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Crown resorts foundation and the packer family foundation announce a $200 million national philanthropic fund - 22 July 2014

The Chair of the Packer Family Foundation, Gretel Packer, today announced a $200 million National Philanthropic Fund.

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Melbourne, Australia. Tuesday 22 July 2014. The Chair of the Packer Family Foundation, Gretel Packer, today announced a $200 million National Philanthropic Fund, which marks a commitment over ten years by the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation.

Ms Packer said:

“I am delighted to launch the National Philanthropic Fund. This exciting collaboration between Crown Resorts and our family creates a platform from which to contribute towards strengthening communities in Australia and developing our artistic future.”

The $200 million National Philanthropic Fund will be structured as follows:

  • $100 million will be donated to eligible charities which promote the arts (the National Arts Fund); and
  • $100 million will be donated to eligible charities which support the broader community and, in particular,

Indigenous education (the Community Partnerships and Indigenous Education Fund).

The National Arts Fund aims to promote both access to and the development of the Arts across Australia. It will support projects and organisations that encourage excellence, innovation and creativity in the Arts.

The Community Partnerships and Indigenous Education Fund aims to strengthen communities by providing assistance where it is needed with a particular focus on Indigenous education. It is envisaged that the Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation will work together to identify and support community projects that are innovative, well-run and that will drive lasting social change.

Speaking of the $200 million National Philanthropic Fund, Crown Resorts’ Chairman James Packer said:

“Today’s announcement commits us to another decade of financial support for organisations which work tirelessly to deliver services, assistance and opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. I would like to congratulate and thank my sister Gretel for being the driving force behind the establishment of this Fund.”

The previously announced $60 million Sydney Arts Fund will fall within the National Arts Fund.

The $200 million National Philanthropic Fund will be administered jointly by the Crown Resorts Foundation Board, chaired by The Hon. Helen Coonan, and the Packer Family Foundation Board, chaired by Ms Gretel Packer. Both Boards offer extensive philanthropic experience with other members including Mrs Roslyn Packer AO, Mr Harold Mitchell AC and Mrs Lucy Turnbull AO.

The Crown Resorts Foundation Board is further supported by an Advisory Board which provides recommendations on the merits of eligible projects.

For further information please contact:

Natasha Stipanov
Communications and Corporate Affairs Manager Crown Resorts Limited
T. +61 3 9292 8671 | M. +61 434 187 828
E. natasha.stipanov@crownresorts.com.au

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CROWN PERTH TO SWITCH OFF FOR EARTH HOUR - 18 March 2014
On Saturday, 29 March at 8:30pm, Crown Perth will turn off and dim partial perimeter lighting across the Casino. 
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Tuesday, 18 March- On Saturday, 29 March at 8:30pm, Crown Perth will turn off and dim partial perimeter lighting across the Casino, Crown Metropol Perth, Crown Promenade Perth and Crown Theatre Perth in support of the World Wide Fund for Nature's Earth Hour climate change awareness event. 

Created to raise awareness of the biggest issue facing our planet, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.

“Earth Hour is an important initiative that is being marked in cities around the world and I am proud to announce that Crown will also be supporting this initiative,” Barry Felstead, Crown Chief Executive Officer – Australian Resorts said. “A significant number of businesses and landmarks across Perth are participating and Crown would certainly encourage everyone to take part and help send the message that it is possible for businesses and individuals to take action on climate change.”

Along with turning out partial lighting during Earth Hour, dimming lights in selected Crown owned restaurants and turning off corporate office lights, Crown will encourage employees and hotel guests to participate by turning off their lights for the hour.

Crown Perth has a ‘Crown Conservation’ program which runs various activities throughout the year to reduce environmental impact, with a focus on energy efficiency, water conservation, recycle management and food waste. Earth Hour is one of the key events on the environmental calendar and the staff team is looking forward to getting behind the initiative again this year.

Millions of people around the world will support this growing global event and we invite you to join us in turning off your lights for one hour at 8.30pm on Saturday, 29 March.

