Live! Casino & Hotel and the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council Award $19 Million in Local Grants

Live! Casino & Hotel and the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council Award $19 Million in Local Grants

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The Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino & Hotel and the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council Award $19 Million in Local Impact and Community Grants for FY2019

Total Funds Disseminated by the LDC in Six Years Approaches $130 Million in Support of Anne Arundel County Schools, Public Safety, Operational  and Capital Programs, Non-Profit Organizations and Community Associations

The Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino & Hotel and the Anne Arundel County Local Development Council (LDC) awarded $19 Million in local impact and community grants to organizations in Anne Arundel County for Fiscal Year 2019. The grant and funding recipients were officially announced at a press conference and ceremony, held today at the new Event Center at Live! Casino & Hotel.

This year’s grants bring the total funds in support of Anne Arundel County organizations to nearly $130 Million since Live! Casino opened in June 2012.

Joe Weinberg, Managing Partner of The Cordish Companies, joined Anne Arundel County Executive Steven Schuh, Delegate Pam Beidle, Anne Arundel County Councilman Pete Smith, and members of the Local Development Council (LDC) in presenting the grants to recipients ranging across county operational and capital programs, education, health and human services and community associations. The grant allocations were recommended by the LDC, which helps to manage the distribution of the county’s gaming tax revenue to local organizations.

“Live! Casino & Hotel and The Cordish Companies feel a deep commitment to improving the quality of life for all those who live and work in the Region,” said Weinberg. “The opening of Live! Hotel and the Event Center that will house County school graduations and other community events only increases our support of local programs which promote schools, public safety, diversity, community development and an excellent overall standard of living.”

Attending local officials and business leaders who presented and accepted grants on behalf of several organizations included Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare, Anne Arundel County Fire Chief Allan Graves, and Rebecca Paesch, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for the Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

“Live! Casino & Hotel and The Cordish Companies have played a tremendous role in helping our community prosper, with their unwavering support of organizations and programs that serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County,” said County Executive Schuh. “From the fire and police departments to nonprofits that protect our most vulnerable population, we see great value in this partnership that gives back year after year.”

“Live! Casino & Hotel remains a valuable partner in helping us address the needs and priorities of the county,” said Karen McJunkin, LDC Chairperson. “We look forward to maintaining this beneficial partnership that supports county development. We are also thankful for the indirect impact from visitors to Maryland’s number one tourist destination. Their entertainment and gaming dollars have had a tremendous impact in fostering growth for county organizations.”

The Local Impact Grant Recipients for Fiscal Year 2019 include:

  • Anne Arundel County Fire Department - $5,598,000
  • Anne Arundel County Police Department  - $3,459,200
  • Anne Arundel County Office of Public Works / Dept. of Planning & Zoning - $2,900,000
  • Anne Arundel Community College - $1,700,000
  • BWI Partnership - $1,059,000
  • Anne Arundel County Library System - $1,010,000
  • Anne Arundel County Recreations & Parks - $900,000
  • ARC of the Chesapeake - $600,000
  • Fort Meade Alliance Foundation - $500,000
  • Community Grants - $350,000
  • Spring Meadows Homeowners Association - $300,000
  • Anne Arundel Workforce Development - $270,000
  • United Way of Central Maryland - $200,000
  • Administrative Support - $100,000
  • Baltimore Washington Medical Center - $40,000
  • Partners In Care - $40,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & AA County - $40,000
  • FY 2019 TOTAL: $19,066,200

Recipients of the $350,000 in community support grants include the following:

  • STAIR - $8,500 to develop an early reading intervention program at Severn Elementary.
  • MacArthur Middle School - $39,303 to add classroom projectors
  • Meade High School - $29,819 to give Chromebooks to students
  • Annapolis Maritime Museum - $13,072 to implement an Oyster/Bay Education program for Meade Middle School
  • Junior Achievement - $15,000 for a mentoring program at various county schools
  • Frank Hebron-Harman Elementary - $23,500 to give Chromebooks to students
  • Jessup Improvement Association - $30,625 to build a new roof for the community hall
  • Ridgewood Estates - $25,732 to build a new community sign
  • Wesley Grove - $25,000 to replace the stove and renovate the kitchen
  • Ridge Forest - $20,000 for tree placement
  • Ridge Commons - $16,500 to purchase playground equipment and a tot lot.
  • Christians Assistance Program - $12,689 to purchase a food pantry
  • Sarah’s House - $25,000 to benefit childcare for homeless families
  • Rebuilding Together - $39,500 for Stillmeadows spruce ups
  • HOPE for All - $15,760 to buy furniture for former homeless households
  • i5 Serve - $10,000 to buy a mobile food pantry

LDC impact

The Local Development Council was established in Anne Arundel County after the opening of Live! Casino & Hotel on June 6, 2012. Appointed by the County Executive, the Local Development Council consists of 15 members to serve and advise the County on recommendations for the distribution and expenditure of revenues raised at Live! Casino & Hotel through local impact grants. 

Since its formation in 2012, the LDC has awarded nearly $130 Million in grants towards schools, public safety, county operational and capital programs, and community grants.

Community based organizations and nonprofit groups located generally within a three-mile radius of Live! Casino & Hotel are eligible to apply for a local impact grant. For more information and to apply for a grant, visit http://www.aacounty.org/LDC. 

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, a 24-hour café; 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. 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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