Thirty-five nonprofit organizations will spread holiday cheer as they compete in Boyd Gaming’s third annual tree-decorating competition, “Trees of Hope.” Boyd Gaming is awarding more than $40,000 in this year’s competition to charities participating at seven properties in the Las Vegas Valley.
“In one of our most celebrated events of the year, Trees of Hope demonstrates our Company’s culture of giving back to the communities we call home,” said Marianne Johnson, Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President, and Chief Diversity Officer of Boyd Gaming. “We look forward to the opportunity to applaud many of the charities that make Las Vegas such a wonderful community.”
Over the past two years, Boyd Gaming has donated more than $55,000 to Southern Nevada-based charities through Trees of Hope. Originating 10 years ago at Boyd Gaming’s Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Vinton, La., Trees of Hope is a nationwide tree-decorating competition benefitting nonprofit organizations in the communities served by Boyd Gaming.
On Monday, Nov. 27, participating charities will decorate their trees at Aliante, California, Cannery, Gold Coast, The Orleans, Sam’s Town and Suncoast. Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 17, the public is invited to visit each property and vote for their favorite charity. Each Las Vegas Valley property will award a $5,000 prize pool to participating charities, including a first-place prize of $2,000. Winners will be decided by public vote at each property. A Boyd Gaming Player’s card account is required to vote on property.
For the first time, the community can also give their favorite tree a second chance to win by voting for it online on the Boyd Gaming Facebook page (@BoydGaming) beginning Tuesday, Nov. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 17. The social media contest will award an additional prize pool to the top three performing charities valleywide with a $2,500 first-place prize, $1,500 second-place prize and $1,000 third-place prize.
Confirmed participants in the 2017 Trees of Hope are:
Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
(On the casino floor near ETA Lounge)
Children’s Heart Foundation
Horses 4 Heroes
Leaders in Training
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Vegas Las Vegas
Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada
California Hotel and Casino
(On the second floor, across from the gift shop)
American Red Cross
Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
P.A.W.S. (Providing Animals with Support)
St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation
University of Hawai’i Alumni Association & Friends
Cannery Casino Hotel
(Near the casino valet entrance)
Keep Memory Alive
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
USO Las Vegas
Gold Coast Hotel and Casino
(On the casino floor, near the Cornerstone entrance)
Disabled American Veterans
Las Vegas Rescue Mission
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation
Wagging Tails Rescue
(Near Medley Buffet entrance)
9th Island Cultural Club of Las Vegas
Operation Warm Heart
Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation
The Public Education Foundation
Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall
(Second floor, near the Bingo room)
Desert Divas for Dogs
Habitat for Humanity
Lutheran Social Services of Nevada
Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada
Suncoast Hotel and Casino
(Skywalk to the parking garage)
Boy Scouts of America, Las Vegas Area Council
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Helping Hands of Vegas Valley
Hero School Initiatives
While people of all ages are welcomed to view the Trees of Hope displays, guests must be 21 or older to cast a vote. Additionally, guests must have an active Boyd Gaming Player’s card account to cast a vote on property. Membership is free and available at the Player’s Club. Voting opens at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, and will remain open through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. Swipe at any kiosk daily at participating properties to cast your vote. Voting is limited to one vote per account, per property, per day during the contest.
The public is invited to follow the event and support their favorite charity on social media using hashtag #TreesofHopeLV.
To learn more about Boyd Gaming’s commitment to its communities, visit: http://www.boydgaming.com/about-boyd-gaming/corporate-social-responsibility.