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Harrah's Reno Hosts Holiday Outreach Dinner

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but not everyone can afford to eat a Thanksgiving meal. So volunteers and businesses are stepping in this week to fill the void.

Monday night, it was Harrah's Reno that hosted a community dinner in Downtown Reno. More than 1,300 were fed thanks to volunteers and employees of Harrah's.

This isn't the first time they've chosen to make a difference in the community. Harrah's Vice President and Assistant General Manager Tim Tretton says it's become a tradition. "We've been in the community for 75 years and it's important to give back to those in need," said Tretton. 

Tretton says this Holiday Outreach Dinner is a great way for employees to work together and to have a positive impact in the community. "Just to have the joy on their face of receiving a nice hot meal, is all we need," he said.

Harrah's donated and cooked all the food, and dozens of employees and volunteers served the meals. U.S. Senator Dean Heller and other community leaders jumped in to lend a hand.               

For many, this might be the only chance they have to enjoy a traditional holiday meal. Dennis Ware has been out of work for four years. He was pleased with the dinner and the volunteers. "I think everyone is very generous," he said. "This is my first time and I've really seen a lot of love in this environment."

Gabriel Caballero was there with his family. "This is the second time we've come here. And it's really great," he said. Caballero has been affected by a difficult economy. "Less hours at work, reduction of pay rate, also."

The mood was festive as young and old gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving. Organizers say over the past seven years, they've fed more than 20,000 people.

Written by Jennifer Burton

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