June 14, 2011 at 7:29 AM ET
For many who live here, Las Vegas is a city down on its luck. Strip resorts have lost more than $6 billion over the last two years and unemployment is hovering around 10 percent.
Al traveled to the recession-battered area to Lend a Hand with about $1.5 million in donations to a charity trying to put people back to work: The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas.
This non-profit organization is preparing workers for employment in the gaming and hospitality industry, providing them a better life through training, education and providing hope.
Find out more about The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas here.
Watch the segment below to see the organization's leaders' reactions to the donations and to learn more about the deserving charity.
Total Lend a Hand Day 2 donation tally: $1,480,247
List of donors:
2(x)ist Men's Underwear
Bleach Safe Home
Columbia Sportswear Company
The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
Cuisinart / Waring
Good Neighbor Pharmacy
Illes Seasoning & Flavors
Kiehl's Since 1851
Mgm Resorts International
Paula Deen Furniture By Universal Furniture
Paula Deen, Smithfield And The United Food And Commercial Workers
The Penn & Teller Show At The Rio
Penske Truck Rental
Perini / Penta Builders
Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular
Sara Lee, Jimmy Deen, Ball Park And Hillshire Farms
Stanley Black And Decker
Toyota / 100 Cars For Good
Penn and Teller helped Al out this morning -- you can watch their appearance in the video below. Want to help out yourself? Let us know here and a TODAY producer may contact you.
Check out the record-breaking first day of Lend a Hand in Alaska.