Here are some of the recent donations made in the Las Vegas community.
The Empowered by Love Gala on Oct. 14 raised $340K for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas. The gala took place at the Four Seasons Hotel. The evening began with cocktails, appetizers, and live entertainment. Guests purchased tickets to receive wine and a piece of jewelry, thanks to Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Kendra Scott. Nevada Ticket Brokers Association sponsored a prize box in which one lucky key holder went home with a $2,000 Hawaiian themed package. The evening continued with the silent auction, live entertainment by The Moonshiners, a gourmet dinner by Chef Michael Goodman, and a live auction.
Sierra Vista High School celebrated the the opening of the Keller Williams Realty Southwest and Project 150 Resource Room, a newly remodeled space designed to help the school’s homeless, displaced and disadvantaged students, on Oct. 13. Keller Williams Realty Southwest donated $12,000 in sponsorships, and the company’s employees volunteered to remodel the room as part of Project 150’s resource room program. Students can now use the room as a place to work, rest, eat and find essential school items. The renovation includes providing wall racks, shelving, repainting the room, adding a new TV, refrigerator, couches and a computer station.
Everi's annual TournEvent for Charities slot tournament on Oct. 4, pitting celebrities and local media against each other in the ultimate slot machine showdown, raised nearly $40,000, which will be distributed to participants favorite charities. In addition, a $20,000 donation made to National Compassion Fund Las Vegas will be distributed to victims of mass shooting. The top 5 finishers were BMX rider Ricardo laguna, Fenn Cross (Southern California Gaming Guide), STK Executive Chef Stephen Hopcraft, Zappos CEO TOny Hsieh, and Magic Mike's Lyndsay hailey.
Red Rock Resort's employees donated thousands of school supplies to the students at Pat Diskin Elementary School on Sept. 29. The effort is part of the 17-year-old Smart Start program, through which Station Casinos properties partner with 11 high-need elementary schools deemed by the Clark County School District as needing the greatest assistance. Pat Diskin Elementary School is one of 11 elementary schools receiving school supplies from all Station Casinos’ properties and team members.
The Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation presented a check for $15,500 on Sept. 19 to Nellis and Creech Air Force Base’s Operation Warm Heart, a private, nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to local airmen and their families. The funds were raised at the master-planned community’s annual Memorial Day celebration. This year marks the tenth consecutive year that the celebration has served as a fundraiser for Operation Warm Heart. The foundation’s partnership with Operation Warm Heart has expanded beyond Memorial Day to include an annual winter festival and holiday tree-lighting extravaganza, where community members are invited to make monetary donations or donate children’s toys. 100 percent of proceeds from this event also go to support Nellis and Creech’s Operation Warm Heart.
Roseman University College of Medicine announced Sept. 7 a $10 million pledge gift from the Engelstad Family Foundation to help advance the opening of Nevada’s first private, nonprofit, MD-granting medical school in Summerlin. The donation, the largest in Roseman University’s history, kicks off “Breakthrough in Medicine!,” a $66 million fundraising campaign that will ensure the College of Medicine fulfills its mission to improve the health of the communities in southern Nevada by providing funding to hire the critical faculty and staff needed as it continues through the rigorous accreditation process. The College of Medicine is currently an applicant with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and has a goal to achieve accreditation to enroll its first class of 64 students in the summer of 2019.
Delta Dental Community Care Foundation donated $10,000 in late August to Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada. The Delta Dental Community Care Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental Insurance Company and its affiliated companies, which provides dental insurance to nearly 36.5 million people, including 95,000 in Nevada. The grant will aid in the purchase of consumable and non-consumable dental supplies in order to service increasing numbers of dental patients. One hundred percent of Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada’s patients are medically underserved, low-income residents of Southern Nevada. The clinic has a growing network of volunteer medical/nonmedical staff who together donate more than 45,000 hours per year.