AQUARIUS, EDGEWATER, CONTINUE TRADITION OF THANKSGIVING MEALS FOR AREA’S HOMELESS STUDENTS

Published by The Bee News

November 21, 2023

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LAUGHLIN / BULLHEAD CITY – Dozens of students and their families in the Bullhead City and Colorado River Union High School Districts will again have traditional Thanksgiving meals, following donations by the Aquarius and Edgewater Casino Resorts in Laughlin, Hope United Methodist Church in Bullhead City, the Bullhead City Lions Club and an anonymous benefactor.

Eighty four turkey meals with trimmings from side dishes to dessert were provided by Golden Entertainment’s Aquarius/Edgewater “Feed A Family” program.  

BCSD received 40 “Feed A Family” meals, plus ten from Hope UMC, six from the Lions Club and another ten from an anonymous donor.  CRUHSD received 44 “Feed A Family” meals and ten from Hope UMC.

Now in its twelfth year, “Feed A Family” is a collaborative effort of Aquarius and Edgewater players donating their Golden Entertainment True Rewards points, employees, and community contributions.  

“Aquarius and Edgewater Casino Resorts are happy to support the children of the Bullhead City School District who are in need, and thankful for the community support team who help get these meals to the families,” said Jeremy Jenson, senior vice president and general manager of the Aquarius and Edgewater Casino Resorts. 

Student homelessness can have many causes: a parent losing a job, domestic abuse, blended family tensions, children thrown out of the house because of sexual orientation, financial crises and other factors.  Some families are sharing homes with relatives; others are in temporary housing, while others are living in vehicles or on the streets.  

Student homelessness is defined under the federal McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, enacted by Congress and signed by Pres. Ronald Reagan.  At any given time, 50 to 200 students can be homeless between BCSD and CRUHSD, as many families have children enrolled in both districts.

“Feed a Family” is assisting more than one dozen non-profit and charitable programs, food banks and organizations this fall with hundreds of meals.  It will have a similar outreach for Christmas meals.

BCSD continues to accept cash donations for additional meals for homeless students, plus new and gently used clothing, both during the holidays and for ongoing needs.  Additional information is available from BCSD parent liaison Sheree Norris at 928-758-3961, x-1026.

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PHOTO, from left:   Sheree Norris, parent liaison, BCSD; Elizabeth Lara, parent liaison, CRUHSD; Diana Kagley, Aquarius/Edgewater vice president of hotel operations; John Hylton, Aquarius/Edgewater entertainment manager;  Ray Valderrama, E-Center coordinator; Cyndi McAdams, Aquarius/Edgewater executive assistant to the general manager;Rick Jennings, senior manager of hotel operations; Janet Gagnon, Aquarius/Edgewater executive administrative assistant; David Grant, Aquarius/Edgewater receiving

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