Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Liberace Museum Celebrates The Holidays

LAS VEGAS - Beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, the Liberace Museum will kick off a ''Twelve Days of Christmas'' event with their annual holiday lighting ceremony. Each day after, the Liberace Museum will host live entertainment, holiday decorations, and hot chocolate. Proceeds will benefit charity.

In addition to holiday activities, Wes Winters, Rod Russell, and the Nevada Opera will perform their ''Holiday Tribute to Liberace'' on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. There is a $12 admission for each show.

Charities that will benefit from this event include Marine's Toys for Tots, Loving Hands Sewing Ministry, Street Teens, United Blood Service, Golden Rainbow, Shade Tree Shelter, and Aid for Aids Nevada. Each day will benefit a different charity. For more information, contact the Liberace Museum at 702-798-5595.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Make A Difference This Sunday

WASHINGTON - Families across America are building healthier communities by volunteering to help others on National Family Volunteer Day, Saturday, November 19. Sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, National Family Volunteer Day is designed to demonstrate the power of families who volunteer.

Since its inception in 1999, more than 250,000 volunteers have participated in this National Day of Service. Celebrated the weekend before Thanksgiving, National Family Volunteer Day kicks off the season of giving and encourages families to work together and give back to their community. Families will coordinate holiday food and clothing drives, visit residents in nursing homes, coordinate fund raisers and revitalize area parks and schools.

"There are myriad benefits of family volunteering. It strengthens family communication and increases shared time among family members while addressing key issues in local communities," said Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. "It helps create a culture of caring that connects families, communities, businesses and nonprofit organizations."

In addition to individual families, Volunteer Centers, nonprofit agencies, corporations and businesses around the globe, spearhead projects. In groups as small as four and as large as 500, families are gathering to celebrate National Family Volunteer Day.

To support families and organizations in the development of National Family Volunteer Day activities, Family Cares, a program of the Foundation, offers an on-line resource, designed for families interested in strengthening their local communities through family volunteering. features hands-on project ideas, resources and games. Many of the project ideas can be adapted for National Family Volunteer Day.

The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network also honors family volunteering through the National Family Volunteer Award. The award recognizes significant family volunteering activities that have taken place over the previous year by families, Volunteer Center, nonprofit agencies and businesses.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Business Bank of Nevada Funds Diabetes Research

LAS VEGAS - Business Bank of Nevada announced that it has donated over $6,000 to the Nevada Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and its annual Walk to Cure Diabetes fundraising events recently held in Reno and Las Vegas.  The money donated by the Bank was comprised of a corporate donation, branch and department sales of the ever-popular JDRF Sneakers, and employee pledges.

This is the sixth year that Business Bank has been participating in the Walk to Cure Diabetes events.  Over this six-year span, the Bank and its employees have donated in excess of $50,000 to this worthy cause.  In addition to the monetary donations, the Bank has provided human resources support to helping find a cure for this devastating disease through board involvement, corporate recruitment chairmanship, graphic design, volunteer outreach, and much more.

“JDRF is one of those nonprofit organizations that is near and dear to the hearts of everyone here at the Bank, which is why we enjoy supporting this wonderful organization each year in one way or another,” said Larry Charlton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Business Bank, and who also serves as chairman of the board for United Way of Southern Nevada.  “As a small company it’s hard to be all things to all people, but from a philanthropic standpoint I’m proud to say we support quite a few nonprofit groups and worthy causes throughout Nevada.”

Charlton added that the Bank looks to support those nonprofit organizations that its employees are a part of through board involvement and volunteer outreach.  The Bank earmarks its monetary support for these organizations, while its in-kind and volunteer support is targeted to help a larger number of philanthropic programs beyond the limited dollars it has to support the communities it serves.

“Our corporate partners are one of the reasons why JDRF has been so successful over the years, and with the continued support of philanthropic minded companies like Business Bank I’m confident we’ll find a cure for this disease in the not too distant future,” said Colleen Ashworth, executive director for the Nevada Chapter of JDRF.  “The key to finding a cure for this disease is research, and the more money we can raise the quicker we’ll cure this and many other devastating diseases caused by diabetes.”

Ashworth added that this year’s walk events in both Reno and Las Vegas raised a combined total of nearly $800,000 with over 6,000 walkers participating in these annual fundraising events.  JDRF is one of the premier nonprofit organizations in Nevada and is the leading diabetes research group in the world.  November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  For more information about diabetes and JDRF, go to

The Bank contributes financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote public interest where the company conducts its business.  The four main areas of the Bank’s philanthropic outreach include education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Commission Announces 06-07 Funding Opportunity

FALLON, Nev. - The Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. announced the availability of funds for 2006-07 AmeriCorps grants. The program year begins September 2006.

AmeriCorps grants fund and support high-quality programs that develop an ethic of civic responsibility in those who participate, strengthen communities by volunteer management, and help meet local needs through service in the areas of environment, public safety, homeland security, and other human needs. In exchange for their service, AmeriCorps members receive a small living allowance and an education award for post-secondary education expenses upon the successful completion of their service.

Agencies sponsor AmeriCorps member to implement local community service initiatives. Eligible agencies include non-profit community and faith-based organizations; state and local government entities; colleges and universities; school districts and Indian tribes.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the capacity to administer federal funds; implement a detailed plan of action to address a local unmet need; present strong connections to the community it serves; and have the ability to raise the required cash match, which average $25,000. Only applications submitted by agencies who attend one the technical assistance conferences listed below will be accepted. Applications are available. The submission deadline is Jan. 5, 2006.

To download an application packet, visit or call 702-808-4020. The commission is also hosting statewide simulcast technical assistance video on 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 29 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 5 in Elko. To make arrangements to attend the video conference, please e-mail

Friday, November 04, 2005

Company Uses Opening To Raise Funds

RENO, Nev. - As reported by the Reno Gazette Journal, Cindy Rumbaugh, owner of Galena Curves, focused her fitness center's opening on raising funds for the American Red Cross last September. Curves, along with Starbucks, Baskin Robins, Aqua, and other companies raffled goods and services for the benefit of the Red Cross.

Curves is a women's health club with one-on-one training and members support. The total amount raised by Gelana Curves was matched by Curves International. The new fitness center opened at 16560 Wedge Park, Suite 100 in Reno.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Nevada Federal Supports Jump Start

LAS VEGAS - Nevada Federal Credit Union is an active supporter of the National Jump$tart Coalition and the Nevada Jump$tart Coalition.

The dual mission of both the Nevada Jump$tart Coalition and Nevada Federal n is to improve the financial literacy of young adults in Nevada. Executives at the credit union believe that all young adults need to develop financial literacy to make informed financial decisions.

Nevada Federal’s volunteer speakers and committee volunteers work closely together with the Jump$tart Coalition to improve the financial literacy of Nevada’s youth through evaluation of financial literacy of young adults; developing, disseminating, and encouraging the use of standards for grades K-12; and promoting the teaching of personal finance.

For more information regarding the Jump$tart Coalition, visit Nevada’s Jump$tart website at

Friday, October 28, 2005

Sierra Pacific Lends Support Crews

RENO, Nev. - Nevada's electric utilities sent workers to the rescue when California residents were without power due to that state's forest fires last year, and when Florida reeled from one of the worst hurricane seasons on record, SPPC employees helped restore power there, too.

Sierra Pacific line crews were in Florida to help restore power to residents who've been battered by hurricanes. Four line trucks and other company vehicles and equipment were loaded on flatbed trailers for a cross-country trip to Florida.

Progress Energy, one of the electric utilities for central and north Florida, requested assistance from Sierra Pacific and other utilities throughout the U.S. Sierra Pacific crews were in Florida for 10 to 14 days, replacing hundreds of poles downed by the hurricanes.

All the costs associated with sending the employees and equipment to Florida will be reimbursed by Progress Energy through a mutual aid agreement. The act demonstrates how companies can work together during times of crisis.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

US Home Co-ops With Street Teens

LAS VEGAS - US Home continues its commitment to Street Teens, the company's charity of choice. Throughout the year, Mary Ann Kalagian, lead escrow coordinator for the builder, coordinated several renovation projects at the agency's facility. US Home employees and their families also donated their time.

"We've set up regular Street Teens Workdays designed to refurbish the interior and exterior of the building," Kalagian said.

The days encompass projects ranging from general cleanup and organization to analyzing and improving the building's floor plan and function. Kalagian said the removal of the dark paneling in the living room was a good place to start.

To assist with the renovation, US Home enlisted donations from other companies. Dawn Framing constructed a 20X20-foot storage building on the property; Carpets 'N More donated carpeting for several rooms; and Sherwin-Williams Company provided all of the interior and exterior paint. General Electric also pitched in to help.

Earlier in the year, US Home presented a $50,000 check to representatives of Street Teens, a volunteer-based organization, that is dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk teens by providing counseling, temporary day shelter, food and drink, clothing, sleeping bags and transportation. For more information, visit

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Mining Company Donates Land

ELKO, Nev. - The Goldwell Open Air Museum has announced that Barrick Gold Corp., former operators of the Barrick Bullfrog Mine near Beatty, Nevada has donated a 1.8-acre parcel with a 2,250-square-foot "Red Barn" for development into a community arts center last February.

The Red Barn is near the museum's 7.8-acre sculpture site in the ghost town of Rhyolite. The museum is best known for its life-size, ghostly sculptures by the late Belgian artist Albert Szukalski.

