MGM raises $11 million to help employees with help of show headliners

Vegas Strong Benefit Concert

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Boyz II Men perform during the Vegas Strong Benefit Concert at T-Mobile Arena Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 9:08 a.m.

MGM Resorts International has raised about $11 million for its Employee Emergency Grant Fund to assist employees impacted economically by the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced today.

Many of MGM’s resident entertainers contributed to the fund. That group includes: David Copperfield, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Kathleen Madigan, David Spade, Boyz II Men, Brad Garrett, Carrot Top, Terry Fator, Ray Romano, Jabbawockeez, Shin Lim, Thunder from Down Under, Hans Klok, Australian Bee Gees, Fantasy and Bill Blumenreich Presents.

“During these difficult and uncertain days, weeks and months, we are working tirelessly to support the tens of thousands of employees who were furloughed or laid off due to the closures of our properties across the country,” Bill Hornbuckle, the company’s acting CEO and president, said in a statement.

“We are incredibly humbled by the support of our entertainment partners, who have come together to assist the people who, during normal times, are committed to creating incredible experiences for our guests from around the world,” Hornbuckle said.

The fund provides employees with short-term relief in making payments or to meet obligations during unexpected hardships and emergencies, the company said. The fund is for full-time employees, on-call employees and those facing layoff, separation or furlough.

“Our focus during this crisis is people, first and foremost, followed by compassion and care. We are proud to join our entertainment community to lend humanitarian assistance to those in need,” Jyoti Chopra, senior vice president, chief diversity and sustainability officer for MGM, said in a statement.