Nevada's Resort Industry Responds to Community Needs during COVID-19
Nevada’s Resort Industry has a long history of being strong community partners and good corporate citizens, particularly in times of crisis. During this challenging time, our members have been tireless in their efforts to assist the medical community, hospitals, first responders, state and local emergency management teams and nonprofit organizations with critical supplies, such as personal protective equipment (PPEs), and valuable resources.
When the closures of casinos were announced in March, the Resort Industry moved quickly to donate truckloads upon truckloads of perishable food – which amounted to millions of meals – to food banks in both Northern and Southern Nevada to help seniors, school children, the homeless and the most vulnerable among us.
In addition to food, the list of donations from the Resort Industry continues to provide is lengthy – ranging from substantial amounts of facemasks and N95 masks, gloves and other PPEs to bleach, cleaning supplies, hygiene kits, linens, toilet paper and other paper products.
As the donations continue to be made, we’ll capture them here to share the many ways Nevada’s Resorts are giving back and fighting back against COVID-19. #NVResortsGivingBack
May 13, 2020
Since closing, Penn National properties have donated more than 45 tons of perishable food items to local foodbanks and relief organizations, and they’ve donated surgical masks, gloves and other supplies to first responders, health care workers and others in need in the communities in which we operate.
Penn National has established a special COVID‐19 Emergency Relief Fund under the Penn National Gaming Foundation to provide assistance to team members and local relief organizations. The Company has raised more than $1.7 million from personal donations from our CEO Jay Snowden and senior management team, our Board of Directors, property general managers, and contributions from our Foundation and property employee assistance programs. Read more »
The Venetian Resort to Provide Thousands of Meals to Las Vegas Area Homeless
May 5, 2020
The Venetian Resort and Las Vegas Sands have partnered with Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada to provide 1,000 boxed meals every day, May 1-14. The thousands of boxed meals will be used by the organization for homeless outreach while its dining facility is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each boxed meal includes a “Message of LOVE,” a note that shares words of encouragement submitted online by Venetian Team Members, and others from around the world.
In addition, each box is distributed with an individual Venetian Clean hygiene kit that contains body wash and lotion. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization have expressed that handwashing with soap and water is one of the most important ways of staying healthy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The boxed meals are prepared daily by the resort culinary team, led by Chef Olivier Dubreuil, vice president of culinary operations at The Venetian Resort.
Anyone looking to offer further assistance to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada can visit catholiccharities.com/donate »
The Orleans Hotel is the site of Clark County and UMC appointment-Only, Drive-Thru COVID 19 Testing
May 5, 2020
Clark County and University Medical Center will launch a by appointment-only, drive-thru testing program at the Orleans Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6, as an initial step toward expanding the community's capacity to make COVID-19 testing more widely available to the public. Read more »
Wynn Resorts and University Medical Center Announce Partnership For Expanded COVID-19 Testing
April 29, 2020
Wynn Resorts and University Medical Center (UMC) announced a unique partnership, which will allow all employees of Wynn Las Vegas to have access to testing for the COVID-19 virus at no cost to the employee. Read more »
Caesars Entertainment Announces Covid-19 Work Force and Community Assistance Efforts
April 24, 2020
Caesars Entertainment announced that an assistance fund has been established for purposes of supporting team members at the Company's properties across the U.S. who suffer unanticipated hardships, including during the closure of Caesars properties as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Company also announced that donations made by Caesars Foundation will support charities addressing COVID-19 issues in the communities where Caesars operates. The Foundation's initiatives will build on the Company's ongoing efforts to address COVID-19-related needs in these communities. The Company has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to local food banks as well as cleaning supplies and thousands of personal protective equipment items to first responders and medical facilities battling the coronavirus, and recently contributed cots and hundreds of bed linens, pillows and hygiene kits to various homeless shelters and care facilities. Read more »
Wynn Las Vegas Donates over 7,000 Meals to Local Charities
April 23, 2020
Wynn Las Vegas is continuing its community outreach by once again partnering with local charities to donate meals to individuals and families who are food insecure. Beginning April 23, the resort will supply 1,032 total meals per day to Share Village, U.S. Vets, Ronald McDonald House and The Shade Tree for one week. Read more »
SAHARA Teams Up With World Central Kitchen To Provide Meals
April 20, 2020
SAHARA Las Vegas is teaming up with World Central Kitchen (WCK) in collaboration with the Nevada Restaurant Association to provide meals to the brave healthcare heroes of Las Vegas. Today, SAHARA Las Vegas began serving 300 meals per day over an initial five-day period to feed more than 1,500 essential medical workers as they continue on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more »
Wynn Resorts Launches Virtual Volunteer Program for Employees
April 15, 2020
Wynn Resorts is expanding its approach to community service with the launch of its new Virtual Volunteer program, a digital platform for employees to give back through national and local online volunteer opportunities. From assisting the visually impaired to mentoring high school students to building websites for small businesses, employees can choose from hundreds of ways to offer their personal and professional skills to help people in need. Read more »
MGM Resorts launches website on the company's COVID-19 response. Read more »
April 13, 2020
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa donated 18 roll-away beds to Renown Regional Medical Center as well as 5,000 face masks, 15,000 gloves, 15 gallons of bleach & cell phone chargers to Northern Nevada Health System. Atlantis also gave 3,000 pounds of perishable food including bread, fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products to our team members, the Northern Nevada Food Bank and other local charities.
