” and

knew the new names should reflect each room’s

“Suite Digs” with deep soaking tubs, billiard tables

location, décor, amenities and overall vibe. Traditional room categories just seemed too blah, and Harrah’s Resort SoCal doesn’t do blah. “We understood how difficult it would be to choose the names and make the official change,” explained Amber Lussier, director of resort marketing at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. “We involved many teammates in the process, with the goal to make people smile, even during the process of booking a hotel reservation.” So this spring, the resort ditched standard

“TRADITIONAL ROOM CATEGORIES JUST SEEMED TOO BLAH, AND HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL DOESN’T DO BLAH”

and wet bars to shake it up. If “Home Suite Home” ends up being your top refuge—well, get in line. “It’s my personal favorite suite for sure,” said Le. “It’s beautiful, spacious and perfect for entertaining, which I love doing.” The suite boasts a separate living and dining area, as well as a gorgeous wet bar. You won’t need to count llamas when you close your eyes in the “Suite Dreams Suite.” This twobedroom snooze-y sanctuary has plenty of chill and nap space, as well as an outdoor balcony where you

titles of “King” and “Queen” for something with a

can soak in majestic mountain views. Also includes

lot more pizazz. Because who are we kidding—in

a dining area, living room and two plasma TVs, so

Funner, all guests are royalty. Why restate the

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Home Suite Home

Suite Dreams

For yogis and hard bodies, fitness-focused rooms like the “Zenfully Suite” is where you can

large soaking tub or separate shower for getting

Harrah’s Resort SoCal you’ll find yourself in a

squeaky clean.

win-win suite-situation.

detox–sleep–play–repeat. Here you can lunge,

Lastly, the mayor called and asked if you’ll

“We’re in the business of making people

leap, lift or just throw in the towel and lounge

cover for him in the Mayoral Suite. Simply step

smile and creating moments they’ll never

in these micro-gym suites complete with yoga

through the double doors into 2,398 square feet

forget,” said Lussier. “I think the new suite

equipment, jump ropes and free weights. Pump

of “holler!” It’s regal-meets-modern with floor-

names definitely play a part in this. It’s all about

up the volume with Bluetooth surround sound

to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms, elegant

the details.”

systems and then wash off your workout in a

dining areas, private balconies and a wet bar

Vitamin C infused-shower.

that’ll leave you wondering if there’s a hole in

Harrah’s Resort SoCal is on a roll with

your glass. There’s not. But there's a giant portrait

cozy options like the “Oh So Suite” complete

of Funner, CA's Mayor Rob Riggle. Be sure to take

with private balconies and views of the Funner

a selfie to prove you’re mayor-worthy.

mountainside or the poolside paradise, plus a

No matter what room you choose, at #HarrahsSoCal

BOOK YOUR SUITE STAY ONLINE BY VISITING HARRAHSSOCAL.COM TODAY.


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FUNNER LIFE

DIVE IS THE HOTTEST PLACE TO SEE SHOWS THIS SUMMER.

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Words by Marlise Kast-Myers  Photos by Troy Doney

PUT YOUR CALENDAR DOWN AND STOP GOOGLING WHAT TO DO THIS SUMMER. AT HARRAH’S RESORT SOCAL, YOU’LL FIND ALL THE FUN YOU NEED POOLSIDE— LITERALLY. FROM SOCAL’S FIRST SWIM-UP BAR, TO HOT SUMMER CONCERTS, TO CABANA SPECIALS AND LAPS AROUND THE LAZY RIVER (INFLATABLE UNICORNS OPTIONAL), FUNNER IS WHERE COOL PEOPLE GO TO BE EVEN COOLER. AND THIS SUMMER IS NO EXCEPTION! Dive is the hottest place to see shows this summer.

FUNNER WEEKENDS Come make a splash at Dive where DJs spin poolside on Saturdays while you float your cares away and work on that glowing tan (and margarita). Relax like a rock star in a private cabana or drift through waterways before parking your inner tube at the Swim-up bar for that “this goes down way too smooth” cocktail. When the sun goes down, fun goes up! Dive After Dark kicks off from 9pm – 1am. Go from floating in the pool to freaking on the dance floor, while the Video DJ plays a list of hits that’ll leave you claiming every song is “your song.”

