Sen. Reid honored as one of ‘Gaming Greats’

Aug 7, 2001 7:14 AM

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid has been named to receive the Industry Leadership Award at the first annual American Gaming Association (AGA) Awards Dinner that will honor “America’s Gaming Greats.”

Also being honored will be singer/songwriter Paul Anka, who will receive the Entertainment Awards, and two casino companies ”” Boyd Gaming Corporation (BYD) and Park Place Entertainment Corporation (PPE) ”” which will receive special recognition for their role in promoting responsible gaming.

The Awards Dinner, which will debut on Oct. 2 as part of the Global Gaming Expo, the AGA’s first annual international trade show and conference, will benefit the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG).

After being advised of the award, Senator Reid, who served as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission from 1977 to 1982, said, “I am extremely honored to receive this award. In my public roles as city, attorney, state assemblyman, gaming industry regulator, U.S. congressman and U.S. senator, I have witnessed first-hand the role the industry has played in driving the tremendous economic expansion in my state. I’ve been proud to help educate America about the contributions gaming entertainment makes to Nevada and across the country.

Anka, who was named one of Billboard Magazine’s most successful artists of all time, has been a regular on the gaming industry’s entertainment scene, having played in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other casinos around the country throughout his career.

“The casinos industry has played an integral role in shaping my career,” said Anka. “To be honored by the people who have been so important to my success is extremely gratifying.”

In announcing the awards for Boyd Gaming and Park Place Entertainment, Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the AGA, said, “This is an opportunity for us to recognize the good works within our industry. Our companies understand the importance of corporate responsibility and have stepped to the plate to support quality research and public education that will help us address disordered gambling.”

The Global Gaming Expo will be held Oct. 1-3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.