Matt Farris & Friends LIVE!!

Host Paul LaVoie sits down with Lake Havasu City native Matt Farris, as friends Darius Lylez and Todd Tillman from Season 18 of “The Voice” join in. Fantastic a cappella harmony live in the studio, great stories, and original songs make up an hour-long interview, one night before the trio take the stage at Havasu’s Flying X Saloon for St. Patrick’s Day 2021.

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A Letter to the Class of 2020

From U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ)

To the class of 2020: whether you are a preschool, middle school, high school, or college graduate, congratulations on your achievements.

This may not be the graduation you imagined. It is certainly not the graduation that your family, your teachers, or your friends wanted either. But the hardships of this year can never diminish what you have accomplished. I hope that you will look back on this time and realize that in many ways, you have accomplished more.

Those of you finishing high school and college have gone without the rites of passage that the rest of us took for granted—no extended family gatherings, large ceremonies, or memorable photos in your caps and gowns. Instead, many of you may be worried for your family members or friends on the frontlines of COVID-19 or have lost someone you love to the virus. A great many households are also reeling from the difficult hardships of lost jobs and shuttered businesses or trying to cope with future plans derailed and dreams on hold.

Yet across Arizona, despite these unprecedented challenges, I have seen so many of you rise to the occasion. You have chipped in at home, you have helped your parents and watched younger siblings. You have kept up your classwork while doing extra chores. You have volunteered to help those less fortunate. You have thanked health care workers and delivery drivers and grocery store employees. Some of you have taken on these jobs yourselves.

Whether or not you have the opportunity to walk across a stage or stand during a packed commencement ceremony, you have earned your degree and all of the accolades that accompany it. The success you have achieved may even be more rewarding because it was more difficult to achieve. Looking back, I have certainly found that to be true for myself.

When I graduated from high school, the only parent I had applauding me was my mom; my dad had passed away when I was 12. When I graduated from the Air Force Academy, I didn’t know if I would ever achieve my dream of becoming a fighter pilot because the Air Force did not allow women to fly fighter jets. For months, I wasn’t sure that I could even become a pilot because I was technically a half inch too short. I had to fight to earn a waiver to attend pilot training, then I had to overcome a broken finger (fully functional hands are fairly crucial for flying a plane!).

It didn’t get any easier during pilot training. Among other things, pilots are strapped into a harness and dragged by a boat across open water to learn how to survive after ejecting. It also wasn’t easy as to be the very first woman in my new A-10 squadron, and there were definitely times when I wondered if I should quit.

But when things around me appeared dark and difficult, I would think back to some of the last words my father ever spoke to me. He said, “Make me proud.” I would remind myself of his words, and I would find a way to persevere.

In these dark and difficult times, my hope for you is to be inspired by someone who cares about you and to know that people all across our state are rooting for you to succeed. We believe in you. We want your future to be bright.

For a pilot, few things are more beautiful than when we break free of storm clouds and soar into the bright sunlight above. I trust and pray and confidently believe that you too can soar. By reaching this milestone, you have already begun that journey. You have made your families and your communities proud.       

I am personally very proud of each and every one of you. Congratulations!

BBB Launches Main St. Matters

Life has taken a drastic turn in the wake of the current crisis, forcing small businesses to shift nearly every aspect of their daily functions. Behind each small business is a family, giving it their all, but still caught amidst compounding negative impact. Start-ups, hometown offerings, and Main Street shops comprise a significant economic footprint, so now is the time to extend a helping hand. Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest is proud to launch the BBB Main St. Matters Grant Program, designed to provide essential funding during this unprecedented time.

“Main Street businesses are the lifeblood of our economy,” says Matthew Fehling, President & CEO of BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest. “Their strong threads weave through the nation, tying communities together, and without them, everyone suffers. These businesses have supported BBB services for over 100 years, so being able to give back in a time of crucial need is an honor.”

BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest has taken an innovative approach to guide small and start-up ventures and their forward-thinking strategies focus on building ethical businesses from the ground up. Crucial funds provided by the BBB Main St. Matters Grant Program will ensure these businesses have a fighting chance. BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest is asking businesses to share their stories, and how the funding will assist in sustaining their mission.

Grant Program Details

● Open to small business, with priority given to those with 5-20 employees

● $500 or $1000 grant amounts will be awarded

● The grant is open to qualified small businesses that are in good standing with BBB and uphold BBB Standards for Trust. We will consider a company’s history of community involvement, including but not limited to, BBB accreditation.

● Businesses must operate in the BBB of the Pacific Southwest service area (Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma Counties in AZ, and San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Counties in CA)

● Applicants must not have previously received relief or emergency funding, loan, award or grant resulting from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

Read more for additional criteria and grant application.

The BBB Main St. Matters Grant Program is launching in partnership with Desert Financial Credit Union, who has contributed a generous, matching donation to the fund. In order to keep this momentum going, BBB of the Pacific Southwest is seeking additional donations to continue with the expected demand of the program. Reach out to get involved and support the BBB Main St. Matters Grant Program.

