Traditionally, the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza ring in a season of giving at the end of each year.
In Atlantic City, Ocean Resort casino hotel launched a first “The Season of Giving” charity campaign, launched in November and continue through December.
Officials said the campaign was created because the donations were needed in Atlantic City, NJ, where families and the Nonprofit who serve them during the holidays have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ocean’s program will provide $40,000 in gifts and monetary donations more than one dozen nonprofit organizations in southern New Jersey before the end of 2021. And the reason behind all of this is to give back to the community, ocean officials said.
“As Ocean builds on its success and continues to reinvest in our casino, we are also committed to investing in the local community in which we thrive,” said Kelly Burk, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
Ocean Resort’s Giving Season
Some of Ocean’s fundraising ideas are creative, like the festival of lights at Makai restaurant through December 6. Special Hanukkah menu purchases mean cash donations to Jewish Family Services of the ocean and Ketel One Family vodka.
While other ideas are inclusive. In support of the station LGBTQ guests, friends and allies, Ocean and Aperol match monetary donations to The Trevor Project – the largest LGBTQ in the world suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ teens.
Actor Anthony Wilkinson hosts Ocean Pride Happy Hour to Blush Bar and Lounge from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on December 17.
Even more ideas are simplistic, like a $1,500 gift of non-perishable food during December to Atlantic City Rescue Mission, who serves 600 meals per day.
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City will have new toys, books, and cover covers for hospital patients pediatric unit. the ADVANCE Center will receive donations from tote and toiletry bags, toiletries, socks, and Hats.
Everyone gets involved
Ocean sponsors a “The tree that gives” for the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club. The tree structure displays the tags with the name of a child in the club as well as his to wish, as Ocean employees and managers can collect and return unwrapped gifts.
Throughout the month of December, the members of the Ocean team collect winter clothes and baby formula for Adelaide Square, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, and The covenant house.
Even the vice president of the ocean Chris O’Connor intensified. O’Connor attended the annual meeting of The Covenant House of New Jersey Overnight in Atlantic City in solidarity with young people facing homelessness, rising above $11,000 sleep in his garden.
Ocean guests can also get involved by donating through January 1, 2022, if they visit the Salon 1927 and the Jingle Bell Bar: an ephemeral experience for the holidays. Purchases at the bar turn into donations to Atlantic County Toys for Kids. Visitors enjoy free entry December 18 to the HQ2 Nightclub to Ocean if they bring a toy Don.
A few days before Christmas, Ocean staff plan to distribute wireless speakers and listeners for teens living at The Covenant House in Atlantic City. They will also receive a holiday lunch December 22.
It wasn’t just holidays where donations mattered. In November, Ocean donated 75 $20 ShopRite Gift Cards for recipients at The New Jersey Community Food Bank buy vacation Turkey Where Ham.
So far in 2021, Ocean has donated $14,000 each one has four Atlantic City Region charities through his “Change for Change” initiative for a total of $56,000. Donations went to: The Hansen Foundation, Atlantic County ARC, Earth Angels for Dementia, and Leaders in training.
The money was collected by casino customers through Ocean care depositing their change slips in a casino floor box as charitable contributions to the local community.
Atlantic City Casinos Challenged by COVID
Without a doubt, there is a need for donations in 2021. Ocean’s donation drive comes the year after the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered casinos and hotels in Atlantic City last year.
In 2020, nonprofits that relied on help saw a drop in donations for the holidays. Casino properties in Atlantic City also saw 2020 revenues fall when COVID-19 forced all casinos to close on March 16 up to July, 1st.
Ocean Resort also felt the pinch. In October 2021, Ocean Resort reported a total gambling winnings of $30,133,1191, compared to a total game win of $25,184,161 reported in October 2020.
But many South Jersey employees remain Unemployed for the 2021 holiday season. Some children cannot attend school in person. Some hospitals are at full capacity with COVID-19 patients.
Ocean said he realized there was a need to help nonprofit community organizations that support families. bigger than ever This year.
“By contributing to various organizations, we extend Ocean’s reach to impact multiple causes of community concern – including food security, homelessness, youth support, education, family services, health and wellness, among others,” Burke said.
(AP Photo/Wayne Parry)