By Judy Thorburn
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock
Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - The Flick Chicks
Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance
Performers Help Raise $12,000 for Vegas Charities at MGM Resorts Softball Tournament
MGM Resort entertainers and employees joined forces for a great cause on Friday, November 19. Performers from Luxor’s FANTASY, MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris, Excalibur’s Defending the Caveman and Vinny from New York-New-York kicked off a two-day companywide charity softball tournament, which raised $12,000 for the MGM Resorts Foundation. One-hundred percent of these funds will be donated back into the community. This year alone, MGM Resorts employees have raised more than $4.8 million for the MGM Resorts Foundation.
The kick-off event pitted the Corporate All-Stars against the New York-New York Yankees. The Corporate All-Stars rallied to win in a close 14-13 defeat. Scoring big for the All-Stars was chief marketing officer Bill Hornbuckle with six RBIs including a homerun.
Company performers each got into the spirit of the game in their own special way:
Throwing out the first pitch was Kevin Burke from Excalibur’s one-man show, Defending the Caveman
FANTASY’s Lorena Peril led the “2nd inning stretch” with a fun rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
Dressed in Yankees stripes, Vinny from New York-New York delivered hilarious (if biased) commentary in his signature NY style while razzing the crowd with one-liners
Performers from MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris and FANTASY at Luxor excited the crowd, who waved their homemade signs and cheered on their co-workers
Games were played all day, with teams participating in a single elimination round on Saturday and a final game at 2 pm on Sunday, Nov. 21 to determine a tournament winner. The MGM Resorts Foundation is the public foundation that collects and disburses employee donations to nonprofit charities and causes designated by its employees. Since its inception in 2002, MGM Resorts has disbursed more than $35 million in employee donations.