Local student Langston Navarro receives $5,000 scholarship from Mesquite Gaming
Langston Navarro stands alongside his parents, Melissa and Thomas Navarro, as well as classmates and Mesquite Gaming Casino Host Lex Hall during a surprise check presentation at Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite, Nevada on Monday, May 9, 2016. Mesquite Gaming donated $5,000 to Navarro to help with his wish in attending college at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. Photo courtesy of Mesquite Gaming.

Mesquite Gaming, owner of CasaBlanca Resort and Virgin River Hotel and Casino, presented $5,000 to Langston Navarro on Monday, May 9, in a surprise Make-A-Wish check presentation at Virgin Valley High School. The $5,000 will go toward Navarro’s wish to attend college at Dixie State University in St. George.

Set to graduate from Virgin Valley High School in June 2016, Navarro is 17 years of age and suffers from end-stage kidney disease. Enduring 10 hours of dialysis, Navarro understands the ongoing medical needs of his diagnosis, which drives his determination to attend college and receive an education to support himself and his treatment. Navarro wants to be a teacher with a minor in theater so he can give back to students the way his theater teacher has given to him. He is currently seeking placement on the kidney transplant list.

“We at Mesquite Gaming pride ourselves on being an active community partner, providing support to organizations and individuals in the Mesquite community,” said Chris Lazzara, vice president of marketing and advertising for Mesquite Gaming. “When the opportunity crossed our desks to assist this deserving young man in his wish to attend college, we knew we had to step in and help.”

A premier golf destination, Mesquite Gaming owns and operates The Palms Golf Club and CasaBlanca Golf Club. Combined, the two properties feature 1,186 guest rooms, 76,000 square feet of casino space, 1,600 slot machines and 36 gaming tables, and 70,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, including an outdoor entertainment venue. For more information, visit mesquitegaming.com.

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