Employee Holiday Party 2019 from Left to Right: Robert Montoya, Rue Arledge and Greg Lee
Holiday Thoughts By Greg Lee, CEO Eureka Casino
hen I was a child, I looked forward to the Christmas holidays for the gifts that would gather under the family tree and the extended family dinners that brought my favorite foods. Because I grew up in Hawaii, I didn’t need snow or cold weather to feel the Christmas Spirit, just the warmth you feel when someone gives you something from their heart. Last year, when my children both were in college, I still looked forward to big family dinners, but my primary gift was simply to have our children home. This year has been totally different, with life completely changed during the coronavirus pandemic. I have always loved the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, that shows during the Holiday Season. In it, George Bailey sees the impact of his life on the community he has made his home, and the community comes to his assistance at his darkest hour.
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In many ways, I feel that this past year has been our own recreation of that story in our community, with each of us playing George Bailey in our own lives and families. Luckily, our community never suffered from mass infections and hospitalizations, but the shutdown and economic slowdown has hurt all of us. During the shutdown, our company hunkered down and came together to support each other with a food pantry, and many volunteers came together to help support each other. I didn’t know how powerful a smile and fist bump could feel from a fellow Eureka employee-owner volunteering to hand out food. We would see our guests around town and watched other people continue working and supporting Mesquite. When the city carefully reopened for business, we worked the hardest we could to clean our facility and make improvements to keep our