Black Gaming makes donations to Beaver Dam Elementary, Mesquite Cancer HELP Society
Black Gaming recently made a pair of $2,000 donations recently to Beaver Dam Elementary School along with the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society.
The money came from a fountain on the grounds of the Virgin River Hotel Casino. Black Gaming added to the total for the overall donation of $4,000.
The donations were met with enthusiasm from each group.
“This all started about ten years ago,” said Yoli Bell, the founder and president of the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society. “We look forward to this every year, and really appreciate the help from Black Gaming. We are funded only by personal donations and fund raisers in Virgin Valley. We serve the people directly here, and everything we take in is used to help residents of our immediate area.”
Bell further explained that in 2010 alone the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society paid out almost $20,000 in assistance for transportation, medical equipment, doctors’ visits and medicine. In addition, the society furnishes a support group every second Tuesday of each month.
The students and administration at Beaver Dam Elementary were also happy to receive their donation.
“Our students are so excited,” said Beaver Dam Elementary Principal Phyllis Leavitt, who is in her first year at the school after working for several years at other schools. “We’re a pretty needy community and we’re going to use the money for Accelerated Reader. We had no idea where we’d get the money and out of nowhere came a call from Randy Black.’
The entire school of about 230 students about eight miles north of Mesquite gathered on the grounds for a photo thanking Black for his efforts.
“I have a real soft spot for the students at Beaver Dam Elementary,” Black said. “There are a lot of things that they don’t have out there, and I’m happy to hear that we were able to help them. We are also very happy to help the Mesquite Cancer HELP Society which also works hard to help people in our community.
“In both cases, we’re glad to be part of the process.”
Virgin River General Manager Lex Hall, who has been general manager of the Virgin River since its inception in 1990, explained how the money was raised.
“People throw their money in the Rose Garden fountain in front of the Virgin River,” Hall explained. “Our staff collects it, cleans up the coins and we donate the money to organizations in our area. Both Beaver Dam Elementary and the Mesquite Cancer Help Society are very worthy.”
Beaver Dam Elementary School recently received a donation of $2,000 from Black Gaming. From left, Black Gaming CEO Randy Black, CasaBlanca General Manager Marty Rapson, Beaver Dam Elementary Principal Phyllis Leavitt and Virgin River General Manager Lex Hall.
MESQUITE CANCER HELP SOCIETY
Mesquite Cancer HELP founder and President Yoli Bell, second from left, accepts a $2,000 check from Black Gaming. Also shown are, from left, Black Gaming CEO Randy Black, CasaBlanca General Manager Marty Rapson and Virgin River General Manager Lex Hall.
The students of Beaver Dam Elementary School thank Black Gaming CEO Randy Black for a $2,000 donation.