Las Vegas’ flagship casinos pitch in to help victims of mass shooting

  • MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Sands contribute to fund for victims and their families
  • A GoFundMe page had raised $9 million by Wednesday night

In the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, which left 58 people dead and over 500 injured, some of the city’s most prominent casino operations have stepped in to offer financial assistance to the victims and to organizations providing first responder support.

Forty of the 58 people killed in the Las Vegas shooting. Photo: NBC News.
Forty of the 58 people killed in the Las Vegas shooting. Photo: NBC News.

MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay Hotel from where Stephen Paddock launched his murderous attack, announced that it was providing $3 million to fund humanitarian assistance for victims as well as organizations that are offering support to some of the first responders traumatized by the events they witnessed.

MGM Chairman and CEO Jim Murren announced the donation in a statement on Thursday, expressing his grief and outrage at the attack:

“With this donation, we hope to make a difference to those who were harmed and those who are left behind.  We also wish to recognize the awesome contributions of first responders, not just here in Las Vegas but around the United States, who give so completely of themselves when disaster strikes.”Jim Murren

Land-based casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has also announced the creation of a $4 million relief fund, which will include donations from the Adelson Family Foundation, and the Sin City Sands Corporation, founded and run by Adelson.

The fund will offer accommodation for victims and their families, along with food supplies and grief counselling.

Fundraising webpage

By Wednesday night, a GoFundMe fundraising webpage that was set up by County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak and the Las Vegas police, had collected more than $9 million from over 72,000 donors.

According to a representative for GoFundMe, the donations had come from over 75 countries.

GoFundMe will be working with the National Center for Victims of Crime to ensure that the funds are properly distributed.

According to Sisolak, the money would go to victims and their families and would pay for medical treatments, funerals and other costs.

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