Caesars Corporate Citizenship Blog

Celebrating Partner Gratitude Day with Olive Oil and Adventures!

August 15th marks the first-ever Partner Gratitude Day  for Caesars Entertainment – the day brings honor and recognition to the myriad partners who help make Caesars Entertainment and our affiliates great – from the business partners who contribute to Caesars’ mission to inspire grownups to play to the domestic partners who help Caesars’ team members be their best.

As part of Partner Gratitude Day, Caesars is also introducing new domestic partner benefits, which will be offered to team members starting in 2019. Caesars has elected to offer benefits to both same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners, which allows those who qualify the ability to receive the same benefits as their married counterparts. With this decision, Caesars continues to recognize the wellbeing of our employees and their loved ones and celebrates that a true partner transcends sexual orientation or marital status. The move is aligned with the Company’s mission to create an inclusive caring culture that allows team members to be their personal and professional best.

Throughout the day, fans of Caesars will learn about real stories of team members and the partners who have affected their lives. Everyone is invited to participate by posting a personal story of gratitude for the partner in their life using the hashtag #PartnerGratitudeDay.

Below are two amazing examples of the power and value of partnership for Caesars Entertainment team members.

Vananh Nguyen, Human Resources Manager at Harrah’s New Orleans

Partner: Matt Wood


Q: What’s your daily life at Harrah’s New Orleans like?

A: I’ve been with Caesars Entertainment for 12 years. I would say I have a fast-paced work environment with no two days being the same. Specifically, in New Orleans, with nearly 2,400 employees, I’m always training, coaching and working with new employees. Lately, we’ve been very busy and I’m often working after hours, sometimes even 24/7. It’s been keeping things interesting and really fun but it would be nearly impossible to handle without my amazing partner Matt.

Q: How does your partner help you be the best you can be?

A: Since we have two kids and run a business together, Verduré Olive Oil Co., we are always busy. However, even though Matt oversees the day-to-day operations of Verduré he is still able to assist the kids with everything that they need – including getting them ready in the morning, washing their clothes, picking them up for school, swim, Boy Scouts – you name it, he does it! Matt even tries to make time to make me a smoothie every morning before I’m on my way. I can always rest easy on any of those late nights at work, knowing Matt has homework, dinner, bath time and bedtime covered.

Q: How do you show gratitude for your partner?

A: After nearly 10 years together, I marvel at Matt’s patience and selflessness. He does so much for me and others and really asks for little in return besides love, respect and a regular cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate. However, I do make sure to plan a quarterly trip for our family and I take care of all of the details so he never has to worry. It’s my way of saying “thank you” for all that he does.


Stephanie Chandler, Director of Marketing, Harrah’s Council Bluffs

Partner: Sarah 

Q: What’s your daily life at Council Bluffs like?

A: I would define my daily life here as busy. Since I’m the director of marketing at Council Bluffs, I oversee all the external advertising and on-property advertising and promotion. Every day it’s something different, but that’s also why I love it!

Q: How does your partner help you be the best you can be?

A: Before I met Sarah I was truly consumed with work and wasn’t making time for myself at all. Then I met Sarah and I began to have some balance. Sarah helped me realize that it’s okay to have fun and really develop yourself and your life and to have faith in your team and employees. In the two years we’ve been together, we’ve seen our idols, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, driven dune buggies in the desert, taken last minute road trips to Kansas City, gone paddle boarding, bought kayaks to use at our local lake,, stayed in a tiny house for a weekend and so much more.

Sarah is a nurse and understands the unusual hours and shifts that I keep. Because of the understanding and encouragement, she’s given me I’m better able to let go. I’ve realized I’ve become a better team member – much more relaxed and understanding. More so, it also helped me bring a more balanced philosophy to my other team members – opening their eyes to the benefits of taking time for self-improvement and development.

Q: How do you show gratitude for your partner?

A: I try to do little things every day to show appreciation for her. This could be going to Cold Stone and grabbing ice cream on Mondays to surprise her after work, or making Monday our weekly workout night because we each have it off. We always try to show our appreciation to each other in small, but meaningful ways.

Caesars Entertainment is excited to be sharing stories throughout the day of how our partners help us be the best we can be both personally and professionally on our Twitter and Facebook pages.  Be sure to visit these social pages to be a part of our Partner Gratitude Day celebration!



