MGM Resorts Commits $3 Mil for Victims of Las Vegas Shooting and First Responder Orgs
MGM Resorts International will provide donations through the MGM Resorts Foundation in the amount of $3 million to fund humanitarian assistance to victims of the Las Vegas shooting, along with organizations who provide support to those who are first on the scene to assist in traumatic events.
"There are simply no words to express our grief and outrage over this senseless and horrific attack on our community," said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts. "Yet in this devastating time, we are inspired. From the heroic stories of victims on the ground who placed the safety of strangers and loved ones before themselves, to the incredible bravery of first responders who rushed in when others were rushing out and who surely lessened the damage, to the knowledge of so many good and incomplete works done by those we lost – we are collectively drawing strength and faith to meet the difficult days ahead.”
He added, “With this donation, we hope to make a difference to those who were harmed and those who are left behind. We also wish to recognize the awesome contributions of first responders, not just here in Las Vegas but around the United States, who give so completely of themselves when disaster strikes. On behalf of our Las Vegas community, I wish to say thank you to our global community who remind us from moment to moment that we are not alone."
This donation is in addition to ongoing efforts MGM Resorts is providing to victims, their families and first responders, including lodging, meals, air and ground transportation and grief counselling.
Since this article first ran earlier this week, the Las Vegas Sands and the Adelson Family Foundation also established a $4 million relief fund in memory of the people who lost their lives in the Las Vegas mass shooting, as well as honoring the courageous victims, festival-goers, first responders and medical professionals who joined together to save lives.
Sands Cares, the global corporate giving program of Las Vegas Sands, and the Adelson Family Foundation, the charitable giving entity of Dr. Miriam Adelson and Las Vegas Sands Chairman and Founder Sheldon G. Adelson, will each contribute $2 million to organizations providing aid to victims and their families, as well as to support and reinforce our city's resources to respond to crisis and disaster situations.
"No amount of financial resources will erase this terrible tragedy or bring back those who lost their lives because of it," the Adelsons said. "To honor the memories of those lost, we must help rebuild the lives of people impacted and provide much-needed support to the organizations helping in that effort. Las Vegas is our home and on behalf of every single Las Vegas Sands Team Member and the Adelson family, we pledge to do everything we can to bring our community together, provide support for the victims and their families, and ensure Las Vegas remains the strong and vibrant city it has always been."
The Sands Cares/Adelson Family Las Vegas United Relief Fund has extended other company resources provided since the shooting, including in-kind facility and hotel room accommodations for victims and displaced hotel guests, food and water supplies for blood donors, and grief counseling services for affected Las Vegas Sands Team Members.
Here are some ways to help:
The Ronald McDonald House is accepting donations and they also have room to host family members in need of temporary housing, food and emotional support. They can be reached at 702-252-4663.
Donate to the Las Vegas Victim’s Fund set up by Steve Sisolak, Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas.
Visit the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority page HERE for list on hotels offering discounted rates for families, Allegiant Air offering flights and blood donation centers.