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Clean the World Press Release: Traveling hygiene unit is first of its kind in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World Launch Mobile Shower Program to Aid Homeless People

Traveling hygiene unit is first of its kind in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – JULY 28, 2017 – Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS), and social enterprise Clean the World announced today a first-of-its-kind service in Las Vegas to help homeless people.  The Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World is a traveling hygiene unit that visits locations serving the homeless to provide showers, hygiene supplies and other resources.

LVS contributed more than $200,000 to Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers, which was unveiled in Las Vegas on July 27, and will offer approximately 250 showers per week.  To reach people in need, Clean the World and Las Vegas Sands have partnered with four Las Vegas organizations to offer the service through their homeless community outreach efforts, including WestCare, CARE Complex, Nevada Homeless Alliance and the Nevada Partnership for Homeless YouthSands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers will provide hygiene services at a partner organization one day each week, where clients can also receive access to a wide array of support, such as emergency shelter, food and clothing supplies, medical care and detoxification services.

“Having access to regular hygiene is a fundamental part of good health and well-being. But it’s also part of personal dignity – it can create a turning point in someone’s life,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and chief executive officer of Clean the World.  “That’s our hope for the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World – to give people the opportunity to start their day in a new direction.”

Las Vegas has a high need for homelessness relief programs.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports that Las Vegas has the sixth largest population of homeless individuals among major cities, and has the third highest number of unaccompanied homeless youth.  In Nevada, more than 80 percent of unaccompanied homeless youth are unsheltered – the highest rate in the nation.

“Homelessness is a critical issue in Las Vegas, and Las Vegas Sands is dedicated to making an impact by providing resources to organizations working in the trenches to help people living on the streets,” said Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs at Las Vegas Sands.  “We’ve worked with Clean the World on a variety of programs to  assist vulnerable populations with hygiene supplies, and the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers came about through our collective desire to do more in the community to provide relief  to people most in need.”

In 2015, LVS began a multi-faceted program to address homelessness in Las Vegas through its global corporate giving program, Sands Cares.  In addition to the support for the mobile shower unit, LVS has announced grants totaling more than $1.5 million over the past two years, as well as team member volunteer support, in three key areas; help meet immediate needs for those who are homeless, including hygiene, food and clothing and other resources; find solutions for the homelessness issue in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada; and increase awareness and advocate for homelessness support locally, regionally and nationally.

The introduction of the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers is also a major expansion of LVS’ long-term support of Clean the World.  Since 2011, LVS and Clean the World have recycled more than 488,000 pounds of discarded soap and amenities for distribution to underprivileged communities and relief organizations.  LVS has donated nearly $2 million to accelerate CTW’s mission, helping the organization to double its production of recycled soap and expand service into new areas.  Additionally each year, Las Vegas Sands team members around the world unite with local communities to assemble thousands of hygiene kits for Clean the World to benefit populations in need around the world, including those impacted by homelessness in Las Vegas.

“The Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World is a first-of-its kind offering for our organization, and we greatly value the investment LVS has made to help Clean the World expand and grow over the years – from this program to the major investment in our Las Vegas recycling center to ongoing kit builds and other programs,” said Seipler. “With the generous support from Sands Cares, we have been able to help more people, in more places around the world, in more impactful ways – it’s truly been a game-changing partnership for us.”

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About Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) is the world’s pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts that feature luxury hotels; best-in-class gaming; retail; dining and entertainment; Meetings, Incentives, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) facilities; and many other business and leisure amenities.  We pioneered the MICE-driven Integrated Resort, a unique, industry-leading and extremely successful model that serves both the business and leisure tourism markets.

Our properties include The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.

LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for our more than 50,000 team members worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate giving program and leading innovation with the company’s award-winning Sands ECO360° global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit www.sands.com.

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, and leads a “Global Hygiene Revolution” to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, more than 40 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 115 countries. In addition, the Clean the World Foundation provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America and over 5 million individuals have received soap and hygiene education through its programs. More information: CleantheWorld.org.

Paint Party: Clean the World Paint beCAUSE Event

Let's Gogh Art Central Florida

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Join us for guided painting of the beautiful Orlando city skyline, honoring our neighbors and friends lost in the Pulse Nightclub tragedy, while expressing our community strength.

The event will take place at Stardust Lounge, 431 East Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801 on Tuesday July 19th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy happy hour special during this event and food courtesy of Apple Spice Junction

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Employees of Pulse Nightclub and Clean the World Foundation

 

Paint BeCAUSE by Let’s Gogh Art Central Florida to Benefit Clean the World and Pulse Employees

Clean the World and Global Soap Join Forces

Global Handwashing Day Infographic – Soap Saves Lives

Wednesday, Oct. 15, is Global Handwashing Day. It is a day for raising awareness about the benefits of hand washing with soap. Please share this infographic and help spread the word.

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Press Release: Clean the World Named 2014 Florida Companies to Watch Winner

Clean the World Named 2014 Florida Companies to Watch Winner

Award From GrowFL and the Edward Lowe Foundation Honors Upcoming Businesses Throughout the Sunshine State

ORLANDO, FL. — (Sept. 8, 2014) – Clean the World has been selected as one of this year’s Florida Companies to Watch winners. The social-enterprise, which recycles and distributes discarded hotel soap, is one of 50 leading second-stage companies selected from more than 500 nominations statewide. All 2014 winners will join an esteemed group of 150 Florida alumni honored over the past three years.

Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in the state. To be eligible, applicants must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees, and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized along with so many outstanding second-stage companies from throughout Florida,” said Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler. “We were dreaming big when this all started five years ago in a single-car garage in downtown Orlando. But we never expected to come so far so fast. We now have 50 full-time employees, and have shipped more than 20 million bars of recycled soap to 96 countries. I hope we can be an example to other social entrepreneurs that with a great idea and an amazing team, the sky is the limit.”

Clean the World will be recognized along with the other winners during the Florida Company to Watch celebration on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando.

 

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About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 2,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under 5. Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 17 million bars of soap in 96 countries. Through the “ONE Project,” Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information: http://www.cleantheworld.org
About GrowFL
GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. By providing strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is a statewide economic development organization certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Website: growfl.com
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