Gaming is our business, and during Responsible Gaming Education Week (August 6-10), Caesars Entertainment is celebrating our commitment to conduct our business with the highest degree of integrity.

Although the American Gaming Association has been leading this effort for two decades, Caesars Entertainment created responsible gaming initiatives that set the industry standard nearly 30 years ago.  Caesars’ Responsible Gaming program is built on science-based research and supported by innovative technology, practical tools, and comprehensive training for our team members.

This year Caesars Entertainment is celebrating the 15th year of our Responsible Gaming Ambassador program! The first in our industry, this program is a best practice that is being adopted by many other gaming companies.  Our Responsible Gaming Chairs & Ambassadors are the key to helping our team members continue to inspire grown-ups to play, while offering help to guests if the fun stops.

Caesars Entertainment has 895 Responsible Gaming Ambassadors who are specially trained to have conversations with guests or someone close to a guest to offer assistance when there is a concern that they may not be gambling responsibly. These leaders are selected after achieving supervisor status and usually have several years of gaming job experience under their belts.

In addition to completing basic Responsible Gaming Awareness training modules, Responsible Gaming Ambassadors must undergo additional dedicated Responsible Gaming Ambassadors training.  They are taught to carefully listen to conversations and alert their supervisors when they hear comments that cause concern such as:

  • I am depressed about losing all of my money
  • My gambling is getting out of control
  • Gambling has caused many problems in my life
  • Overhearing a guest trying to sell his watch to another guest for money
  • I spent all of my money so I am not able to put gas in my truck to make it home
  • A customer’s wife called to ask to talk to someone who could give her direction because she thought her husband had a gambling problem

Caesars Entertainment continues to build upon our legacy of leading the industry with best-in-class Responsible Gaming practices and is committed to a Caring Culture and Inspiring Grown Ups to Play responsibly.


How We Celebrate Seniors

Throughout May and June, Caesars Entertainment team members got together to celebrate seniors in our communities, inspire healthy aging and make seniors’ lives a little brighter. And there’s one more month to go in our Senior Appreciation Quarter Challenge!

Read on to learn about how our HERO volunteers are showing seniors some love.

Meals on Wheels America: As part of an official key passing ceremony of Caesars Foundation’s 61st Meals on Wheels America delivery vehicle donation in Las Vegas, HEROs loaded the vehicle with meals and pet food for homebound seniors. The pet food donation was secured through a drive organized by HEROs at Caesars’ resort properties during the month of May. Check out this video about our partnership with Meals on Wheels America and the impact our HEROs are making in the lives of seniors:

Mother’s and Father’s Day: Caesars Foundation also partnered with Meals on Wheels America and four senior centers in Las Vegas to provide 2,500 cards, hand-decorated by HEROs and their children, to be distributed with evening meals to seniors on Mother’s and Father’s Day. Caesars’ corporate graphic designers even put their design skills to use to create the special cards.


Day at the Ballet: Caesars Foundation and Second Wind Dreams sponsored attendance of a matinee at Nevada Ballet Theatre, where local seniors were treated to a performance of Ballet & Broadway. In the words of Jan Terrell, an employee of Pacifica Senior Living in San Martin, “The residents absolutely loved it! They were so impressed with the dancers and costumes, calling the performance ‘marvelous’ and ‘magnificent.’”


High Roller Rides: Each year, HEROs and Second Wind Dreams have a tradition of taking seniors on the High Roller at the LINQ. This year was no different, with 36 seniors attending and accompanied by four of our HEROs.

Last Year’s Senior Appreciation Quarter Winners

Each year, we recognize the property or region with the most enthusiastic commitment to seniors. In 2017, our Atlantic City properties – Bally’s, Caesars and Harrah’s – were the winners. Here’s what they’ve got planned to top last year:

Computer Lab Dedication at Absecon Manor: As winners of last year’s recognition, Atlantic City received prize money and created a computer lab at Absecon Manor Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in response to residents’ desire to learn more about computers

Slot Machine Tournament and lunch at Martorano’s: Seniors play the slots for free, and they get Martorano’s to themselves, which often means some impromptu dancing to Frank Sinatra tunes. Door prizes include beach towels, sunglasses and more.

Part of Atlantic City’s secret to making Senior Appreciation Quarter special is that they have ongoing relationships with the elder care centers they support. For example, they’re planning a “senior” prom to take place in August, complete with dinner, dancing and a Prom King and Queen. In the words of Nikki Jackson, Manager, Community Relations & Philanthropy, “We interact with these seniors throughout the year, so it’s like inviting friends over for a special evening.”

