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Las Vegas Sands Corp. to Fund UNLV Hotel School Project

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR

Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced a $7 million donation to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) hotel management school.

Sands also said on April 3 it was contributing another $1 million to Clean the World, a non-profit program that collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from hotels and distributes them to needy populations in the U.S. and 70 nations worldwide.

The contributions were funneled through Sands Cares, which supports charities in communities where Sands operates. “Sands Cares and our work with UNLV and Clean the World will impact these focus areas,” said Michael Leven, president and COO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. “With this corporate commitment uniting our teams around the world, we will truly make a difference on some very important initiatives.”

The $7 million commitment to UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration will be spread out over five years. The funds will be used to help build Hospitality Hall, a new $50 million classroom building, and develop a new educational program for international hotel and casino executives.

The educational program is dubbed the Center for International Hospitality and Gaming Education. It is the first such program of its kind in the world, Sands said, and will develop curriculum aimed at working professionals who want to expand their knowledge base and advance their careers.

“We will be setting the global standard for hospitality and gaming education,” said Stowe Shoemaker, dean of the Harrah College, who called the center a “truly global classroom.”

Reach David Leven at (702) 414-1000 or mike.leven@lasvegassands.com; Stowe Shoemaker at 702-895-3308 or stowe.shoemaker@unlv.edu

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