More Than Money: Wrap Around Benefits

The BBB Main St. Matters Grant Program is more than funding; it is a hand up to the most deserving businesses. Grant recipients will also receive a variety of educational resources, mentorship from industry leaders and other in-kind offerings to ensure continued stability and an open path towards success and progress. BBB of the Pacific Southwest daily webinars and a frequently updated resource page are available immediately to supply the latest information to help businesses navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.

Reprinted by permission of the Better Business Bureau, © 2020.

Donate Blood Today!!

Vitalant, formerly United Blood Services, has plenty of spots left for appointments and walk-ins at various drives in Lake Havasu City, Laughlin, Bullhead City, Needles and Kingman.

Make an appointment today and give the gift of life. Plus, your blood donation impacts three other lives.

CLICK HERE for scheduled upcoming drives and more information.

Aquarius Team Members Wear R.E.D. To Support U.S. Servicemen and Servicewomen Deployed Overseas

Aquarius Raises $6,138 for Remembering Everyone Deployed 

LAUGHLIN, NEV. – December 4, 2017 – Aquarius Casino Resort Team Members helped to paint the river R.E.D. on Friday, November 10 in support of our military members, past and present by wearing their R.E.D. (Remember Everyone Deployed) T-shirts. The mission of RedShirtFridays.org, a non-political organization dedicated to honoring our nation’s men and women serving our country overseas.

Team Members were given the opportunity to donate $5 and receive a R.E.D. T-shirt to wear at work during the “Casual for a Cause” Friday. At the conclusion of the fundraiser, Aquarius Team Members presented a $4,315 check to board members of the Tri-State Military Moms, Inc. representing 100% of the proceeds raised.  Plus an additional, $1,823, for a total of $6,138, was given to the Moms from the additional sales that continued through Veterans Day weekend.

“Aquarius Casino Resort has the best team members that enjoy helping in every way possible.” said Aquarius General Manager Sean Hammond. “And what better cause than our Military Moms!”

All proceeds were donated to the Tri-State Military Moms, a local nonprofit organization that sends care packages to U.S. troops deployed overseas. The organization is also responsible for displaying all the banners on Highway 95 in Bullhead City, Arizona, showing the sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandsons, granddaughters, and all family members that are currently serving our country.  They also organize coming home celebrations for our returning service members. 

“The Tri-State Military Moms consider the Aquarius Team members as taking hospitality to another level…Ambassadors of their organization, with a passion for giving, far beyond their work assignments.

They may never know the military service member who receives a package from home due to their generosity and support, or that family who has a sponsored banner on our “Heroes Highway”, but we have seen and heard the impact from so many of our military and their families who are the recipients of their generosity.  We are so humbled and grateful to Sean Hammond, his team, and all the people who contribute to the ongoing promotion of wearing R.E.D each Friday!” said Cindy Frizelle, President Tri-State Military Moms, Inc.

The R.E.D. T-shirt, Red Shirt Friday’s concept is part of the ongoing mission of RedShirtFridays.org and its founder Lloyd (Doc) Hofmeister, a U.S. military veteran.

For additional information about Aquarius Casino Resort, including reservation information, visit AquariusCasinoResort.com. Aquarius is owned by Golden Entertainment, Inc. 

 PHOTO CAPTION:

Presenting the $4,315 check, along with Team Members of Aquarius Casino Resort (left to right) Susan Olvera Tri-State Military Moms Secretary; Lisa Conkey Marine Veteran Mom; Sue Trani Tri State Military Moms Treasurer; Beth Richardson, Tri-State Military Moms Vice President ; Cindy Frizelle, Tri-State Military Moms President; Gloria Salazar Gold Star Mother; Clarissa Sanchez Blue Star Mother.  Proceeds were raised with Aquarius Team Members’ $5 donations to receive a R.E.D. T-shirt and wear it to work for “Casual for a Cause” on Friday, November 10, 2017. 

About Aquarius Casino Resort:

Aquarius Casino Resort is the largest 24-hour gaming resort in Laughlin providing 1,906 rooms and suites and a 57,000-square-foot casino offering 1,250 state-of-the-art slot machines, the widest vahiriety of favorite table games, and an all new non-smoking race and sportsbook. The Aquarius Casino Resort offers multiple amenities including restaurants to serve every taste from fine dining to casual dining – For more information, please call (800) 662-5825 or (702) 298-5111. For further information visit www.AquariusCasinoResort.com and check out the Special Offers.

About Golden Entertainment, Inc.

Golden Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions – resort and casino operations and distributed gaming. The Company operates approximately 16,000 gaming devices, 114 table games, 5,162 hotel rooms, and provides jobs for more than 7,200 team members. Golden Entertainment owns eight casino resorts – seven in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. Through its distributed gaming business in Nevada and Montana, Golden Entertainment operates video gaming devices at nearly 1,000 locations and owns nearly 60 traditional taverns in Nevada. The Company is licensed in Illinois to operate video gaming terminals. Golden Entertainment is focused on maximizing the value of its portfolio by leveraging its scale, leadership position and proven management capabilities across its two divisions. For more information, visit www.goldenent.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

For Aquarius Casino Resort:
Cris Robinson
(702) 298-5163
Cris.Robinson@theaquarius.com

For Golden Entertainment:

Howard Stutz
(702) 495-4490
hstutz@goldenent.com