Museum officials plan to renovate the facility into several art studios and a large multipurpose programming space over the next 18-24 months. The museum plans to offer short- and long-term residencies to professional artists, writers and filmmakers, as well as workshops and exhibitions for the general public.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Comedy Stars Raise Funds At Flamingo

LAS VEGAS - A notable group of alumni from the famed Second City comedy theatre will gather for a one-night performance, the "Benefit of Laughter", at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

The comedic stars, linked by their common history with The Second City, will unite in an effort to help victims of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes and lives. Proceeds from the event benefit Habitat for Humanity. Stars include: George Wendt, Tim Meadows, Jeff Garlin, Richard Kind, Tim Kazurinsky, Keegan Michael Key, Neil Flynn, and Ian Gomez.

"The Flamingo Las Vegas is pleased to be part of an event that bring laughter and levity of our friends at The Second City, all to benefit a tremendous cause that has become so much a part of us all," said Don Marrandino, president of Flamingo Las Vegas.

United Airlines is the official airline for the benefit and a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity. United employees, through a workplace-giving program, has donated more than $76,000 to Habitat for Humanity. A significant portion of those dollars will be used for the construction of a new home in New Orleans.

Tickets for the Benefit of Laughter at the Flamingo Las VEgas are $65 and $75 (plus tax and handling) and can purchased at the Flamingo box office or in advance by calling 702-733-3333 or 866-581-8687. For additional information on the performance and an updated list of participants, please visit

Monday, October 24, 2005

Einstein Bros. to Donate $100,000

LAS VEGAS - With Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and National National Mammography Day on Oct. 21, Einstein Bros. is proud to announce that Rally Round the Pink mugs are for sale, helping raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.

For each mug sold, Einstein Bros. will donate $1.50 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000. Stop by any of the neighborhood stores to make a contribution to a great cause.

The mission of the Komen Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through research, education, screening, and treatment. For more information about breast health and breast cancer, visit

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

ACME Home Elevator Assists Home Makeover

LAS VEGAS - Team members from ACME Home Elevator, Inc. (ACME) will appear in a November episode of ABC's ''Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.'' The show's producers invited the company to participate in a makeover for the Tom family of Fairfield, Calif.

ACME sells, installs, and services custom residential elevators. The company, which has offices in Las Vegas and Benecia, Calif., works closely with numerous interior designers, architects and builders from design through installation.

''Since our company is growing and our volume of business is rapidly increasing, we were unsure whether we could help out,'' said Terry Pope, president and CEO of ACME. ''But ABC sent us a copy of the submission tape that Susan Tom had made.''

Tom, a single mother, is raising seven adopted children, all with serious physical challenges. The video shows two of Tom's daughters, who were born without legs, going up the stairs on their hands in the family's small two-story home.

"It was heartbreaking," said Pope. ''After watching, we knew we had to get involved. So we called Custom Elevator, which agreed to donate an elevator for the project. Through our Northern California office we agreed to donate our services so the elevator could be properly coordinated and installed in the home."

While the Tom family was sent away on vacation, courtesy of ABC, builder John Laing Homes began tearing down much of the family's existing home and rebuilding a newer, more functional one. Due to the small lot size and the number of bedrooms needed, a 3-story home was designed.

A member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the national association that writes all of the nation's elevator and escalator codes, and past chairman of ASM's Accessibility and Residential Committee, Pope was able to work closely with the architect and engineer to ensure the elevator's hoistway structure would meet earthquake and building code requirements. Several meetings were also held with John Laing Homes to coordinate the installation with other trades.

ACME technicians arrived to fit the brackets, rails, piston and sling for the elevator. Less than 12 hours after arriving on scene, it was running and installation was 90 percent complete. Once the builder finished the exterior doors, ACME completed its installation.

''It was an honor for us to be involved in a project that changed the lives of these deserving people,'' said Pope. ''It's gratifying to see how people and products in our industry can positively impact people's lives.''

Pope said the 2-hour episode will air on ABC at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Founded by Terry Pope in 1987, ACME Home Elevator, Inc. is a leading provider of custom residential elevators, stair lifts and access lifts in Nevada and Northern California. The company also works closely with interior designers, architects and builders from design through installation.

''Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive-produced by Tom Forman. The show airs Sundays (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

PGA Tour Challenge Results In Gift

LAS VEGAS - Ted Purdy was named this week's CRESTOR(R) (rosuvastatin calcium) Charity Challenge winner for his first-place standing entering the final round of the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. The CRESTOR(R) Charity Challenge is a season-long competition that recognizes and rewards the tournament leader entering the final round at 35 PGA TOUR events.

Through the program, now in its second year, AstraZeneca will donate $3.5 million a year to designated health and PGA TOUR charities. At each of the selected tournaments, a $100,000 contribution will be made, supporting the PGA TOUR's "Drive to a Billion" campaign which celebrates the spirit of giving that has helped the TOUR and its tournaments approach the milestone of $1 billion dollars in charitable giving.

For Purdy's performance, CRESTOR, an AstraZeneca pharmaceutical product, and the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas will donate $50,000 to Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. In addition, $50,000 will be donated to the health care charity of Purdy's choice. CRESTOR(R) Charity Challenge winners and the tournament's designated charity will be recognized during the network or cable telecast of each tournament.

Last year, Tom Lehman was in the lead entering the final round of the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas. For his performance, AstraZeneca donated $50,000 to the Las Vegas Founders' Club, and Lehman donated $50,000 to the Children's Cancer Research Fund.

"Just as AstraZeneca provides important tools in managing our health, they are continuing to show their care and concern for the special children and families that we serve," said Jeffrey Gordon, president/CEO of the Foundation. "With this most generous donation by the CRESTOR(R) Charity Challenge and AstraZeneca, we will be able to provide hope, courage, and triumph to so many deserving families through Project A.R.K., which is our social services division."

Monday, October 17, 2005

Smith's Donates $50,000 To Food Bank

SPARKS, Nev. - Smith's Food & Drug Stores awarded the Food Bank of Northern Nevada a $50,000 grant to start new Kids Café sites and to support our existing program. The grant will help us purchase a truck to deliver meals to new summer feeding sites.

The grant will also be used in our marketing efforts designed to increase participation, including the purchase of new ice-cream truck-style sound systems that will play music as our trucks approach summer feeding sites, flyers sent to all Washoe County low-income schools advertising summer feeding sites in neighborhoods, and banners for 10 sites. The grant will also fund start-up costs for new children's feeding sites and maintenance for Kids Cafe trucks.

The Food Bank is a food distribution and support system for more than 80 different direct service, non-profit agencies serving the needy, the ill, the elderly and children. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 3 million pounds of food to more than 80 member agencies. The food, valued at more than $4.5 million, fed more than 45,000 people.

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers. Smith’s currently operates 126 combination food and drug stores in seven western states, including 36 stores in Nevada. In the Las Vegas area 2,090 Smith’s employees provide helpful friendly service in 27 stores.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Southern Wine & Spirits Raises $372,000

Miami - Nevada distributer, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., participated in growing national public and private relief efforts to aid the victims, families, and communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The company, together with employees in 19 states, collected and donated a combined $372,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Harvey R. Chaplin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., and Wayne E. Chaplin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., wrote in a letter addressed to the American Red Cross: "We challenged our 10,000 employees working in 19 states across the country to contribute to the fund-raising efforts of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Our challenge was that, for every dollar raised by our employees, the company, through its private charitable foundation, would match the contribution. At this time, we are happy to inform you that our employees contributed an incredible $186,000. Accordingly, we are enclosing a check from the SWS Charitable Foundation in the amount of $372,000. This donation is being made on behalf of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., and its valued employees."

Since its establishment in 1968, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. has a long tradition of not only charitable giving to deserving international, national and local community efforts, but also, in times of local or regional natural disasters, of lending financial and other forms of support, from voluntary relief efforts of individual employees to the donation of needed supplies during other natural disasters.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation's largest wine and spirits distributor and currently operates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia, as well as, pending regulatory approval, in Mississippi and West Virginia.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

MGM MIRAGE Named 'Corporation of the Year'

LAS VEGAS - MGM MIRAGE has been named the 2005 'Corporation of the Year' by the Latin Chamber of Commerce, one of the premier business organizations serving the Hispanic community in Southern Nevada.

The award is presented annually to recognize companies whose commitment to diversity is exemplified through outstanding workplace initiatives and community relations efforts.

"We are proud to present this award to MGM MIRAGE, a company that believes in our shared vision of community involvement, diversity, and economic development," said Eloiza Martinez, president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce. "They are committed to the concept of developing strong community partnerships and how we all win when we work together."

MGM MIRAGE has partnered with the Latin Chamber of Commerce on a variety of community-based initiatives, including sponsorship of La Opportunidad, the Chamber's annual Business Expo and Career Fair. The company also contributes to the organization's scholarship program to assist fund Clark County High School graduates with their higher education aspirations.

In accepting the award at the annual awards gala, Debra Nelson, MGM MIRAGE Vice President of Corporate Diversity and Community Affairs, applauded the Latin Chamber's success since its inception in 1976.

"The Latin Chamber enjoys an exemplary position in our community for which we at MGM MIRAGE have been most pleased to be associated," said Nelson. "The chamber's commitment to improving the quality of life in our community and to uplifting and empowering those served by the services, in many respects, mirrors our commitment to corporate social responsibility."

