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Nugget To Begin $25 Million Renovation

Nugget Casino Resort To Begin $25 Million Renovation

 Reno/Sparks, NV – The Nugget Casino Resort has officially announced the launch of more than $25 million in renovations to the iconic Sparks property, beginning in January, 2017.

 “We have already made significant property improvements over the last several months,” said Anthony Marnell III, owner of Marnell Gaming. “The next steps are major upgrades to the west tower hotel rooms and the entire 110,000 sq. ft. of convention space.”

The west hotel tower at the Nugget was opened in late 1996 and only minor changes have been made since that time. Marnell plans to completely remake nearly 800 rooms from floor-to-ceiling to provide contemporary luxury, comfort and upgraded amenities such as Keurig brand coffee makers in every room. The stylish new rooms will be highlighted by a “modern lodge” theme and decor.

The renovations to the west tower are scheduled to be completed by June 2017, with hotel room floors opening progressively as they are finished throughout the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2017. 

Concurrently with the west tower improvements, the main convention center on the second floor of the Nugget will be completely renovated in two phases. The first phase begins in mid-February, with completion anticipated by late March.  The second phase is scheduled to start in early May and be completed in late June. 

 The convention center improvements include all new carpet, wall treatments, paint, fixtures, lighting and electrical upgrades throughout the convention space complex as well as significant upgrades to the banquet kitchen facility and all food service equipment.   Approximately $2 million has already been invested in modern service-ware ranging from banquet equipment to food service stations.

“Completely remodeling the west tower rooms and convention center reflects our commitment to making the property a market leader, and this is just the beginning of the Nugget makeover--there will be much more to come toward the end of 2017 and into 2018,” said Marnell. “The people of Northern Nevada have always supported the Nugget and we intend to make this a property the community can be proud of now and for years to come.”

 

The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, with nearly 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other amenities. The Nugget is a property of Marnell Gaming, also owners of the Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino Resorts in Laughlin, NV.

Nugget Displays Tallest Reported Fresh-Cut Christmas Tree in Nation in 2016

NOTE: Please let Randy Kennedy, or Adam Varahachaikol (adam.varahachaikol@nuggetresort.com) know if you’d like to schedule morning show live shots and/or interviews.


WHEN: Friday, December 2, 2016
WHERE: Victorian Avenue, Sparks – In front of Nugget Oyster Bar entrance

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – After some extensive research, the Nugget Casino Resort is excited to have the tallest reported fresh-cut Christmas tree in the United States this year, towering at 105 feet!

“We are thrilled to dedicate this gigantic Christmas tree to the community,” said Lisa Jansen, Director of Special Events and Entertainment with the Nugget Casino Resort. “Sparks is a special place to spend time during the holidays and the Nugget and Marnell Family are excited to make the holidays a little brighter for everyone in our area.”

The 2016 Nugget Christmas Tree slightly edges out the 100-foot Americana at Brand’s tree in Glendale, California. The Rockefeller Center tree in New York City stands 94-feet tall. The Fashion Island tree in Newport Beach, California measures at 90 feet. Meanwhile, the trees at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. and the Outlets at Anthem in Phoenix, Arizona are both 80-feet.

The Nugget will celebrate the start of the Christmas season in an extravagant way by lighting its Christmas tree on Saturday, December 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The tree-lighting ceremony will be the official kickoff to the 12 Nuggets of Christmas holiday season of giving event that will run nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. from December 3 until December 14.

The 12 Nuggets of Christmas is an event that brings the community together to support 12 different charities over 12 nights. The community will be encouraged to make donations by dropping off gifts and contributions each charity needs under the Nugget Christmas Tree on Victorian Avenue.  Each donor will receive a free hot chocolate and Christmas cookie at the event complimentary of the Nugget.  Bring the whole family and enjoy singing Christmas carols, hot cocoa, and Engine 39 train rides.

List of Charities Each Night:

December 3 – Toys for Tots
Christmas Carols by: Reno High School
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: New, unwrapped toys, cash donations.

December 4 – Christmas on the Corridor, Washoe County Sheriff’s Department
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: New toys for children, coats for children, hats, gloves, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, gift cards, cash donations.

December 5 – Nevada Humane Society
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Dog and cat bedding, pet toys, wet kitten food and dry cat food.

December 6 – CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Adult diapers, wheelchairs, shower and commode seats, transfer benches, scooters, electric wheelchairs, and diabetic-testing supplies.

December 7 – Friends of Washoe County Library
Christmas Carols by: Billinghurst Middle School
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Children’s books

December 8 – Big Brothers Big Sisters
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: New unwrapped toys, gift cards for children ages 8-16 years old.

December 9 – Sparks Rotary
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: New and gently used fishing gear and poles or $5.00 donations to purchase fishing poles for the next Rotary Club of Sparks Kids Free Fishing Day event.

December 10 – Community Food Pantry
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Food and cash donations are encouraged.

December 11 – Canine Rehabilitation Center & Sanctuary
Christmas Carols by: Excel Christian School
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Dog Treats and Chews/Bones (no rawhide), Mop Heads, Flea and Tick Medication (all sizes), gift cards to Lowe's and Home Depot, Bleach and cash donations.

December 12 – Give Hope Foundation
Christmas Carols by: Van Gorder Elementary School Choir
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: toys/holiday gifts for Give Hope recipient children, ranging in age from infant to 17-years old. Cash donations are also accepted.