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And when it comes to live performances, the line up this summer might just have you playing a little air guitar before the season is over. There’s no shame in that. “At Dive, it’s the awesome ESCAPE


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energy of entertainment and our team that make it a true Funner experience,” said Harrah’s Resort SoCal Director of Resort Marketing Heather Jurgensen. “This summer we’re continuing our outdoor Concert Series with a diverse line-up from reggae to ‘90s rock.” Hawaiian reggae band The Green kicks off the Dive Concert Series on May 26th, with a range of artists following suite

“Come make a splash at Dive where DJs spin poolside on Saturdays while you float your cares away and work on that glowing tan (and margarita)”

all summer long.

LATIN NIGHT Now that you’re certain you’ll be spending your summer at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, it’s time to grab that calendar and then go ahead and block off Thursdays. Drink specials, plus your dance moves—shaken,

not

stirred—are

perfectly

blended with lively Latin música at ‘ritas Cantina. The spicy sounds will have you doing a double take with your sexy hips. Thursdays at Dive are #HarrahsSoCal


42 the perfect excuse to get steamy with tango, merengue and salsa. And if your feet just can’t find the rhythm, we’re totally on board with dancing like a jellyfish.

TRIBUTE NIGHT Your next appointment is on Fridays at 9pm with Tribute Night at Dive. You’ll be rockin’ out to the songs and sounds of your favorite band— almost. Luckily for you, we found the next best thing to take you back to the good old’ days when you belted out tunes with lighters held high. Go ahead, grab that cell phone and light up the night during encore. The tribute band will love you for it.

REGGAE SUNDAYS be back for Reggae Sundays. Get ready to get up, stand up and lively up yourself at Dive. All summer long, enjoy a mix of local and national

ZACH CORDNER

It’s hardly worth leaving Funner since you’ll The delicious Little Kenny's Boo boo cocktail.

Celebrate your birthday poolside with a custom cabana.

reggae and reggae rock bands. These shows are an epic way to close out the week. You may even leave contemplating how you’d look in dreads. It’s been known to happen.

CABANA SPECIALS Booking a cabana is a sure-fire way to ramp up your fun while kicking it poolside at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, but this summer, try an extra special experience by choosing from one of six cabana specials. “These

cabana

packages

are

centered

around fun and are all about encouraging guests to step outside their comfort zone,” said Harrah’s Resort SoCal Dive and 'ritas Cantina Manager Robert Greenan. “Probably our favorite special is the BrunchBana Cabana Package where guests can start their morning off right with brunch and a build-your-own mimosa cart.”

New menu item, Pulled Pork Sandwich

This Funday package starts with two specialty champagnes, an assortment of mixers and fruit and a scrumptious goodie platter. If a bit

and chefs have teamed up to bring you tropical-

of bubbly is not your jam, upgrade to the Bloody

inspired drinks, cabana platters and even an

Mary bar.

interesting twist on a hot dog.

(heaven forbid) walk to the bar. Yep, we’re jealous. “Dive is all about creating a fun, engaging experience,” said Greenan. “It’s a place where

Birthdays, bachelorette parties, bachelor

Dive’s specialty “TJ Dog” is cast-iron grilled

guests can find their escape. People come back to

parties and more, Dive has your occasion

and topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, bacon

Dive every summer because of our extraordinary

covered—quite literally with these complete

crumbles and fried jalapenos. Trust us, it’s a party

staff and the fun atmosphere. Our team is

cabana packages.

in a bun.

trained to make your day the absolute best it

Are you too VIP for Funner weenies? That’s

can be, which in turn, creates an energetic, fun

BITE & SIP

okay, because for you hoity-toity party people,

and exciting environment. The Lazy River is

Now that you’ve cut loose, it’s time to sink your

Dive has bottle service! As part of Dive’s Concert

a huge plus, too!” For complete details on pool

teeth into Dive’s updated food and drink menu.

