Las Vegas Sands Announces Recipient of Global Citizenship Award

Inaugural award recognizes team members for dedication to giving back to their local communities and important causes
May 1, 2017 12:35 PM ET
Press Release

LAS VEGAS, May 1, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) has named Erik Weiner the winner of The Mr. Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Award presented by Sands Cares. Mr. Weiner is a training coordinator at Sands Bethlehem, the company’s resort property in Pennsylvania. The inaugural award was established through Sands Cares, the company’s corporate giving program, to recognize Team Members across all regions who have demonstrated a dedication to giving back to their local communities and important causes. The award was created to honor the Adelson family’s long-term commitment to philanthropy and the legacy of giving that they have instilled in the company.

The 12 finalists, named Sands Cares Heroes of the Year, were selected during the first quarter of 2017 out of 182 total nominations worldwide and were chosen by executives in their respective regions based on their volunteer efforts with Sands Cares and other outside organizations. All finalists were invited to Las Vegas to attend a ceremony on the evening of April 26 and accept their Sands Cares Heroes Awards.

“From a very young age, my father instilled in me that giving to those less fortunate was the right thing to do,” said Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands. “There is no better way to give than to volunteer one’s time to help someone in need,” Adelson continued. “Each of our 12 Sands Cares Heroes set exemplary examples that should be modeled by each and every one of us. I could not be more proud to have such fine individuals representing Las Vegas Sands.”

Mr. Weiner works tirelessly to promote initiatives on a local, state and national level. He is working on the Pennsylvania State Amber Alert System to include specific information necessary for first responders when interacting with individuals with disabilities for health conditions. He is also spearheading the design and implementation of “Growth Through Opportunity,” a program dedicated to providing valuable job and social skills to young adults with unique challenges enabling them to volunteer with local police departments within the state of Pennsylvania.

“Working for a company that encourages this level of volunteerism is tremendous,” said Weiner. “Being able to work with fellow Team Members to go out into the community and insight change and progress really is an amazing thing and it makes you feel really good. We have an opportunity in the community to do great things and it is a huge passion of mine. I believe it’s truly up to all of us to instill that passion, growth and opportunity within the community that we serve.”             

Mr. Weiner also serves as the Director of the Bucks County Down Syndrome Interest Group; Board Member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Down Syndrome Center; Ambassador of the National Down Syndrome Society; Co-Director of the Pennsylvania Down Syndrome Coalition and, most recently, Ambassador for Parent to Parent in Pennsylvania. Mr. Weiner partners in policymaking, which covers training individuals with disabilities, assisting parents of young children with disabilities and university graduate students by providing them up-to-date information, leadership training and skill-building. He also focuses his energy on Project Max, which is building the capacity of Pennsylvania Schools and Intermediate Units to provide students with complex instructional needs.  

The 12 finalists and Sands Cares Heroes included:

Singapore Finalists: Alicia Lau, Mohamad “Noor” Bin Spono, and Jonathan Vista

Macao Finalists: Martin Ieong Lap Kun, Thomas Chan Iek Cheong, and Joyce Tam Mei Heng

Bethlehem Finalists: Pam Burgio, William Romero, and Erik Weiner

Las Vegas Finalists: Biar Atem, Tina Peetris, and Eric Vozzola

About Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is the world's leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts. Our collection of Integrated Resorts in Asia and the United States feature state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, destination retail and dining including celebrity chef restaurants and many other amenities.

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 more than 50,000 employees 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

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