Making news: Harrah’s Ak-Chin, Chandler Compadres, Severtson Screens

Newsmakers | 12 Dec, 2019 |

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino wraps up 2019 Campaign for the Cause

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, part of Caesars Entertainment and the state’s only tribal casino to have an international management partner, is wrapping up its annual HERO Campaign for the Cause, an effort that raises awareness and funds for a variety of women’s and men’s health issues.

Caesars Entertainment properties throughout the United States compete with their own individual Campaign for the Cause activities and events to raise money for their local American Cancer Society chapters. At the conclusion of the campaign, Caesars Foundation will award a total of $25,000 to the local American Cancer Society chapters in recognition of the efforts of each of the top three participating properties. 

Harrah’s Ak-Chin employees participated and competed in a variety of events throughout the months of September, October and November including:

• Battle of the Bras Fashion Show

• Bingo Night for American Cancer Society

• Q3 Food Drive for F.O.R. Maricopa

• Pet Supplies Drive to benefit the Casa Grande Valley Humane Society

• Paws for the Cause Walk

• Pet Adoption Event

• Veggies for Vets to benefit Diana Gregory Outreach Services

• Bake Sale for a Cause to benefit Susan G. Komen

• American Cancer Society Relay for Life Maricopa

• Crochet for a Cause to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Hospital

• The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Tempe Beach Park 

“Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino has a long-standing reputation of promoting wellness and giving back to the local community,” said Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Director of Human Resources Beth Amoroso. “Once again, our entire staff rose to the occasion and put forth an amazing effort to raise funds for our local American Cancer Society chapter.”

Chandler Compadres raise record $1.2 million

Chandler Compadres, a group of business leaders who donate their time, resources, talents and money to help kids in the East Valley, is excited to announce that the club has raised a gross amount of $1.2 million at the signature Rock the Cause for Kids event in early November. The funds go to local beneficiaries including Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, ICAN Positive Programs for Youth, AzCend, FANS Across America , Arizona Brainfood, Chandler CARE Center and The Clothes Cabin. 

The event, hosted at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center on Saturday, November 9, featured a headlining performance from Rev Run, of the iconic hip hop group RUN DMC, and DJ Ruckus, hailed by GQ as “the most sought after DJ in the world.”

Guests participated in an iconic hero and villains costume contest plus silent and live auctions including a bid on a luxury, in-ground swimming pool from Presidential Pools. The night culminated with a raffle for a 2019 Chevy Tahoe provided by Freeway Chevrolet. Other notable sponsors for the event included Earnhardt Auto Centers, Rite-Way Thermal, Precision Installation, Bourdo Family, USA BMX, APEX Temp Air, Marx Productions Inc. and Hawkeye Electric. 

“Raising this record amount makes us extremely proud because it means we can help so many kiddos and their families,” said Scott Bourdo, event chair. “Seeing the community come out every year to support our cause is inspiring and heartwarming.” 

For those looking to donate to the Compadres, they can receive the Qualifying Charitable Organizations (QCO) tax credit. Single individuals can donate up to $400 and get double the amount back, and married individuals can donate up to $800 for credit.

Pinal County welcomes Severtson Screens

Severtson Screens has recently relocated its corporate headquarters from Mesa, Arizona in Maricopa County to San Tan Valley, Arizona in Pinal County.

Founded in 1986, Arizona-based Severtson Screens is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets.

“With our continued growth, we were busting at the seams at our three Mesa facilities and needed to find a location where we could expand our headquarters and manufacturing capabilities,” said Severtson President and C.E.O. Toby Severtson. 

Pinal County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States with a population of almost 500,000 residents. With a central location in Arizona between Phoenix and Tucson, Pinal County is well positioned for future growth.

“We are pleased Severtson Screens selected Pinal County to be its new home,” said Pinal County Board of Supervisors Chair Mike Goodman. “With our pro-business approach, strategic central location, affordable land, and access to a well-developed transportation system, Pinal County is an attractive option for companies.”

Since 2013, companies with a capital investment of nearly five-billion dollars have either relocated or expanded businesses in Pinal County resulting in nearly 8,000 new full-time jobs.

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