Monarch Casino (owner of Atlantis Casino Resort Spa) has made a donation to the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force.
Two Million Surgical Masks Donated by Las Vegas Sands Arrive in New York, Nevada
April 9, 2020
Two million surgical masks donated by Las Vegas Sands arrived in Albany, New York this morning where 500 boxes, containing one million masks were unloaded for distribution to health care providers and first responders attacking the COVID-19 crisis on the front lines. After leaving New York, the 767 aircraft owned by Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon G. Adelson and sent to Guangzhou, China to transport the protective gear, arrived in Las Vegas with an additional one million masks for front-line crisis response in Nevada. Read more »
MGM Resorts International Provides Critical Resources and Support to Community Partners as They Respond to the Covid-19 Crisis
April 9, 2020
MGM Resorts International announced a broad range of donations and initiatives intended to help alleviate supply shortages and support local communities through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. By leveraging its supply chain, procurement capabilities, distribution systems, supplier network and other resources, MGM is delivering on a daily basis, urgent logistical support to help manage supply shortages of critical items. Read more »
MGM Resorts' Entertainment Partners Unite in Unprecedented Support for Company's Employees during Covid-19 Crisis
April 8, 2020
MGM Resorts International recognized the support of many of its resident entertainment partners who generously donated to the company's Employee Emergency Grant Fund in support of those impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read more »
Grand Sierra Resort provided 139 rollaway beds to Renown Health on Tuesday, April 7. The beds will be used to set up an overflow unit in preparation for a potential capacity surge of COVID-19 patients.
April 3, 2020
The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino donated 1,200 bottles of water to the emergency shelter at the Reno Event Center.
Wynn Las Vegas to Donate 14,000 Meals to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
March 31, 2020
Wynn Las Vegas has pledged to donate 1,000 meals per day to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, in effort to assist individuals and families who are food insecure. Over the next two weeks, the Wynn's culinary team will assist with preparing boxed meals to ensure that there is no disruption to the non-profit's daily meal service during this difficult time. Read more »
Las Vegas Sands to Donate More than Two Million Pieces of Personal Protection Equipment
March 31, 2020
Las Vegas Sands announced it will donate two million medical masks and 20,000 protective suits to help health-care professionals, first responders and nonprofit organizations in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Read more »
March 30, 2020
Boyd Gaming donated. more than 35,000 masks and 20,000 gloves to first responders and hospitals throughout the Las Vegas Valley in the last week and a half.
March 27, 2020
Eldorado Resorts donated toilet paper & paper towels to RTC's Stuff a Bus for Seniors in need.
Wynn Resorts Distributes Financial Aid, Food and Essential Supplies to Local Medical Facilities and Nonprofits
March 27, 2020
Wynn Resorts, the world's leading resort company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, is donating more than $2.5 million worth of goods this week to local medical facilities and nonprofits. Read more »
Caesars Entertainment Donates more than 250,000 Pounds of Food and Thousands of Personal Protection Supplies across the United States
March 26, 2020
Caesars Entertainment, one of the world’s most diversified gaming and entertainment companies, remains committed to helping nearby communities in this time of need, donating food, as well as essential personal protection equipment across the country to assist healthcare workers, law enforcement and more. To date, the company has supplied more than 250,000 pounds of food, which is equivalent to approximately 208,000 meals to numerous food banks and charities. Additionally, Caesars Entertainment has provided thousands of items including gloves, masks and hand sanitizer to local hospitals, first responders and local charities. Read more »
March 26, 2020
Peppermill Reno, Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts donates gloves to the Nevada Trucking Association.
Station Casinos Donates over 120 Pallets of Food to Local Charities
March 24, 2020
To continue aiding the Las Vegas community during this difficult time, Station Casinos donated over 120 pallets of food from ten valley properties to Three Square Food Bank yesterday and throughout the weekend. The generous delivery contained a variety of nutritious foods including over 3,000 dozen eggs, 2,800 pounds of watermelon, 2,800 gallons of orange juice, 1,000 cases of fresh vegetables, 249 cases of fresh fruit, 150 cases of potatoes, and much more that will be further distributed to individuals and families in need.
In addition, Station Casinos donated over 200 gallons of milk and an assortment of bakery items including brownies, cakes, pies and more to various local charities including The Salvation Army and Veterans Village.
In addition to its direct food donations to Three Square, Station Casinos also partnered with the charity to distribute food at its Sunset Station, Boulder Station and Palace Station parking lots to those in need. (More information here: threesquare.org/help)
Station Casinos remains committed to a “Doors Closed, Hearts Open” philosophy to serve the Las Vegas community. The company recently announced that despite the statewide mandated closure of its properties, Station Casinos will continue to offer regular pay and health benefits to all of its hourly and salaried full-time team members through April 30, 2020. Link to video: youtu.be/hxsiWH4qMuE
March 24, 2020
Grand Sierra Resort pulled together to ensure fellow Team Members and community charities were able to use food at risk of going to waste during the temporary property closure.
