LAS VEGAS—Mirtha Eusebio, a card dealer at Bally’s in Las Vegas, is getting excited about the trip she will be taking to the Dominican Republic from September 23 to 26 with two other Caesars Entertainment employees. The three will be joining Clean the World Foundation staff and representatives of Children International on a trip to distribute soap to those in need in three locations. The soap to be distributed was donated by lodging establishments and sanitized and reprocessed by Clean the World. Eusebio and her two colleagues were selected as a result of a contest held by the Caesars Foundation, a private charity funded through the profits of Caesars Entertainment.
“I am thrilled to have been chosen for the Clean the World trip,” Eusebio says. “I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I have seen firsthand the need for soap. It will be an amazing experience. We will have direct contact with the people and talk about the importance of hygiene and its role in preventing diseases.”
Eusebio’s manager nominated her for the trip. The manager had to complete an application which included an essay. Caesars employees were also eligible to nominate themselves. Applications were judged by Caesars employees. Thom Reilly, Executive Director of the Caesars Foundation, said this year is the second year for the contest. Last year three employees were selected to go to the Philippines with Clean the World.
Employees Will Share Their Experiences
Upon return from the trip to the Dominican Republic, Eusebio and her colleagues will share their experiences in presentations to colleagues.
Caesars Foundation’s relationship with Clean the World extends back to 2010 when, Reilly says, Caesars employees learned about Clean the World and brought it to the attention of the Caesars Foundation. “Today, every Caesars hotel participates in the Clean the World program,” Reilly says.
Caesars’ U.S.-based properties have donated used soap and bottle amenities totaling nearly 1 million pounds, with 136.432 pounds from Las Vegas properties in 2014. Caesars employees are also actively involved in volunteer activity at the Las Vegas Clean the World facilities. In 2013, 234 Caesars volunteers donated 468 hours of time at the Las Vegas Clean the World location.
It was in early 2012 that Clean the World opened its soap recycling facility in Las Vegas. At that time, Caesars Foundation and Caesars Entertainment provided $250,000 in grants for the facility. The site now serves as the soap and bottled amenities collection center and bar soap recycling site for all Clean the World hotel partners in the western region of the United States.