Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | March 5, 2013

Harrah’s Volunteers came to the Rescue

Harrahs employees volunteer at State ParkEmployees of Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort come to Palomar State Park’s aid

On Saturday March 2, employee volunteers from Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort in Valley Center devoted half a day at Palomar Mountain State Park to help refurbish the park’s group campground. The day’s project consisted of replacing half a dozen doors on the park’s decades-old old restroom and shower building.

“The old doors were in terrible shape, and the Harrah’s Rincon volunteers really came to the rescue,” says Rick Barclay, chairman of Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park. “Through the generosity of all our donors, we could finally buy replacement doors, but installing them was the bottleneck. These talented volunteers from Harrah’s Rincon really came through for us — knocked it out and they were a real pleasure to work with.”

The door project is just one of several phases in an overall campground improvement now underway at the park which, just a year ago, was destined for closure. Fortunately, the non-profit group that Barclay heads up was able to negotiate an agreement with the Department of Parks and Recreation to keep Palomar open, through contributions from concerned citizens, both individual and commercial.

The Harrah’s Rincon employees were organized through the casino’s HERO program, an employee-based community involvement program that encourages employees to volunteer their time, expertise, creativity and passion to initiatives that improve people’s lives.

For more information about the park, visit . For more information about Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park, visit .

For editorial information, contact Rick Barclay at or 951-265-6385. For photos of their work project, go to  For higher resolution photos, contact Rick Barclay. ~ Thanks

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