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The Venetian and The Palazzo donate $25,000 to Mondays Dark

5 March 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Sands Cares, the global corporate citizenship program of The Venetian Las Vegas, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino and Las Vegas Sands Corp., is donating $25,000 to help fund the operating costs of local philanthropic organization, Mondays Dark.

Twice a month, Mondays Dark gathers an eclectic cast of guests, including stars from Hollywood and the Las Vegas Strip, musical acts, comedians, athletes and the occasional celebrity chef, for 90 minutes of conversation, entertainment and plenty of laughs with a mission to raise $10,000 per performance for a rotating roster of Las Vegas charities. The $20 variety show has become one of the hottest tickets in town, and the list of charities waiting to partner with Mondays Dark continues to grow. Since 2013, the ongoing program has partnered with more than 50 local charities, raising more than $500,000.

"By helping to fund their operating costs, we can ensure that 100% of funds raised at each performance can go to Las Vegas charities," said Stephanie Stanton, director of Sands Cares. "Through this donation, we want to help Mondays Dark run with virtually no expenses."

The donation will be ceremoniously presented by the cast of "BAZ - A Musical Mash Up" at an upcoming show.

"When I moved to Vegas to open Rock of Ages, The Venetian was essentially my home for three years. I had the time of my life performing there and became great friends with many who work there," said Mark Shunock, founder of Mondays Dark and The Space. "It's an honor to have Sands Cares recognize Mondays Dark and the work we are doing in the community. To have them on our team is something I don't take lightly. It means the world to me, and I'm so grateful for their support."

Las Vegas Sands Corp. has a deep and longstanding commitment to giving back to our community, and integrates philanthropic work worldwide with the help of priceless donations, such as countless hours of Team Member volunteerism and in-kind support.

"Not only does this donation support the Las Vegas arts community, it also a nonprofit that is 'paying it forward' by fundraising for other nonprofits," continued Stanton. "This is a great example of an organization that has found a way to serve multiple audiences and is a win/win for everybody."

Upcoming partner charities include St. Jude's Ranch for Children and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (February); Miracle Flights and Baby's Bounty (March); Tyler Robinson Foundation and HELP of Southern Nevada (April); and New Vista and Positively Arts Foundation (May).

Sands Cares also donated theater and staging equipment to help the organization create The Space, a Las Vegas community-driven charity-based arts complex and home to Mondays Dark.

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