Vegas casino firms donate $1 million each to police, fire fund |

Vegas casino firms donate $1 million each to police, fire fund

The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Two Las Vegas Strip casino companies are donating $1 million each toward the families of police officers and firefighters killed in last week’s terrorist attack in New York.

”Our hearts go out to every victim of this unspeakable tragedy,” Mandalay Resort Group Chairman Bill Richardson said in a Monday statement announcing the donation.

Harrah’s Entertainment spokesman Gary Thompson called the $1 million gift ”the right thing to do.” He said company employees also will be encouraged to contribute to other relief funds.

Las Vegas police Sgt. Christopher Darcy said the money will be funneled through a Firefighters and Police Rescue Fund that Clark County Sheriff Jerry Keller planned to kick off Monday at a candlelight vigil at the Clark County Government Center in Las Vegas.

More than 300 rescuers were killed or remain missing after the World Trade Center attack last week.

Mandalay Resort group has eleven Nevada casinos, plus an interest in hotel-casinos in Mississippi, Illinois and Detroit.

Harrah’s Entertainment is Nevada’s second largest employer, with 42,000 workers. It operates 21 casinos in the United States under the Harrah’s, Showboat, Rio and Players brand names.

Last week, MGM Mirage donated $1 million to the American Red Cross relief effort.

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