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Ute Mountain Casino Hotel Team Member Honored During Gala

Willard Light Recognized for COVID-19 Safety Practices by Cortez Chamber of Commerce


November 19, 2021

TOWAOC, Colo. (November 18, 2021) – During the recent Cortez Chamber of Commerce's annual Gratitude Gala, Ute Mountain Casino Hotel Director of Security Willard Light was presented with a Mountain of Thanks award. This special recognition was presented to Light for his department's efforts to create and implement effective safety protocols during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gratitude Gala assists in raising funds for the 100 Club of Montezuma County, which provides assistance to families of First Responders who have died in the line of duty. Ute Mountain Casino Hotel served as the event's title sponsor this year and Ute Mountain Tribal Chairman Manuel Heart presented the awards. In addition to Ute team member Light, three other organizations were also recognized with the award: The Montezuma Sheriff's Office, Ute Mountain Fire & Rescue, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

"We were delighted to serve as the title sponsor of this event which helps the deserving families of First Responders," says Rick Scheer, General Manager of Ute Mountain Casino Hotel. "These people put their lives on the line everyday for their communities and we are so grateful for their dedication.

"It was also great to see one of Ute Mountain's own employees and his department persevere to make our property safer for all visitors and employees. Congratulations, Willard and the rest of your team!"

For more information about Ute Mountain Casino Hotel, please call 1-800-258-8007 or visit

About Ute Mountain Casino Hotel

Beneath the expansive western sky in Colorado lies the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel, the State's first Tribal gaming facility and your Four Corners Connection! Nestled in the shadow of the legendary Sleeping Ute Mountain and just 20 minutes from the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel and Resort offers Southwestern hospitality, friendly faces, great food and lots of gaming excitement! The Hotel has 90 rooms including suites with an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and state-of-the-art workout facility to enjoy. Live Table games from Blackjack to Roulette and all the latest and greatest Slots. There is also a large Bingo Hall and area favorite Kuchu's restaurant on premises. Sleeping Ute RV Park and a full-service 24-hour Travel Center including fuel/diesel and a convenience store are located right next door. Groups welcome! Connect with us on Facebook and at:


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