Photos/Video: Wounded Veterans Honored With Holiday Vacation At The Venetian® And The Palazzo® Las Vegas

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To celebrate the season of giving, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, Southwest Airlines®, and Omaha Steaks® have partnered with the Armed Forces Foundation for the ninth “Salute Our Troops,” giving back to our nation’s wounded veterans with an all-expense paid holiday vacation on the Las Vegas Strip. From Dec. 3-6, the troops will be treated to an array of world-class holiday festivities, entertainment, dining, and relaxation.

Southwest Airlines® flew 80 veterans and their guests from military hospitals in Washington, DC, and San Antonio, Texas, to Las Vegas.

Upon arriving to The Venetian by police motorcade escort, the veterans were greeted by Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands and his wife Dr. Miriam Adelson. Hundreds of team members from The Venetian and The Palazzo lined the red carpet cheering and waving American flags. With tears in their eyes, team members applauded and shook hands with the soldiers as they passed by.

To kick off the welcome ceremony in The Venetian’s Grand Colonnade, the Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the Colors while students from the Adelson Educational Campus led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the American Bombshells Patriotic Service, ambassadors of America’s gratitude to our nation’s heroes, then performed the national anthem.

Philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, Patricia Driscoll, president of the Armed Forces Foundation, and Laura Hoagland, Southwest Airlines’ senior specialist of community outreach addressed the veterans, expressing gratitude for their courage and sacrifice. And to close out the event, Human Nature, headliners from The Sands Showroom at The Venetian, sang God Bless America.

“To walk in and see that group of people all just cheering us on like that was absolutely overwhelming,” said retired Marine corporal Ryan Lamke. “To have Dr. and Mr. Adelson host us here at The Palazzo and The Venetian, have Southwest fly us out here, and have the Armed Forces Foundation coordinate all of this has just been absolutely amazing, and even just having this opportunity is incredibly special.”

During their stay, the veterans will enjoy luxurious accommodations at The Venetian, spa treatments at Canyon Ranch SpaClub, tours of the Las Vegas Strip, tickets to the party musical Rock of Ages, poker tournaments, and a gourmet cookout hosted by Omaha Steaks®. They will also have the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate sports fan restaurant and bar, Lagasse’s Stadium; Madame Tussauds; and the hands-on experience Da Vinci The Exhibition.

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The Venetian®, The Palazzo®, Southwest Airlines®, And Omaha Steaks Partner With Armed Forces Foundation To Celebrate The Holidays With “Salute Our Troops”

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Welcome ceremony to take place on Wednesday, December 3


WHAT: To celebrate the season of giving, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, Southwest Airlines®, and Omaha Steaks have partnered with the Armed Forces Foundation to give back to our nation’s wounded veterans with an all-expense paid holiday vacation on the Las Vegas Strip. From December 3 through 6, the troops will be treated to an array of world-class holiday festivities, entertainment, dining, and relaxation.

A cheering crowd of guests and team members from The Venetian and The Palazzo will greet the troops at a welcome reception inside The Venetian’s Grand Colonnade and is open to the public.


WHEN:  Wednesday, December 3; 2:00pm


The Grand Colonnade inside The Venetian Las Vegas
3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109


About The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas

The LEED EB Gold®-certified  Venetian Las Vegas, the largest property in the country to receive the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations.  In 2014, TripAdvisor named The Venetian the world’s most extraordinarily designed hotel. The Venetian’s standard suite is nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room, prompting it to be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest standard hotel room in the world.”


The Silver LEED®-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,” the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York.  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 Buddy V’s by “The Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro,  Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse.


The expansive Venetian and Palazzo Congress Center features convention and meeting rooms that span 340 distinct venues and more than 2.25 million square feet of flexible space, including the 85,000-square-foot Venetian Ballroom and the newly remodeled Sands Expo.


Grand Canal Shoppes® at The Venetian and The Palazzo features  more than 160 luxury boutiques, specialty brands and world-class restaurants nestled around a charming and faithful reproduction of Venice’s Grand Canal, complete with cobbled walkways, street side cafes and live entertainment. Signature brands include Nevada’s only Barneys New York, Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Kenneth Cole, Dooney & Bourke, Hervé Léger and Swarovski.


Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as “ROCK OF AGES,” the party musical;  “PANDA!,” an unprecedented theatrical spectacle; showroom headliners Human Nature, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers; and extensive convention and corporate services.


Other unique offerings include the chic dining and nightlife hotspots, TAO and LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sports book 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. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Palazzo and The Venetian Las Vegas are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio.


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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, bison, 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 and November, Omaha Steaks also sponsors two nationwide “Salute our Troops” fund-raising and awareness initiatives to support the Armed Forces Foundation, where 10 percent of the sale of various Omaha Steaks packages are donated to help further the organization’s work. For more information, visit or



In its 44th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Based on the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded.  The airline also operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 93 destinations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries. Some flights are operated by wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2013 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. With Southwest Airlines, Bags Fly Free ® (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply), and there are no change fees (fare difference may apply) when you need to change your flight. Southwest’s fleet offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, a majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity over the United States, which enables live and video-on-demand TV currently FREE compliments of DISH, and a new, sustainable cabin interior. Southwest acquired AirTran Airways in May 2011 and by the end of 2014 intends to complete the full integration of the AirTran network into Southwest. With 41 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest and AirTran operate more than 3,600 flights a day. Southwest Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available online at or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.


About Armed Forces Foundation

The Armed Forces Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans.  The AFF returns 95 cents of every dollar raised to service members and their families through our programs.  Since 2001, the AFF has provided more than $95 million in assistance by covering travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and everyday bills for families to be able to stay at their loved ones’ sides during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered during war.  With the launch of our Help Save Our Troops campaign, the AFF proactively educates Americans about the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and advocates for those troops and veterans who have suffered these hidden wounds.  The ultimate goal of Help Save Our Troops is to reduce military suicides.  Through this campaign, the AFF provides counseling services for military families, including children, grants for therapy and addiction counseling, and runs a variety of recreation group therapy programs to boost morale amongst service members, veterans, and their families.


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Wounded Veterans Honored at The Palazzo Las Vegas for Armed Forces Day

The Palazzo® Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines Join with the Armed Forces Foundation to Celebrate Armed Forces Day with “Salute Our Troops”

Wounded warriors receive a Las Vegas vacation and grand welcome in their honor

In celebration of Armed Forces Day, The Palazzo Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines have joined with the Armed Forces Foundation and Omaha Steaks®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 décor 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®, 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.