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Nugget unveils 'Uncorked & Unplugged' social event
by Garrett E. Valenzuela
Feb 17, 2014 | 2723 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- The success of Brew HaHa at the Nugget in Sparks has prompted a new fundraising effort called Uncorked and Unplugged, which will benefit the Nevada Healthcare Associations education-based organization the Perry Foundation. The event takes place in the Rose Ballroom on March 1 and will feature a similar format to the popular Brew HaHa.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela -- The success of Brew HaHa at the Nugget in Sparks has prompted a new fundraising effort called Uncorked and Unplugged, which will benefit the Nevada Healthcare Associations education-based organization the Perry Foundation. The event takes place in the Rose Ballroom on March 1 and will feature a similar format to the popular Brew HaHa.
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For nearly 20 years, the Brew HaHa festival at the Nugget in Sparks has helped benefit the Sierra Arts Foundation by inviting the public to taste dozens of beers from around the country, and that model is now a base for an inaugural event happening on March 1.

Uncorked and Unplugged will be the result of the Nugget's collaboration with the Nevada Healthcare Association (NVHCA) and the Perry Foundation that will attempt to "replicate" the atmosphere and success of Brew HaHa, according to Nugget Public Relations Manager Lauren Garber.

"The community really recognizes Brew HaHa and people love coming to the event and always talk about how much fun they have at it every year," Garber said Monday morning. "We want the same kind of event for Uncorked and Unplugged, where everyone comes out and has a great time, has the opportunity to try different beer, wine and spirits and helps benefit a great cause."

The Perry Foundation is the education-based organization built by the NVHCA to help local nursing homes, memory and assisted living care and post-acute facilities. Money raised during the March 1 event will go to helping those facilities prep for their state inspections, and it will aid nurses and health practitioners at those facilities in attending free monthly classes to enrich their training.

"We have the ability to identify facilities throughout the state that fall short in certain care measures," said Robert Kidd, director of operations for NVHCA. "We have a staff of regulators who work for the state and will go out to help these facilities improve their care, so they can do better on their state inspections.

"It means a lot to these people to be able to take these courses and get their education in for free, so we want to be able to continue that tradition with them. We are also starting a webinar library in April, so caretakers who cannot come to a meeting once a month, can check out the classes online."

Kidd said the Uncorked and Unplugged fundraiser will bring in a major portion of funds for the NVHCA's services and the event will take place in northern Nevada one week before it is held in southern Nevada. Kidd, a former beverage services manager at the Nugget, said it was a "no-brainer" to work with the Sparks casino on the project and he hopes it adds even more to the local community.

"I think the Nugget represents the northern Nevada community very well, more so than a lot of other places in town do. It's an easy fit for us to do this event there," Kidd said.

Uncorked and Unplugged will feature dozens of beer, wine and spirits to sample while popular Reno group Brass Knuckles will keep the energy up with its dance-style music. Kidd said the format of Brew HaHa being adapted for Uncorked and Unplugged gives more people the opportunity to find what they are looking for in a Saturday evening.

"I like the format because we are not just focusing on one specific demographic where it is just wine tasting," Kidd said. "We also love having the music in the background to give people a good vibe throughout the night. The format of doing wine, beer and spirits tasting attracts multiple demographics around the community, and it is fitting because the healthcare professions we cater to have a lot of facets to cover."

Tickets to Uncorked and Unplugged are $45 until March 1, when they rise to $55, and are available at www.janugget.com. The NVHCA will also hold a private ceremony prior to the event honoring the top skilled nursing facilities in northern Nevada with state-endorsed awards based on data analyzing quality of care in the region.

"Those awards will go to the top three facilities in the north and the south and give those healthcare businesses bragging rights," Kidd said. "They are able to show those awards to the community and let them know they have earned it and worked very hard. It is not easy to get the scores they are achieving."
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