Series, Harrah’s Resort SoCal is creating a new-

hours, fun and more pick up a Dive brochure at

It’ll have you seeing double rainbows and

elevated experience for silver-spoon guests to

the Concierge or visit HarrahsSoCal.com. Your

dancing unicorns in no time. The mixologists

jam out to their favorite artists without having to

sunning spot awaits!

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5 TIPS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR FUN AT DIVE BRING YOUR ID & DIVE PASS. Pool access is limited to resort guests only. You should receive a pass at check-in that’ll be checked, along with your photo ID, before entering Dive.

GET DAY ACCESS WITH RESORTPASS. If you’re interested in tanning in Funner for the day, purchase a ResortPass ($35 Monday – Friday, $40 Saturday & Sunday) at the Concierge, Front Desk or online.

FORGOT THE SUNSCREEN. There’s a wide array of sunscreens, hats, sunglasses and more at The Dive Shop.

TAKE A TUMBLER. Get your drink half price when you purchase a Dive tumbler!

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LEAVE SNACKS AT HOME. Before you pack your pockets with your favorite goodies, you should know only food and beverages purchased at Harrah’s Resort SoCal are allowed poolside.

#Funner


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THE TASTY EXPERIENCE OF LOCAL FARMING WITH STEHLY FARMS Words by Brian Luna  Photos by Troy Doney

Organic citrus ready for harvest.

Harrah’s Resort Southern California resides in the heart of San Diego’s breathtaking North County agriculture country. The citizens and teammates in Funner, CA are proud to support local farming by purchasing and using food from many of these regional growers and just a few miles down the road is one of farming’s finest properties—Stehly Farms. THE DIRT ON STEHLY FARMS The roots of farming run deep in the Stehly Family. Originally an Orange County farm, this community institution planted its first seeds in Noel Stehly quality checking the day's harvest.

1964 and has been providing North San Diego with scrumptious organic produce for over 50 ESCAPE


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Sweet fruit and sweeter views.

years. Over the past five decades, Stehly Farms

a picturesque strawberry patch

has not only provided incredible organic produce,

or orange grove. Two words: You-

owners Noel and Jerome Stehly have offered the

Pick. Starting to make sense? We

public fun ways to enjoy their property, such as

thought so.

tractor tours and annual picking festivals.

Executive Pastry Chef Matt Lawa tops off a kumquat cupcake.

Agritourism is a downright delicious

experience

offered

by

PICK YOUR FUN YOURSELF

Stehly Farms and a unique way to

If you haven’t had the chance to indulge in the

spend the afternoon when you decide to venture

The annual U-Pick Strawberry Fest held

Funner chefs’ culinary creations yet, then you’re

and explore the area outside Funner, CA. Home to

every spring puts an empty strawberry container

definitely missing out. They’re good—we’ll give

some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in Valley

in your hand and your feet in the patch. From

them that! But it’s one thing to see a beautiful

Center, Stehly Farms offers visitors a chance to

there it’s up to you to pick the best strawberries

piece of fruit dished up at Harrah’s Resort

explore the beautiful grounds of organic farming,

in the field to fill up your container to enjoy at

SoCal. It’s another experience entirely to pick it

while indulging in the sweet and delectable

home, or right then and there—your choice. Just

yourself and eat it while back-dropped against

produce that’s ripe and ready for gobbling up.

don’t overdo it—munching on strawberries all

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A zesty theme for The Buffet's citrus takeover.

producer. “Stehly Farms produces a high-quality

fruits of the season. And I’m able to use produce

If picking strawberries isn’t your speed,

product and concentrates on a select number of

that’s so close to home. It excites me that I can

then feel free to hop on the tractor for a tour of

items from produce, to eggs and poultry when in

drive by Stehly Farm each and every day.”

the farm or take the little ones to the petting zoo,

season,” said Executive Chef Israel Ortiz. But don’t

Tarts, cupcakes and more are made in

mini train or playground—all while snacking on

be misled, the “select number of items” he speaks

Funner, CA with organic produce. Harrah's

pizza, tacos or gelato. Yep, if fruit isn’t your thing

of are quite vast, including beautiful organic

Resort SoCal will have plenty more Stehly Farms

you can always snag a quick bite at one of the

blood oranges, lemons, kumquats, rich avocados

produce takeovers for your yummy enjoyment

food vendors available during the festival. Just

and sweet berries.

throughout the year. Be sure to follow Harrah’s

day might call for some Tums in the evening!

picture a carnival, but on a beautiful farm!

