When the Las Vegas Strip went dark on March 11 to help stop the spread of COVID-19, it forced hundreds of thousands of Las Vegas industry workers and hundreds of entertainers alike off the stage.
Numerous Las Vegas Strip shows were either canceled or postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic, putting many local performers out of work. But, as they say in show business, “The show must go on.”
Amid the coronavirus crises, which has particularly impacted Las Vegas’ economy, dozens of Las Vegas entertainers joined in on a collaborative digital effort to spread joy to everyone affected by the outbreak.
Performers sang a unique part of “Needing Each Other,” an original written and produced by Keith Thompson, the musical director of “Jersey Boys” and founder/host of The Composers Showcase at the Smith Center.
The video is 16:16 minutes long and begins with news clips detailing information about the COVID-19 outbreak in Clark County. It then features a message about the Las Vegas performing arts community coming together through social media to support one another through music.
Vegas Lights Up with Inspirational Messages
The city of Las Vegas as a whole has been showing support to its community in numerous ways.
Recently, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore lit up to showcase a giant heart and the uplifting message “HOPE SHINES BRIGHT” which can be seen nightly.
The Venetian is also lit up with the simple, but powerful message of “LOVE.”
Other casinos have been displaying hopeful messages through their marquee signs, such as MGM Resorts “We don’t have to be together to stand together. The show will go on,” sign.
Casinos Contribute to the Community in Big Ways
Even though the casino industry has been rocked by the pandemic, it hasn’t stopped major operators from using their resources to lend a huge helping hand to those in need during these challenging times.
Wynn Resorts, for one, donated more than $2.5 million in goods to local medical facilities and nonprofits. Those goods include personal protective equipment and pallets of food to 15 food banks in Las Vegas and three food banks in Boston.
Caesars Entertainment supplied more than 250,000 pounds of food, of 208,000 meals, to various food banks and charities. The company also supplies thousands of critical medical items, like gloves, masks, and hand sanitizer, to local healthcare facilities and first responders.
MGM Resorts International donated 400,000 meals to various communities it operates in nationwide. As well as providing meals, the company donated $1 million to its Employee Emergency fund, which serves to provide financial aid to workers in critical times of need.
Not only that, but Vegas headliners also showed their heart for philanthropy by helping MGM’s Employee Emergency grant fund reach an incredible $11 million.
Some of those generous headliners include David Copperfield, Jay Leno, the Jabbawockeez, Shin Lim and more. Bruno Mars, who was in the midst of his Las Vegas residency at Park MGM, donated $1 million to the fund as well.
We absolutely love seeing good news like this.
It’s especially uplifting to see a city who has been impacted the most, economy-wise, step up and lend a helping hand to its neighbors.
Everyone needs a little bit of hope and encouragement during this time. We hope this video of local entertainers performing an original song helped raise your spirits!
What good news have you been seeing going on in your local community? We’d love to hear about people helping out during this time of need.
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