Gambling Industry Gets Behind The Rescue Effort
By sam
MGM-Mirage, the Nevada-based entertainment group who own several land based casinos and are currently applying for a license to run an online casino from the Isle of Man, is donating $1 million to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

The donation is intended to aid the Red Cross in their efforts to rescue survivors from the wreckage of the twin World Trade Centre towers, a blood drive was also held Wednesday at one of MGM-Mirage’s Las Vegas properties, the Bellagio.

“The blood drive was completely overrun by guests and employees,” said Andy Feldman, senior vice president of MGM-Mirage.

Most MGM-Mirage properties and their different services are remaining open, partly to help house the thousands unable to leave the city because of flight restrictions, and partly because of the words of the president.

“We’re taking our cue from the president, from the Secretary of State, both of whom have made very eloquent comments to the fact that we cannot allow this to stop us in our tracks,” said Feldman. “But obviously we need to be respectful of what’s going on around the country.”

MGM-Mirage are not the only gaming company who are offering help to the victims of the Tuesday attack. Pinnacle Entertainment Inc are intending to donate $500,000 to charitable organisations aiding the children of the victims.

Paul Alanis, president and CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment said, “It is important for Americans to express our solidarity at this tragic moment in our history.”

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