MGM Resorts International employees have pledged more than $6 million this year to The MGM Resorts Foundation, including $159,260 from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino employees. Beau Rivage employees made site visits and check presentations to three of the charities to see their dollars at work.
“Beau Rivage employees are extremely caring and compassionate. This year’s generosity from employees are a testament that the premier resort on the Coast has an incredibly altruistic staff,” said General Manager Marcus Glover, “I see them work hard 24/7 and to give their hard-earned money to those less fortunate or in need makes me very proud; there are truly exceptional people with enormous heart at this property.”
As Biloxi’s largest private sector employer, Beau Rivage’s approximate 3,000 employees pledged $131,759 from cash and payroll donations to support community nonprofits. $27,501 has also been raised through Foundation-hosted fundraising events such as its annual employee sport tournaments, Wine Tasting, Battle of the Chefs, employee slot tournaments and other activities. The Battle of the Chefs event video can be viewed by clicking here.
The MGM Resorts Foundation was established in 2002 to provide employees with a vehicle for supporting nonprofit organizations in the places they call home. Since the Foundation’s inception, company employees have raised a total of more than $65 million and supported thousands of charitable organizations of their choice. MGM Resorts pays for all of the administrative costs to raise and disburse the Foundation’s funds through grants and donations so that every cent donated by an employee can go directly to community recipients.
The MGM Resorts Foundation provides employees the opportunity to make direct contributions to the charity of their choice, providing it operates where the employee lives, or divert a portion of their paycheck to one of the following funding areas:
• Employee Emergency Relief Fund – Provides monies to co-workers experiencing hardships.
• United Way – Donations support the United Way of South Mississippi.
• Children’s Medical Support Fund – Provides fellow employees with short-term financial assistance when their child is faced with a severe medical emergency.
• Community Grant Fund – Governed by employees through the Community Grants Council (CGC), comprised of employees from a volunteer committee that represents departments from across the resort. The Beau Rivage CGC committee awarded $53,900 in grants to eight community organizations.
The Community Grant Council awarded the following recipients:
Bay Area Food Bank (Backpack Program) $10,000
The Backpack Programs helps to strengthen chronically hungry children by providing them with healthy meals and snacks to take home from school on the weekends. This program is for elementary school aged children and their siblings who do not have enough food to eat between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday morning. Bags of food from the Backpack Program containing enough food to feed one child over the weekend are distributed every Friday during the school year to those children who have been identified as chronically hungry.
Catholic Social Services (Morning Star Program) $5,000
Catholic Social and Community Services, Inc. promote self-sufficiency and works with clients to establish recovery plans for life’s challenges. Its goal is to provide programs and services either free of charge or on a sliding fee scale basis that demonstrate their preferential option for the poor.
Del E’pee Deaf Center (Children in a Deaf World Program) $10,000
Strengthens children and their families by bringing deaf children and children of deaf parents into a hearing world. Providing sign language interpreters for families, teaching sign language to hearing people with deaf family members and providing interaction through activities such as deaf summer camps, special programs and fun educational activities to help merge two worlds separated by the culture and communication barriers.
Gulf Coast Women’s Shelter (Outreach Prevention Education Program) $10,000
The Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence’s Children’s Programs believes that providing a comprehensive array of services to children who have been victimized by domestic violence and/or sexual assault and presenting violence prevention education programs in area schools are the best opportunities to break the cycle of intergenerational violence. Additionally, prevention education programs teach all children alternatives to violent behavior and decreases incidents of violence at school and at home. Residents of the domestic violence shelter are provided with food, clothing, childcare, some transportation, and personal hygiene items.
Gulf Coast Women’s Shelter (Emergency Shelter Program) $7,500
The Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Non-Violence provides a 24/7 crisis line, emergency shelter, hospital responses, and a comprehensive array of services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault living in the centers six county services area of South Mississippi. By providing these services to victims, the Center is able to increase victim safety, assist in a victim’s recovery and help individual and families live a violence free life.
Hancock County Food Pantry (Feed the Needy Families of Hancock Co.) $10,000
The Hancock County Food Pantry, Inc was founded in 1986 by community churches to provide food and personal hygiene products to the needy families of Hancock County, Ms who may be living at or below the federal poverty level and are unable to provide food for themselves and/or their family. The Food Pantry is staffed entirely by volunteers and spends more than 91percent of all donated funds to purchase food and personal hygiene products to give away to families in need.
Mississippi Council on Economic Eduation (Quality Instruction for MS K-12 Program) $7,119
enhance the quality of instruction in economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance to Mississippi’s K-12 students in ways that are academically sound and nonpartisan. We train teachers to be proficient in teaching students a demonstrated understanding of economic and financial literacy in order to make informed financial decisions throughout their lives.
This year, a record 61 percent of MGM Resorts International employees pledged their support to the MGM Resorts Foundation. MGM Resorts International employs 62,000 and support 1,400 nonprofit organizations and programs serving the resort company’s host communities in Nevada, Michigan and Mississippi, as well as other regional and national nonprofit organizations.
For more information about MGM Resorts International's commitment to philanthropy and community engagement, please visit: MGM Resorts CSR and MGM Resorts Foundation
Contact: Mary Cracchiolo Spain, MGM Resorts-Mississippi Operations, 228.386.7134, firstname.lastname@example.org