Crown is proud to support Earth Hour across both its Perth and Melbourne properties. For information on how you can support Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org

For more information contact:
Kristy Havelberg
Crown Perth Public Relations
T: +61 8 9362 8828
E: kristy.havelberg@crownperth.com.au

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Crown Perth gets behind Clean Up Australia Day! - 05 March 2014
Crown Perth is partnering with Burswood Park Board and SITA to get behind Clean Up Australia Day on Friday, 7 March. 
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Wednesday, 5 March- Crown Perth is partnering with Burswood Park Board and SITA to get behind Clean Up Australia Day on Friday, 7 March.

The Crown staff volunteer team will join forces with Burswood Park Board staff to do their bit for the environment along the Burswood Park Foreshore, which is situated next to Crown Perth.

The initiative is one of the key events on Crown Perth’s environmental calendar and is part of the ‘Crown Conservation’ program which runs various activities throughout the year to reduce environmental impact, with a focus on water conservation, recycle management, food waste and energy efficiency.

Crown Perth has a dedicated Environmental Committee who work throughout the year to implement key initiatives and get the message out about the importance of minimising our impact on the environment in day to day life at home and at work.

In the past 20 years, Australians have devoted more than 24 million hours towards the environment through Clean Up Australia Day and collected over 200,000 tonnes of rubbish making it the nation's largest community- based environmental event.

Clean Up Australia Day was held on Sunday, 2 March but you can hold your ‘Clean Up’ any day of the year - find out more about supporting the event at cleanupaustraliaday.org.au.

‘Crown Conservation’ is proud to support Clean Up Australia Day.


For more information contact:
Kristy Havelberg
Crown Perth Public Relations
T: +61 8 9362 8828
E: kristy.havelberg@crownperth.com.au

NOTES TO EDITORS:
• Photo opportunities are available after the Clean Up – contact +61 8 9362 8828 or kristy.havelberg@crownperth.com.au for more details.
• Crown Perth works on an ongoing basis with SITA Australia, who is responsible for collection of rubbish from the premises.
• With over 2,100 employees and contractors, 850 collection vehicles and 100 operations across Australia, SITA recovers valuable resources for recycling and reuse and provides this service to more than 56,000 commercial and industrial customers and more than 3.7 million residents every week. SITA offers best practice environmental solutions for collection, resource recovery, recycling and safe disposal of non-recoverable residual materials. 

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'Shake, Rattle and Roll' up to Crown to Live Like a King! - 27 February 2014
Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and jive your way into Crown to experience our fifties-themed Casino. 
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 - Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and jive your way into Crown to experience our fifties-themed Casino with exciting roaming entertainment, free live classic bands, restaurant offers, prize giveaways and much more!

We’ve got plenty of great value offers Fit For a King, including delicious restaurant specials for lunch and dinner every day.

Junction Grill, located amongst all the action of the Casino, is serving up some all time American classics this month for only $12.95.* Live Like A King with the 'Love Me Tender’ beef or BBQ pulled pork burgers, foot-long hound dogs and Southern fried chicken. If you’ve still got room for more, why not treat yourself to one of our great value desserts – choose from classic favourites including a Coke Spider or a delicious ice-cream sundae.

Eat Like a King at the home of ‘Dude Food’, The Merrywell, with a mouth-watering Memphis burger, fries and a Budweiser for only $30!* Or choose to Feast Like a King in the fifties-themed Carvers from just $16.95*, and enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet for lunch or dinner daily.

We’re giving one lucky guest the ultimate luxury experience Fit For a King – stay at Crown Metropol Perth during March and you could win a ‘Live Like a King' package including overnight accommodation in an exclusive Infinity Suite, access for two to 9 Lounge including breakfast and two Classic Relaxation massages at the indulgent ISIKA Spa, all valued at $6,000!*

Meanwhile in the Casino, there’s heaps of action including free live music, jive dancers, Elvis impersonators, pink ladies and the launch of our new game ELVIS THE KINGTM. Last, but certainly

not least – you could win up to $25,000 three times a day, every day! Simply dine or play at Crown Perth for your chance to win up to $25,000 with draws at 2pm, 7pm and 10pm every day until 22 March.*

Join us at Crown Perth until 23 March for A Little Less Conversation and more Living Like a King, with non-stop action and fantastic offers resort-wide.

