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Volunteers play key role at rib cook-off
by Tribune Staff
Sep 02, 2013 | 1060 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
America’s biggest and best free rib festival celebrated its 25th anniversary over the last week. None of it would be possible if it wasn’t for the numerous volunteers who dedicate their time toward keeping this tradition going. The Nugget donated nearly $30,000 last year alone to volunteer causes. Volunteer groups from Sparks High, Veterans Guest House, McQueen High Band, Sparks Rotary, Lions Club, Soroptimist, and Sparks Elks donated their time.

“The Volunteers sign up to donate their time, and then John Ascuaga’s Nugget pays money for the hours they worked to the organization they volunteer with,” said Lauren Garber, The Nugget’s public relations manager.

It would be almost impossible for the staff to handle their duties both inside and outside of the casino, so The Nugget counts on volunteers at the beverage booths.

“It’s a great help to the Nugget, because it allows us to operate beverage booths out on the street in addition to our regular restaurants,” said Garber.

One of the many volunteer groups that saw volunteers donate their time is the Soroptimist Club, which is a program that helps women who are struggling with substance abuse. Soroptimist International of Reno was founded in 1942 with more than 100,000 members in 114 countries. Soroptimist International has been volunteering for the Nugget for about five years now.

“We have a good partnership with The Nugget and it is a lot of fun. It feels good to touch lives,” said Glenda Allen, a 27 year-member of the program.
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