Resorts World New York City Celebrates 11th Anniversary

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on November 3, 2022
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Resorts World New York City (RWNYC) is celebrating its 11th anniversary as the only casino in “The Big Apple.” To celebrate the occasion, the company threw a party on Oct. 28.

During the gala event, Resorts World also announced it has generated more than $3.6 billion which will be used to support New York’s public schools.

The company is now planning to buy over 10 million laptops for students and pay an annual salary for 12,000 public school teachers.

Cocktail reception to commemorate Resorts World New York City

The celebration included a cocktail reception party attended by elected officials and community leaders, including:

  • New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr.
  • Senator Roxanne Persaud
  • Assemblymember Brian Cunningham
  • Assemblymember Stacey Pheffer Amato
  • Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman
  • Queens Borough President Donovan Richards
  • Council Member Nantasha Williams.

Robert DeSalvio, President, Genting Americas East said:

“We couldn’t think of a better group than this to help us celebrate 11 years in Queens.

Without these partners, we wouldn’t have been able to deliver on the many promises we made to New York over a decade ago when we first broke ground on the casino. Our accomplishments are their accomplishments, and we look forward to having them by our side as we continue to look for ways to improve the lives of residents in Queens and throughout New York City for decades to come.”

While RWYNC is currently the only such facility in the five boroughs, that might not be the case for much longer. The state is poised to grant more licenses for more downstate New York casinos. Caesars plans to apply for a license, for example, hoping to build a casino in Manhattan.

Other RWNYC’s accomplishments during the last 11 years

In November 2019, RWNYC launched the Good Neighbor Network initiative to inspire, empower and advocate for social and economic good across the Queens and throughout the state.

Likewise, Resorts World has managed to create a strong and diverse union workforce of hundreds of New Yorkers, a majority of which are people of color and nearly half are women. The company also supports local organizations by providing youth programming, health initiatives and scholarships.

The company initiated the Resorts World Gives philanthropic program that allows it to invest in communities surrounding the property. It has donated more than $3 million to about 200 local organizations that are creating opportunities for economic and social progress in Queens. Some of the examples are:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens
  • City Harvest
  • City Meals on Wheels
  • Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
  • Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
  • Jamaica Hospital
  • Jamaica YMCA
  • Queens Chamber of Commerce
  • Queens Economic Development Corporation
  • River Fund
  • Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation
  • York College

Furthermore, RWNYC constantly aims to hire locally and provide families in Queens with access to safe and quality jobs in their neighborhoods.

A year after its opening, RWNYC created the Red Wall Art Gallery to showcase work by aspiring and local artists, photographers and textile makers, in cooperation with community arts organizations.

Last year in August, Hyatt Regency JFK Airport opened at Resorts World New York City in a $400M investment, creating hundreds of new jobs. The 4-star hotel features 8 stories and 400 residential-inspired guestrooms.

Photo by AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek
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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for PlayCanada.com. Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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