SOURCE: MGM Resorts International
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 19, 2012 /3BL Media/ - MGM Resorts International (NYSE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&Ticker=MGM<br /> http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&Ticker=MGM<br /> MGM">MGM) completed the largest employee-donated canned food drive received by Three Square Food Bank, with the delivery of the last of a donation of more than 189 tons of canned food. This is the third consecutive year MGM Resorts employees have set a new canned food drive record with Three Square, nearly doubling last year’s giving.
In a special ceremony held at the food bank, MGM Resorts and Three Square celebrated the milestone donation made by MGM Resorts and its employees. The event was held at the “MGM Resorts Volunteer Room”, a room vital to the food distribution process and named following MGM Resorts’ first record breaking canned food donation of 38 tons in 2010.
“We have been the beneficiaries of hundreds of canned food drives, but never have we imagined that we would one day receive a food donation of this magnitude,” said Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square. “We are deeply grateful to MGM Resorts for their longstanding generosity and this heartfelt donation which will make a huge dent in the battle against hunger.”
The 189 tons of food donated by MGM Resorts employees will provide more than 281,500 meals to the nearly 100,000 individuals Three Square serves monthly through its 600 Program Partners program.
In addition to canned food, MGM Resorts has donated more than $267,000 to Three Square through its corporate giving program and the employee-funded MGM Resorts Foundation has donated more than $162,000 since 2007.
“As a leader in the hospitality industry, and a socially responsible corporation, we make it our mission to not only extend service to the guests of our properties but also to those in our communities who are in need,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International.
MGM Resorts has also lent in-kind support to Three Square, including professional services support and the time of hundreds of employee volunteers. MGM Resorts employees have performed more than 20,000 hours of volunteer work at Three Square since operations began.
Today's event marked the culmination of a robust month-long competition between Las Vegas MGM Resorts properties. The winning property was selected by dividing the total food weight each property donated by the number of employees at the property, to reach the number of pounds donated per employee. For the second consecutive year, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino won the competition having raised 19.73 pounds of food per employee.
About Three Square
Three Square was established to end hunger in the valley by providing wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit organizations that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans in need. A national model project inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with the gaming industry, businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the CCSD, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 22 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of nearly 16 million meals – per year to more than 600 Program Partners including non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites throughout Southern Nevada. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
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