Here are some of the recent donations made in the Las Vegas community.
Raising Cane'sraised more than $62,000 for the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, which provides more than 850 underprivileged children in Southern Nevada with shoes, socks, and toys. The donation was given out on Dec. 14 at C.P. Squires Elementary School, where children got to meet a group of football players that were competing in the Las Vegas Bowl.
“It's nearly impossible to wrap my head around what just took place over the last 12 days. From some of the most miserable weather we've experienced, to the most unbelievable totals beyond what I might have ever imagined,” said Chet Buchanan.
Throughout the 12 days, Chet Buchanan lives 30 feet up on a 30x40 foot scaffolding unit for 24 hours a day, without ever coming down, all in an effort to raise awareness for families that may need a little extra help this holiday season, by providing one more toy, one more bike and one more gift card.
The soap was hand-delivered to young children and their families by Caesars employees and The Service Companies’ team members, who were awarded the trip after being nominated by colleagues to participate.
The employee engagement competition with Clean the World and The Service Companies has taken place annually for five years, giving team members the unique opportunity to see firsthand how recycled soaps and shampoos from Caesars properties are saving lives. The contest winners conducted hygiene education for disadvantaged children through age-appropriate skits and songs.
Craig Kirkland, executive vice president and director of retail banking at Nevada State Bank, raised more than $6,000 last month to help fight breast cancer. Kirkland, an active participant in many local volunteer and community projects, was among a distinguished group of community leaders to participate in “Real Men Wear Pink,” a fundraising campaign through the American Cancer Society.
“Like most people I know, breast cancer has touched my life,” Kirkland said. “Two of my colleagues were tested early, treated and have been fortunate to beat breast cancer, both still in remission. Anything I can do to help raise awareness, in addition to money for research, new treatments and potentially a cure for this disease, I’m in. I wore my pink proudly.”
Faith’s Scholarship Endowment Fund provides tuition assistance to help students without the economic means to attend Faith Lutheran and families seeking to keep their children enrolled at Faith Lutheran after unexpected job loss or other economic hardship. Since its formation in 2001, the Scholarship Endowment Fund has grown to over $2.5mil will provide over $800,000 in tuition assistance to 286 students for the 2017 – 2018 academic year.
Fremont Street Experience presented Opportunity Village with a check for $10,000 on Dec. 5 as part of the 13th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run. The money will help over 2,000 Southern Nevada residents with intellectual disabilities and their families.
Merryhill Preschool in Henderson kindergarten and first grade students delivered non-perishable food donations to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth on Dec. 1. During the delivery, students helped unload the donations they collected over the last few weeks and received a tour of the facility to learn about how their contributions help the community.
This is the third year the school has supported the organization.
PGA TOUR and PGA of America hosted a "Golf Fore Las Vegas" charity tournament on Nov. 20 at TPC Las Vegas. Proceeds from the event, which totaled over $100,000, were donated to the Direct Impact Fund. The fund helps provide support services for the victims of the 1 October shooting.
Smith's grocery stores in Southern Nevada donated 2,500 pumpkin pies to Three Square Food Bank on November 15. The pies were distributed to Three Square's community partners so that those in need could have a small indulgence over Thanksgiving.
Pinot's Palette Studios has raised $11,821 for the Las Vegas Victims' Fund. Throughout the month of October, all three locations held Painting It Forward classes featuring custom “Vegas Strong” paintings. A portion of the proceeds from each class was donated to the Victims’ Fund
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 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 the 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 Foundationpresented 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 Medicineannounced 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 donated more than 45,000 hours per year.