• James Parry

St. Lazare couple big winners at U.S. casino


Lynn and Carl Sandquist (extreme left and right) together with their daughter Carly (third from right) were treated like movie stars by the production crew of Orange Filmworks shown here during their two-day shoot at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Hogansburg, N.Y. for a TV commercial that will begin this fall.

A St. Lazare couple celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary next week was treated by their daughter to a memorable couple of days at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort just over the border in the U.S. recently. They didn't gamble - well, except for perhaps just a little flutter - and it didn't cost anyone a cent.

In fact, they were treated like VIP movie stars, wining and dining, visiting the spa and pool, and being escorted for a complete personal tour of the casino located in Hogansburg, N.Y.

Their names? Carl and Lynn Sandquist. And here's how it all came about as explained by their daughter, Carly, who lives in Vaudreuil-Dorion and is co-owner of Salon Châtelaine in Hudson.

Said Carly in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal this week, “We love to visit the casino on special family occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. It's fun, close to home, and we always have a good time for a day or two. And always before leaving, I fill out the questionnaire asking us how we enjoyed our stay.

“Suddenly, right out of the blue, I received a call from a production company called Orange Filmworks in Minneapolis, Minnesota, saying that they were going to be shooting a new TV commercial for the casino and that they were impressed with what I had written about it being, for us, a family affair with good memories and asked if we would like to go for an interview audition.”

The next thing they knew, she added, they were in front of the camera for a two-day shoot being treated like real movie stars.

“Wow, what an experience,” added Lynn Sandquist. “Everyone at the casino as well as all the crew could not have been more welcoming, friendly, and professional. In fact, we all became like one big family and it is something that Carl and I will remember all our lives. We were all winners for those two days and it is going to be fun seeing ourselves on TV sometime this fall.”

Accompanying the Sandquists were Carly's partner, Danny Mahoney, and their friends, Jim and Lyne Moriarty, all of whom were in full agreement.

Contacted in Minneapolis, Stuart Mager, producer with Orange Filmworks, told Your Local Journal, “The Sanquists were great. They were very easy and comfortable to work with and they are a joy. In fact, this is part of the reason they were selected. Because they are fun, comfortable, and easy to like. They also appear to be a very close-knit family and they seem to truly appreciate and enjoy each other.”

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