LAUGHLIN — Jackie Mazzeo, Laughlin Chamber of Commerce executive director, has a nose for making events better than the previous year. She’s on that trail again for the “Rocks on the Rocks” Freedom of Expression event slated for Thursday, July 26. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in Gold Diggers at The Golden Nugget, 2300 S. Casino Drive.
Mazzeo said last year’s event was a bit more of the typical wine and canvas type of function. But she’s trying to avoid letting the annual event become “typical.” It was the largest event of it’s kind though, Mazzeo said, with more than 125 in attendance.
This year’s event is “Rocks on the Rocks” because instead of using a standard canvas to paint on, Mazzeo said, artists will be given rocks. She intends to have a different type of canvas, for lack of a better word, every year.
Mazzeo said she picked rocks this year since the painted rocks have been a big deal in the area for a little bit now. Artists will have a 10-inch rock to paint on while sipping on various beverages.
This year the event is being sponsored by Breakthru Beverage, Bullhead City Rocks and Murphy Broadcasting, Mazzeo said. Breakthru Beverage is providing the drinks.
Even the drinks will vary from a year ago, which featured wine. This year, Mazzeo said, it will be various mixed cocktails on the rocks.
Freedom of Expression is a fundraiser for local school districts throughout the Tri-state region. Funds go to supporting art programs to ensure youth have a way of expressing themselves.
Mazzeo said she had a real clear idea of wanting to do something that would help students have a means of expressing themselves after hearing that local art programs were being cut. She was upset that having options were being cut back especially at a time when youth are having issues with drugs, alcohol and suicide, she continued.
Her answer was to go to the chamber board and pitch an idea for a new event, she said. That’s how the Freedom of Expression came to be.
A year ago, the chamber distributed about $4,800 to local schools, Mazzeo said. This year, she’s pushing to be able to distribute $6,800, she added.
Money is raised not only through ticket prices of attending, but also because some of the art pieces created during the event are auctioned off at the end.
The chamber is still looking to get some rocks for the event, Mazzeo said. They need 25 10-inch rocks and 150 7-inch rocks, she continued.
Tickets are already being sold. They cost $40 per person and includes the rock canvas, paint, brushes and cocktail samples.
To get tickets, or to make a rock donation, call the chamber at 702-298-2214.