Kudos to all team members who are taking the time to share our Caring Culture with seniors in their communities!

Caesars Entertainment receives the Civic 50 Award for being one of the most community-minded companies!

Caesars Entertainment is pleased to share that we were recognized as one of the most community-minded companies in the country (and the industry leader) by the Civic 50, a Points of Light initiative. Points of Light is a world-recognized leader in evaluating and recognizing corporate social responsibility.

This is the fourth year we’ve received this recognition from the Civic 50 and the third year we’ve led our industry.

We are very proud that, by working together, we’ve demonstrated sustained leadership and recognition for our citizenship and philanthropic work.

Over the past year we’ve announced and enhanced programs to showcase how the company and our team members go above and beyond to achieve a lasting environmental and social impact.

  • We announced a goal to achieve gender equity in leadership roles by 2025. This goal also involves Caesars commitment to achieving 50 percent minorities or women in manager level roles by 2030.
  • We are one of 400 global organizations committed to business leadership and policy alignment on climate science through the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) and one of roughly 100 companies to have targets approved.
  • Caesars Foundation donated its 61st meal delivery vehicle to Meals on Wheels America (MOWA). From 2003-2017, Caesars donated $3.3 million to MOWA, resulting in more than 4 million meals for seniors around the country.

Our positive impact is possible because of the outstanding commitment and work across the organization to improve the world and communities in which we live and work. And we won’t rest on our laurels; through PEOPLE PLANET PLAY, we will continue to strategically prioritize our leadership in corporate responsibility.

About the Civic 50

The Civic 50 highlights the commitment of community and civic engagement of America’s leading brands. Civic 50 also recognizes the important role the business community plays in creating and delivering innovative solutions that drive social good in communities.

2018 CodeGreen Challenge: Party for the Planet!

  To help kick off the spring season, we once again asked our team members and guests at our locations across North America to participate in the annual CodeGreen Challenge for a chance to be named the most eco-conscious location in the company. The CodeGreen Challenge is part of Caesars Entertainment’s effort to raise awareness around environmental conservation, as well as the health and wellness benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle, through activities and promotions that educate and support environmental consciousness.

And the 2018 CodeGreen Challenge winners are….

 First Place: Harrah’s Ak-Chin

Congratulations to our first-place winner, Harrah’s Ak-Chin, which successfully hosted 26 CodeGreen Challenge events that invited team members and guests to participate in CodeGreen-related activities such as local community clean-ups, recycling programs and an opportunity to assemble Clean the World hygiene kits through Caesars Foundation’s partnership with Clean the World.

They also gave guests 14 opportunities to participate in CodeGreen Challenge promotions such as the CodeGreen Koozie giveaway and 5K Poker Run Pool Party where they helped build veteran hygiene kits.

And lastly, Harrah’s Ak-Chin was able to secure several local media hits that helped to create additional buzz!

Second Place: Council Bluffs Region

Our second place winner is Harrah’s Council Bluffs which used the CodeGreen Challenge as an opportunity to create more awareness among team members and guests around the United Nation’s new Sustainable Development Goals. This not only brought Caesars Entertainment’s commitment to addressing issues affecting the planet to the forefront but it also educated team members and guests on the positive impact they, too, can make through their own actions.

The result? With the support and participation of both team members and guests at CodeGreen Challenge events, approximately 260 pairs of shoes and more than 1,300 hygiene items were collected, more than 1,400 pounds of household waste was recycled and 225 trees were distributed at Trees Forever.

Every team member who participated in an event received an ecard for their support. And overall, nearly 20% of Harrah’s Council Bluffs’ guests were more satisfied due to the property’s effort to reduce their environmental impact throughout the duration of the CodeGreen Challenge.

Third Place: Harrah’s New Orleans

And – in third place – Harrah’s New Orleans. Through our partnership with National Park Trust, HERO volunteers from Harrah’s New Orleans served as chaperones during a local elementary school’s visit to Barataria Preserve on Kids to Park Day, a national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks.

HERO volunteers also helped to assemble 300 Clean the World hygiene kits which will be distributed to the homeless during an upcoming meal event at the New Orleans Mission, a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless population of the greater New Orleans area.

Other CodeGreen Challenge activities included Weekly Wellness Wednesdays, Diabetes Alert Day, health cooking demonstrations, Earth Hour, and the CodeGreen Cocktail Challenge.

And – speaking of the CodeGreen Cocktail Challenge…


Cheers to the Planet!

We’re also excited to announce the winners of the Tito’s CodeGreen Cocktail Challenge. We partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to challenge our mixologists and bartenders to create eco-inspired cocktails from locally-sourced ingredients. The competition was fierce with nearly 20 uniquely crafted drinks across 16 locations, our bartenders really rose to the challenge – and in spades!

You can see the cocktails being enjoyed via this Facebook Live

And now, drumroll, please. The CodeGreen Cocktail Challenge winners are…

Bally’s Atlantic City

The Jersey Peach

  • 2oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • 1/2oz OJ with small splash real cherry juice (for color)
  • 2oz Peach Puree
  • Shake with ice
  • Strain into martini glass and garnish with frozen peach slice


Harrah’s New Orleans (2 CodeGreen Cocktails)

All Star Bloody Mary

  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
  • Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco hot sauce, freshly-squeezed lime juice and lemon Juice

The LA Strawberry Smash

  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Louisiana strawberries and grapefruit
  • Domino sugar syrup with house-made strawberry bitters


Harrah’s Cherokee

  • Mountain Mule
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Tea, cranberry vanilla bean honey and ginger ale

Harrah’s New Orleans saw an 1,100 percent increase in sales compared to 2017 cocktails sales and Harrah’s Cherokee saw an 80 percent increase in sales.  And a single restaurant – Guy Fieri’s Chophouse at Bally’s Atlantic City – sold more than 10 times the amount of CodeGreen cocktails than some properties sold overall.

“Collectively creating the drink with the bartenders, staff and even my assistant, gave us ownership and made us want to sell the drink more,” said Ashley Joas, Guy Fieri’s Chophouse Restaurant Manager.

In total, nearly 3,100+ CodeGreen Cocktails were sold to guests across the Enterprise.

Cheers to everyone who participated in our CodeGreen Challenge!


FROM:             Jan Jones Blackhurst – Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility

Throughout the month of June, we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month and honor the contributions that our company, our LGBTQ team members and guests bring to our communities.

Caesars Entertainment is a longstanding leader in advocating for LGBTQ rights and for anti-discrimination laws. For far too long, people have had to fight for equal rights in and outside the workplace. This is an issue that is personal for me – I believe in freedom of choice as an individual, and as a Caesars team member, I am proud to work for a company with an extensive history of leading LGBTQ public policy at both the state and federal levels. Additionally, we have been a steadfast advocate for our LGBTQ guests by honoring relationship recognition and marriage equality through our on-site commitment and wedding ceremonies.

We provide networking opportunities to our team members through our LGBTQ Business Impact Group (BIG), EQUAL, which was the first group for LBGTQ employees and their allies formed in our industry. Currently, we are expanding this BIG across the enterprise. We have also consistently supported local advocacy organizations representing the LGBTQ community. For example, we’re one of the largest corporate and Foundation allies of the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (the Center) and over the years, many of our colleagues have been recognized by the Center for exemplary leadership in the community. At the national level, we have received perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the past 11 years in a row, and hope to make it 12. Finally, we continue to support certified LGBTQ owned businesses and have partnered with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce to further advance opportunity for LGBTQ entrepreneurs and business owners.

Diversity is one of the key pillars of Caesars Entertainment’s Mission, Vision and Values – it always has been and always will be. Please join me in celebrating our commitment to equity and equality for all during LGBTQ Pride Month.

Winners of the Racial Justice in Corporate America Challenge

   This is a guest blog post from Caesars Entertainment partner, Net Impact. In February 2018, Net Impact partnered with Caesars on the “Racial Justice in Corporate America Challenge.” This challenge asked teams to create a set of big, bold strategy recommendations for how corporate America can be part of transformational change in addressing racial justice.

Net Impact is a leading nonprofit that supports a new generation to work within and beyond business for a sustainable future.

We are thrilled to announce the finalists and winner of the Racial Justice in Corporate America Challenge, a program launched in collaboration with Caesars Entertainment. The program opened in February and invited both students and professionals to submit ideas for how Corporate America can be part of the solution to effectively advance racial justice.

Congratulations to our four finalists, who were awarded prizes for their inspiring and innovative recommendations. Read below for an overview of their ideas:

First Place

Ariana Almas, University of Michigan, MBA

Idea: Provide contract workers with equitable benefits.

“In many corporate industries, racial minorities are overrepresented in labor intensive contract roles, such as janitors and security guards, which lack benefits, are significantly underpaid, and offer no advancement options. This contributes to an inability to afford the cost of housing among other challenges, which ultimately perpetuates a cycle of racial inequity. Corporate American can help end this cycle and advance racial justice by providing their contract workers with equitable benefits to ensure a greater sense of stability as well as skill development programs and contract-to-perm advancement pathways to ensure opportunities for upward mobility.”


Second Place

Matthew Hui, University of Southern California, Social Impact, MA

Idea: Sponsor programs and challenges that encourage racial equity solutions.

“Corporate American can effectively advance racial justice through sponsoring innovation challenges that encourage racial justice solutions, live dinner events that promote stories of racial reconciliation in the marketplace, and racial equity leadership development programs that incentivize racial justice in corporate leadership. By implementing these programs, knowledge of racial issues that occurs both on the streets and in the office, can be exchanged for the better of communities. With its abundance of financial resources and facilities, Corporate America is in the perfect position to ensure better solutions towards racial equality are supported and heard.”

Third Place

Carley Mostar, University of Illinois, Chicago, MBA – Social Value Creation

Idea: Directly invest in communities of color

“To work toward racial justice, corporations should invest directly in communities of color through partnerships with local small business owners within their industry and within their communities. To address the lack of access to traditional capital and assets that these communities often face through structural racism, corporations could create mentorship programs for entrepreneurs of color to shadow at the executive level in their industry and receive supply chain, marketing, and financial support through sustained relationships. In return, corporations will develop stronger brand loyalty, gain access to new markets, and develop talent within their industry – all while working toward racial justice.”

Fourth Place

Cathleen Jeanty, Net Impact New York City Professional Chapter

Idea: Create a data-driven platform to foster collaboration on strategies to address racial inequality.

Moving the Needle would be an innovative, collaborative, data-driven platform that allows multiple companies to work together to address racial inequality in the workplace. The online platform would be open to all companies that would like to see a more equalized workplace.”

Congratulations to the finalists and to all who participated in this program! If you are interested in more racial justice content, check out the engaging webinar series that was created in conjunction with the challenge. These three webinars feature a variety of renowned and experienced professionals discussing their perspectives on racial justice in Corporate America. Speakers include Justin Steele from Google.Org, Malcom Shanks from Race Forward, and Gwen Migita from Caesars Entertainment, among many others. You can listen to recordings of all the webinars here.

Our HERO Stars: Patricia, Shelee & Steve

At Caesars, we call our team member volunteers HEROs because they inspire us all to be role models and share our time and talent with our communities. Four times a year, we recognize those who have gone above and beyond for the communities they serve. Today, we’re celebrating Patricia Williams, Shelee R. McIlvaine and Steve Mitchell for their dedication. They’ll each receive a $500 check to share with a nonprofit organization of their choice.

Patricia Williams, Front Office Supervisor, HORSESHOE TUNICA

  Patricia’s Causes: helping seniors, reducing the property’s environmental impact, educating people about civil rights

As captain of Senior Bingo at Horseshoe Tunica, Patricia identified issues with the program. Seniors were beginning to tire of receiving the same items regularly – they wanted to win more useful items in addition to fun prizes like Horseshoe Tunica t-shirts. Attendance was down, so Patricia rallied her colleagues in donating money to purchase prizes seniors needed, like personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies. Senior Bingo has grown in popularity due to Patricia’s efforts; in the words of a colleague, “Patricia has turned Senior Bingo around – it’s her ‘baby.’”

Patricia also supports the National Civil Rights Museum, leading a group of volunteers each year to tell the story of the African American experience in the U.S. and the struggle for equality. Additionally, Patricia is Horseshoe’s property leader for Clean the World, ensuring that soap and other hygiene products are collected for contribution to fighting bacterial disease around the world. She also plays a major role on the property’s CodeGreen Team.

Shelee R. McIlvaine, Security Supervisor, BALLY’S ATLANTIC CITY

Shelee’s Causes: helping seniors and families in poverty, reducing the property’s environmental impact

Shelee lives by these lines from a Khalil Gibran poem: “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”

Shelee not only finds joy in service, she finds joy in leading others. She’s a dedicated recycler, leading her department’s CodeGreen work, including teaching colleagues how to recycle correctly, turning off the lights and gathering batteries and other e-waste for correct disposal.

Shelee has volunteered more than 200 hours to Family Promise of Atlantic City, a nonprofit that assists low-income families. Shelee does it all, from serving on the organization’s board to driving a van that provides the families with weekly transportation. She gives selflessly, often encouraging her family to give donations to senior citizens in need in lieu of birthday or Christmas gifts. This dedication to helping others also influences her co-workers: donations from her team are at an all-time high this year!

Steve Mitchell, Surveillance Tech, HORSESHOE TUNICA

Steve’s Causes: helping veterans, fighting hunger

For years, Steve has volunteered at the Memphis VA Hospital, showing up regularly to chat with veterans as they recover from illness or surgery. He also inspires his coworkers to visit, saying “a little conversation goes a long way; veterans need someone who cares.”

Last year, Steve began volunteering at the Tunica Food Pantry, serving those in need of some extra food to put on their tables. Steve’s fellow team members noticed his contributions one February evening. An older man had walked to the food pantry, bringing handmade carts in which to bring home his groceries. With the carts full, the man found he wouldn’t be able to walk home, but Steve displayed our Caring Culture by escorting him to his front door. Steve truly provides the same Service with Passion to the guests of the food pantry and the veterans at the VA Hospital as he does to Horseshoe Tunica guests.

Steve also ensures that events run smoothly, making sure that not only are community members assisted properly, but that his fellow HEROs have fun while volunteering.

Kudos to Steve, Shelee and Patricia for showing care to your community!


Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This month and every day, Caesars Entertainment celebrates our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) team members and guests. In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, Caesars Entertainment has a variety of initiatives to honor the contributions of these team members. Read on to see what’s going on around the company and at our properties!

Reaching the Reno AAPI Community  

Caesars Entertainment HAPA team members partner with ACDC leaders to deliver a workshop on becoming a U.S. citizen.

Harrah’s Reno Hotel & Casino recently launched a chapter of HAPA, Caesars’ Business Impact Group (BIG) of Hawaiians, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Allies. BIGs drive diversity and inclusion at Caesars by harnessing the passion team members have for creating equal opportunity for all. Last month, Reno HAPA volunteered with the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC), a leading organization in improving well-being and education in the Nevada A  API community, at a citizenship workshop.

Harrah’s Reno will also honor the Sacramento AAPI community with a donation to the local chapter of OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates in honor of the Dragon Boat Festival, taking place on May 10 from 5:30 to 9:00 pm at DoubleTree by Hilton in Sacramento. The donation from Harrah’s Reno will support OCA Sacramento’s programming, including internship, scholarship and mentoring programs; economic development summits, civic participation efforts and many more advocacy, civic, cultural and educational initiatives.

Reba, Brooks & Dunn Tickets to Fund Scholarships

Neil Hirokoshi, APIASF President, Carolene Layugan of Caesars and Vida Lin, ACDC President

On April 25, ACDC partnered with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the largest nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships to AAPI students, to host a community fundraiser. This year, Caesars offered a financial contribution to the scholarship fund as well as a dinner for two at Hell’s Kitchen and tickets for Reba, Brooks & Dunn at Caesars Palace, a face value of $500.

On April 28, ACDC’s GraduAsian Ceremony luncheon and career fair honored AAPI students graduating from Southern Nevada universities and colleges with a special medallion to be worn at their commencement.

Caesars Entertainment employees Carolene Layugan, Mila Spresser and Viadelie Clemena ready to chat with students at the GraduAsian Ceremony about opportunities to work at Caesars.

Supporting Civic Engagement in the AAPI Community – and Beyond

On May 12, ACDC is holding an open house for the AAPI community to view its expanded community center and raise funds for a medical center. Caesars’ own Carolene Layugan, Responsible Gaming Program Director and new ACDC Chair of the Board, will present a $20,000 donation to further ACDC’s civic engagement programs, including citizenship and voter registration.

Celebrating Asian Culture in Nevada

Did you know that Nevada is the only state that officially proclaimed May 18 Asian Culture Day? The first Asian Cultural Day celebration will be held this year on May 18-19 and team members at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas are thrilled to host it! The festival will feature performances, speakers, shopping, art, food and music to celebrate more than 150 years of Asian immigrants’ contributions to Nevada. Asian Culture Day has an anticipated attendance of more than 10,000 people.


Join us for Asian Culture Day festivities on May 18 and 19 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Learn more at