Billionaire real estate developer and casino owner Steve Wynn grew up in Utica and, as a boy, worked in one of his father’s bingo parlors on Lafayette Street. His career in the gaming industry took off in the late 1960s when he moved to Las Vegas and became a casino owner of such well known properties as the Golden Nugget, Bellagio and the Mirage. Wynn maintained contact with his one time hometown in Central New York. Today, he made a great gift to the community. A $50,000,000 gift to Mohawk Valley Health System! The gift to MVHS is though the Wynn Family Foundation.
Wynn joined MVHS President Darlene Stromstad in a conference room at the Utica National Insurance Building, overlooking the construction of the new MVHS hospital, which will now be named The Wynn Hospital.
In announcing the gift, Mr. Wynn said, “Our family has deep roots in Utica. I have everlasting and fond memories of my childhood in the community, which provided a strong foundation for the rest of my life. This is my way of thanking the community and recognizing my parents.”
Eyewitness News reporter Jazzmyn Allen will have a full report on the gift during Eyewitness News.