Future Reclaimed: High School seniors celebrate achievement

LAS VEGAS – A year ago, their graduation was in doubt. Today, it is a certainty.

More than 700 Clark County School District (CCSD) students from 15 local high schools gathered inside the Marquee Ballroom at MGM Grand Friday to celebrate their own hard work and academic accomplishment. All are a part of the school district’s Reclaim Your Future Program, an initiative to provide adult mentors from the business community to offer support and guidance to high school seniors who are not on track to graduate at the outset of their senior year.

Reclaim Your Future Program partners students with volunteer adult mentors – including more than a few MGM Resorts employees – for monthly sessions throughout the school year. MGM Resorts has been a proud supporter of the program since its inception, inviting participants to attend organized job shadow events at various resorts and hosting an annual celebration breakfast for the participants and their families since 2012.

“Our Company is proud of the graduates here today,” said Shelley Gitomer, Vice President of Corporate Philanthropy & Community Engagement. “We know you’re the future of the community and our Company, and we will be here rooting for you.” READ MORE

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National Clean Energy Summit to return to Mandalay Bay

CleanEnergyLogo_(web)MANDALAY BAY – The resort is once again set to host the country’s most prominent gathering of clean energy proponents.

“National Clean Energy Summit 8.0: Powering Progress” will take place August 24 featuring clean energy advocates, business leaders, public officials and more.

The annual conference is hosted each year by Nevada Senator Harry Reid and has been held in various MGM Resorts venues since 2011, allowing the Company to showcase many clean energy and sustainability projects over the years, from its growing fleet of natural-gas powered limos to the solar array atop the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. READ MORE

Can’t beat it: One chance to see MJ ONE for $35

MJ-ONE-logoMANDALAY BAY – Moonwalk over to Mandalay Bay to purchase deeply discounted tickets to see the one-night-only charity dress rehearsal of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE.

The performance will take place Friday, June 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and will benefit local charities through The MGM Resorts Foundation and the Cirque du Soleil Foundation. Purchase up to four tickets at the Mandalay Bay box office. You must present your employee ID.

Earthquake means shaky start to holiday weekend

The quake's epicenter was in the Nevada desert near Caliente, about 150 miles from Las Vegas.

The quake’s epicenter was in the Nevada desert near Caliente, about 150 miles from Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS – Employees and guests alike on The Strip felt today’s earthquake. The epicenter of the tremor, reported by the U.S. Geological Survey at 11:47 a.m., was about 150 miles north of Las Vegas near the small town of Caliente.

“I felt my desk shaking a little bit, and at first I thought someone was kicking my desk,” said Internal Auditor Derek Russell, who works at the 880 Grier Drive corporate office. “But lots of other people were looking around because their desks were shaking, too. Pretty much everyone in my office felt it.”

The Nevada Department of Transportation has shut down the south and northbound ramps from U.S. 93/95 to I-15 because of possible damage from the quake. If your commute runs through the Spaghetti Bowl, consider alternate routes.

Across MGM Resorts, no damage injuries have been reported at any property or corporate office location. John Flaherty, Vice President of Facilities at Mandalay Bay, said the department conducted inspections of major structures and systems following the earthquake and found everything in order.

“We check the (power) plants to make sure things haven’t tripped off because we have some systems that operate on vibration sensors,” he said. “We didn’t have any issues at all. A few people saw overhead lights in the convention center swaying and moving a little bit, but with all of the construction taking place here right now (with the convention center expansion), we hardly noticed it anyway.”