The Cordish Companies and Live! Casino & Hotel Rank Among Top 5 Corporate Philanthropists in Greater Baltimore Area
Recognition for More than $5.2 Million in Charitable Giving Follows First Anniversary of Live! Hotel and First Community Graduation in New Event Center
The Cordish Companies and Live! Casino & Hotel have once again ranked among the Top Corporate Philanthropists in Greater Baltimore, as released by the Baltimore Business Journal. Combined, the companies earned the #5 ranking in recognition for total contributions of more than $5.2 Million to local charities and other organizations throughout the Baltimore region in 2018.
Since opening in 2012, Live! Casino & Hotel and parent company The Cordish Companies have consistently ranked among the most active and inspirational organizations, and top corporate philanthropists in the Baltimore area.
The award comes on the heels of the first anniversary celebration of the opening of the Live! Hotel and Event Center, which recently hosted its first community college graduation for Anne Arundel County. The Event Center, currently undergoing an expansion to double in size, provides Anne Arundel County-based non-profit, governmental and civic groups with a venue for school graduations and other meetings without charge. The opening of the second phase of the Event Center in 2020 will allow Live! to further expand such use of the facility by community groups.
“Community service and corporate giving are two of the pillars this great company was built upon,” said Zed Smith, Chief Operating Officer, The Cordish Companies. “Our ‘Live! in the Community’ program revolves around active and financial contributions to positively impact a variety of local and regional organizations. That’s why you see our Team Members making a difference in their communities by supporting causes that matter to them.”
The Cordish Companies and Live! Casino & Hotel regularly contribute to a wide variety of Baltimore & D.C. area charitable organizations, including Johns Hopkins University, Associated Black Charities, Susan G. Komen Maryland, the USO of Baltimore-Washington DC, the Casey Cares Foundation, the Capital Pride Alliance, the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation, the Anne Arundel and Capital Area Food Banks, Horizon Day Camp, the Blue Angels Foundation, the Anne Arundel County SPCA, and the American Red Cross. The company also sponsor numerous international non-profit and business organizations, which benefit regional Asian and Hispanic communities.
“Among the core values of this family-owned business is a long-standing commitment to supporting our Team Members and encouraging them to be passionate and philanthropic in their own ways,” said Anthony Faranca, General Manager, Live! Casino & Hotel. “Most recently, we were so inspired by our executive chef Ed Evans’ recent performance on Food Network’s Chopped that we contributed $10,000 to the Y in Central Maryland, so he could fulfill his dream of getting kids in underserved communities involved in the culinary arts.”
The Cordish Family also contributes philanthropically via The Cordish Family Foundation, Inc, a private family foundation with a focus on established programs that serve at-risk youth and education.
About Live! Casino & Hotel
Live! Casino & Hotel is one of the largest commercial casinos in the country, located in the Washington DC/Baltimore corridor, just off I-95, Route 100 and the B/W Parkway at Arundel Mills. Open 24/7/365, the property features more than 200 live action table games, including a Poker Room; approximately 4,000 slot machines; two High Limit rooms; and the Orchid Gaming & Smoking Patio. Guests can enjoy five-star accommodations, including 310 luxury guest rooms; the Live! Spa; world-class dining, featuring the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse The Prime Rib®; David’s, featuring global cuisine; Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; The Cheesecake Factory®; Luk Fu and 8 at Luk Fu, serving authentic sushi and Asian cuisine; Morty’s Deli; Latin cuisine at En Vivo; Phillips® Seafood Express; and Luckies, offering Starbucks coffee, pastries, and Italian gelato; and a sizzling nightlife, including nightly entertainment at Live! Center Stage; the R Bar; and The Lobby Bar at David’s. A 4,000-seat Event Center, opening in two phases, featuring 40,000-square-feet of meeting and banquet space, and a performance venue with a regular lineup of headline entertainment completes the Live! experience. Enjoy secure covered parking with valet service and a free self-park garage with Park Assist® and direct elevator access to the casino floor. The newly-renovated Live! Lofts boutique hotel, located just minutes from the Casino, features 250 guest rooms and suites, and approximately 3,400-square-feet of meeting and banquet space. For reservations, call 443-445-2929, or book online at LiveCasinoHotel.com. Live! Casino & Hotel and Live! Lofts are owned and operated by a company that is affiliated with The Cordish Companies. Call 855-5MD-LIVE (855-563-5483); or visit LiveCasinoHotel.com or LiveCasino.social. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For employment opportunities, visit www.LiveCasinoHotel.com/jobs.
About The Cordish Companies
The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Entertainment Districts; Sports-Anchored Developments; Gaming; Hotels; Residential Properties; Restaurants; International Development; Coworking Spaces; and Private Equity. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. The Cordish Companies has developed and operates highly acclaimed dining, entertainment and hospitality destinations throughout the United States, many falling under The Cordish Companies’ Live! Brand, highly regarded as one of the premier entertainment brands in the country. In gaming, The Cordish Companies has developed among the most successful casino hotel resorts in the world including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland. Welcoming over 50 million visitors per year, these developments are among the highest profile dining, entertainment, gaming, hotel and sports-anchored destinations in the country. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships, and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit www.cordish.com or follow us on Twitter.
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