Golden Entertainment, the largest traditional tavern operator in Nevada, held two community events during November that helped raise more than $200,000 to benefit the ALS Association Nevada Chapter. The funds raised will provide support to more than 100 people afflicted with ALS and help fund a communication program.
“Communication is vital to someone with ALS as they will lose their ability to speak or move their hands as the disease progresses,” said April Mastroluca, Executive Director of the ALS Nevada Chapter. “Because of these additional funds, we can now offer eye gaze technology to allow people with ALS to operate a computer that can speak for them.
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Those with the disease lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within 2-5 years of diagnosis. There is no cure or life-prolonging treatment.
The first event organized by Golden Entertainment, Food is Art, was hosted at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Nov. 4. The event allowed guests to sample food dishes and wines selected by award-winning chefs and sommeliers from Las Vegas.
The second event was a golf tournament held at the Spanish Trail Country Club on Nov. 10. Company team members, vendors, and business partners competed in the tournament.
Both events were spearheaded by Golden Entertainment Executive Vice President and COO Steve Arcana, who has served on the Board of Directors for the ALS Association Nevada Chapter since last year.
The efforts of the ALS Association are personal to Arcana, whose mother passed away from the disease.