The Cordish Companies and Live! Casino rank among top corporate philanthropists


The Cordish Companies and their Live! Casino & Hotel continued a winning streak as one of the Top Corporate Philanthropists in Greater Baltimore, according to the annual list released by the Baltimore Business Journal. Combined, the companies rank at #3 in recognition of the $5.3 million in total contributions to local charitable and business organizations in the Baltimore region in 2017.

Since Live! Casino opened in 2012, the companies have consistently been recognized as one of the top corporate philanthropists in the region, placing in the top five the past three years.

The award comes on the heels of the recent Grand Opening celebration for the new Live! Hotel, which adds 310 luxury guest rooms, new restaurants, and 40,000-square-feet of meeting and banquet space to one of the largest tourist destinations in Maryland. With the new 4,000-seat Event Center, the companies are now poised to make an even greater impact in the community, by providing use of the venue free of charge for Anne Arundel County to host local High School and Community College graduations. The Event Center will also be used to host fundraisers for regional non-profit organizations.

“We pride ourselves on our longstanding culture of giving back to the community,” said Zed Smith, Chief Operating Officer, The Cordish Companies. “Our ‘Live! in the Community’ program is about so much more than just writing a check. It’s about our Team Members actively participating and doing their part to make a difference in the communities where we live and do business. Nothing makes us prouder than seeing first-hand how our contributions positively impact the region.”

The Cordish Companies and Live! Casino & Hotel regularly contribute to a wide variety of Baltimore & DC area charitable organizations, including Johns Hopkins University, Associated Black Charities, Susan G. Komen Maryland, the USO of Baltimore-Washington DC, the Casey Cares Foundation, the Capital Pride Alliance, the Anne Arundel Community College Foundation, the Anne Arundel and Capital Area Food Banks, Horizon Day Camp, the Blue Angels Foundation, the Anne Arundel County SPCA, and the American Red Cross. The company also sponsor numerous international non-profit and business organizations, which benefit regional Asian and Hispanic communities.

“As a family owned business, corporate philanthropy and community service take on even greater importance, as we consider the community to be extended members of our family,” said Travis Lamb, General Manager, Live! Casino & Hotel. “With the opening of our new Hotel and Event Center, we are now positioned to make an even greater impact in the region by providing use of the space free of charge to local county, business and non-profit organizations.”

The Cordish Family also contributes philanthropically via The Cordish Family Foundation, Inc, a private family foundation with a focus on established programs that serve at-risk youth and education.

About Live! Casino & Hotel

Live! Casino & Hotel is one of the largest commercial casinos in the country, located in the Washington DC/Baltimore corridor, just off I-95, Route 100 and the B/W Parkway at Arundel Mills. Open 24/7/365, the property features more than 200 live action table games, including a Poker Room; approximately 4,000 slot machines; two High Limit rooms; and the Orchid Gaming & Smoking Patio. Guests can enjoy five-star accommodations, including 310 luxury guest rooms; the Live! Spa; world-class dining, featuring the Zagat-rated #1 steakhouse The Prime Rib®; David’s, a 24-hour café; Bobby’s Burger Palace, from celebrated chef Bobby Flay; The Cheesecake Factory®; Luk Fu and 8 at Luk Fu, serving authentic sushi and Asian cuisine; Morty’s Deli; Latin cuisine at En Vivo; Phillips® Seafood Express; and Luckies, offering Starbucks coffee, pastries, and Italian gelato; and a sizzling nightlife, including nightly entertainment at Live! Center Stage; the R Bar; and The Lobby Bar at David’s. A 4,000-seat Event Center, opening in two phases, featuring 40,000-square-feet of meeting and banquet space, and a performance venue with a regular lineup of headline entertainment completes the Live! experience. Enjoy secure covered parking with valet service and a free self-park garage with Park Assist® and direct elevator access to the casino floor. The newly-renovated Live! Lofts boutique hotel, located just minutes from the Casino, features 250 guest rooms and suites, and approximately 3,400-square-feet of meeting and banquet space.

About The Cordish Companies

The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Coworking Spaces; Entertainment Districts; Gaming; Hotels; International Development; Private Equity; Residential; Restaurants; and Sports-Anchored Developments. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies’ prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter.

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