For more information contact:
Sophie Ridgeway
Crown Perth Public Relations
T: +61 8 9362 8009
E: sophie.ridgeway@crownperth.com.au

Notes to Editors:
*Terms and conditions apply, see below for full details:

$12.95 American Classics: 17 February to 23 March | Lunch and dinner every day
Not valid on public holidays or with any other offer or discount. Image for illustration purposes only. Junction Grill is an 18+ venue.

Eat Like a King at The Merrywell: 17 February to 23 March | Lunch and dinner every day
 Subject to availability. Not valid on public holidays or with any other offer or discount. Available to 18+
customers only.

$16.95 All You Can Eat: Lunch and dinner every day
Carvers is an 18+ venue. Images are for illustration purposes only. *Crown Club member lunch price. Not valid with any other offer or discount.

Win a King-Sized Stay: 1 to 31 March
Terms and conditions: Competition commences 1 March and concludes on 31 March 2014. Winner announced 1 April 2014 via telephone or email. Prize redeemable for 12 months from 2 April 2014 to 2 April 2015 subject to availability and excluding special event periods and blackout periods including New Year’s Eve. Advanced bookings essential. The Prize is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and is not transferable for cash.

Live Like a King at Crown: 26 February to 22 March
*Conditions apply. You must be present to win. Maximum 20 entries each day. Entries can only be earned between 6am and 9.55pm. Barrel emptied after the 10pm draw each day. ^Excludes MINQ and Eve. For full terms and conditions, click here.

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Crown Melbourne Awarded Casino/Integrated Resort of the Year - 06 February 2014
Crown Melbourne has been awarded – Casino/Integrated Resort of the Year for 2014
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6 February 2014 - Crown Resorts Limited (Crown) is proud to announce that Crown Melbourne has been awarded – Casino/Integrated Resort of the Year for 2014, at the prestigious International Gaming Awards (IGA) in London.

The IGA is considered the ‘Oscars’ of the gaming industry and celebrates the outstanding performance of industry worldwide.

“Crown Melbourne is thrilled to have received this prestigious international award”, said Crown Chief Executive Officer, Mr Rowen Craigie.

“The quality of Crown Melbourne’s ten-year, AUD$1.7 billion capital works program has reinforced its position as a leading integrated resort, while providing considerable benefits to the Australian and Victorian tourism industries”, Mr Craigie added.

In presenting this award, the IGA judges commented, "An outstanding organization and great achievement for Crown Resorts. The winner has established an innovative approach to catering for local and international guests; it's clear that Crown is passionate about what they do and their vision in this field goes beyond any other."

In addition Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (MCE), in which Crown holds a 33.6% interest and Aspers Group, in which Crown holds a 50% interest, won significant awards. The City of Dreams resort in Macau, which is owned and operated by MCE was awarded Casino VIP Room of the Year and Aspers Casinos in the UK won Casino Operator of the Year Europe.

Crown’s Australian and International resorts have consistently been acknowledged as among the best and have now been taken to another level as recognized by these highly acclaimed international awards.

Crown Melbourne

Crown Melbourne is Australia’s leading integrated resort. The award-winning dynamic and diverse complex includes luxury accommodation in its three hotels, world-class dining, a variety of retail options, the Palladium ballroom, outstanding conference facilities and vibrant gaming and entertainment options, making it one of Australia’s most visited tourist attractions.

Aspers Group

Crown holds a 50% equity interest in the Aspers Group, which currently operates four regional casinos in the United Kingdom, in Newcastle, Stratford, Milton Keynes and Northampton (the latter in a joint venture with Kerzner Limited).

City of Dreams

Crown holds a 33.6% interest in MCE. MCE’s City of Dreams offers a wide range of entertainment options, luxury accommodation, international dining and designer fashion brands. Located in the heart of Cotai, City of Dreams takes Macau’s entertainment industry to new heights, making it a prominent hotspot for tourists and locals alike.

For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Natasha Stipanov
Media Relations Manager - Gaming and Corporate Crown Melbourne Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8671
Mobile: +61 434 187 828
Email: 
natashas@crownmelbourne.com.au

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