Insider Company News: May Awards Roundup

LAS VEGAS – Insider Company News would like to acknowledge our hardworking colleagues who have been recognized by industry leaders for their superior performance.

Human Rights Campaign honors Phyllis James

PJChief Diversity & Corporate Responsibility Officer Phyllis James received the Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) during the 12th Annual HRC Las Vegas Gala on May 6 at ARIA. The Equality Award is a national award that recognizes those who dedicate every day to making a significant impact on human rights and equality and works to educate people from coast to coast.


City of Biloxi Volunteer of the Year

The-Way-AwardOn April 25, Beau Rivage employee volunteer group “The Way” was recognized by the City of Biloxi as Volunteer of the Year in the Adult Volunteer Group category during the 34th Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in Biloxi, Mississippi.

The awards recognize outstanding volunteers in the Biloxi community for their leadership, service and commitment. Nominations were reviewed and winners selected by a committee of Biloxi citizens.

“The Way,” led by Beau Rivage Table Games Dealer Johnnie Mae Applewhite, is a 10-member volunteer team of Table Games Department employees (and one from the Host Department) who volunteered for four charities in 2016:

  • Loaves and Fishes, a food kitchen for the homeless
  • Seashore Mission, a soup kitchen
  • The Humane Society of South Mississippi
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi

In 2017, the group added Habitat for Humanity to their team volunteering efforts.


Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Heart of Hope Award

Heart-of-Hope-AwardThe MGM Resorts Foundation recently received the Heart of Hope Award from Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Shelley Gitomer accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation during Catholic Charities’ Seventh Annual Awards Luncheon at Red Rock Resort on April 28.

The Foundation has a long history of supporting Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada through encouraging active volunteerism, employee giving campaigns and crucial financial support for many Catholic Charities programs, including the Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry, Homeless to Home Program, the Senior Companion Program and Meals on Wheels, with a focus on its Medical Nutrition Therapy component.


FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

ARIA-SecurityVice President of Security Stephen Koenig accepted the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award on behalf of the ARIA Security department at a national ceremony on April 28.

The FBI Las Vegas Division selected the ARIA Security department for its work in becoming a leader in combating human trafficking and interacting with women who are victims of predators. ARIA created a human trafficking awareness training course and, to date, more than 600 Security Officers have been trained to identify potential trafficking victims and the resources available to them.

Aaron C. Rouse, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Las Vegas Division, said of the ARIA team, “They are a role model of what being extraordinary citizens really looks like; what being part of community really looks like.”


Splish splash: Circus Circus pool complex opens May 26

The resort's new pool expansion is scheduled to open Friday, May 26.

The resort’s new pool expansion is scheduled to open Friday, May 26.

CIRCUS CIRCUS – Circus Circus has been a family favorite on the Las Vegas Strip for almost 50 years and now they’re making a splash with their new pool expansion, Splash Zone! Opening on Friday, May 26, Splash Zone provides the resort’s hotel guests the chance to cool down with different exciting water attractions.

The main draw is the 50-foot slide tower that includes the three colorful slides: Aqua Tube, Speed Slide and Mat Racer. Aqua Tube is fully enclosed and takes guests on a twisty, winding ride. Guests seeking an adrenaline rush can take a trip down the steeper and faster Speed Slide, and those in need of a little friendly competition can head to Mat Racer and compete in a headfirst, four-way race to the bottom of the 50-foot tower.

It’s not all about the slides though: Splash Zone includes the interactive water playground Splash Pad! Splash Pad boasts a variety of hands-on features such as controllable water cannons, spill buckets, waterfalls and water jets.

Riding down the slides and exploring Splash Pad can build quite the appetite. Enter Splash Zone’s very own food truck, Splash Snacks. Splash Snacks offers up classic menu items such as chicken fingers, hot dogs, chili cheese fries and more. Guests 21 and over can enjoy an ice-cold domestic or imported beer as well.

When it’s time to take a quick break from the fun, guests have the option to relax in one of the 19 brand-new cabanas that include two loungers, chairs and a table for belongings.

Splash Zone is sure to add a new element to the guest experience at Circus Circus as well as a boon to its room sales as Splash Zone is exclusively available to Circus Circus hotel and RV park guests. Hotel guests will receive four all-day admission wristbands per night’s stay, and guests of the RV park pay $15 per wristband.

With summer just around the corner, Splash Zone is the perfect addition to the MGM Resorts roster of exciting guest attractions.

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