Aquarius holiday auction helps feed Tri-state families
LAUGHLIN – The Aquarius Casino Resort’s annual silent Christmas Tree Auction is off to a successful start, having already raised enough money to feed 250 families this season.
The resort is aiming to raise $10,000 and feed 500 Tri-state families, said Aquarius General Manager Sean Hammond.
Bidding began Friday, Nov. 23 and continues through Friday, Dec. 21. All proceeds from the auction go to the Feed a Family fund. Last year the fundraiser brought in $9,090.
The campaign began with 11 trees, all decorated with a different theme such as Peppermint Twist, Winter Frost, Angels and Cartoon Christmas. Each tree holds hundreds of ornaments and decorations, all assembled by the Aquarius executive hosts. Last year one tree had more than 600 ornaments adorning its branches.
Three trees have already been claimed by auction winners, raising $5,000 in the first three days of bidding, Hammond said.
Bidding starts at $300 for the 7.5-foot, pre-lit trees, and must continue in $25 increments. The Aquarius notifies bidders when someone has outbid them so they do not have to keep checking back to bid again. A tree may be bought outright at any time for $1,500.
Aquarius team members will deliver the trees anywhere in the Tri-state area, or they can be shipped to locations outside the vicinity.
Each year the resort has “Secret Santa’s,” who purchase a tree and donate it back to be given to local families in need, Hammond said.
Hammond personally delivers these trees to families who otherwise would not have the traditional Christmas centerpiece in their home.
Red and green tier acePlay cardholders participated in a slot tournament last week, with the entry fee being an ornament to place on the trees. Hammond said each year guests who cannot not make the tournament graciously mail in ornaments as a donation to the cause.