Adelson Citizenship Award 2018

Las Vegas Sands named May Wu Yee Mei the winner of The Mr. Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Award presented by Sands Cares.   Wu works in Casino Operations at The Venetian Macao. The award was established through Sands Cares, the company’s corporate giving program, to recognize Team Members across all regions who have demonstrated a dedication to giving back to their 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.

Community Impact

Our corporate headquarters and the regions where we have properties aren’t just places of business. They are the places we call home, and Las Vegas Sands is committed to making each one of our homes a better place to live. Not only are we a major economic contributor to these regions by spurring tourism, jobs, and tax revenue, we are also a committed catalyst for addressing social issues and helping improve quality of life.

Our properties deliver major economic impact to local communities. We contribute approximately $21.8 billion USD to our host cities’ gross domestic products (GDPs) and generate 241,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs through our properties annually. Approximately $5.6 billion USD in taxes has been collected annually by cities and countries in which we operate, and our procurement spend totals $2.1 billion USD with 80-90 percent spent through local businesses in the host country.

Beyond our economic contributions, Las Vegas Sands is a committed corporate partner to our communities, guided by our global corporate giving program, Sands Cares. Through Sands Cares, we align financial giving, community partnerships, in-kind donations, and volunteer engagements with causes and issues that are authentic to our company as a major developer and operator of Integrated Resorts. Our primary focus is to support issues that promote the community’s overall livability. Initiatives include strengthening education and mentoring opportunities to promote individual advancement and a solid workforce; helping people become more employable and productive through skills-based programs and opportunities; improving the region’s overall foundation by solving chronic issues such as homelessness and hunger; and finally, being a major resource when disasters occur in our home countries.

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Volunteering Our Time

Volunteering Our Time 

Las Vegas Sands is proud of the generous spirit and culture of giving embodied by our Team Members in every region. This past year, we logged more than 30,000 hours as a combined team of more than 9,000 volunteers for important causes and events in our local communities. Some of the perennial volunteer projects that Team Members look forward to every year include annual food drives with Team Members collecting more than 139,000 pounds of non-perishable food items for those in need in 2018, spring cleaning for the elderly and underprivileged in Macao and Singapore and fighting homelessness in our corporate headquarters community of Las Vegas. These examples are just a few of the over 150 engagements that were supported by Las Vegas Sands Team Members around the world.


Delivering on our strategies to provide immediate relief to people living on the streets as well as to be an advocate for change, Las Vegas Sands worked with community partners in 2017 to establish two innovative programs designed to have a long-term impact on the homelessness problem in Southern Nevada.

Intersections: The 2017 Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit

Las Vegas Sands teamed with the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth to host Intersections, the first annual Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit. With support from the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the inaugural Summit showcased the issue through a myriad of presentations and interactive sessions featuring the state of youth homelessness, a compelling first-hand account of life on the streets from a former homeless youth, a private screening of a new hard-hitting documentary film on youth homelessness and interactive focus group sessions exploring the intersections between youth homelessness, and other problems such as human trafficking, education, immigration, and LGBTQ issues.

Attended by more than 300 local leaders and service providers, Summit 2017 kicked off a year-long planning process to create the Southern Nevada Plan to End Youth Homelessness. This comprehensive regional action plan will be unveiled at the 2018 Summit and will guide community efforts to impact the significant youth homelessness problem in the coming years.

Fresh Start Mobile Showers

When facing the problem of finding the basic necessities of food and shelter, getting a shower to stay clean and healthy seems like an unattainable luxury. One of the most pressing needs for the homeless population is to take care of their hygiene needs, and in 2017 Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World stepped up with a new community program to ensure the availability of hot showers while lifting the spirits of people living on the streets. Introduced to the community in July 2017, the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers travels to various locations that serve the homeless population four days a week, offering hot showers, along with resources for food, emergency shelter, clothing, and medical care. In the first six months of operation, Fresh Start provided more than 3,100 showers to more than 500 new and returning clients.

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Sands Cares Accelerator Program

In 2017, Las Vegas Sands initiated a new program designed to more deeply engage its resources to benefit “growth-stage” nonprofits that have the potential to deliver greater service to the community. Through the Sands Cares Accelerator Program, Las Vegas Sands serves a catalyst to help Accelerator members get to the next stage of their development with seed investments and other in-kind resources provided over a three-year engagement. Organizations are invited into the program based on proven results to date and their potential for higher impact toward fulfilling their missions.

The program was inspired by the entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit of Las Vegas Sands founder, Sheldon G. Adelson. As one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, most service-minded leaders, and most prolific philanthropists, Mr. Adelson has instilled in Las Vegas Sands a corporate culture of calculated and diligent investment in strong business opportunities and promising ventures, combined with deep commitment to service of people and community. The Sands Cares Accelerator Program brings his legacy to life with a corporate investment program to help strengthen the nonprofit organizations that can best address the social problems and civic needs of the regions where we operate.

In 2017, the Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation (ICF) was named the first member of the Sands Cares Accelerator Program. ICF takes at-risk youth off the streets and into greatness by providing them with life-changing opportunities. Beyond the commitment of investment funding for expanded infrastructure and other in-kind services and resources, ICF was the recipient of proceeds from INSPIRE, the Accelerator program’s new annual charity event. The inaugural INSPIRE celebration featured an exclusive gala reception and concert performance by Grammy-nominated artist Jewel at The Palazzo in Las Vegas and raised more than $500,000 for the Foundation.