The Borgata, MGM Resorts luxury resort destination in Atlantic City, celebrated the Holiday Season by giving back to local charitable organizations.
Borgata’s 12 Days of Giving offered aid to the people and communities that comprise the Atlantic City metropolitan area. Borgata donated $45,000 in support and meaningful gifts, to a wide variety of local service groups and nonprofits. Moreover, Borgata supported the front line workers in Atlantic County with a luscious meal prepared by the Borgata’s award-winning chefs.
“We’re pleased to give back to the community this holiday season as we also raise awareness for these wonderful non-profit organizations. Their missions are very important to our local community,” said Liza Costandino, Director of Communications for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “This year has given unprecedented hardships to the people throughout the area. We felt it was important to give to a variety of worthy causes, to extend our reach and impact more of the community.”
Beginning on Dec. 20, Borgata partnered with the following charitable organizations to spread some holiday cheer for the Southern New Jersey community. In total, Borgata made $45,000 in contributions to the Atlantic City community this December.
Garden State Equality
Borgata granted a generous $5,000 to Garden State Equality to give transgender New Jersey residents legal name changes. “Access to accurate identity documents is critical for trans people to fully participate in society. We’re very grateful to Borgata for their generous support of New Jersey’s trans community.” – Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of Garden State Equality.
Founded in 2004, Garden State Equality is the largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in New Jersey. Their services include advocacy, training, and policy work. Working closely with community partners, Garden State Equality has led the charge to ensure nondiscrimination for transgender people and gender-nonconforming people in the state. www.gardenstateequality.org.
Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City and MGM Resorts International Teen Center
In addition to a generous $5,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City’s Holiday Heroes Giving Campaign, Borgata team members wrapped the gifts purchased by the local community from the Club’s Amazon Wishlist.
The Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City is a youth service organization providing young people in the community with life-skill programs, and opportunities to develop their character, under the guidance of caring adult professionals. www.acbgc.org.
CONTACT Cape-Atlantic is a volunteer nonprofit providing community support and telephone reassurance for the elderly and disabled. Borgata team members volunteered to write 260 holiday cards for participants in the program, and gifted one new laptop and four new cordless phones for the CONTACT office.
CONTACT volunteers serve the elderly and disabled who are living alone with a daily “check-in” phone call, providing over 72,000 calls every year. This helps more than 200 CONTACT participants to remain independent in their homes. www.contactcapeatlantic.org.
Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Borgata generously donated 120 turkeys and a pallet full of food for the food bank’s local warehouse. Also, in response to the national coin shortage, Borgata Resort allowed its guests to place receipts for less than $1.00 into a donation box to benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Thanks to that donation box, Borgata guests donated $20,000 to the FoodBank just this month. Since September, Borgata guests have donated $41,543.12 to the Food Bank. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the Garden State’s biggest anti-hunger organization. www.cfbnj.org.
Covenant House New Jersey – Atlantic City Residential Crisis Center & Rights of Passage
On Christmas Eve, Borgata donated 60 pre-packaged meals prepared by its award-winning chefs. The meals benefited the young people currently living at the Atlantic City Covenant House. On Christmas Day, Borgata gifted the 60 young people with new winter hats and coats.
Covenant House helps homeless, runaway, and trafficked young people, with housing and support services. The services help to transform these young lives, placing them on a path to independence. www.covenanthousenj.org.
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
Borgata donated 100 individual gourmet meals prepared by the resort’s culinary team for the overnight shift of first-responders on Christmas Eve. AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is Atlantic City’s first hospital, founded in 1898. For more than a century, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center has been the region’s leader in acute healthcare services. www.atlanticare.org.
Humane Society of Atlantic County
Borgata donated 250 pounds of pet food, as well as pet toys and cleaning supplies to the Humane Society. The Humane Society of Atlantic County is a non-profit organization that relies on donations. Their services include spay and neuter programs, and animal adoption to loving homes. www.humanesocietyac.org.
ARC of Atlantic County
Borgata donated ten $100 grocery gift cards to The Arc to support their clients and help them to continue to live independently. The Arc of Atlantic County provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc works with individuals and their families to provide choices about how and where they live, play, learn, and work. www.thearcatlantic.org.
Adelaide’s Place, A Center for Women
Borgata volunteers crocheted 60 scarves for the women at the center, and donated 60 kits including soap, makeup, shaving cream, a toothbrush and toothpaste, nail clippers, nail polish, tissues, shampoo, deodorant, and hand sanitizer.
Adelaide’s Place assists homeless women throughout Atlantic County by giving them with welcoming and secure environment during the day, when they have nowhere else to go. Adelaide’s drop-in center gives these women access to social workers, health care, and support to find temporary or permanent housing, but more importantly, a refuge and sense of community. Homeless women can come to Adelaide’s Place to wash their clothes, for a nutritious snack, make phone calls, read a book or watch a movie, or just relax with the community. www.adelaidesplace.org.
Center for Family Services
Borgata gifted 220 duffle bags to the Center’s “Duffle Bag Project,” which provides bags for kids transitioning from emergency housing to a long-term home.
Every year, more than 300 kids and teens find safe, temporary housing at the Center For Family Services. While there, these young people have a stable place giving them the space to heal, grow, and be happy. The Duffle Bag Project gives these young people a way to move their belongings as they transition to a more permanent home. www.centerffs.org.
AMVETS Post 911
Borgata donated 60 sets of winter hats, socks, and toiletry items to the Posts’ veteran members in need. American Veterans Post 911’s mission is to serve veterans, active troops, and their families, as well as the community. www.amvetpost911nj.com.
Team Member Food Drive
Borgata team members worked throughout the holiday season to collect non-perishable food items for unemployed Atlantic City workers.