Las Vegas (June 2023)
On Wednesday, June 7, SAHARA Las Vegas hosted the 2023 Meruelo Family Scholarship award presentation. As part of the property’s SAHARA Cares initiative, a total of $14,000 was awarded to four deserving dependents of SAHARA Las Vegas Team Members. Las Vegas student Helena Saavedra received $5,000 while students Jazmin Rivera, Michelle McGowan and Jazmyn Rebolledo each received $3,000.
During the event, all four scholarship winners were presented with jumbo checks by chief vision and purpose officer Alexis Meruelo and general manager Paul Hobson. The Meruelo family’s focus on education has fueled both companies’ community impact over the years. Since 2018, Grand Sierra Resort and SAHARA Las Vegas have contributed more than $2 million dollars to the AAA Foundation funding hundreds of scholarships for underprivileged students in Nevada.
“This year, we are elated to increase the amount of scholarship funds available to the dependents of SAHARA Las Vegas Team Members,” said Meruelo. “The Meruelo family and SAHARA Las Vegas believe education is a top priority. We look forward to watching these students thrive as they pursue their college education.”
“SAHARA’s Team Members are the company’s most valuable asset so it is a privilege to show them and their families how much they mean to us,” said Hobson. “Through programs such as the SAHARA Cares initiative, we will continue to positively impact the Las Vegas community.”
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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