MGM MIRAGE, one of the world's leading and most respected hotel and gaming companies, owns and operates 24 properties located in Nevada, Mississippi, and Michigan. It has investments in other properties in Nevada, New Jersey, Illinois and the United Kingdom.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Local Volleyball Tournament Raises Funds

LAS VEGAS - PSI World graduates in Las Vegas are hosting a beach volleyball tournament to benefit the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps families who have had a child diagnosed with a life threatening or critical illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell anemia, and other immunological diseases. This is the eleventh year that PSI World graduates have held the tournament to raise awareness for local charities.

The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Sunset Park, located at Sunset Boulevard and Eastern Avenue. More than 20 co-ed teams of six will participate in the event.

The public is invited to watch the tournament and participate in a number of raffles to win prizes, including an all-expense paid trip for two to Hawaii. Refreshments and a variety of food will be served throughout the day.

In addition to providing social, emotional, educational and psychological support, the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation hosts a summer day camp developed for children with catastrophic illnesses. Camp Cartwheel allows these children and their siblings to enjoy being kids together for a few days. Experiences include swimming, hiking, arts, horseback riding, and nature study.

Donations for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation will be accepted at the tournament. A special account for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (Acct # 03020004804) has also been opened at Nevada First Bank. To make a direct donation, contact Nevada First Bank at 702-735-8434.

Sponsors for this event also include: PSI World; Just Kiddin Playwear; Accurate Building Maintenance; Screwballs Las Vegas; Wall Units Etc.; Prowest Construction; Consolidated Roofing; Tracy and Paul Bressan; Provenza Realty; Max Impact; The Flying Elvi; Evolution; Copywrite, Ink.; Hitman, LLC; Clear Channel Media; and Magdalena's.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Commission Connects Katrina Relief Volunteers

FALLON, Nev. – The Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. (NCNCS), through the Katrina Resource Center at USA Freedom Corps, provides the opportunity for Nevadans to give in any capacity to residents of communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

The Katrina Resource Center has the capacity to connect a cadre of volunteers from groups, businesses or organizations who wish to donate their time in communities ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Staff at the KRC are in touch with lead disaster relief agencies in each state and have the ability to match resources to needs. In addition, the Katrina Resource Center links donors to organizations and charities accepting both monetary donations as well as donated goods and services.

More information is available at or directly on the USA Freedom Corps website at

NCNCS is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging Nevadans in service and volunteerism efforts. Created by Governor’s executive order in 1994, NCNCS administers eight AmeriCorps programs and the annual Governor’s Points of Light Awards. This year, 186 AmeriCorps members will assist communities in meeting critical, unmet educational, environmental, public safety, and human service needs while receiving a modest living stipend and education award. AmeriCorps and NCNCS: strengthening Nevada communities through service and volunteerism.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Governor's Points of Light Finalists Announced

FALLON, Nev. – The Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. (NCNCS) announced the names of 15 finalists to be honored during the Governor’s Points of Light Award dinner on Oct. 20 in Reno. The award program recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication, commitment, and determination in promoting and supporting volunteerism throughout the state.

Finalists are: (Individual, North) Joan Dyer (Reno), Edward Feinhandler (Reno), and Patricia Kelly (Reno); (Individual, South) Carole Fink (Las Vegas), Steve Schorr (Las Vegas), and Joseph Vassallo (Las Vegas); (Individual, Rural) Judy Harris (Dayton), Alymae Shultz (Pahrump), and Jeff Weigel (Winnemucca).

Finalists in the Non-Profit/Service Organization category include Education Collaborative of Washoe County (Reno), Great Basin Institute (Reno), and Helping Hands of Vegas Valley (Las Vegas). Finalists in the Corporation/Business category include Bank of America (Las Vegas), Washoe Medical Center (Reno), and Wells Fargo (Las Vegas).

Finalists were selected from a field of nearly 50 nominees and were judged on their achievement through voluntary service, addressing an unmet need, innovative or unique approach, opportunities to mobilize other volunteers and endurance of an ongoing project, with exception to short-term crisis situations. One recipient in each category will receive the Governor’s Points of Light Award recognizing their service along with a monetary donation to the charity of their choice.

The awards will be presented by Governor Kenny Guinn during a dinner ceremony to be held at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno. Tickets for the dinner are $150 per person with proceeds benefiting the NCNCS and AmeriCorps programs throughout Nevada. The dinner will also feature a silent auction with items donated by businesses, celebrities and entertainers.

For more information, call NCNCS at 888-338-9759. Tickets may also be reserved online at

Initial sponsors include Boyd Gaming Corporation, The Howard Hughes Corporation, IGT, Omidyar Network, Southwest Gas Corporation and Wells Fargo. For more information, call NCNCS at 888-338-9759. Tickets may also be reserved online at

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Harrah’s and Employees Set $1 Million Goal

LAS VEGAS - Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) unveiled the Harrah’s reception area for chemotherapy patients located inside the Institute’s new flagship facility at One Breakthrough Way, 10441 West Twain Avenue. Harrah’s and its employees also announced a goal to raise $1 million for NVCI.

“This generous gift demonstrates Harrah’s and its employees’ outstanding commitment to the community and the fight against cancer,” said Heather Murren, president and CEO of NVCI. “We are thrilled to recognize Harrah’s and its employees with such a prominent space as the patient reception area. They are truly leaders in our community, and we hope this display of generosity serves as an inspiration to all Nevadan’s to join in the search for a cure for cancer.”

Harrah’s and its employees plan to contribute to their $1 million goal each year until 2007. Harrah’s Foundation will match a portion of employee contributions to the NVCI. The gift will be instrumental in helping NVCI, who will dedicate its flagship facility on September 23, 2005, in achieving its mission: To develop a comprehensive cancer research institute staffed by the finest scientists, clinicians, and caregivers. Together, we will provide hope for our community through education, support and patient-centered care. We will strive for a future without cancer through innovative translational research in basic, clinical and population science.

“What Nevada Cancer Institute has done for Nevada is immeasurable,” noted Gary Loveman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Harrah’s Entertainment. “In three years, they have exceeded our expectations and have filled the community with hope for a brighter tomorrow. They’ve made the vision of a world-class cancer center a reality for Nevadans and, in the process they’ve forever changed the healthcare landscape of our city,” Loveman said. “I would like to thank all the Harrah’s employees who have generously embraced this monumental project.”

Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., is the world’s largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada 67 years ago, Harrah’s has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. On June 13, 2005, Harrah’s Entertainment acquired Caesars Entertainment, Inc., and now owns or manages through various subsidiaries more than 40 casinos in three countries, primarily under the Harrah’s, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names.

The Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) is the official cancer institute for the State of Nevada. NVCI’s mission is to develop a comprehensive cancer research institute staffed by the finest scientists, clinicians and caregivers, to provide hope for the community through research, prevention, detection, (emphasis added) education, support and patient-centered care by striving for a future without cancer through innovative translational research in basic, clinical and population science.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

AmeriCorps VISTA To Recruit Members

RENO, Nevada - AmeriCorps VISTA, the United States’ “domestic Peace Corps” is announced 24 openings in seven different organizations for VISTA volunteers. An information session, which was open to the public, was held at 4:00 p.m. on July 11, 2005 at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Reno. For more information on future openings, call 352-3202.

For 40 years, AmeriCorps VISTA has been helping bring communities and individuals out of poverty. Today, nearly 6,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members serve in hundreds of nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout the country - working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, increase housing opportunities, or bridge the digital divide. They leave behind lasting solutions to some of our country's toughest problems.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke of a domestic volunteer program modeled after the newly established Peace Corps. The next year, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "war on poverty" and signed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The Act created Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) and fulfilled President Kennedy's dream. More than 130,000 individuals have dedicated a year of their lives to eradicating poverty in the United States through AmeriCorps VISTA in the past 40 years.

The first VISTA members started in January 1965, and by the end of the year, more than 2,000 members were working in the Appalachian region, migrant worker camps in California, and poor neighborhoods in Hartford, Connecticut. By 1966, there were 3,600 VISTA members serving throughout the country. Throughout the 1960s, they helped develop some of the first Head Start programs and Job Corps sites. The first members started agricultural cooperatives, community groups, and small businesses that still thrive today. 

Locally, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers will begin to assist Big Brothers Big Sisters, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Great Basin Primary Care Association, Great Basin Outdoor School, Friends of Special Children, American Lung Association, and Food Bank of Northern NEvada.

Positions are full time volunteer assignments, focusing on resource (volunteer and/or financial) development. A “living allowance” is provided, as well as an Educational Award of $4,725 at the end of one year of service.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Harrah’s Opens Gulf Region Employee Assistance Center

LAS VEGAS – Stepping up efforts to help nearly 8,000 Harrah’s employees begin the process of recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. announced the opening of the Harrah’s Gulf Coast Region Assistance Center today in Gulfport, Miss. The center, located at 11975 Seaway Road in Gulfport, is a resource for employees of Harrah’s three Gulf Region properties displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Available services include:

On-site, primary health care services. The first shipment of emergency medical supplies for the center arrived this morning from Louisville, Ky., on the company’s corporate jet; Assistance with compensation and benefits for displaced workers;
Listings of available shelters, local housing and transportation; Information on nationwide job opportunities within the Harrah’s network, and; Access to e-mail and to the Harrah’s Intranet with crucial relief and recovery information.