“Anytime we have the opportunity to use

Resort SoCal on social media to keep tabs on

If you happen to visit Funner, California

a local vendor, especially one that’s so close to

during the summer months, then be sure to keep

Harrah’s Resort SoCal, it’s beneficial to both our

If your goal is to source the finest produce

an eye out for the Blackberry Fest that typically

property and the produce provider by featuring

or just take in the sights of the beautiful rolling

occurs in June or July depending on when they’re

that specific farm,” added Ortiz. “It creates

hills and groves in Valley Center, Stehly Farms

ripe for the pickin’. Be sure to keep an eye on

awareness for the local offerings, supports

is an off-the-beaten-path day out from Harrah’s

picking updates on Stehlyfarmsorganics.com

local business and when the product is superb

Resort SoCal. See you on the farm!

for dates. The farm offers the same festival and

we can take full advantage of the high-quality

entertainment as the Strawberry Fest, except

product that’s typically found in smaller batches

you’re picking, you guessed it—blackberries!

compared to high-volume, large scale farms.”

FARM TO FUNNER

comes the inspiration… as well as the kumquats

With such a rich treasure trove of produce

and blood oranges,” said Executive Pastry Chef

just a short 16 mile drive from Harrah’s Resort

Matt Lawa, while concocting a limited-time

SoCal, the resort’s chefs understand how lucky

menu of desserts featuring exclusive citrus from

they are to have magical produce from a local

Stehly Farms. “They’re a few of my favorite citrus

when the next culinary takeover happens.

“Citrus is in right now, and with the seasons

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TO LEARN MORE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO VISIT OUR CONCIERGE TEAM OR YOU CAN SIMPLY VISIT STEHLYFARMSORGANICS.COM


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GET BRANDED WITH EXCLUSIVE FUNNER, CA GOODS Words by Elizabeth Schwartze  Photos by Christopher Donez

like “Lazy River Days” will tell your story for you. Need a place to stash all your necessities? Exclusive tote bags are available, offering plenty of room to stash your essentials for a day. If you’d like to keep the flavor of Funner alive long after you’re gone, snag a uniquely logoed mug, tumbler, water bottle or shot glass. You’ll keep smiling with every sip. And don’t forget to treat your feet to something special. Try a pair of Funner socks to keep your feet cute and cozy. But You’ve arrived in Funner, CA—the ultimate

With all the items available, Quintero reports

really, it’s the Funner flip-flops that are really

Southern California resort destination where

that T-shirts and hats are staples, with the most

creating a buzz. The branded styles are ideal for

fun is never in short order. And really, what

popular featuring Funner slogans like: “It’s

roaming the resort, or keeping your feet happy

better way to celebrate the exuberance of the

Where Your Wildest Dreams Dream.” Thanks to

long after you’re gone.

resort than to get branded? That’s right—Funner

Quintero’s tireless drive for the quintessential

Of course, grabbing souvenirs for yourself

branded. Thank goodness Emporium, located in

branded souvenirs, all your favorite stops around

is fun, but you can’t forget your loved ones. The

the Hotel lobby, has you covered from head-to-

the city have a branded apparel item to match.

little ones will love the stuffed eagle, one of the

Thinking about making a splash at Dive?

