Las Vegas Sands Integrated Resorts supported a myriad of events benefiting organizations that help make our communities better places to live. None was bigger than the third annual Sands for Singapore Charity Festival, in which Marina Bay Sands raised 3.9 million USD for 80 local charities. The 10-day festival featured 27 separate events, including the inaugural Play it Forward charity race with the winning team earning about 37,000 USD for their charity of their choice, and the annual Community Chest Heartstrings Walk, which also formed the first official activity of the nation’s Golden Jubilee weekend. As part of the effort to bring good to the community, more than 3,200 Marina Bay Sands Team Members donated their time, logging 2,700 volunteer hours over the week.
Other key events around our regions ranged from holiday affairs, such as Sands Bethlehem’s involvement in the Bethlehem Boys and Girls Club Holiday Party. In Las Vegas, Team Members supported a toy drive for HELP of Southern Nevada to provide holiday cheer to families facing homelessness, and nearly 2,000 Team Members joined the annual Santa Run, a community event to benefit Opportunity Village, a non-profit organization that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities. In Macao, Sands China Ltd. participated in the 46th annual Caritas Macau Charity Bazaar, with financial, in-kind and Team Member volunteer support. Caritas Macau is the social services organization of Macao and provides assistance to individuals, families, communities and societies.
Volunteering Our Time
Education and Homelessness
In the United States, we’ve begun addressing critical issues that our Team Members and local civic leaders identify as most important in our communities. We launched the Sands Education Council (SEC) to address challenges faced by the Southern Nevada school system. This unique public-private partnership between Las Vegas Sands, the Public Education Foundation, Teach For America-Las Vegas Valley and Nevada Succeeds is working to enhance collaboration around the recruitment, retention and leadership training of the most talented teachers to be placed in Southern Nevada classrooms.
Homelessness is another key area of focus in the U.S., supported by both Sands Bethlehem and Las Vegas Integrated Resorts. Sands Bethlehem continued its involvement with Victory House, which has helped more than 3,500 homeless men regain their lives since 1985, with Team Members serving dinner to men living at the center throughout the year. In Nevada, homelessness is a growing problem with the largest state increase in homeless population from 2013 to 2014, despite general decreases nationally. Through partnerships with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and STREET Teens, as well as our ongoing partnership with Clean the World, which provides hygiene kits to homeless people, Las Vegas Sands is working to change this alarming trend. In 2015, we kicked off several initiatives to raise awareness and provide critical intervention services.