Employees unable to visit the center in person can call the company’s employee information line at 877-422-7466. Harrah’s is asking all displaced employees to visit the Mississippi center or call the information line so the company can account for all employees and direct them to relief services. Harrah’s anticipates opening a second employee assistance center in Louisiana in the near future.

In other updates: Harrah’s said it will make up the difference between military pay and regular pay to employees whose National Guard or Reserve units are activated for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts; The cast of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding announced two special performances on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Guests making a contribution of $100 or more to the Harrah’s Employee Recovery Fund or the Red Cross will receive a free ticket to the show, while 30 percent of proceeds from the purchase of regularly-priced tickets will go to the Employee Recovery Fund. Both shows will feature guest performances by Nevada Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and Las Vegas entertainer Dennis Bono;
Harrah’s readied 150 hotel rooms at its Bourbon Street hotel in Las Vegas to receive evacuees and displaced employees arriving from the Gulf Coast Region; As previously announced, Harrah’s will pay employees from its affected properties their regularly scheduled base pay, up to 90 days, and is giving these employees first preference for available jobs at other Harrah’s properties. In addition, the company has established temporary relief shelters for employees at its properties in Tunica, Miss., Lake Charles, La., and Bossier City, La.

The public can assist Harrah’s employees by visiting the company’s Web site -- – for additional information on how to help.

As more definitive news and damage assessments become available, Harrah’s will take additional steps to bolster relief efforts for its employees, and actively participate in the rebuilding of these vital communities. For more information, please visit:

Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., is the world’s largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada 67 years ago, Harrah’s has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. On June 13, 2005, Harrah’s Entertainment acquired Caesars Entertainment, Inc., and now owns or manages through various subsidiaries more than 40 casinos in three countries, primarily under the Harrah’s, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Show To Raise Relief Funds For Harrah's Employees

LAS VEGAS – Producers of “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” today announced they will offer two special performances this Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino’s Calypso Room to benefit Harrah’s Entertainment employees affected by Hurricane Katrina. The two performances are at 5 and 8 p.m. (includes dinner).

Both shows will feature guest performances by Nevada Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and local entertainer Dennis Bono. Any guest who donates $100 or more to the Harrah's Employee Recovery Fund or the Red Cross will get a free ticket to one of these performances. For all other full price tickets sold to these two performances only ($78.95 plus tax a ticket for general seating, $125 plus tax for VIP seating), Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding will give a 30 percent donation to the Harrah’s Employee Recovery Fund.

“We are pleased to assist Harrah’s Entertainment employees in their recovery efforts,” said Raphael Berko, show producer. “We are counting on a great turnout this Sunday so we can make a difference in the lives of Harrah’s employees affected by Hurricane Katrina.”

Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. continues to assist employees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Harrah’s focus remains on the safety and health of its nearly 8,000 employees in Biloxi, Gulfport and New Orleans. The Recovery Fund, seeded last week with an initial donation of $1 million from the Harrah’s Foundation, will provide relief and recovery assistance to employees affected by the storm. In addition, a Harrah’s Employee Information Center has been created at the Harrah’s Entertainment Corporate Center in Memphis, Tenn.

The center will lead the effort to assist employees who have been evacuated and displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The Harrah’s Employee Relief hotline number is (877) 422-7466. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone, call the Rio Box Office at (702) 777-7776. For room reservations, call (800) PLAYRIO.

The show’s original New York director, Larry Pellegrini, directs and supervises the casting process of the Las Vegas version of “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding,” which has played in more than 40 American cities, and has run successfully on Broadway for 18 years. Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding is the creation of the improvisational comedy troupe, “Artificial Intelligence.”

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Prudential Searches For Youth Volunteers

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Over the past 10 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 400 middle level and high school students across Nevada for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment, and serving their communities through many other volunteer activities. This week the search begins to identify more young Nevadans who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the prestigious awards program kicks off its 11th year.

These awards, presented nationwide by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), honor outstanding community service by young people in grades 5 through 12.

"Young people who take the initiative to serve their communities through volunteerism are a great source of strength for our nation, and give us ample reason to be optimistic about the future," said Prudential Chairman and CEO Arthur F. Ryan. "We want to recognize them, encourage them, and hold them up as role models for all young Americans."

Application forms for The 2006 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards will be available over the next two months through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H agents, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, and member Volunteer Centers of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. They also may be obtained at or, or by calling toll-free 888-450-9961.

Students must submit completed applications by October 31, 2005. Then, participating schools and local organizations will select Local Honorees and present them with Certificates of Achievement. These Local Honorees also will receive the President's Volunteer Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation if they have contributed the minimum number of volunteer hours to qualify. All Local Honorees are then reviewed by a state-level judging committee, which will name the top two candidates from each state and the District of Columbia -- one high school student and one middle level student -- as State Honorees in February 2006. These State Honorees will receive $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions, and an all- expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., with a parent for four days of recognition events May 6-9, 2006. Runners-up at the state level will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.

Last year, more than 20,000 students nationwide participated in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. In Nevada, Christopher Ruiz-Gardner, 18, of Las Vegas and John-Henry Lambin, 13, of Gardnerville were the state's top youth volunteers for 2005. Christopher, Nevada's top high school youth volunteer, was honored for organizing a community clothing drive that collected more than 15,000 articles of winter clothing and nearly $2,500 to assist the homeless. John-Henry, Nevada's top middle level volunteer, was recognized for creating "Kids Extreme," a program that supports young people who have asthma and dyslexia and seeks to educate others about these conditions.

In May 2006, a distinguished national selection committee will name America's top 10 youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive additional awards of $5,000, gold medallions, crystal trophies for their schools or organizations, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit, charitable organizations of their choice.

"Over the past 10 years, thousands of determined, thoughtful, and selfless young people have been recognized through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards," said Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of NASSP. "NASSP is proud to be a part of a program that publicly recognizes the efforts of these amazing young people and we hope that it serves to inspire young people everywhere to give back to their communities and become civically engaged."

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on community service, and have honored more than 60,000 young volunteers at local, state and national levels over the past 10 years. The program, which also is conducted in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, is part of a broad youth-service initiative by Prudential that includes a youth leadership training program administered by the Points of Light Foundation; a free booklet of volunteer ideas for young people offered through the Federal Citizen Information Center; and a Web site featuring profiles of outstanding youth volunteers, volunteer tips and project ideas for students, an electronic newspaper on youth volunteerism, and more (

Prudential Financial companies serve individual and institutional customers worldwide and include The Prudential Insurance Company of America, one of the largest life insurance companies in the U.S. These companies offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, mutual funds, annuities, pension and retirement-related services and administration, asset management, securities brokerage, banking and trust services, real estate brokerage franchises and relocation services. For more information, visit

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

USA Funds Steps Up With Disaster Relief

INDIANAPOLIS - USA Funds, the nation's leading education-loan guarantor, which also operates in Nevada, announced a commitment of $1 million to provide financial assistance to college students in sections of four states affected by recent hurricanes. USA Funds' financial support will provide assistance to low-income students attending schools in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi counties designated as federal disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following hurricanes Dennis and Katrina.

Awards of up to $35,000 may be made to eligible postsecondary institutions that apply. Financial-aid offices at institutions awarded grants will distribute the funds to eligible students affected by the disaster to supplement the students' financial-aid packages.

Assistance of up to $750 may be given to each eligible low-income student who already receives Pell Grants or other need-based aid. The assistance may be used for immediate education-related needs or for second-term education expenses -- tuition, fees, books, room and board or other education-related expenses.

"USA Funds recognizes that low-income students are especially vulnerable to dropping out of school in the wake of such disasters, so we are providing this support to help these students stay in school and complete their studies," said Carl C. Dalstrom, USA Funds president and CEO. "This program is consistent with our nonprofit mission to support preparation for, access to and success in higher education."

For additional information about the program and to apply for a grant, campus financial-aid administrators should visit .

Dalstrom noted that this marks the second year that USA Funds has supported disaster relief for college students. A grant from USA Funds provided $545,000 in emergency aid to students attending 41 postsecondary institutions in areas of five states -- Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi -- ravaged by four major hurricanes during 2004.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, USA Funds is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance postsecondary-education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services. USA Funds annually guarantees education loans totaling $16.5 billion for students and parents throughout the nation and serves as the designated guarantor of federal education loans for eight states: Arizona, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada and Wyoming.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

NHRA Stars To Participate In Charity Event

LAS VEGAS – NHRA Funny Car drivers Tony and Frank Pedregon will join NHRA Top Fuel Dragster drivers Rod Fuller, Brandon Bernstein and David Grubnic in the second annual Speedway Children’s Charities Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Cannery Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The charity event will kick off the NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Tournament players will have the opportunity to play No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker against the NHRA drivers. Entry fee (buy-in) is $250 and players receive $1,000 tournament in chips. Players also will receive complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks throughout the evening. The evening will conclude with a showdown between the top NHRA driver and the top tournament player for a trophy and bragging rights. This year’s grand prize for tournament players is a trip for two to Honolulu -- including five-day, four-night accommodations and roundtrip airfare.