Funner, CA exclusive mascots. Tell the world

There’s a Funner towel that will liven up your

where you’ve been with a license plate frame

Seeking out the “must have” necessities is

tanning time. Better yet, use that towel to save

or key chain. And on your way out, don’t forget

one of Bonnie Quintero’s favorite jobs. Quintero is

the perfect poolside lounge chair, reserving it

to grab a couple of Funner postcards to write

the retail manager for Harrah’s Resort Southern

for a day of fun in the sun. Speaking of SoCal

friends a friendly note like: “Funner is amazing.

California and prides herself on finding the

sunshine, multiple hat styles all featuring unique

Wish you were here!”

latest and greatest items that match the fun and

logos or slogans are available for keeping those

Merchandise goes fast and new items

uniqueness of this one-of-a-kind city. “I’m really

glorious rays focused on all the right places. And

are added every season. Be sure to swing by

passionate about finding Funner merchandise

of course, a Funner, CA T-shirt is the perfect

Emporium to check out the selection and get

that’s different, clever and a lot of fun,” she said.

cover-up for your post pool time. Key phrases

your favorites before they’re gone.

toe—and everything in between—with Funner apparel and gifts.

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THE FUN NEVER STOPS WITH PROMOTIONS AND EVENTS Words by Aaron Schmidt  Photos by Christopher Donez

Harrah’s Resort SoCal has been hosting fun and

throughout the month of April, $1 from every

unique promotional events, offering giveaways

margarita sold benefited the Project Wildlife and

and giving back to the local community for

their efforts rescuing, rehabilitating and caring

the past 17 years. With a fantastic team led by

for local, injured wildlife.

Promotions Manager Melissa Fry, this group

In addition to the Monarch Margarita,

tirelessly brainstorms and implements new

guests could participate in a special Funner

ideas that are fun, engaging and outside the box.

Flutter promotion on April 20. Caesars Rewards

“We definitely are a destination here in

members could earn entries into drawings

Funner, CA and our events and promotions are

The new Kiosks are located near the Promotions Center.

throughout the day to win prizes.

what sets us apart from our competition. It’s

Looking for some fun ways to play and win

a big part of the overall experience in Funner.

this summer? Check out the list below of some of

Whether it’s through an event, promotion,

this season’s highlights in Funner, CA.

drawing or gift giveaway, we get our guests to venture outside of their element and really

MULTIPLY YOUR REWARD CREDITS®

experience the funner side of things,” said Fry

For guests looking to increase their winnings,

with a smile. “These are all just our fun little

one of the more popular promotions occurs

touches that really create a memory.”

on Thursday. The Reward Credit Multiplier is

Every month you can find new games and

open to all Caesars Rewards members, offering

great ways for guests to play and win great

the chance to increase their Reward Credits 10

prizes. For example, in April during Earth Week,

times on Slots and Table Games and five times

Harrah’s Resort SoCal goes above and beyond

on Video Poker play. “Guests really like that one

to develop games and experiences that are

because they love to earn Reward Credits® that

centered around preserving the environment.

can be used on property at different outlets. It’s

These events connect directly to the resort’s

another consistent promotion we have on the

CodeGreen initiative and eco-friendly efforts

calendar during the summer,” said Fry.

property wide. “A big emphasis of our property’s mission is built on our CodeGreen initiative. We

GIFT GIVEAWAYS

work hard to develop fun and creative ways to

Like free stuff? Harrah’s Resort SoCal hosts a

preserve our environment through promotions,”

weekly gift giveaway on Mondays and Fridays.

explained Fry.

Every month, you can take home different sets

This year, during Earth Week, guests

of gifts—like kitchen appliances, electronics,

were gifted free reusable water bottles to help

bedding or dishware. Each week, guests can

eliminate plastics. In past years during Earth

collect a different gift item.

Week, Harrah’s Resort SoCal gave out free reusable tote bags and LED light bulbs.

Check out monthly giveaways in the case located near the Promotions Center.