MGM Resorts International Pledges $1 Million for Employee Emergency Fund and Donates Close to Half a Million Pounds of Food, Equivalent to 400,000 Meals Across the US
March 23, 2020
MGM Resorts International announced an array of initiatives intended to support those impacted economically by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including a $1 million crisis and disaster relief pledge into an employee emergency grant fund and donating the equivalent of 400,000 meals across the United States. Read more »
Employees of Wynn Las Vegas Donate $100,000 to Local Food Bank
March 20, 2020
The Wynn Employee Foundation has committed to donating $100,000 to Three Square in Las Vegas to assist children and seniors who are food insecure. The donation was allocated from the 2019 Community Grant Fund which is contributed to by employees. Read more »
March 19, 2020
Boyd Gaming donated approximately 110 pallets (equal to 12 truck loads) of perishable food to Three Square and Nellis Air Force Base.
Las Vegas Sands Announces Temporary Closure of Las Vegas Properties: Company will continue to Pay Team Members, Pledges $250,000 to Local Community Groups
March 17, 2020
Las Vegas Sands announced that, out of an abundance of caution and in line with recent guidance from federal and state governments, it is closing its Venetian and Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas until at least April 1. A decision on whether to extend the closure or re-open will be made at a later date. The process of closing the properties will begin immediately and be completed as soon as possible. Read more »
News coverage on the Resort Industry's activities
- KLAS Ch. 8: 1K COVID-19 tests to be conducted daily at The Orleans, what’s involved?
- KLAS Ch. 8: Wynn Resorts offers exclusive VIP package to raise funds for ALL IN Challenge
- Las Vegas Review-Journal: The Venetian, Las Vegas Sands help feed homeless
- KLAS Ch. 8: Wynn Resorts, UMC partner to test employees of Wynn Resorts for COVID-19; CEO hopes to reopen by Memorial Day
- KLAS Ch. 8: Wynn continues community service with Virtual Volunteer program for employees
- Las Vegas Review-Journal: MGM Resorts chefs turning out meals for Catholic Charities
- WSPA-TV News: Reno casinos donate food to impacted employees
- KRNV Ch.4: Atlantis to donate supplies to Northern Nevada Medical Center amidst COVID-19 pandemic
- KSNV Ch. 3: Station Casinos donates pallets of food to Three Square, Salvation Army, Veterans Village
- KLAS Ch. 8: SAHARA Las Vegas donates supplies to the COVID-19 support facility at Cashman Center
- Casino.org: Las Vegas Casinos Leading Charitable Response to Pandemic, Gaming Industry Assisting Communities
- KTNV Ch. 13: Wynn Resorts distributes food and essential supplies to local medical facilities and nonprofits
- KLAS Ch. 8: MGM Resorts to donate 1K meals a day to Catholic Charities through end of April
- KTNV Ch. 13: Silverton Casino assisting the community during COVID-19 pandemic
- Las Vegas Review-Journal: M Resort donates food surplus to workers – VIDEO
- Las Vegas Review-Journal: Las Vegas Sands donating masks to police, health care workers
- KVVU Fox 5: Caesars Entertainment donates protective equipment, food in Las Vegas
- Reno Gazette-Journal: Reno Keeps Giving Back: Helpful housekeeping
- KTNV Ch. 13: Three Square Food Bank donation drive-thru at Station Casinos
- Las Vegas Review-Journal: MGM donates food to community during COVID-19 pandemic
- CDC Gaming Reports: Wynn Resorts distributes financial aid, food and essential supplies to local medical facilities and nonprofit
- KTNV Ch. 13: Las Vegas Sands delivers 1 million masks to Nevada's frontline workers
- KVVU Fox 5: Station Casinos pledges $1M toward Nevada COVID-19 task force
- CDC Gaming Reports: MGM Resorts employee relief fund hits $11M after donations from headliners
- Tahoe Daily Tribune: Caesars Entertainment donate food
- CDC Gaming Reports: Nevada task force raises $10 million, continues to secure medical supplies to deal with coronavirus spread
- Las Vegas Review-Journal: Las Vegas Sands donating 2M masks, 20K protective suits to Nevada, New York
- KLAS Ch. 8: Wynn Resorts now up to more than $2.5M in total donations
- KSNV Ch. 3: Caesars donates more than 250K pounds of food, thousands of protective supplies across US
- CDC Gaming Reports: MGM Resorts pledges $1M for employee emergency fund, donates equivalent of 400K meals to food banks
- KSNV Ch. 3: MGM Resorts partners with Nevada COVID-19 Task Force to deliver supplies
- Las Vegas Sun: Las Vegas resort companies providing equipment to hospitals, law enforcement
- Vegas Inc: Casino companies step up with food donations for victims of pandemic
- CDC Gaming Reports: Coronavirus Kindness Roundup
- Las Vegas Review-Journal: Running list of donations
- Las Vegas Review-Journal: Las Vegas Sands plane arrives from China with 1M surgical masks