A Pokémon Go event will happen at the Shops at Lake Havasu on Friday, hosted by Star Cinemas, the Shops at Lake Havasu, and RiverScene Magazine. The event is free and people of all ages are welcome.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the Center Court area at The Shops. Players must register at the table in the Center Court. From 5 to 8 p.m., playing will be in the Center Court, and from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. everyone will play Pokémon Revolution on Star Cinemas’ big screen. The concession stand will be open during this time. The first 120 participants into Star Cinemas will receive free mini cupcakes from Smallcakes.
Jenny DuPont, general manager of Star Cinemas of Havasu, invites families to join the fun on Friday.
“Pokémon Go has become a phenomenon since its launch, allowing players to capture, battle and train virtual Pokémon that appear throughout the real world,” DuPont noted. “Star Cinemas wants to provide a safe place for kids, teens, and parents to play Pokémon Go outside and win amazing prizes that businesses in town have donated, as well as come together and make new friends.”
DuPont added, “Star cinemas will be allowing players to come inside the auditorium free of charge and battle Pokémon on the big screen, and again win more great prizes. We hope to see many family/friends out here on Friday night competing.”
Hundreds of prizes will be raffled off throughout the event. Sure to be a big hit will be three Pikachu Build-A- Bears, two donated by Susan Warner, of New Orleans, and one by Campbell Redi-Mix, of Havasu. Every participant will receive a raffle ticket upon registration, and additional tickets may be purchased. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will be donated to Western Arizona Humane Society for their building fund.
“The Shops at Lake Havasu is excited to embrace the Pokémon Go phenomenon as the host location for ‘The brawl to settle it all,’” said Michelle Misurelli, Senior Property Manager of The Shops. “The event is a perfect opportunity to showcase our beautiful center courtyard since our playground is a gym and circle fountain a Poke Stop. We also have plenty of sidewalk areas to be able to hatch those eggs. To keep the event more entertaining, we have hundreds of giveaways valued at more than $2,300 and special store sales. The eateries will offer food and drink specials throughout the event. Don’t forget swimsuits for the kids use at the splash pad. The event couldn’t have been as popular without the numerous contributions from our stores, local retail merchants, and area businesses.
“A big thank you to RiverScene Magazine and Hava-Geek-Cast,” Misurelli added, “who have put in extra effort collecting prizes and coordinating. Another big thank you to our sponsors.”
Prizes have been donated by the following businesses and individuals:
The Shops at Havasu – Game Stop gift cards and a Pikachu doll
Star Cinemas – providing theater for Pokémon play
Campbell Redi Mix – Pikachu Build-a- Bear, phone chargers, gift cards to Chicago Grill and Social Bean
Chili’s – gift cards
Dillards – gift basket
Dustin Runyon/Keller Williams – $100 in fast food gift cards
Game Stop – Pokémon toys
Graphic Concepts – Amazon gift card and selfie stick
Havasu Pest Control – Pokémon toys, ear buds, phone charger
In-and-Out – 5 gift cards $10 each
JCPenney – $50 gift card
Lin’s Little China – 4 lunch gift certificates
Mohave State Bank- 30 phone chargers and 40 packs of Pokémon cards
Paparazzi – 100 pieces of jewelry
PetSmart – dog treats
Rick Powell Photography – power phone chargers and Pikachu hat
Rue 21 – gift cards
Sam Carpenter – massage for over 18 years of age
Smallcakes – 120 mini cupcakes at Star Cinemas at 8 p.m.
Sweetshop Boutique – Pokemon hair bows
Tranquility Day Spa-Hair cut and $20 gift certificate
Walmart – backpacks with back to school supplies and Pokémon toys
Hava-Geek-Cast’s podcast will stream live all evening, sponsored by Frontier Communications.
It is encouraged that children under 16 be accompanied by an adult for safety purposes while playing “Gym Battles” on their phones.
If you would like to join a Pokemon Go Lake Havasu FB page, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1718006831785146/