In honor of the 2nd annual Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Award, presented by Sands Cares, we are spotlighting our 12 Sands Cares Heroes, finalists for the Adelson Citizenship Award. Las Vegas Sands established the award to recognize Team Members across all of our regions who have demonstrated a dedication to giving back to local communities and important causes. The award was created to honor the Adelson family’s long-term commitment to philanthropy and the legacy of giving that they have instilled in the company. The winner will be announced Wednesday, April 25.
Here are a few words from Sergio Duarte of Sands Bethlehem on what Sands Cares and volunteering means to him:
Over the past year, I have volunteered for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), working at the annual walk, reaching out to friends, family and anyone who would listen to raise funds to help the organization. For Apraxia Awareness Day, I shared videos of my daughter, posted on Facebook, and spoke about Apraxia and the daily struggles of Lily and other children just like her.
After I first started with the company, I noticed Sands Cares was hosting a clothing drive so our family cleaned out our closets and brought in donations. We knew we would be making a difference for someone in need. Sands Cares does so much for the community, constantly hosting collection drives for clothing and even school supplies to start kids off at the beginning of school. They also support various local organizations through raffles and sponsorships, never stopping to give and always looking at fun ways to make a difference. I feel a sense of pride by being employed by a company that provides and promotes the spirit of giving.
It makes me feel great to know that the Adelson family gives back to their local community and communities worldwide. Making a difference is important on all levels. I believe it’s human nature to want to feel good, so even when life isn’t perfect, it’s easy to give to someone in need. It leads to an emotional state of feeling better and that’s where the benefit comes in because it lifts you and the recipient to a feeling of hope and a positive outlook to the future.
One of the events that really has made an impact on me was The Central Jersey Walk, an event for CASANA that my wife and I helped to organize. It helped bring families together to build support and build a network for those with children new to Apraxia and those that have been on this journey for quite some time. During the walk, I got to see smiles on the faces of all of the children as they played together. Being able to help families see that they are not alone in this journey is an amazing feeling.
I would tell my fellow Team Members that they should definitely volunteer in the community or for an organization that has touched their lives. If you have the means, time or money, just do it. Start small and continue to find opportunities that motivate you. Your efforts will be appreciated.
To learn more about CASANA, please visit: https://www.apraxia-kids.org/