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By Judy Thorburn
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Owner/Editor in Chief/writer - Las Vegas Round The Clock
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Director of Communications - Nevada Film Alliance

MGM Resorts Entertainers Bring Truck-Loads of Toys & a Surprise Donation to KLUC's Annual Toy Drive

MGM Resort entertainers showed up with donations at KLUC’s Annual Toy Drive. Performers including Monte Carlo’s Frank Caliendo; Luxor’s Carrot Top, FANTASY and Menopause the Musical; Excalibur’s Tournament of Kings, Thunder from Down Under, and Kevin Burke of Defending the Caveman; and ARIA Resort & Casino’s Viva ELVIS; dropped by throughout the day with overflowing vans of toys donated by MGM Resorts employees city-wide. At the end of the day, it was Carrot Top who helped out by closing the event’s fourth semi-truck full of toys. With a lot of laughs, both on-air and off, the entertainers helped unload coloring sets, stuffed animals, board games and more—all generous donations from more than 50,000 MGM Resorts International employees. Surprise entertainer guests will continue to donate the collected toys the rest of the week.

'Viva Elvis', 'Fantasy', 'Thunder Down Under' performers, Kevin Burke of 'Defending the Caveman' and Carrot Top.
Photo courtesy of Momentum MGM Resorts International

Excalibur's Merlin
Photo courtesy of Momentum MGM Resorts International

Carrot Top closes the door of the fourth truck
Photo courtesy of Momentum MGM Resorts International

Susan Anton of 'Menopause the Musical'
Photo courtesy of Momentum MGM Resorts International

Viva Elvis and Fantasy performers
Photo courtesy of Momentum MGM Resorts International

To top it off, host Chet Buchanan was shocked speechless (which doesn’t happen often) when Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher, MGM Resorts’ Director of Corporate Philanthropy and Community Affairs, showed up to present a check to HELP of Southern Nevada for $10,000—pushing the 98.5 KLUC Toy Drive monetary donations past its $100,000 goal.

The KLUC Toy Drive provides two toys to more than 10,000 families in need every year during the holiday season. MGM Resorts International increases their charitable efforts during the holidays to benefit struggling community members when they need it most. It’s just one small part of the corporation’s total philanthropic efforts. The MGM Resorts Foundation, supported by dollars from employee salaries, has raised $4.8 million for the community this year alone.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Momentum, MGM Resorts International

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