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May 10, 2018

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

by Margaret George

This month and every day, Caesars Entertainment celebrates our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) team members and guests. In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, Caesars Entertainment has a variety of initiatives to honor the contributions of these team members. Read on to see what’s going on around the company and at our properties!

Reaching the Reno AAPI Community  

Caesars Entertainment HAPA team members partner with ACDC leaders to deliver a workshop on becoming a U.S. citizen.

Harrah’s Reno Hotel & Casino recently launched a chapter of HAPA, Caesars’ Business Impact Group (BIG) of Hawaiians, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Allies. BIGs drive diversity and inclusion at Caesars by harnessing the passion team members have for creating equal opportunity for all. Last month, Reno HAPA volunteered with the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC), a leading organization in improving well-being and education in the Nevada A  API community, at a citizenship workshop.

Harrah’s Reno will also honor the Sacramento AAPI community with a donation to the local chapter of OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates in honor of the Dragon Boat Festival, taking place on May 10 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at DoubleTree by Hilton in Sacramento. The donation from Harrah’s Reno will support OCA Sacramento’s programming, including internship, scholarship and mentoring programs; economic development summits, civic participation efforts and many more advocacy, civic, cultural and educational initiatives.

Reba, Brooks & Dunn Tickets to Fund Scholarships

Neil Hirokoshi, APIASF President, Carolene Layugan of Caesars and Vida Lin, ACDC President

On April 25, ACDC partnered with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the largest nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships to AAPI students, to host a community fundraiser. This year, Caesars offered a financial contribution to the scholarship fund as well as a dinner for two at Hell’s Kitchen and tickets for Reba, Brooks & Dunn at Caesars Palace, a face value of $500.

On April 28, ACDC’s GraduAsian Ceremony luncheon and career fair honored AAPI students graduating from Southern Nevada universities and colleges with a special medallion to be worn at their commencement.

Caesars Entertainment employees Carolene Layugan, Mila Spresser and Viadelie Clemena ready to chat with students at the GraduAsian Ceremony about opportunities to work at Caesars.

Supporting Civic Engagement in the AAPI Community – and Beyond

On May 12, ACDC is holding an open house for the AAPI community to view its expanded community center and raise funds for a medical center. Caesars’ own Carolene Layugan, Responsible Gaming Program Director and new ACDC Chair of the Board, will present a $20,000 donation to further ACDC’s civic engagement programs, including citizenship and voter registration.

Celebrating Asian Culture in Nevada

Did you know that Nevada is the only state that officially proclaimed May 18 Asian Culture Day? The first Asian Cultural Day celebration will be held this year on May 18-19 and team members at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas are thrilled to host it! The festival will feature performances, speakers, shopping, art, food and music to celebrate more than 150 years of Asian immigrants’ contributions to Nevada. Asian Culture Day has an anticipated attendance of more than 10,000 people.

Join us for Asian Culture Day festivities on May 18 and 19 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Learn more at