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Circus Circus Implements Penny Wars as Community Fundraiser


The employees of Circus Circus Reno internally implemented a Penny War in order to raise money for the Community Grant Fund. Although the overall goal was to raise pennies, various departments could sabotage each other by placing other coin denominations in the collection bins to affect the amount of pennies raised.

Although housekeeping and internal maintenance took first place when it came to the most pennies raised, the whole of Circus Circus was the real winner, raising $1,948. “I was hoping to raise $1,000 for the foundation during Penny Wars and we exceeded that amount,” said Kim Butler, manager of Learning and Development at Circus Circus Reno and the leader of the philanthropy club on property.

The Community Grant Council (CGC) is the committee of MGM Resorts employees who review grant requests from local nonprofit agencies. They decide what community programs to assist with funding through the MGM Resorts Foundation Community Grant Fund. The CGC also serves as ambassadors for the foundation in the community, spreading the word to nonprofits that could benefit from our services.

Employees must be approved by human resources to participate in the program and must have a clear idea of what they want the money to support. All monies raised will go toward the Community Grant Fund to help local foundations.

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