Award Created to Recognize Outstanding Students in Honor of SAHARA Las Vegas’ Community Partnership
From Tuesday, May 16 to Thursday, May 18, deserving 5th grade students from Robert E. Lake Elementary School received the first-annual SAHARA Cares Award. Created by the school to recognize one outstanding student per 5th grade class in honor of SAHARA Las Vegas’ community partnership, the SAHARA Cares Award was presented to individuals embodying the characteristics of the acronym ROAR: respectful, on task, accountable and responsible.
SAHARA Las Vegas Team Members invited to attend the award ceremonies included Stacy King, vice president of human resources; Erika Hernandez, director of human resources; Michelle Sandoval, vice president of hotel operations; Natasha Rychly, special events and promotions; Mike Altizer, executive director of casino operations; Derek Morishita, executive director of restaurants; Victor Escalera, executive steward; and Nelly Smith, manager of slot operations.
“We are so grateful for our community partnership with SAHARA Las Vegas and their Team Members,” said Paola Zepher, principal of Robert E. Lake Elementary School. “These individuals continue to inspire our students to not only to pursue a valuable education but also show respect and kindness to one another.”
“SAHARA Las Vegas’ Team Members are committed to serving the community as positive role models,” said Paul Hobson, general manager, SAHARA Las Vegas. “We want to show young students that they are capable of anything and inspire them to follow their passions.”
SAHARA Las Vegas is an all-encompassing resort and casino with 1,613 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers – including the AAA® Four Diamond Alexandria Tower, more than 85,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, AZILO Ultra Pool, two rooftop pools and a collection of acclaimed restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. The inviting casino occupies 60,000 square feet and features approximately 600 of the latest slot and video poker machines, 50 classic table games, Infinity – a premium gaming lounge, The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas and a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill. An impressive selection of culinary and cocktail offerings includes Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™, named “Best Restaurant in Nevada” by Business Insider; famed Philadelphia sports bar Chickie’s & Pete’s; The Noodle Den; CASBAR Lounge; Uno Más; Prendi; The Tangier; Zeffer’s and James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain’s Balla. SAHARA Las Vegas is also proud to serve as home to MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas presented by Channing Tatum. SAHARA Las Vegas players can also enjoy the perks of an Infinity Rewards membership, a joint loyalty program between SAHARA and its sister property Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, which gives players the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards across both destinations. SAHARA Las Vegas is a minority-owned business certified by the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, please visit and stay connected on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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