Sands China Team Member Wins Las Vegas Sands' Global Citizenship Award
May Wu Yee Mei recognised at ceremony in Las Vegas for dedication to community work
MACAO, May 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) has named May Wu Yee Mei the winner of The Mr. Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Award presented by Sands Cares. Wu is a team member at The Venetian® Macao, and has been working for the company for 10 years.
Sands China team member May Wu Yee Mei (centre) celebrates receiving The Mr. Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Award presented by Sands Cares with Dr. Miriam Adelson (left) and Sheldon G. Adelson (right), chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., at a ceremony April 25 at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
LVS's global citizenship award was established and inaugurated last year through Sands Cares, the company's corporate giving programme, to recognise team members across all regions who have demonstrated a dedication to giving back to their local communities and important causes. The award was created to honour the Adelson family's long-term commitment to philanthropy and the legacy of giving that they have instilled in the company.
From a total of 88 nominations worldwide, 12 finalists were selected and named Sands Cares Heroes of the Year during the first quarter of 2018. They were chosen by executives in their respective regions – Las Vegas; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Singapore; and Macao – based on their volunteer work with Sands Cares and with outside organisations. All finalists were invited to Las Vegas to attend a ceremony at The Venetian on the evening of April 25 to accept their Sands Cares Heroes Awards in person.
"Over the years I've been told by so many team members that the reason they like working for our company is because it feels like a family," said Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. "And just like many families ours is guided by a set of shared values: pride, passion, integrity, dedication and excellence. As you reflect on the evening I hope you are left with the same conclusion I have reached. This family is strong, the commitment to our values is secure, and our future is very bright."
Dr. Wilfred Wong, president of Sands China Ltd., said: "Sands China is very proud of Ms. Wu for having achieved this honour. She and her fellow Sands Cares Heroes – and all the volunteers in the Sands Cares programme – represent some of the best qualities of the human spirit: compassion, caring, and the willingness to devote one's time and energy to the service of others. They inspire all of us at Sands China to strive to internalise these same qualities to make a positive impact in our community and in our workplace."
An active volunteer for the last eight years, Wu has been involved in various volunteer efforts with both Sands China and with outside organisations. Early on in her volunteering work, she received the unexpected news of her grandfather's passing during a volunteer event. She says the news had a huge impact on her life, and made her want to spend more time with the elderly in general, which is evident in her volunteer work. Wu's dedication to volunteering has been a source of inspiration to her colleagues, many of whom have joined the Sands Cares Ambassador programme as a result. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Excellent Volunteer for Community Service Award by the Association of Volunteer Social Service Macao.
Some of the organisations Wu has recently supported include the Peng On Tung Tele-Assistance programme, Macao Holy House of Mercy, Macau Special Olympics, the General Union of Residents' Associations of Macao, the Macau Youth Volunteer Association, and Clean the World, among others.
Wu said: "I am so grateful to have been able to come to Las Vegas to attend the Adelson Citizenship Award Ceremony. It was very surprising and humbling to have been chosen as the winner this year, and I consider myself very lucky to have received this honour. I hope more team members will be inspired to join the Sands Cares Ambassador programme in the future so that more people in need can benefit from their service."
"Sands Cares is very important to me and my fellow team members because it allows us to give back to our community, as well as to get up close and personal with those in need," she added. "Through volunteer work in our communities, we are making this world a better place to live in. What we are doing right now is for the future and for the next generation. Volunteering makes me feel that I'm making a useful contribution by giving back to the community."
Sands China executives celebrate with the three Macao finalists and Sands Cares Heroes of the Year, including winner May Wu Yee Mei, at an April 25 ceremony at The Venetian in Las Vegas for The Mr. Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Award presented by Sands Cares. Left to right: Finalist Amy Wong Se Ngan; Sands China Ltd. Chief of Staff Grant Chum; Sands China Ltd. President Dr. Wilfred Wong; winner May Wu Yee Mei; finalist Lourdes Mia De La Cruz Cabalida.
Joining Wu on her trip to the ceremony in Las Vegas were fellow finalists Amy Wong, a team member at Sands® Macao, and Lourdes Cabalida, who works at The Venetian Macao.
The 12 finalists and Sands Cares Heroes are:
Bethlehem: Sergio Duarte, Donato Mercuri, and Dorothea Portera
Las Vegas: Dana Beatty, Rachel Conner, and Wesley Garcia
Macao: Amy Wong Se Ngan, Lourdes Mia De La Cruz Cabalida, and May Wu Yee Mei
Singapore: Jaybeth Gonzales, Andrew Kong, and Susan Ng
The 12 finalists and Sands Cares Heroes of the Year in The Mr. Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Award presented by Sands Cares celebrate their achievement with Dr. and Mr. Adelson at an April 25 ceremony at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
About Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) is the world's pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts that feature luxury hotels; best-in-class gaming; retail; dining and entertainment; Meetings, Incentives, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) facilities; and many other business and leisure amenities. We pioneered the MICE-driven Integrated Resort, a unique, industry-leading and extremely successful model that serves both the business and leisure tourism markets.
Our properties include The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.
LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for more than 50,000 employees worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate giving program and leading innovation with the company's award-winning Sands ECO360 global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit www.sands.com.
About Sands China Ltd.
Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928, Sands China or the Company) is a Cayman Islands registered company and is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Sands China is the largest operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The Company's Cotai Strip portfolio is comprised of The Venetian® Macao, The Plaza® Macao, Sands® Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao. The Company also owns and operates Sands® Macao on the Macao peninsula. The Company's integrated resorts contain a diversified mix of leisure and business attractions and transportation operations, including large meeting and convention facilities; a wide range of restaurants; shopping malls; world-class entertainment at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Theatre, The Parisian Theatre and the Sands Cotai Theatre; and a high-speed Cotai Water Jet ferry service between Hong Kong and Macao. The Company's Cotai Strip portfolio has the goal of contributing to Macao's transformation into a world centre of tourism and leisure. Sands China is a subsidiary of global resort developer Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS).
For more information, please visit www.sandschinaltd.com.
A firm believer in the importance of corporate social responsibility, Sands China Ltd. engages with the local Macao community as a part of Sands Cares – the corporate giving programme of parent company Las Vegas Sands Corp. Sands Cares integrates the company's philanthropic work worldwide, including financial giving, team member volunteerism and in-kind support. The Sands Cares programme seeks to make an impact on its team members and those working in the hospitality industry, the communities where the company operates, and the planet.
Key areas of Sands Cares in Macao include the Sands Cares Ambassador programme for volunteering in the local community; the Sands China Academy, focused on team member training and development, and the professional development of Macao locals; and Sands ECO360, the global sustainability strategy of LVS which guides the company's environmental sustainability initiatives worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.sands.com/sands-cares/our-commitment.html.
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