November 1, 2017

LAUGHLIN, NV — Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Tri-State Military Moms received checks to fund their work in presentations just prior to the Kid Rock concert at the Laughlin Event Center on Veteran’s Day.  DAV received $10,000.  Military Moms were given $25,000.
A portion of ticket sales for the Kid Rock concert was guaranteed by the Laughlin Event Center, Colorado Belle & Edgewater Casino Resorts to support Disabled American Veterans programs.  The ceremonial $10,000 check for the DAV was presented by Colorado Belle & Edgewater Sr. VP & GM Ryan Walker to Ric Spillane, Adjutant of the DAV London Bridge Chapter 27.  Arizona State Senator Sonny Borrelli, a retired US Marine and member of Chapter 27 accepted the check with Spillane.  Adjutant Spillane said the money will be used to fund their ongoing programs of providing transportation for veterans as well as to assist veterans with financial needs, including helping to pay utility bills and mortgages.
Proceeds from sales of “R.E.D.” (Remember Everyone Deployed) T-Shirts sold by each of eight Laughlin casinos were donated to Tri-State Military Moms.  Each casino purchased and printed the t-shirts and sold them to employees and guests to support the effort.  Laughlin properties participating this year were Riverside, Aquarius, Edgewater, Colorado Belle, Tropicana, Golden Nugget, River Lodge and Harrah’s. The check for the Military Moms was received by Sue Trani, the organization’s Treasurer, and Carol Janton, a member of the organization.  The gift will be used to pay for the organization’s Bullhead City “Heroes Highway” banners and to purchase items for and mail boxes to be sent to troops overseas.  “Our Christmas packaging will be extensive, and sent to those serving in several foreign countries along with the two USO’s we support in Afghanistan.  We always include a special thank you letter from “home” along with letters and cards from the school children and residents of our community.  The items that we send and take for granted are so humbling to the men and women who receive them.  Just a sincere appreciation knowing that our community has not forgotten them. ” said Cindy Frizelle, the organization’s President.  Items purchased for the boxes include specialty military socks, hand warmers, beanie hats, Christmas decorations, hygiene items, canned goods, cookies and other items not always accessible to US troops.  Cost to mail each box is $17.35. 

The Colorado Belle and Edgewater Casino Resorts are owned and operated by Marnell Gaming, LLC, a limited liability corporation which owns gaming establishments in Laughlin, Nevada. The corporation develops, expands and acquires gaming-related properties and is focused on providing a unique portfolio of gaming offerings to its guests.
The organization sends 60-80 packages to our troops every other month, and organize welcome home and deployment events for our local military men and women.  They participate in community events and fundraising activities to support projects to bring an awareness to the community for the need to recognize our military and veterans for the sacrifices that they make for our freedom.  Highway 95, dubbed “Heroes Highway”, has the photographs and branch insignia of active duty military service members in the Tri State Area on banners.  They currently have over 150 nominees who are honored on the light pole banners along the highway.  The program to display banners of military service members on an Arizona highway is the first of its kind in the state of Arizona.  It is sponsored through the generosity of the community and visitors with no cost to the nominee or family.  For more information on this and other programs, please visit their website at  
If people would like to donate items for the Christmas packages, they can contact Cindy Frizelle at 928-201-0319 or Beth Richardson at 619-992-5246 before November 20, or email the organization at 

Sue Trani ( Treasurer)
Sue joined the Tri State Military Moms shortly after her nephew was killed in Iraq in 2006.  He was a Navy Seal, Michael Monsoor, who was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Bush for sacrificing his life for his fellow Seals and his country.   She continues to support the military in remembrance and honor of his service.
Carol Janton (Member)
Carol had been with the organization for about 3 years when her grandson (Arron Johnson) entered the Army.  He has been deployed to the Middle East and is now stationed in Washington.  Most recently, her second grandson, Austin Keating, graduated from Army Cavalry Boot camp in October, now stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia.