This isn’t really how we usually begin the program.” Get used to hearing those words originating from entertainers on the Las Vegas Strip, simply as they came from Donny and Marie Osmond Tuesday night at the Flamingo. The long time Vegas performers actioned in front of the curtain before the program to reveal they would contribute the night’s proceeds to the families of victims of the October 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music celebration. Across the street at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Celine Dion made the same announcement.
At a time when it’s simple to become overwhelmed by grief, the big and resistant Las Vegas entertainment and hospitality family is accepting the neighborhood with generosity and love.
And it’s not simply headlining stars who are pitching in to assist recover the city– it’s everybody. Las Vegas native and American Idol alum Mikalah Gordon turned her regular gig at West Hollywood’s Bar 10 into a donation drive then carried the products back to Vegas. Local DJs Franzen, Karma, G-Minor, Kid Conrad, Que, Dre Dae, Teenwolf and others collected at the eastside Luv Lounge Wednesday night to raise money. The South Point resort and performer Frankie Moreno set up a benefit show for October 5 at 7:30 p.m. And many local restaurants have actually stepped up to provide meals for first responders to say thank you for their brave and determined efforts.
The Vegas Golden Knights, the Foley Household Charitable Trust and the National Hockey League announced a joint contribution of $300,000 to support victims and first responders, an amazing gesture from a brand-new company that has already established strong ties to its neighborhood. And on top of ongoing efforts to offer accommodations, meals, air and ground transportation and counseling to those in requirement, MGM Resorts is contributing $3 million.
“There are just no words to reveal our sorrow and outrage over this ridiculous and horrific attack on our community,” stated Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts. “Yet in this terrible time, we are inspired. From the heroic stories of victims on the ground who put the security of complete strangers and liked ones prior to themselves, to the amazing bravery of very first responders who rushed in when others were rushing out and who certainly reduced the damage, to the knowledge of many good and insufficient works done by those we lost– we are collectively drawing strength and faith to fulfill the hard days ahead.”