“It’s open to all guests,” said Fry. “People love our gift giveaways. We invite select guests

In order to give back to the community,

to receive their complimentary gift. For guests

this April Harrah’s Resort SoCal partnered with

who do not receive a complimentary gift offer,

the San Diego Humane Society and Project

they can play and earn 150 Tier Credits to pick

Wildlife by hosting a unique eco-themed event

up a gift on that day.” then they can earn 150

focused on wildlife preservation, highlighting

Tier Credits during the earning period and then

the Monarch butterfly. A major player in re-

they’ll be able to collect a gift.”

pollination, these beautiful little insects are a

Starting this May (and again in July),

protected species. One way guests could help the

Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s extremely popular gift

Monarchs was through the purchase of a special

card giveaway promotion gets underway. Guests

cocktail—the

will get a chance to win gift cards for valuable

Monarch

Margarita.

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The Promotions Team having fun.

Promotions Manager Melissa Fry

vendors like Amazon, Macy’s, Best Buy and Home Depot, just to name a few. “We do several gift card giveaways to many popular retailers giving guests options to win a variety of prizes during the summer,” said Fry.

MAYOR’S MILLIONS The

longest

standing

cash

giveaway

at

Harrah’s Resort SoCal, Mayor’s Millions, is held the last Saturday of every month and $50,000 cash is given away to one lucky

"Our events and promotions are what sets us apart from our competition. It’s a big part of the overall experience in Funner"

Funner games mean funner winnings!

REWARD CREDIT MULTIPLIER: EVERY THURSDAY

winner. The biggest cash giveaways of the

GIFT GIVEAWAYS: EVERY FRIDAY & MONDAY AND FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH

year are hands down Mid Year’s Eve and New Year’s Eve Mayor’s Millions events. The Mid Year’s event is on June 29 and Harrah’s Resort SoCal will be giving away $1 Million! From

ALL-IN 4 CHANGE TOURNAMENTS

2pm to 11pm, hourly drawings will give 10

Want to give back while you play? Each month

lucky winners $100,000 dollars in cash!

there are Black Jack and Slots tournaments on

During the mid and New Year’s Eve events,

Tuesdays of the month. The buy-ins for each of

the promotions team really shines. The resort

these tournaments go to benefit a charity of the

is transformed and decorated with unique

month. There’s also a $10,000 dollar Free Play

themes, like Wizard of Oz, Under the Big Top,

prize package associated with the tournaments

Magic and more. Guests are offered special

as well. Give back while you get your gaming

treats and surprises throughout the day. “This

on—it’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

MAYOR’S MILLIONS $50K DRAWING: LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH MID YEARS EVE MILLION DOLLAR DRAWING: 10 WINNERS OF $100K SATURDAY JUNE 29

year’s theme for the Mid Year’s Eve event is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” Fry

BRAND NEW KIOSKS

revealed. “We’re going to have interactive candy

Always

stations, entertainment, characters from the

improve

looking

the drawings, concerts, events or promotions

for

innovative

ways

to

happening that day resort-wide. On Tuesdays

guest

experience,

Harrah’s

and Wednesdays the kiosks will feature

movie and photo booths—all kinds of fun stuff!”

Resort SoCal recently rolled out brand-new

engaging interactive video games that guests

Get ready to hunt for your own golden

promotional kiosks. These are beautiful,

can play to win prizes, rotating every month.

ticket! You could win free play, Reward Credits®

high-tech and easy-to-use. Located adjacent

Simply swipe your Caesars Rewards card to

and more. Fun prizes will be popping up all over

to the Promotions Center, and guests can

find out how you can participate in all of

the resort, as guests play for their chance to

use these touch screens to check Caesars

Funner’s summer promotions.

find these hidden golden tickets—and that’s on

Rewards accounts, check out new promotions

top of the 10, $100,000 winners that are picked

and get information on available offers. The

throughout the day.

new kiosks are also perfect for discovering all

the

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MODEL CITIZEN

At

Harrah’s

Resort

SoCal,

the

teammates

exemplify what it means to be a citizen in Funner, CA. It’s their smiling faces and helpful attitudes that make it such a fun and exciting place to

LATONYA WARREN

Words by Elizabeth Schwartze

visit. But more than bringing the fun into what they do in Funner, the teammates also take this enthusiasm out into the larger community of Southern California, offering volunteer service as Model Citizens throughout the year. What is a Model Citizen? The Funner, CA Model Citizen program, now in its third year, is designed to reward Harrah’s Resort SoCal teammates for their positive impact on local communities. The program is available to all non-management

teammates

who

(Left to right) 2018 Model Citizens Michael Kujawski, Leslie Van Ness, Senior VP and General Manager Darrell Pilant, Homero Lopez and Alisha Cochrane.

donate

time volunteering for organizations they’re passionate about. In return, teammates earn entries to win enviable prizes.

