Mayweather, Pacquiao fight already setting business records

The May 2 Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight is already helping to set room-rate records.

The May 2 Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight is already helping to set to room-rate records.

MGM GRAND LAS VEGAS – Believe the hype about the hype.

The match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is still two months out, the fight has yet to be formally announced beyond social media channels, and tickets have not yet gone on sale. But the May 2 fight is already setting records, driving room rates to never-before-seen levels since the bout was first announced a little over a week ago.

“When was last time rates were this high? Never. The only thing I can think of that even comes close would be New Year’s Eve in 1999 (into 2000), but even that was not this high,” said Micah Richins, Sr. Vice President of Revenue Management. “We’d been holding rates high even before the announcement, but the demand even exceeded those expectations.” READ MORE

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Volunteer Opportunities: March right out and lend a hand

Volunteer-OppsLAS VEGAS – Consider donating your time this month to one of these organizations, all of which benefit from the annual MGM Resorts Foundation Campaign. From urban renewal and beautification projects to helping out at the Foundation Basketball Tournament, there’s an opportunity to suit everyone.

Step up and score for the community March 6 and 9 at the eighth annual MGM Resorts Foundation Basketball Tournament. Volunteers are needed to assist with team check-in and spectator entry. Multiple shifts are available.

Strengthen our community’s roots by assisting the City Impact Foundation with landscaping and replanting an urban garden. This family-friendly opportunity takes place March 14!

Help the Outside Las Vegas Foundation with the spring cleanup of Charleston Heights Community Park on March 15. Volunteers are needed to pick up trash and paint park benches.

Bring light to the blind at The Blind Center of Nevada on March 27. Volunteers are needed to assist with the campus upgrade.

To learn more and sign up for these and other rewarding volunteer opportunities, log on to VolunteerMatch through Remember to log your volunteer hours when complete to earn Volunteer REWARDS, including grants for the organization closest to your heart.

These discounts ain’t no joke

Ron White and John Mulaney highlight a week full of comedy show discounts for MGM Resorts employees.

Ron White and John Mulaney highlight a week full of comedy show discounts for MGM Resorts employees.

THE MIRAGE – An Insider walks into a bar. Hopefully not while working though.

We’re happy to prove that comedy is best left to the pros and even happier to announce two exclusive discounts on comedy shows this week at The Mirage.

First up is Ron White, appearing tonight, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. with his annual Comedy Salute to the Troops. The ensemble performance features special guests Kathleen Madigan, Rocky LaPorte, Shanre Torres and more. Tickets start at $79.99, but Insiders are eligible for a discount up to 40 percent off. The annual benefit has been held for several years at The Mirage’s Terry Fator Theatre, where it is taped for a future air date on CMT. Money raised supports The Armed Forces Foundation.

Then this Friday, Mar. 6 at 10 p.m., get your second dose of laughs compliments of Saturday Night Live writer and TV sitcom star John Mulaney. Insiders are offered a 25 percent discount on tickets, regularly priced starting at $39.99.

Tickets for both shows can be purchased at The Mirage Box Office or by calling (702) 792-7777. Be sure to have your employee ID with you.

Chefs’ charity dinner is 10 gourmet courses, 1 great cause

LAS VEGAS – There was lamb potato gnocchi, smoked sturgeon, caviar and crème fraiche with truffle vinaigrette.

And that was just the first course.

The Company’s Executive Chefs recently teamed up for their annual, collaborative dinner to benefit Chefs for Kids, a Las Vegas organization that runs nutrition and meal programs for children in the community. Each chef takes a single course and the resulting meal, served Feb. 28 at a private residence, was a 10-course exotic feast.

This marked the fifth year that Circus Circus Executive Chef Bob O’Brien has organized the Chefs for Kids dinner. In five years, he and his counterparts along The Strip have raised almost $50,000. And they’ve had a lot of fun doing it.

“I love it. It’s become a tradition for us and we all enjoy getting together and cooking together,” said Chef O’Brien. “The menus have gotten ridiculous. We’ve got everything this year from oxtail to fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.” READ MORE