For entries and information, please contact Janae Melvin at (702) 632-8242 or, or download an entry form at

Speedway Children's Charities ( is a non-profit foundation based in Charlotte, N.C., that distributes funds to charities and foundations providing medical, emotional and social services to children in need. Founded in 1984 by O. Bruton Smith, chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Speedway Children's Charities has grown into a national foundation with chapters located at each of the six Speedway Motorsports Inc., facilities, including Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Each chapter's objective is to assist as many children as possible.

Last December, The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities granted $275,000 to 51 local children’s causes during its annual grant distribution ceremony.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Congregation Donates To Community Center

RENO, Nev. - The Lakeside Community Church congregation was thanked by the Reno City Council for the congregation's donation of $100.00 towards completion of the new Reno Community Assistance Center campus.

Rev. Lisa Leggett Garcia and Congregation President David Asher were presented with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the City Council and the non-profit Community Foundation of Western Nevada that is accepting donations for the Community Assistance Center project.

A formal ground-breaking ceremony for the project was held February 25 for the new Community Assistance Center on Record Street of off Fourth Street that will provide comprehensive social services to homeless men, women and children in a centralized four-building campus. Donations are being sought for Phase II construction that will include a Women's and Family Shelter and Homeless Resource Center.

Phase I construction will include the new St. Vincent's Dining Room, a 150-bed men's drop-in shelter and the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission. St. Vincent's Dining Room currently serves a hot lunch six days a week and continental breakfast on Sunday to 400-500 homeless and working poor. The new facility will enable Catholic Community Services to more than double its seating capacity, accommodating up to 360 persons at one time. This will dramatically shorten the wait for a meal. The dining room will also have kitchen and restroom improvements.

The Men's Drop-in Shelter will replace the City's temporary shelter on Morrill Street. The Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission provides food, clothing, shelter, counseling and programs designed to instruct and to assist families and individuals in becoming self-sufficient and productive members of our community. The new building will contain a 32-man drop-in center, a 32-bed men's dormitory for a rehabilitation program, and transitional housing for 32 men in hotel-style room accommodations. The new building includes a kitchen to prepare meals for program participants and a large waiting room.

Donations to the Community Assistance Center project can be made through the Community Foundation of Western Nevada, 1885 South Arlington Avenue, suite 103, Reno 89509. Additional information can be obtained by calling the foundation office at (775) 333-5499.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Governor's Points of Light Sponsor Deadline

FALLON, Nev. - Corporate sponsorships for the upcoming Governor's Points of Light Award Oct. 20 will be accepted through Monday, Aug. 22. The Governor's Points of Light Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication, commitment, and determination in promoting and supporting volunteerism throughout the state.

The Awards honors 15 finalists from a field of 56 nominees will be honored in five categories: individual north, individual south, nonprofit north, nonprofit south, and corporate. The award is the state of Nevada's highest honor given for service to the community by Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn and is administered by Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. (NCNCS).

In addition to receiving recognition from Governor Guinn and the state of Nevada, NCNCS honors each recipient with a $500 donation to the charity of their choice along with two other finalists receiving a $250 donation to the charity of their choice. The finalists and recipients will be honored at an awards dinner held at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno.

For additional information about available Platinum, Gold, and Silver sponsorships, please call the NCNCS office in Fallon at 888-338-9759.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

USA Funds Awards Scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS - USA Funds(R), the nation's leading education-loan guarantor, announces the award of $252,750 in scholarships to help 173 low-to-moderate-income students in Nevada pursue higher education.

USA Funds awarded $135,750 in scholarships to 92 first-time recipients of USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships(R) in Nevada for the 2005-2006 academic year. In addition, USA Funds awarded $117,000 in renewal scholarships to 81 Nevada students who previously had received awards under the program.

Because USA Funds serves as Nevada's designated guarantor of federal education loans, Nevada residents receive priority consideration for the awards.

"These scholarships will help academically qualified students with financial need reap the significant rewards of higher learning," said Carl C. Dalstrom, USA Funds president and CEO. "Consistent with USA Funds' nonprofit mission to enhance higher-education preparedness, access and success, we are pleased to help these students pay for higher education."

To qualify for the scholarships, students must come from households with annual incomes of $35,000 or less. Full-time undergraduate, graduate and professional students are eligible for $1,500 scholarships, and half-time undergraduates may receive $750 scholarships.

If a scholarship recipient maintains a grade-point average of at least 2.5, the scholarship may be renewed annually until the student receives a degree or certificate, or the total amount awarded reaches $6,000, whichever comes first.

For a list of first-time USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship recipients for 2005-2006, visit .

Information about USA Funds' 2006-2007 scholarship program will be posted beginning Oct. 3 on USA Funds' Web site, .

Headquartered in Indianapolis, USA Funds is a nonprofit corporation that works to enhance postsecondary-education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services. USA Funds annually guarantees education loans totaling $16.5 billion for students and parents throughout the nation and serves as the designated guarantor of federal education loans for eight states: Arizona, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada and Wyoming.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Harrah's Raises Funds For Cancer

RENO, Nev. - Harrah’s Reno is teaming up with the Righteous Ones and the Angel Kiss Foundation for the inaugural Righteous Ones/Angel Kiss Foundation Cancer Run on Aug. 20. The purpose of the all-day event is to raise money for northern Nevada families struggling with childhood cancer.

To participate, register for the Righteous Ones/Angel Kiss Foundation Cancer Run at 8 a.m. at the Reno Road House Saloon, 1923 Prater Way in Sparks. Complimentary donuts and coffee will be served to riders. Or, register at 8 a.m. at Sparky’s Sports Bar and Grill, 2310 South Carson Street in Carson City. Riders will receive a complimentary breakfast. The first 100 riders will also receive a free T-shirt.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with a scavenger hunt motorcycle run. The entry fee is $15 to $25, with all proceeds going to the Angel Kiss Foundation. The scavenger hunt concludes at Harrah’s Plaza, 219 North Center Street in Reno. There, participants will be treated to complimentary food and beverages, a 50/50 raffle, balloon raffle, live auction, and entertainment by local band C.H. KYO. The music will continue throughout the night, with a second concert taking at 10 p.m.

Through this event, Harrah’s Reno, The Angel Kiss Foundation, and The Righteous Ones will provide financial, educational, and emotional support to families to help ease the burden associated with fighting cancer. For more information, call The Angel Kiss Foundation at (775) 323-7721.

Since April 2000, the Angel Kiss Foundation has raised over $200,000 to assist more than 95 families in northern Nevada and the eastern Sierra deal with the challenges of childhood cancer.

The Righteous Ones have raised thousands of dollars in the fight against cancer. With limited resources, The Righteous Ones brought in more than $3,000 for the Children of Fallon two years ago, making it the first organization to raise funds for the children’s everyday needs. The Righteous Ones are dedicated to assisting families and their children afflicted with cancer

Harrah's Reno is a recipient of the Mobil Four Star Award. It features seven restaurants, a 60,000 square foot, 24-hour casino, and national-caliber entertainment Harrahs Entertainment (NYSE: HET) owns or manages through various subsidiaries more than 40 casinos in three countries, primarily under the Harrah's, Caesars and Horseshoe brand names.

Monday, August 15, 2005

KVBC To Benefit Rape Crisis Center

LAS VEGAS - KVBC channel 3 anchor Nina Radetich, Mix 94.1, and the Palms Casino Resort will present the 2nd annual "Nina's Night Out" on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Palms Casino Resort.

The event will feature a performance by Mark McGrath and Sugar Ray as well as an acoustic set by Vertical Horizon at Rain. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rape Crisis Center, which provides crisis intervention, advocacy, support, and education to victims of sexual violence.

"The Rape Crisis Center is very excited about this opportunity for the community to lend its support for the victims of sexual violence. Their participation will support us, the staff and volunteers, in helping people through such a painful time in their life," said Elizabeth Tamburri, executive director of the Rape Crisis Center. "Our gratitude to Nina and all those who support this event is immeasurable."

A VIP reception at Ghostbar will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will include appearances by McGrath and Vertical Horizon, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and a silent auction. The concert starts at 8:30 p.m. VIP tickets are $100 and general admission tickets are $50. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, For information contact Elizabeth Tamburri at 702-385-2153

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Conservatory To Present Make-A-Wish Benefit

LAS VEGAS - The Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts’ Concert Fantasy and Fantasy Petite, a benefit for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, will take place on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The program will feature many genres of dance, including jazz and tap tributes to the music of Jennifer Lopez and numbers from Broadway shows. Nearly 1,000 dance, gymnastics, karate and vocal performers will participate in the shows, which will feature rear projection video and special effects.

Net proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada to grant wishes to local children living with life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, call 458-7575. Tickets are available at

The Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts is the largest school of its kind in Nevada. The facility offers dance, theater, gymnastics, karate and music instruction for children and adults.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

School Supplies Benefit Children

PAHRUMP, Nev. - Kaye's Allstate Insurance, located at the Albertson’s shopping plaza adjacent to Port of Subs in Pahrump, and the Pahrump Family Resource Center (PFRC), are hosting a drive to collect school supplies for needy schoolchildren. Donations may be dropped off at Kaye’s and at PFRC on Highway 372, now through Aug. 26.

