LAS VEGAS—Caesars Entertainment, in collaboration with Clean the World, the largest global recycler of hotel amenities, and The Service Companies, the premier one-stop-shop for services to the gaming and hospitality industry, announced the successful distribution of soap to hundreds of families in Guadalajara, Mexico, which took place last month.
“Our relationship with Clean the World is an example of our People Planet Play corporate social responsibility platform brought to life,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility. “Not only are we engaging our team members to help to reduce the spread of bacterial diseases by distributing soap, but we are recycling nearly 50 tons of soap and bottled amenities from our properties annually.”
The soap was hand-delivered to young children and their families by Caesars employees and The Service Companies’ team members, who were awarded the trip after being nominated by colleagues to participate. The employee engagement competition with Clean the World and The Service Companies has taken place annually for five years, giving team members the unique opportunity to see firsthand how recycled soaps and shampoos from Caesars properties are saving lives. The contest winners conducted hygiene education for disadvantaged children through age-appropriate skits and songs.
List of Winners
This year’s winners include Maria Vargas, guestroom attendant at Harrah’s Resort Southern California; Heather McAuley, beverage server, Caesars Windsor; and Ryan Ewell, sous chef at Harrah’s Metropolis. Trip participants from the housekeeping vendor, The Service Companies, included Cynthia Isrow, who works at Harrah’s Laughlin, and Yerky Santana from The LINQ.
“Working with Clean the World to collect and recycle leftover soap was a project originally started by housekeepers in Las Vegas,” said Heather McAuley, a beverage server at Caesars Windsor. “I was humbled to spend a week with a fabulous group, including housekeeping colleagues who make this program happen. The gratitude shown through the smiles on these beautiful children’s faces touched my heart.”
Together with Caesars Foundation, a private foundation funded by resorts owned or operated by the company, Caesars Entertainment has supported Clean the World since 2010, gifting $3 million to the organization in financial contributions, pounds of soap and volunteer hours.
Caesars’ North American properties with hotels have collected more than 2.3 million bars of soap to be sanitized, reformulated and distributed in 118 countries. This year alone, more than 257,000 bars have been distributed from Caesars properties. Additionally, Caesars Foundation and Caesars Entertainment Corp. are founding supporters of the Las Vegas Recycling Operations Center, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2017.