In August, Blairsville resident Arena Hall-Miller, Housekeeping Supervisor at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, was a winner of the Caesars' 2018 Clean the World Employee Contest. Clean the World is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose goal is to reduce hotel waste and at the same time provide life-saving hygiene products to those in need around the world.
The highlight of Arena's award was an all-expense paid service trip to Zambia to assist Clean the World in distributing recycled hygiene products to those in need. Arena was accompanied by 2 other employee award recipients from Caesars casinos as well as Executive Director & CEO Sam Stephens, members of Children International and The Caesars Foundation.
During her trip, Arena had the opportunity to visit three community centers, the homes of children sponsored by Clean the World and the Children International office to learn about their everyday operations and how they make a difference within the communities. Arena, along with other volunteers, distributed an estimated 2,500 pounds of soap, serving 14,000 kids.
“The most memorable part of the trip was when we would arrive at all of the centers and could see the excitement in all of the children's faces,” said Arena. “They appreciated what we had done for them, and having them sing and dance for us was truly amazing!”
To Arena, being a Clean the World recipient for 2018 has been an honor. “I am grateful and honored to have been part of this global service trip,” said Arena. “I would like to thank my team for always going above and beyond, Caesars Entertainment for the opportunity to see how we can make a difference in other people’s lives, and Sam Stephens, Melanie Schwartz, and Jessica Pederson from Clean the World and Children International for a great experience.”