MGM GRAND DETROIT CHEFS COOK UP HOLIDAY FEAST FOR YOUTH AT COVENANT HOUSE MICHIGAN
DETROIT – December 9, 2008 - MGM Grand Detroit's culinary team brought the holiday spirit to the Covenant House of Michigan this evening with a holiday feast and gifts for area youth who call it home.
"Our mission each day is to provide the highest level of customer service to those who visit MGM Grand Detroit Casino," said Dee Dee McKinney Odom, MGM Grand Detroit Director of Community Affairs. "Today, we are bringing that experience to the young people of the Covenant House in the holiday spirit."
A team of carolers made up of MGM Grand Detroit team members set the tone with holiday favorites, while casino executives served the meals that were prepared by MGM’s nationally acclaimed culinary team. Gift cards, gift baskets, and movie passes were given to Covenant House youth.
"Our team wanted to share their holiday spirit with young people who call the Covenant House their home," said McKinney Odom.
This stop is just one of three that MGM Grand Detroit is making to spread holiday cheer throughout Metro Detroit. Last month, MGM gave away 2,000 winter coats, hats, and pairs of gloves to more than 55 local community organizations. Since the inception of the initiative nine years ago, MGM Grand Detroit has donated 54,000 pieces of winter outerwear to 18,000 area children. Next week, MGM Grand Detroit will celebrate the holidays with students of Coffey Elementary/Middle School with a pizza party and gifts for students who may otherwise have none this Christmas, according to their teachers.
"We are grateful to MGM Grand Detroit for partnering with us for the last three years to provide the youth we service with a great meal in a festive holiday atmosphere," said Sam Joseph, Executive Director of Covenant House Michigan on Tuesday. "Our kids enjoyed this event so much."
About MGM Grand Detroit
Named as one of the "Top 10 new U.S. hotels of 2007" by Gayot and one of "53 places to visit in 2008" by The New York Times as part of the Detroit destination, MGM Grand Detroit is the city's first and only downtown hotel, gaming, and entertainment destination built from the ground up. The hotel features 400 chic and stylish guest rooms, including nine rooftop VIP suites and 56 opulent corner suites. Guests can enjoy three signature restaurants by two of the world's preeminent celebrity chefs: Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina; 24-hour in-room dining by Puck in addition to casual restaurants; lounges, including a relaxed piano-style bar; high-energy nightlife; the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan; and 30,000-square-feet of meeting space capable of hosting everything from large corporate events to intimate black-tie engagements.
MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading and most respected companies with significant holdings in gaming, hospitality and entertainment, owns and operates 16 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investments in four other properties in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois and Macau. CityCenter, an unprecedented urban metropolis on the Las Vegas Strip scheduled to open in late 2009, is a joint venture between MGM MIRAGE and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. MGM MIRAGE Hospitality has entered into management agreements for future casino and non-casino resorts in the People's Republic of China, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and Vietnam. MGM MIRAGE supports responsible gaming and has implemented the American Gaming Association's Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming at its properties. MGM MIRAGE has received numerous awards and recognitions for its industry-leading Diversity Initiative and its community philanthropy programs. For more information about MGM MIRAGE, please visit the Company's Web site at http://www.mgmmirage.com.
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