This year marks the fifth time the Pahrump Family Resource Center and Kaye's Allstate Insurance have hosted the drive. For more information, call 702-727-3885 or 702-751-8228.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Kindred Healthcare Sponsors Walk

CARSON CITY - Kindred Healthcare and Creative Memories are sponsoring the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Nevada State Capitol Grounds, 101 N. Carson Street in Carson City.

Since 1989, the national Memory Walk has raised more than $175 million for programs and services for individuals with Alzheimer's, their families, and caregivers. The walk takes place along the city’s historic Blue Line Trail.

Registration is free for those wishing to walk in the race. Individuals and businesses may sponsor walk participants, which will help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information about the Memory Walk, call 775-786-8061.

The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is a voluntary health organization dedicated to finding preventions, treatments and, eventually, a cure for Alzheimer dementia. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers.

Kindred Healthcare is a healthcare services company that through its subsidiaries operates hospitals, nursing centers, institutional pharmacies and a contract rehabilitation services business across the United States, including three hospitals and two nursing centers in Nevada.

Monday, August 08, 2005

La Salsa Helps In Henderson

HENDERSON, Nev. - When La Salsa Restaurant at the District was planning it's grand opening, they wanted to do something to support the local community. They turned to HACA-Henderson Allied Community Advocates, which offers Breakfast Bookworm Program.

The goal of this program is to encourage family literacy for children in at-risk schools, as well as build the personal libraries of children who might not have many books at home. At the Breakfast Bookworm Event in February 2005 at CT Sewell Elementary School, La Salsa replaced the normal granola bars and applesauce breakfast with delicious breakfast burritos. The Restaurant's manager was the reader for the month, and read "The Little House" to a packed multipurpose room of students and parents. Each family gets a copy of the book for that month, and each child gets to pick an additional book from the "book buckets."

The event also developed a relationship between La Salsa and CT Sewell Elementary for additional support in the future. Breakfast was even more delicious for HACA who received a generous $2,500 donation to support the Breakfast Bookworm program. This non-profit, educational, and corporate partnership made everyone shout "Ole"!

For additional information about the work of  HACA - Henderson Allied Community Advocates, visit their web site at or call 566-0576.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Saturn Donates Auto For College Program

RENO, Nev. - Saturn of Reno donated a 2001 Saturn L series four-door to the Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC). The vehical will be used for the colleges's automotive technician program. The car's panels have been removed to who the car's features. The car, which is the second to be given to the TMCC, was a showroom display model.

Saturn of Reno is located aat 1000 Kietzke Lane in Reno. For more information, visit their website at

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Smith's Pet Club Supports SPCA

RENO, Nev. - Smith’s Food & Drug Stores Pet Club for a donation of $18,526 to the Nevada SPCA and Animal Relief Foundation, which recognizes pet supply purchases at Smith’s stores and which gives to customers who spend $100 in pet products a Pet Club Savings Certificate for $9 off their next purchase and sends $1 to the local Humane Society or SPCA.

The SPCA of Northern Nevada is a non-profit Nevada Corporation (501 C3) that was founded in February of 1998 as a companion animal rescue and adoption organization in Washoe County. The SPCA is a non-euthanizing shelter dedicated to ending euthanasia as a means of pet over-population control.

The SPCA of Northern Nevada receives no federal, state or county funding. The organization is supported by generous donations from the public, grants from supporting foundations, our animal adoption fees and the revenue generated at our Thrift Store. All funding is dedicated to helping end the plight of homeless animals in Washoe County, Nevada.

The Animal Relief Foundation is a non-profit organization located in Elko, Nevada. They operate in cooperation with the City and County on cases of animal abuse or neglect. Most of our rescued animals come from the City facility.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

reJAVAnate Collects Books For Kids

LAS VEGAS - reJAVAnate Coffee Lounge, located at 3300 E Flamingo Road (at Pecos), is hosting a book drive to collect new and gently used books to benefit Kids To Kids through Aug. 16. Kids To Kids is a non-profit literacy organization that gives books to pre-kindergarten through middle school children attending at-risk schools throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

Kids To Kids puts the books into the homes of youngsters and gives them the opportunity to develop their own personal library collections for use at home. For additional information, call Debbie Carroll, community Outreach director for Kids to Kids, at 914-8741

reJAVAnate Coffee Lounge is the only espresso bar in Las Vegas serving the award-winningCaffe D’Arte coffee. The lounge also serves a variety of espresso, coffee, frozen drinks, breakfast pastry and desserts. Free wireless Internet is also available. reJAVAnate is located in the Renaissance III Shopping Plaza, on the northwest corner of Flamingo and Pecos, and is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Mervyn’s Helps Kids For School

HENDERSON, Nev. - Mervyn’s, located at the Galleria at Sunset Mall in Henderson, will host its annual ChildSpree on Aug. 6 for 20 economically disadvantaged Henderson children. Each child will receive a $100 back-to-school shopping spree, along with 10 percent off all purchases made during the event. The children were selected through Boys and Girls Clubs of Henderson based on need.

Volunteers from Mervyn’s and the National Charity League will assist the children. Nationally, this annual event has helped thousands of children go back to school with new clothes, supplies and the confidence they need to succeed. Since 1992, ChildSpree has donated $12 million and served more than 160,000 children.

Since 1949, Mervyn’s has delivered a balance of style, quality, and value for families. The company’s goal is to satisfy customers' expectations better than the competition by offering style, quality, excellent service, all at a good price. Mervyn’s supports a variety of charitable initiatives throughout its 13-state region, including Nevada.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Clint Holms Joined Lance Burton Benefit

LAS VEGAS - Clint Holms joined the long list of performers brought together by Lance Burton to benefit Zelzah Shrine Temple at Mesquite & Rancho in Las Vegas. Others included comedy-magician Fielding West, magician Nathan Burton, Drew & Angela Dicostanzo - a.k.a. DV8 Reality Magic and puppeteer Anthony Rais with Totolino.

The annual benefit “Lance Burton & Friends” took place at yesterday at The Lance Burton Theatre in the Monte Carlo. Ticket were priced are $27.50 (balcony) and $35 (lower level). All proceeds were be donated to the transportation fund to aid the hundreds of children who are clients of The Shriners in Las Vegas. The coach buses transport the children with medical problems and their parents to the Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles.

This is the ninth year Lance Burton has hosted the show. He is well known for his involvement in similar community-building events. For more information, visit

Friday, July 29, 2005

Builder's Association Helps Trade Program

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Builders Association of Northern Nevada donated $6,000 to the Construction trades Program at the Warm Springs Correctional Center in Carson City. The $6,000 will be used to keep the program functional until grants can be procured.

''We don't want to see a trades program that produces trained construction workers just disappear, especially one that is helping people who have taken a wrong turn somewhere in life,'' says BANN Treasurer Jim Crofoot.

One of BANN's many goals is to help provide an educated construction workforce to our community. Along with the donation to the Correctional Center, BANN has assisted ACE High School and dozens of individuals continuing their education in the building industry.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Agassi To Host Grand Slam For Children

LAS VEGAS - The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation (AACF) has assembled entertainers to benefit Las Vegas at-risk youth. Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Duran Duran, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Lopez, and others will perform Saturday, Oct. 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger and composer David Foster will return for his tenth year as musical director.

Tickets priced at $150 and $100 not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Friday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. (PST) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office. Tickets also will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Tower Records/WOW!, select Smith's Food and Drug Centers, Robinsons-May stores and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call MGM Grand Reservations at 800-929-1111/702-891-7777 or Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at or

"Andre and the entire Agassi Foundation consistently provide a tremendous amount of support to the children of Las Vegas and the community," said Gamal Aziz, MGM Grand president and chief operating officer, "We look forward to hosting the Tenth Anniversary Grand Slam for Children benefit concert and anticipate a spectacular evening for our guests."

The Grand Slam for Children concert fundraiser, presented by Genworth Financial, benefits the AACF, a nonprofit organization established in 1994 to assist at-risk youth in Las Vegas, where Agassi was raised. More than 68,000 guests have attended nine Grand Slam events, raising more than $42 million for charity.

Specific charities benefiting from the AACF fundraiser include the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a model charter school in West Las Vegas; Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club; Assistance League of Las Vegas' Operation School Bell; Boys Hope/Girls Hope of Nevada; Child Haven; Class! Publications; Cynthia Bunker and Joy McClenahan Memorial Scholarship Fund; I Have A Dream Foundation; Las Vegas Inner-City Games; Las Vegas Philharmonic's Youth Concert Series; Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp; YMCA of Southern Nevada.

For more information, please contact the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation at 702.227.5700.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Wal-Mart Assits Pahrump With Opening

PAHRUMP, Nev. - The opening of 155,000-square-foot Wal-Mart super center on Highway 160 in Pahrump last May came with an introduction to Wal-Mart's Good Works program, which encourages employees to volunteer with charities and educational organizations.

During the opening, Wal-Mart donated $11,500 to a dozen local entities, including $1,500 to the Nye County Sheriff's Office, $1,000 (each) to the Nye County School District, the Even Start Family Literacy Program, the Fifth District Court's Adult Drug Program, the Salvation Army of Pahrump, the United Way of Southern Nevada, the Pahrump Community Library, the Pahrump Senior Center, VFW Post 10054, and the Kiwanis Club. The Pahrump Little League and the Pahrump Valley Rotary Club also received $500. Store employees presented the checks.

