MGM Resorts International, City of Las Vegas and Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas Open New Home for Single Mother and Family

October 26, 2011

 

 

 

 

Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts, dedicate new home at ribbon cutting ceremony

 

Las Vegas, October 26, 2011—MGM Resorts International, the City of Las Vegas and Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas handed over the keys to a new home this morning to a local Las Vegas family in Vegas Heights. The home, sponsored by MGM Resorts, sits on land funded by the City of Las Vegas and is part of Habitat’s continued neighborhood revitalization efforts.

 

The three-bedroom, 1,250-square-foot home is the fourth Habitat for Humanity house sponsored by MGM Resorts International. In addition to providing a donation of $65,000 for building materials, more than 100 of the Company’s employees volunteered to help build the home—including Chairman and CEO Jim Murren.

“The completion of this house is a great illustration of how employees joining together, and community partnerships when forged, can significantly improve the lives of individuals in our community,” said Mr. Murren. “For us, being a leader in the entertainment and hospitality industry involves not only serving guests at our properties, but also engaging our communities for positive outcomes through charitable giving and volunteerism. I am extremely proud of our employees for playing a part in helping this family strive toward the ‘American Dream.” 

Rochelle Hodge, a self-employed hair stylist and single mother of three children, received the keys to the new home. She and her family are very involved in the community by volunteering to help feed and clothe the homeless and actively participating in their church.

 

Hodge will be able to provide a stable home for her children and ease the financial burden of being a single parent, thanks to the generosity of MGM Resorts, support of the City of Las Vegas and contributions of Habitat’s Home Ownership program.

 

“Habitat for Humanity’s continuing efforts in neighborhoods such as Vegas Heights will ensure that these communities will stabilize for everyone living there and add new working families into the community,” said Chris Higgins, Interim Executive Director. “With every new family that moves in with ambitions to create a better life, Vegas Heights becomes a safer, more vibrant community.”

 

Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas is presently working to qualify 22 families for the Home Ownership program.  The organization has acquired 20 building lots around the valley. Information about the next Home Ownership orientation is available on the organization’s website www.habitatlasvegas.org, or by calling 702-638-6477. 

 

In addition to meeting minimum and maximum income requirements, working families who qualify for the program must perform 300 hours of volunteer labor building Habitat homes, including the one they will eventually purchase. 

 

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About Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas

Established in Clark County in 1991, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas is a not-for-profit organization that builds simple, decent, affordable housing with the help of volunteer labor and donated time, materials and funds.  Each home is sold at no profit and with a no-interest mortgage to local working families who otherwise might be forced to live in substandard housing.  These families contribute “sweat equity” by helping in the construction of their own homes. For more information, visit www.habitatlasvegas.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. In addition to its 51% interest in MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino, the Company has significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 15 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in three other properties in Nevada and Illinois. One of those investments is CityCenter, an unprecedented urban resort destination on the Las Vegas Strip featuring its centerpiece ARIA Resort & Casino. Leveraging MGM Resorts’ unmatched amenities, the M life loyalty program delivers one-of-a-kind experiences, insider privileges and personalized rewards for guests at the Company’s renowned properties nationwide. Through its hospitality management subsidiary, the Company holds a growing number of development and management agreements for casino and non-casino resort projects around the world. MGM Resorts International supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its gaming properties. The Company has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative, its community philanthropy programs and the Company’s commitment to sustainable development and operations. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.

 

Statements in this release which are not historical facts are “forward looking” statements and “safe harbor statements” Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and/or uncertainties, including risks and/or uncertainties as described in the company’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Media Contacts:

 

Catherine Barnes                                                       Rey Bouknight

Director of Operations                                                Director of Corporate Communications

Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas                                 MGM Resorts International

702-638-6477/cell 702-845-7952                                702-650-6952/cell 702-234-3714

catherine@habitatlasvegas.org                                  rbouknight@mgmresorts.com