Caesars Foundation and International Nonprofit Create Valentine’s Day Memories for 200 Elders
Monday, February 16—During the entire month of February, the Caesars Foundation, Caesars Entertainment’s HERO volunteers and Second Wind Dreams® (SWD®) joined to make Valentine’s Day special for nearly 200 elders in the Las Vegas, Atlantic City and New Orleans regions.
Dozens of volunteers spread the love through numerous activities including Valentine auctions, greeting-card and Valentine treats/gifts deliveries. Holiday festivities in Atlantic City were made complete with a surprise visit from Cupid.
Each year HERO volunteers remember elders’ reactions to their gifts. “Their faces brighten and shine when they are given cards and when they receive a visit from a cheerful volunteer,” said Robin Matos, HERO and Wildlife Curator at Flamingo Las Vegas.
“The Valentine’s cards bring back school memories from when I was a boy,” said Matt King, a recipient in Las Vegas.
Second Wind Dreams® is the proud recipient of continued support from Caesars Foundation and Caesars Entertainment HERO volunteers. Since 2008, the combined support has helped fulfill more than 2000 dreams for those living in elder care communities. To date, Caesars Foundation has contributed $1.1 million to Second Wind Dreams.
Second Wind Dreams is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1997. This organization is changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs including its flagship program, The Virtual Dementia Tour®. The Atlanta-based organization has fulfilled more than 10,000 dreams with help from its sponsors: Senior Helpers, Caesars Foundation, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and UK-based Training 2 Care. For more information go to www.secondwind.org.
The Caesars Foundation is a private foundation funded by a portion of operating income from resorts owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment. The Foundation is the entity through which Caesars Entertainment funds programs and projects of $10,000 or more, as well as not-for-profit giving requirements imposed by certain operating jurisdictions. The Foundation's objective is to strengthen organizations and programs in the communities where our employees and their families live and work. For more information, please visit caesarsfoundation.com, facebook.com/caesarsfoundation, or follow on Twitter @CaesarsFdn.