On May 16, restaurants at The Venetian and The Palazzo participated in Chow Down for Caps & Gowns, benefitting Communities in Schools (CIS) of Nevada. Over 20 participating restaurants statewide donated a percentage of all their food sales from that day to help students in Nevada gain access to the resources they need to succeed in the classroom. Graduation fees range from $85 for a senior to rent a cap and gown for graduation to non‐refundable college application fees ranging from $45 to $75 and SAT & ACT tests that cost $75 per student.
“Chow Down for Caps & Gowns is an easy way to raise awareness for the trouble many students face when completing their high school education,” Stephanie Stanton, Director of Operations for Sands Cares said. “It costs on average $250 to complete college applications, entrance testing and purchase graduation garments - these costs are something many families in Las Vegas cannot afford. By including our restaurant partners, we can get the word out while also inviting the public to enjoy the many delicious options our properties have to offer.”
On-property restaurants donated 10% of their sales to CIS to help over 50,000 vulnerable high school students in the most drop-out prone areas of Las Vegas with the resources they need to stay in school and stay on track to graduate. The restaurants included: Lagasse's Stadium, Public House, Bouchon, Buddy V's, CUT, TAO, LAVO, and Yardbird. The restaurants contributed over $8,000 in food sales that day. Sands Cares, Las Vegas Sands’ corporate giving program, provided a $5,000 match for the event.
Sands Cares focuses on contributing to the regions it serves, transforming local communities with investments that look to solve social problems, drive economic development, and build a better standard of living. CIS was recently added to Sands Education Council, a corporate Sands Cares initiative, focused on public-private partnerships of like-minded organizations, addressing the challenges faced by the local school district and to identify opportunities and help improve education to make our community a better place to live.
“It means everything to know our restaurants are just as in invested in the community as we are and share our goal of making Las Vegas a better place to live and work, as well as encouraging the path to higher education,” Stanton said.