Adelson Citizenship Award 2017

Las Vegas Sands named Erik Weiner the winner of The Mr. Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Award presented by Sands Cares.  The inaugural 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.
Finalists with Adelsons

Community Events

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.

Sands Communities KLUC Toy Drive
PA Habitat for Humanity

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 7,500 hours as a combined team for important causes and events in our local communities. Some of the perennial volunteer projects that Team Members look forward to every year include spring cleaning for the elderly and underprivileged in Macao and Singapore, volunteering at various events for Sands Bethlehem’s adopted school partner Donegan Elementary and helping with remodeling and building upgrades for the U.S. Vets Intake Center in Las Vegas. These examples are just a few of the nearly 100 engagements that were supported by Las Vegas Sands Team Members around the world.

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.

PA Team Member at Food Kitchen

Global Hunger Relief

All Las Vegas Sands Integrated Resorts participated in World Hunger Day in 2015 to combat hunger issues locally and increase Team Member awareness about food waste. In Macao, Sands China Ltd. held its annual Clean Plate Challenge, encouraging Team Members to leave no food waste on their plates. The company committed about 15 cents USD for every clean plate to Caritas Macau, totaling about 7,500 USD for the service organization. Las Vegas Integrated Resorts held a food drive for Three Square Food Bank, collecting more than 30,000 food items. Marina Bay Sands and Sands Bethlehem also held events for local food relief organizations, such as Forever Living in Singapore and the Hispanic Center Food Pantry, which serves the South Bethlehem community.