"Our associates already are active participants in many good causes throughout the area," said Pahrump Store Manager Randy Harmon in a prepared statement. "We look forward to making an even greater impact in the future."

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Boys & Girls Clubs Benefit From Disney

ATLANTA - With a $1 million donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), Disney has been named the inaugural presenting sponsor of BGCA's Centennial Celebration in 2006, it was announced by the organization's President, Roxanne Spillett, at BGCA's national conference.  The $1 million donation brings Disney's total support of Boys & Girls Clubs to $3 million this year.

The donation is not the exclusive way Disney is helping communities. In Reno, The Disney Store is spearheading a nationwide back-to-school promotion this weekend, paving the way for consumers to help donate much-needed school supplies to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Truckee Meadows.

The Meadowood Mall store promotion is Saturday and Sunday, when customers can purchase two backpacks for $20 (regularly $14.50 each) or two lunch totes for $15 (regularly $9.50 each) and one of the items will be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

“We wanted to make a difference for kids on a real grass-roots level and provide school supplies that children really need,” said Mario Ciampi, president of The Disney Store. “We thought it would be a great idea for our customers to become involved, so as to help their children learn about sharing with others who are less fortunate.”

Monday, July 25, 2005

NCNCS Extends Deadline For Nominations

FALLON, Nev. - The Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. (NCNCS) announced that nominations for the 2005 Governor's Points of Light Award, Corporate/Business Category, have been extended through Monday, August 1, 2005.

The Governor's Points of Light Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication, commitment, and determination in promoting and supporting volunteerism throughout the state. The award is the state of Nevada's highest award given for service to the community by Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn and is administered by NCNCS.

In addition to receiving recognition from Governor Guinn and the state of Nevada, NCNCS honors each recipient with a $500 donation to the charity of their choice along with two other finalists receiving a $250 donation to the charity of their choice. The finalists and recipients will be honored at an awards dinner held on October 20, 2005 at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno.

Nominations may be made by completing and submitting the 2005 Governor's Points of Light Award application. Applications are available for download (press control + click) from the NCNCS web site, may be submitted on-line, (press control + click) or a hard-copy may be requested by calling the NCNCS office in Fallon at 888-338-9759.

Nominees are considered based upon their accomplishment, ability to meet a critical need, the innovation or unique solution, the mobilization of other volunteers, and hands-on sustainability of the service.

Reynolds Foundation Assits FBNN

RENO, Nev. - The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation awarded a $8,194,066 grant to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada (FBNN) last March. The grant will assist FBNN in building a new state-of-the-art food distribution facility, which is tentatively scheduled to open in fall 2006.

The new Donald W. Reynolds Regional Food Distribution Center will be located on six acres of a 20-acre parcel near Parr Boulevard and Highway 395 North in Reno. The land was donated to the Food Bank in 2002 by Laperrona LLC partners.

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation is a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it is one of the largest private foundations in the United States.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Sundance Bookstore Makes Some Magic

RENO, Nev. - Sundance Bookstore in Reno, Nev. will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from the sale of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada (FBNN).

FBNN is a food distribution and support system for more than 80 different direct service, non-profit agencies serving the needy, ill, elderly, and children. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 3 million pounds of food to more than 80 member agencies. This food, valued at more than $4.5 million, fed more than 45,000 people.

For several years, Sundance Bookstore has donated 10 percent of its important new release sales to FBNN. They also make the advance copies of publisher's books (which cannot be sold) available to their customers for a $2 donation to the FBNN.

Located at 1155 W. 4th Street #106, Sundance Bookstore also maintains a food drive barrel in the store all year.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Rio All-Suite Hotel Helps Break Charity Record

LAS VEGAS - The Golden Rainbow's 19th annual "Ribbon of Life" production raised more than $267,000.00 in cash in two days in the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in June. That figure does not include in-kind donations valued at more than $75,000.00. It was the single most successful event in the charity's 19-year history.

All proceeds remain in southern Nevada to provide housing and direct financial assistance to southern Nevadans living with HIV/AIDS. Golden Rainbow also funds prevention education initiatives.

Golden Rainbow is now planning to host its "2005 Toddy Awards," which showcase the best from "Ribbon of Life 2005." The ceremony will be held Thursday, July 21 at Krave Nightclub at Desert Passage on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Doors open at midnight (July 21 turning into July 22). The event is designed to be a party for the "Ribbon of Life" performers, and the public is invited to attend. There is no cover charge, but donations are accepted. There will also be a "Ribbon of Life 2005" DVD available for purchase.

The awards recognize dance and vocal performances, costumes, choreography and program ads. The Hollywood musical revue "Steppin' Out" by the cast of Jubilee! earned eight nominations.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Futrell Financial Hosts Golf Tournament

LAS VEGAS - Futrell Financial Management will host an inaugural golf tournament to raise funds for Project Shero, which is national heritage foundation non-profit organization. The event will be held at the Silverstone Golf Course in Las Vegas, starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 21, 2005.

Participation in the event is $150 per player or $500 per foursome, and includes shared cart, green fees, course beverages, catered lunch, and awards banquet attendance. The event will also feature a silent auction, sign-in prizes, and raffle. For more information or to make reservations by August 31, call 702-946-6400 or visit

John Futrell, president of the firm, is also the financial commentator for KTNV Channel 13 and FOX 5 News in Las Vegas. Prior to starting his company, Futrell worked as a top producing stockbroker at Paine Webber before being recruited to Merrill Lynch in the role of a Retirement Specialist.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Pulte Homes Donates Cabin

LAS VEGAS - Pulte Homes recently donated a log cabin created for the Summerlin Patriotic Parade to the Foundation for Positively Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping chronically ill children. The cabin was the central part of Pulte’s parade entry.

The cabin, which could be used as a child’s play house, is 10 feet by 12 feet, complete with windows, a shingled roof and chimney. The faux logs are made from a combination of stucco and foam. Foundation for Positively Kids plans to raffle the cabin off at its annual Duck Derby, to be held on Oct. 15 at the Galleria at Sunset Mall.

For more than 50 years, Pulte Homes has been helping individuals, couples and families build a better life. Today, its operations span more than 40 markets throughout the United States. Through its Del Webb brand, the Pulte now the country's leading builder of active adult communities.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Colonial Bank Hosts Car Show For AEDV

RENO, Nev. - Colonial Bank will host its 7th annual classic car show to benefit Advocates to End Domestic Violence (AEDV) from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 29 at the Parklane Branch of Colonial Bank located at 2330 S. Virginia St. in Reno. The show is part of a yearlong effort to aid the organization.

The event will include a raffle and various games. An estimated 150-200 cars are expected to be on exhibit and 18 awards will be given in various categories. Awards will be announced around 8:30 p.m.

Advocates to End Domestic Violence (AEDV) is a private, not-for-profit organization formed in 1979 by two formerly battered women who saw a need for a domestic violence program in Carson City, Nevada. The organization has since grown from a small two bedroom apartment operation to a full service program with a 51 bed shelter. It also provides a wide variety of services designed to protect and support battered women and their children in the community.

Colonial Bank is a subsidiary of The Colonial BancGroup, Inc., which is a holding company headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, with 323 banking offices in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Nevada and Texas.

Friday, July 15, 2005

NCNCS Elects Executive Board

FALLON, Nev. - Nevada Commission for National & Community Service, Inc. (NCNCS) elected its officers for the 2005-06 term. Officers are: Joseph Cobery, director of Churchill County Social Services (Fallon), chair; Richard R. Becker, president of Copywrite, Ink. Writing Services, Inc. (Las Vegas), vice chair; Gina Polovina, vice president of government and community affairs at Boyd Gaming Corporation (Las Vegas), secretary; and Raelene Palmer (Las Vegas), treasurer.

All four officers serve as Governor-appointed commissioners for the NCNCS. The NCNCS is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging Nevadans in community-based services. It was formed by the state of Nevada in 1994 to serve as local administration for the national AmeriCorps program, which was created to assist communities while offering stipends and
scholarships to volunteers. For more information, call 888-338-9759 or visit

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Bank of America Awards $330,000

LAS VEGAS - The Bank of America Nevada Foundation announced it provided $330,000 in financial support to more than 50 agencies in Nevada during the first half of 2005.

“Our long-term success depends on the health and vitality of the communities we serve,” said George Smith, president, Bank of America Nevada. "The community nonprofit agencies supported through foundation grants help our children succeed in life, neighborhoods flourish and communities prosper. I’m extremely proud to work for a company like Bank of America, where caring for and being involved in the community are priorities.”

Agencies receiving Bank of America Foundation grants were: Aid for AIDS in Nevada, Inc., American Heart Association, Arts Council of Henderson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Las Vegas, Boy Scouts of America, Las Vegas Area Council, Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, Boys & Girls Clubs of Truckee Meadows, C*A*R*E Chest of Sierra Nevada, Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer, Center For Independent Living, Child Focus, Classroom on Wheels, Community Services Agency Development Corp., Desert Research Institute, Ely Renaissance Society, Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, Foundation For Positively Kids, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, Habitat for Humanity, Housing for Nevada, Inc., Huntridge Teen Clinic, Inc., I Have A Dream Foundation, Inc. - Las Vegas, Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Junior League of Las Vegas, Latin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund, Lied Discovery Children's Museum, March of Dimes, Nevada Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Nevada Children’s Cancer Fund, Nevada Community Foundation, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Nevada Public Radio, Project Sunshine, Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April, Ronald McDonald House, Second Chance Foundation of Nevada, Special Olympics of Southern Nevada, United Way of Southern Nevada – Success By Six, University Medical Center Foundation, Variety Day Home, Vitality Center, Washoe Medical Center, Westcare Corporation, Women's Development Center, Women's Research Institute of Nevada, and YMCA of Southern Nevada.

