AGEM Executive Director Marcus Prater and GLI President/CEO James Maida present gift to Dean Rama Venkat of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
The Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers and Gaming Laboratories International announced the creation of their new “Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative,” a multi-year effort aimed at identifying worthy causes that will utilize direct contributions to flourish over the long term and provide a variety of assistance to multiple beneficiaries.
The first gift from the newly formed initiative is a $500,000 contribution to the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering building fund at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which is developing a 51,000-square foot, three-floor building on campus to accommodate the approximately 260 B.S., 50 M.S. and 20 Ph.D. engineering graduates each year and projected future growth. The initiative’s $500,000 gift is a direct investment in the importance of education in Nevada, the city of Las Vegas, university students and faculty and the future pipeline of skilled engineers for gaming and many other industries.
“AGEM is proud to be working with GLI on this unique giving program that will benefit many different audiences and will be true to the idea of making a ‘lasting impact’ through a strong ripple effect inside the gaming industry and beyond,” AGEM Executive Director Marcus Prater said. “We value GLI’s commitment in joining us to make a positive difference in everything we do, and we look forward to seeing the UNLV College of Engineering break ground on its new building.”
“Since opening our doors 30 years ago, GLI has been dedicated to giving back to the communities where we do business around the world,” said GLI President and CEO James Maida. “We are committed to creating big ideas making a big difference in the global gaming industry, and partnering with AGEM to create the Lasting Impact Philanthropic Initiative is the latest illustration of that commitment.”
“The College of Engineering is committed to building the infrastructure needed to educate the engineers of tomorrow, and creating research space that will enable the forward-thinking progress of corporate partners such as AGEM and GLI,” said Rama Venkat, dean of the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering.