SAHARA Las Vegas Hosts Honorary Luncheon to Announce Partnership with Epicurean Charitable Foundation

L to R: SAHARA Las Vegas Presents a $25,000 Check to Epicurean Charitable Foundation;
Epicurean Charitable Foundation Students and SAHARA Las Vegas Executives Dining at
Chickie’s & Pete’s for the Honorary Luncheon.

(Photo Courtesy of SAHARA Las Vegas)


SAHARA Presents Check for $25,000 to Hospitality Scholarship Organization

On Friday, April 15, SAHARA Las Vegas hosted an honorary luncheon announcing the property’s partnership with Epicurean Charitable Foundation (ECF). Created for gifted but often financially underprivileged students seeking careers in the hospitality industry or in the culinary arts, ECF provides students with distinguished mentorship opportunities and scholarships.

9 ECF students were greeted by SAHARA Las Vegas General Manager Paul Hobson and Meruelo Group Chief Vision and Purpose Officer Alexis Meruelo as well as ECF board members and SAHARA executives before a tour of the new AZILO Ultra Pool. After touring, executives chatted one-on-one with students to discuss career goals, interests and provide mentorship. The honorary luncheon aimed to establish a connection between ECF students and SAHARA executives.

“Today marks the start of SAHARA’s ongoing support for local education from start to finish,” said Alexis Meruelo, chief vision and purpose officer, Meruelo Group LLC. “We want to focus our efforts on providing support and mentorship for students of all ages, right here in the valley.”

At the luncheon, SAHARA Las Vegas donated a $25,000 check to the non-profit organization in addition to announcing their future internship program for ECF students. The luncheon launches SAHARA’s mission to support education and hospitality here in Las Vegas. “We are proud to support such an amazing program. These students are the future of our industry and this contribution is an investment for our community,” said Paul Hobson, general manager and vice president, SAHARA Las Vegas.

Epicurean Charitable Foundation (ECF) comprises more than 20 top food and beverage and hospitality executives who are dedicated to enriching the lives of deserving local students passionate about a career in hospitality or culinary arts. Through scholarships and mentorship opportunities, these gifted, but often financially underprivileged, students are provided with the means to pursue their dreams and become future leaders of the Las Vegas hospitality industry.

SAHARA Las Vegas is an all-encompassing resort and casino with 1,613 guest rooms and suites in three distinctive towers – including the AAA® Four Diamond Alexandria Tower, more than 85,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, AZILO Ultra Pool, two rooftop pools and a collection of acclaimed restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. The inviting casino occupies 60,000 square feet and features approximately 600 of the latest slot and video poker machines, 50 classic table games, Infinity – a premium gaming lounge, The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas and a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill. An impressive selection of culinary and cocktail offerings includes Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™, named “Best Restaurant in Nevada” by Business Insider; famed Philadelphia sports bar Chickie’s & Pete’s; The Noodle Den from renowned Chef Guoming “Sam” Xin; CASBAR Lounge; Uno Más; Prendi; The Tangier; Zeffer’s and, coming soon, James Beard award-winning Chef Shawn McClain’s Balla. SAHARA Las Vegas is also proud to serve as home to MAGIC MIKE LIVE Las Vegas presented by Channing Tatum. SAHARA Las Vegas players can also enjoy the perks of an Infinity Rewards membership, a joint loyalty program between SAHARA and its sister property Grand Sierra Resort and Casino Reno, which gives players the opportunity to earn and redeem rewards across both destinations. SAHARA Las Vegas is a minority-owned business certified by the Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council. For more information, please visit and stay connected on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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SAHARA Las Vegas Hosts Honorary Luncheon to Announce Partnership with Epicurean Charitable Foundation
SAHARA Las Vegas Hosts Honorary Luncheon to Announce Partnership with Epicurean Charitable Foundation