Pictured here, a check in the amount of $60,000 was presented to Success by Six on May 25, 2005. Pictured left to right are: Dan Goulet, President – United Way of Southern Nevada; Dolores Hauck, Success By Six Manager; Lisa Cummings, Bank of America and Success By Six Board Member; and George W. Smith, President – Bank of America.

The Bank of America Foundation focuses resources on helping children and families succeed in life and neighborhoods flourish. The Foundation operates with one of the largest philanthropic budgets of any financial institution in the United States and in 2004, contributed more than $109.5 million in cash to nonprofit organizations across the country.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Towbin Takes Hummers Off-Road

LAS VEGAS - Towbin Hummer hosted an off-road event for Hummer Owners, raising more than $9,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. A caravan of more than 25 Hummers departed at high noon for an adventure through Wheelers Pass in Pahrump, Nev.

After a long day, they returned to Las Vegas for a catered dinner an silent auction at the Donald W. Reynolds Boys & Girls Club in Green Valley. The fundraiser provide proof that it's relatively easy to develop client-oriented giving programs.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Governor's Points of Light Award Nominations

FALLON, Nev. - The Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. (NCNCS) announced that nominations for the annual Governor's Points of Light Award will be accepted through July 25, 2005.

The Governor's Points of Light Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication, commitment, and determination in promoting and supporting volunteerism throughout the state. The award is the state of Nevada's highest award given for service to the community by Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn and is administered by NCNCS.

In addition to receiving recognition from Governor Guinn and the state of Nevada, NCNCS honors each recipient with a $500 donation to the charity of their choice along with two other finalists receiving a $250 donation to the charity of their choice. The finalists and recipients will be honored at an awards dinner held on October 20, 2005 in Reno.

Nominations in five categories - Individual, North; Individual, South; Individual, Rural; Non-Profit Agency/Service Organization; or Corporation/Business - may be made by completing and submitting the 2005 Governor's Points of Light Award application. Applications are available for download from the NCNCS web site, may be submitted on-line, or a hard-copy may be requested by calling the NCNCS office in Fallon at 888-338-9759.

Any individual, organization, group, or business actively engaged in voluntary service within Nevada may be nominated. Nominees are considered based upon their accomplishment, ability to meet a critical need, the innovation or unique solution, the mobilization of other volunteers, and hands-on sustainability of the service.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Business Bank of Nevada Hires Summer Interns

LAS VEGAS - Business Bank of Nevada today announced that it has hired three local college and high school student interns for the summer to work in the Accounting, Central Services and Credit areas of the Bank. These interns join the Bank from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), Clark High School's Academy of Finance, and the Advanced Technologies Academy.

Corey Schmutz, the oldest of the interns, is a junior at UNLV who is majoring in Finance in the College of Business. Schmutz currently has a 3.4 grade point average and was a member of the Dean's list in 2004. He is scheduled to graduate in December of next year. Schmutz will spend the majority of his time this summer working as a credit analyst in the Credit Department of the Bank. He and his wife Ciara live in the Henderson area. (For an image of Schmutz, go to .)

Michael Herman just completed his junior year at Clark High School's Academy of Finance where he is majoring in Business. He currently enjoys a 3.9 grade point average and is an honors student. Herman is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and will graduate in the spring of next year. Following his high school graduation, Herman plans on attending UNLV and majoring in Business and Finance. He will spend the bulk of his internship with the Bank working in the Accounting Department. (Pictured.)

Alisha Cahlan is the Bank's third intern, and she is in her junior year at the Advanced Technologies Academy in Las Vegas where she is majoring in Business and Finance. She currently enjoys a 3.5 grade point average and is an honors student. Cahlan plans to attend the University of San Francisco or Miami following her graduation from high school in the spring of next year. Her internship will be spent working with the Central Services Department of the Bank, which deals primarily with day-to-day operational issues. (For an image of Cahlan, go to .)

"We are extremely pleased to have these students join the Bank as summer interns and gain some valuable work experience in the real world of business while they provide the Bank with much needed help in some of its key areas," said Laurie Burk, senior vice president and manager of Human Resources of Business Bank. "Students who avail themselves of these internship opportunities will definitely be better prepared and more qualified to enter the business world and deal with the competitive challenges facing them upon graduation from college."

Burk added that the Bank's internship program is part of its educational outreach that supports secondary and higher education in Nevada. This is the fourth year in a row that the Bank has hired summer interns from local colleges and high schools. The Bank has also adopted several at-risk schools as part of its statewide At-Risk School Adoption program. A number of Bank employees serve as mentors and board members of Clark High School's Academy of Finance. The Bank's In-Kind Donation Program also targets various nonprofit organizations, such as "The I Have A Dream Foundation" and "The Center for Independent Living", for ongoing computer donations.

The Bank contributes financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote public interest where the company conducts its business. The four main areas of the Bank's philanthropic outreach include education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture. Business Bank is a member of the Business Community Investment Council in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Colliers International Raises $200,000

LAS VEGAS - Colliers International raised more than $200,000 at its 10th Annual Links for Life Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefit southern Nevada non-profit organizations that help children in the community.

Colliers International is a global real estate services firm with 248 offices in 51 countries. It was one of the first companies to recognize the importance of local knowledge on a global scale.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Nevada Power Employees Volunteer

LAS VEGAS - Last Saturday, May 14, twenty-one female Nevada Power employee volunteers joined a group of girls from disadvantaged or single-parent households at the local Boys & Girls Club for Girls' Day 2005, a fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

Girls' Day matched girls between the ages of 7 and 12 with women from the community for an afternoon of fun, games, food and prizes. Not only did the young people have a good time, they also had the opportunity to begin a friendship with another adult who can encourage and develop their sense of competence, usefulness and belonging.

This event benefits adult volunteers as well as the girls. "I enjoy participating in this event each year," said Karen Johnson, team lead, Mail Services. " You walk away knowing that you touched the life of a young girl and really made a difference."

The goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to provide every child with the tools they need for a bright and successful future. Boys & Girls Clubs strive to improve each child's life by instilling self-esteem, courage, and positive values through their programs.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Sierra Service Station Co. Sponsors Museum

RENO, Nev. - Sierra Service Station Co. is now sponsoring “Pump a Penny on Wednesdays” to benefit the National Automobile Museum (NAM) — The Harrah Collection, in Reno. The company will donate one penny for each gallon of gas pumped on Wednesdays at its '76' service stations in Reno and Sparks — Lakeside 76, 190 West Plumb Lane in Reno; Village 76, 101 California Avenue in Reno; Northwest 76, 1300 W. Seventh Street in Reno; and Sierra Car Care 76 at 800 East Prater Way in Sparks.

The NAM is located at 10 South Lake Street in Reno. The non-profit museum features more than 200 cars from 1892 to the present, with the majority coming from the world famous collection of the late gaming pioneer and collector Bill Harrah.

For details, call Sierra Service Station Co. at 775- 324-2222.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Bristol-Myers Announces Cancer Advocate Team

PRINCETON, N.J. - A team of 24 cancer survivors, caregivers, researchers, nurses and physicians has been selected to ride from San Diego to Washington, DC this fall as members of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope, marking the third year of the cross-country journey. Driven by their ties to cancer, this team of avid cyclists will cover 3,300 miles of American landscape in nine days to share their experiences and inspire those they meet along the way to learn more about cancer research. Six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will lead the Team at the kick-off in San Diego and into Washington, DC for the finale, and will join the Team at points along the route.

Selected by members of the cancer and cycling communities from a pool of nearly 1,100 applicants, the 2005 Tour of Hope Team is comprised of people from all walks of life. The diverse group includes healthcare professionals, an Army reservist, a biologist, educators, a realtor, a sports attorney, in addition to individuals from the restaurant, software, business and investment industries.

From Las Vegas, Becky Lamph, 37, is a thyroid cancer survivor whose daughter, Kelsey was diagnosed with cancer at 19 months of age. Becky and her husband decided to enroll Kelsey in a clinical trial, and are grateful for their daughter's survival and normal, happy life today. Kelsey is a first grader, and she and her sister join Becky in supporting many cancer organizations. Becky is a homemaker who previously worked as a teacher and coach.

The Team will kick off its journey on Thursday, Sept. 29 in San Diego, following a southern route that concludes in Washington, DC on Saturday, Oct. 8. Along the way, the Team will stop at events hosted by cancer centers and cancer organizations to encourage communities to support research and invite them to be a part of the fight against this disease.

The following cancer organizations are partners in the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope(TM): The ASCO Foundation, CancerCare, Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, C-Change, the Coalition of National Cancer Cooperative Groups, Lance Armstrong Foundation, the National Cancer Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, and the Oncology Nursing Society. The Tour of Hope is also supported by the following sponsors: Dasani, Discovery Communications, Giro, Nike, Oakley, PowerBar, Shimano, Subaru, and Trek.

To learn more about the Bristol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope(TM) and how to get involved, visit

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