Sheryl Sebastian, manager of corporate citizenship and communications, for Harrah’s

Resort SoCal oversees the program, the entries

Assembling bicycles for holiday party gift

volunteer service was met with such an amazing

distribution at the Armed Services YMCA

prize. “I participated in a few different events for

Clean-up project at Helen Woodward

organizations such as the San Diego Blood Bank,

Animal Center

Human Rights Campaign, Canine Companions

and the random selection of winners each year.

Meal prep at Kitchens for Good

for Independence, the Pride Parade and beach

“Last year was the second year of the contest,”

Trash clean up with the San Diego River

clean-ups with I Love a Clean San Diego,” he

Park Foundation

said. “The beach clean-up is one of my favorite

Training and “puppy showers” at Canine

events. I grew up in San Diego and surf regularly,

Companions for Independence

so keeping our beaches clean is something I’m

she said, “and we saw participation in our volunteer activities increase to over 11,000 hours of community service. We also recorded an

increase of 96 new volunteers, raising our total to

passionate about. For my dream vacation, I chose

798 teammates taking part in volunteer activity.

Of course, being a Model Citizen at Harrah’s

“Based on the interest and enthusiasm

Resort SoCal has emotional rewards, but there

The prizes for the 2019 contest continue to

expressed by the members of our team, we fully

are tangible rewards, too. With each year, the

impress and reward hard-working teammates.

expect to see these totals increase in 2019.”

prizes for teammates get more exciting!

In fact, the 2019 grand prize has continued to

to go to Nicaragua on a surf trip.”

Harrah’s Resort SoCal is proud of the Model

The annual Model Citizen winners are

expand in order to offer more teammates a

Citizen teammates and the work they do in the

announced on New Year’s Eve. In 2017, one

chance to win. This year 10 winners will receive

community. For example, on Giving Tuesday,

teammate was awarded a new car! In 2018, four

100,000 Total Return Credits. “These valuable

November 27, 2018, more than 200 teammates

hard-working volunteers were awarded a dream

credits are very popular and can be used to

took part in activities across San Diego county,

vacation package worth up to $5,000 and five days

purchase goods and services,” said Sebastian.

including:

of PTO (personal time off) to enjoy the vacation.

“Items range from electronics, jewelry, gift

Hotel Ambassador Leslie Van Ness was one

cards, clothing and sports equipment—you

Beach Clean-Up at Buccaneer Beach in

of the lucky recipients of the dream vacation

name it. Teammates can even book a trip using

Oceanside

package. “I’ll be travelling to London, Paris,

Total Return Credits.”

Clean-Up Crew on the USS Midway

Barcelona and Rome all because of Harrah’s!”

It’s good to know that the same hardworking

Creating activity bags for patients at Rady

she said. “This is something that I wouldn’t have

Funner teammates that make Harrah’s Resort

Children’s Hospital

been able to do any time soon if I hadn’t won this

SoCal a favorite destination are also receiving

Volunteering on the Teddy Bear Project for

dream vacation package. I didn’t expect to win

the credit they deserve for their dedication to

the San Diego Blood Bank

anything for volunteering my time to help out

our community.

Sorting food at the Jacobs & Cushman San

organizations that I believe in and give back to

Diego Food Bank

the community that I was raised in. Things like

Packing lunches and delivering them

this don’t usually happen to me.”

• • •

to Interfaith Community Services in Escondido

Michael Kujawski, financial analyst II, also won a vacation package and he was thrilled his ESCAPE

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