[July 11, 2016, Macau] MGM invited local artist Mr. Leong Ieng Wai, an autistic youth under Fuhong Society, to create a collection of corporate souvenir notepads that portray iconic images of MGM MACAU and MGM COTAI. The initiative is one of many collaborations between MGM and Macau Fuhong Society through the years, and its objective is to raise public awareness on social inclusion, which is a common goal of both parties.
The four notepad cover designs include: the hotel exterior of MGM MACAU, the emblematic Lion Statue, Grande Praça, and the hotel exterior of MGM COTAI. Each of the designs were hand-drawn sketches of Leong, who has spent months to visit MGM MACAU and had studied looked through a collection of photos to grasp the essence of each image. MGM has consistently hosted programs and activities that provide platforms for various community groups to showcase their talent, advocating for social inclusion and cohesion. Through these souvenir creation, MGM hopes to show the world that every person in our community is special and gifted in unique ways, and that we shall respect and accept everyone around us.
Ms. Jennifer Chau, Director of Fuhong Society of Macau said, “We are so grateful of this opportunity offered by MGM; it allows us to showcase Mr. Leong’s artwork on MGM’s corporate gifts to a large public. This helps to spread the message that each person has his or her own gift and special ability, and we should all come together and appreciate each other with open arms.”
Known as “0.38” because of his preference in using 0.38mm ballpoint pen for his masterful line-drawings and sharp compositions, Leong has a strong descriptive ability, sense of 3D sketching, and is able to skillfully outline persons, buildings and transportation vehicles. An autistic youth, Leong’s artistic talent was first discovered when a staff member of Fuhong found his sketches, crumpled up in the bin. Recognizing his incredible talent, Fuhong Society nurtured Leong with art classes and coaching. Leong dedicates himself to each of his creation, and sees art as a means of expressing himself, to become more comfortable and confident in communicating with the rest of the world.
Committed to “Create a Better Tomorrow Today,” MGM will continue to give back to the society through a myriad of initiatives, aimed at promoting societal inclusion and cohesion, nurturing a harmonious environment for members of different backgrounds to live and thrive, which contribute to a better future for Macau.
MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and is developing a second resort, MGM COTAI which is expected to more than double our presence in Macau.
MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 8,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and eight signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on prime waterfront on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.
MGM COTAI, designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, plans to offer approximately 1,500 hotel rooms and suites, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. MGM COTAI will offer Asia’s first dynamic theater and a spectacle to wow every guest who steps foot in our resort. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. The HK$24billion project is expected to open towards the end of the first quarter of 2017.
MGM China Holdings Limited is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage.
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