December 13 – Food Bank of Northern Nevada
Christmas Carols by: Girl Scout Troop 398
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Food and cash donations encouraged. Each dollar provides three meals!

December 14 – Reno Rodeo Foundation
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: New clothing, jeans, shirts, socks, underwear. Cash donations are accepted and used to purchase clothing for kids.

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Nugget to Hold Inaugural Lighting Ceremony of Nevada’s Biggest Tree To Kick Off 12 Nuggets of Christmas Event

WHEN: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Victorian Avenue, Sparks – In front of Nugget Oyster Bar entrance

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Nugget Casino Resort is inviting the community to celebrate the start of the Christmas season in an extravagant way with its inaugural lighting ceremony of the biggest tree in Nevada (and possibly the nation) on Saturday, December 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The tree could possibly be the tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree on display in the nation this holiday season. The giant tree has been measured to be taller than the trees on display at the White House and the tree in Rockefeller Center. The enormous tree is a majestic 105’ tall White Fir, found about 30 miles outside of Klamath Falls, Oregon.
 
“The Christmas tree is massive!” said Lisa Jansen, Director of Special Events and Entertainment with the Nugget Casino Resort. “This tree from the Marnell Family and Nugget Casino Resort is dedicated to our community. We hope the tree will attract people to downtown Sparks as a place to gather and celebrate the holidays. You will be able to see the tree from miles away, but the best view will be right down here on Victorian Square.”

The tree-lighting ceremony will be the official kickoff to the 12 Nuggets of Christmas holiday season of giving event that will run nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. from December 3 until December 14.

The 12 Nuggets of Christmas is an event that brings the community together to support 12 different charities over 12 nights. The community will be encouraged to make donations by dropping off gifts and contributions each charity needs under the Nugget Christmas Tree on Victorian Avenue.  Each donor will receive a free hot chocolate and Christmas cookie at the event complimentary of the Nugget.  Bring the whole family and enjoy singing Christmas carols, hot cocoa, and Engine 39 train rides. This event is all about family fun!  

List of Charities Each Night:

December 3 – Toys for Tots
Christmas Carols by: Reno High School
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: New, unwrapped toys, cash donations.

December 4 – Christmas on the Corridor, Washoe County Sherriff’s Department
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: New toys for children, coats for children, hats, gloves, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, gift cards, cash donations.

December 5 – Nevada Humane Society
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Dog and cat bedding, pet toys, wet kitten food and dry cat food.

December 6 – CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Adult diapers, wheelchairs, shower and commode seats, transfer benches, scooters, electric wheelchairs, and diabetic-testing supplies.

December 7 – Friends of Washoe County Library
Christmas Carols by: Billinghurst Middle School
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Children’s books

December 8 – Big Brothers Big Sisters
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: New unwrapped toys, gift cards for children ages 8-16 years old.

December 9 – Sparks Rotary
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: New and gently used fishing gear and poles or $5.00 donations to purchase fishing poles for the next Rotary Club of Sparks Kids Free Fishing Day event.

December 10 – Community Food Pantry
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Food and cash donations are encouraged.

December 11 – Canine Rehabilitation Center & Sanctuary
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Dog Treats and Chews/Bones (no rawhide), Mop Heads, Flea and Tick Medication (all sizes), gift cards to Lowe's and Home Depot, Bleach and cash donations.

December 12 – Give Hope Foundation
Christmas Carols by: Van Gorder Elementary School Choir
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: toys/holiday gifts for Give Hope recipient children, ranging in age from infant to 17-years old. Cash donations are also accepted.

December 13 – Food Bank of Northern Nevada
Christmas Carols by: Girl Scout Troop 398
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: Food and cash donations encouraged. Each dollar provides three meals!

December 14 – Reno Rodeo Foundation
Nugget Charity Donation: $2,000 presented at 5:30 p.m.
DONATION COLLECTION ITEM: New clothing, jeans, shirts, socks, underwear. Cash donations are accepted and used to purchase clothing for kids.

Taste of Home Cooking School Returns to the Nugget Casino Resort

WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Free Expo: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Ticketed Cooking School: 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
WHERE: Convention Level Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Sparks, Nevada – Learn new cooking tips and techniques at the country’s favorite live cooking show, the 5th annual Taste of Home Cooking School at the Nugget Casino Resort on November 5, 2016. Attendees will enjoy entertaining cooking demonstrations by top culinary professionals, learn step-by-step expert cooking techniques and meet other people who love to cook!

The day starts with a free Taste of Home Expo from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., before the cooking school begins. The free Expo kicks off the event with regional vendors who will offer samples, discount opportunities, culinary information and holiday shopping featuring locally produced goods and services.

After the expo, join Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Renee Morgan for the Taste of Home Cooking School Show from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Rose Ballroom.

All Taste of Home Cooking School attendees will receive a reusable Smith’s goody bag with Taste of Home coupons and gifts. Tickets are available at three different levels, and each level comes with additional perks:

•    VIP tickets are $60 and include front-section seating, the Taste of Home’s Simple & Delicious Cookbook (1,314 recipes) valued at $17.99 and free entrance to the VIP Hospitality area in Foyer B, including complimentary wine, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and a goody bag.
•    Premium tickets are $35, and include second-tier seating and the Taste of Home’s Holidays & Celebrations cookbook (320 pages) valued at $17.99, and a goody bag.
•    General Admission tickets are $15 and include general admission seating and a goody bag.



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