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MGM Resorts Receives Governor's Award for Volunteerism

 

MGM Resorts International has been awarded for its efforts to give back to the community.

Governor Brian Sandoval gave the gaming company the 11th annual Nevada Governor's Points of Light Award for its employee volunteer initiative.

According to MGM Resorts, its employees donated more than 113,000 volunteer hours to the community and worked with 850 charitable organizations in 2012.

"It's true that these are challenging times for our state and nation,” said Gov. Sandoval. “Volunteerism, like charitable giving, has suffered a bit as families look inward. And yet, in every corner of our state, members of the Nevada family continue to step up and give up their time. So today, we proudly recognize some stand-out individuals and organizations who have given of their time, treasure and talent." 

The award was given out during the Governor's Points of Light Awards held in Las Vegas Friday. 

Lights of Las Vegas Beckon with Holiday Glow

Lights of Las Vegas Beckon with Holiday Glow

A good recap of where to find holiday light displays this year

The Ethel M Chocolates' Cactus Garden, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Glittering Lights and more holiday events will attract Las Vegas Valley residents and guests celebrating the holidays.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Turning Purple to Stop Bullying

Turning Purple to Stop Bullying

Dozens of Las Vegas icons on the Strip turned purple Friday in support of Spirit Day, a national day dedicated to standing up against bullying and showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

The famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign and the fountains at Caesars Palace changed color, along with the marquees at the MGM Grand, Wynn and Encore, Venetian and the Palazzo, Treasure Island, The Tropicana and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. All of the resorts turned their signs purple for 15 minutes Friday morning.

The Fremont Street Experience will also show support for the effort by turning millions of lights in canopy purple at 10 p.m.

Caesars Entertainment also encouraged team members to wear purple in support of the LGBT community. Spirit Day is being promoted by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

Workers from Opportunity Village Help Decorate New Caesars Buffet

Workers from Opportunity Village Help Decorate New Caesars Buffet

 

Several people from Opportunity Village helped to decorate the new Bacchanal Buffet, currently under construction at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino.

The workers filled thousands of jars with jelly beans, pasta or other items representing the world cuisines featured in the buffet.  The jars will be placed around the new buffet, which opens September 10.

Friday’s project was just one of several things people from the nonprofit organization do around the resort, including helping with room service and document shredding.

“We have a really good relationship with Opportunity Village. So, little projects like this are good to get everyone involved. It is good for them to work on a project and see the pay off. We are also going to invite them back to enjoy the buffet and see their work and watch other people appreciate it,” Executive Chef of Bacchanal Buffet Scott Green said.

The Palazzo Welcomes Veterans

The Palazzo Welcomes Veterans

Veterans hurt while serving overseas received a warm welcome home during a ceremony Wednesday.

The Armed Forces Foundation teamed up with The Palazzo to surprise the veterans and their families with a trip to Las Vegas. The wounded warriors came from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“You can only imagine the kind of hardships they are going through. Not only are they coming back from a war, but they are coming back with injuries, and they adjusted,” Air Force Captain Charlie Spaulding, who was there to welcome the veterans, said.

The veterans at Wednesday’s ceremony said they also received a special welcome Tuesday night. They say the support is always appreciated.

“I love seeing the support. It helps us motivate ourselves and to succeed through our injuries,” Sergeant Greg Caron, who was injured in Afghanistan, said.