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Wounded Warriors Receive a Las Vegas Vacation and Grand Welcome in Their Honor
LAS VEGAS, NV, Apr 26, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- In celebration of Armed Forces Day, The Palazzo Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines have joined with the Armed Forces Foundation and Omaha Steaks(R) to salute our nation's wounded veterans with a weekend of world-class entertainment, dining and relaxation in Las Vegas from May 16 to 19.
"The sacrifices our service members and their families make for our country cannot be overstated," said Patricia Driscoll, president and executive director of the Armed Forces Foundation. "They rise to the occasion each and every day, so when corporations like The Palazzo Las Vegas, Southwest Airlines and Omaha Steaks unite to recognize that sacrifice by rolling out the red carpet to treat these service members to a VIP weekend in Las Vegas, that is truly special."
Southwest Airlines will fly the wounded warriors from military hospitals in San Antonio, Texas to Las Vegas where they will be met with a police motorcade to escort them to The Palazzo. A cheering crowd of guests and Palazzo team members will greet the troops at grand welcome reception in the resort's Waterfall & Atrium Gardens, where the resort is decked out in patriotic decor schemes in celebration of their arrival.
"We are excited to be part of this weekend that gives back to those that have given so much for our freedom and our country," said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines vice president of communication and strategic outreach. "We're proud of our relationship with the Armed Forces Foundation, which supports our commitment to military service members and their families."
During their stay, the troops will enjoy the best-of-the-best of what Las Vegas has to offer including The Palazzo's all-suite accommodations; poker and blackjack tournaments; grand tasting buffets; dinner at Las Vegas' premier sports book, Lagasse's Stadium; spa and salon appointments at Canyon Ranch SpaClub(R); tours of the Las Vegas Strip; tickets to Blue Man Group and Madame Tussauds at The Venetian and an evening at TAO Nightclub. In addition, Omaha Steaks will host an all-star cookout for the service members and their families and will present them with deluxe Omaha Steaks gourmet gift packages to enjoy at home with family and friends.
"This festive weekend is our small way of expressing gratitude to the men and women in the Armed Forces," said Andy Abboud, senior vice president of government relations for Las Vegas Sands Corp. "We recognize that they've sacrificed immensely for the rest of us, and we want to thank them as best we can. Honoring our veterans is a fundamental value of our chairman Sheldon Adelson and our entire company."
"As a family-owned company with a history spanning nearly 100 years, we are humbled and grateful for the efforts of our military troops and their families, who have generously sacrificed and bravely served to protect this great nation we proudly call 'home,'" said Omaha Steaks President Bruce Simon. "We are honored to be involved in this year's 'Salute Our Troops' event with The Palazzo Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines to recognize these brave soldiers and their families with thanks and gratitude and to support the outstanding efforts of the Armed Forces Foundation."
The welcome reception will be held at 11 a.m. at The Palazzo Waterfall & Atrium Gardens and is open to the public. The troops will depart Las Vegas at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 19.
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ABOUT THE PALAZZO LAS VEGAS(R) With more than 3,000 spacious suites, luxury shopping, world-class dining and entertainment, the $1.9 billion, Silver LEED(R) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights. Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure "World's Best Awards" for two consecutive years, the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York. The Shoppes at The Palazzo(R) feature more than 60 luxury boutiques, including 20 remarkable stores and couture brands making their Las Vegas debuts at The Palazzo including Chloe, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Van Cleef & Arpels and Catherine Malandrino. The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent suite accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools. The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Other unique offerings include the chic dining and nightlife hotspot, LAVO; the world's largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub(R); the ultimate sports bar, sportsbook and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse's Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo -- an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities including private champagne check in, packing and unpacking services, exclusive bath and pillow menus, complimentary cocktail reception and more. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program, which rewards guests with the ease and usability of just one card and one program. The Palazzo and its famed sister resort, The Venetian Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit The Palazzo website at palazzolasvegas.com, follow on Twitter @palazzolasvegas and interact on Facebook at facebook.com/palazzolasvegas.
About Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines has a long history of supporting the men and women who fight for our Freedoms. We were recently named one of G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2010. Southwest Airlines also was recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for our commitment and support of our National Guard and Reserve Employees. In its 40th year of service, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers -- offering a reliable product and exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, now serving 72 cities in 37 states. Southwest also is one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. To read more about how Southwest Airlines is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit southwest.com/citizenship to read the Southwest Airlines One Report(TM). Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,400 flights a day and has nearly 35,000 Employees system-wide.
About Omaha Steaks Omaha Steaks, founded in 1917, is an Omaha, Nebraska-based, family-owned company with a solid reputation as the most well-recognized brand of beef in America. For five generations, Omaha Steaks has been bringing people together to reconnect and enjoy an exceptional dining experience. From its humble beginnings as a custom butcher shop, the company has grown into the nation's largest direct response marketer of premium beef and gourmet foods. Beef selections range from Omaha Steaks signature Filet Mignons to mouth-watering Boneless Strips, Ribeyes and Top Sirloins -- all aged and hand-trimmed to exacting specifications and unconditionally guaranteed for complete customer satisfaction. In addition to fine beef, the company also offers a complete line of seafood, pork, poultry, side dishes, appetizers, complete meals and desserts. Today, Omaha Steaks is proud to honor and actively support our military troops and their families by regularly providing a "taste of home" at events ranging from cookouts for deployed military troops to welcome home parties for soldiers and their families. During the month of May, Omaha Steaks also is sponsoring a nationwide "Salute our Troops" fund-raising and awareness initiative to support the Armed Forces Foundation, where 10 percent of the sale of various Omaha Steaks packages will be donated to help further the organization's work. For more information, visit www.OmahaSteaks.com or www.Facebook.com/omahasteaks .
About The Armed Forces Foundation The Armed Forces Foundation offers vital assistance to active-duty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve Components and military families as they cope with difficult circumstances. When a service member sustains combat injuries overseas, they and their family face a long, difficult road to recovery. Spouses must often quit jobs to care for their partner, children cope with parental absence, and financial situations often deteriorate. The moment a soldier arrives at the hospital, the Armed Forces Foundation steps in to assist the family in traveling to his or her side and provides lodging for them to remain there. The foundation then provides financial assistance, supplementing income while the family waits. Through therapeutic recreational and outreach programs, the AFF helps service members through their physical recovery and provides relief from the mental stress of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Through education and advocacy, we fight for better care and treatment for PTSD. All along the way we provide other opportunities as well, sponsoring military family events and Christmas toy drives. The Armed Forces Foundation lives by the motto "Serving those who serve," and, recognizing that families serve too, seeks to provide a well-rounded program of assistance and support for the military family unit.
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