Friday, April 29, 2005

Nevada Celebrates NASCAR Day In May

LAS VEGAS - NASCAR's largest annual charitable event will be held on Friday, May 20 during the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is participating in the program and will make pins available to fans at the track and at all SMI, Inc. haulers during race weekend.

Individuals and organizations can also participate in NASCAR Day by visiting By making a $5 donation through the Web site, individuals will be mailed the commemorative 2005 lapel pin.

Businesses, schools and other organizations can take part as a group by requesting a NASCAR Day participation kit. The kit includes posters, pins, collection envelopes, and a crew chief manual designed to help organizations create their own NASCAR Day program.

Proceeds from NASCAR Day 2005 will go to Speedway Children's Charities and two additional NASCAR-related charities, Victory Junction Gang Camp, and Speediatrics. Each of these charities share the common goal to better the lives of children in need. Speedway Children's Charities is dedicated to providing direct assistance to children with medical, educational and social challenges (for a list of charities benefiting in Nevada, visit Victory Junction Gang Camp is a free racing-themed camp for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses. Speediatrics is a race-themed pediatric unit located at both Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Homestead Hospital in Miami.

The state of Nevada is participating in the event; Governor Kenny Guinn recently declared NASCAR Day 2005 as May 20 in the state of Nevada. The proclamation was announced at a Sam's Town Hotel & Casino event held in conjunction with Speedway Children's Charities.

Celebrities and drivers supporting the announcement included: drivers Kevin Harvick, Scott Wimmer, Kyle Petty, David Green, Stacy Compton, Clint Bowyer, Jon Wood, Ashton Lewis, Jason Keller, Kevin Lepage, Randy LaJoie, Shane Hmiel, Brent Sherman, Ryan Hemphill, Aaron Fike, Kim Crosby, Reed Sorenson, Brendan Gaughan, and NFL Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly.

"We at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are very grateful to Governor Guinn for recognizing NASCAR Day in Nevada," said Chris Powell, General Manager of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"NASCAR Day is a way to bring city and state employees together in the NASCAR-spirit while giving back to three exceptional charities" said Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman. "We are excited to set an example for the rest of the city and to the state of Nevada and hope other individuals, organizations and businesses will join us in participating in this great cause and help make an impact in the lives of these kids."

More than 600 companies have signed up for NASCAR Day nationwide and more than 11,000 NASCAR Day pins have been sold online.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Union Pacific Gives $172,360 To Nevada

OMAHA, Neb. - The Union Pacific Foundation donated $172,360 to Nevada nonprofit organizations and The Principals' Partnership program for public high school principals.

The Principals' Partnership program is being introduced to 29 Nevada public high school principals this year in key communities served by Union Pacific Railroad. Schools in Alamo, Caliente, Carlin, Elko, Gerlach, Incline Village, Jackpot, McDermitt, Owyhee, Panaca, Reno, Sparks, Wells, West Wendover, and Winnemucca will benefit. For a complete list of schools, visit

''Union Pacific is honored to continue our association with the great organizations that help to make our world a better place,'' said Jim Young, president of Union Pacific Railroad. ''We are also very proud of the overwhelming reception The Principals' Partnership has received among public high school principals.''

More than 800 public high school principals in 16 states participate in The Principals’ Partnership, a nationally recognized, four-year-old program that helps fulfill principals' leadership needs through a number of opportunities, including research, networking and workshops.

The foundation's five grants in northern Nevada support education, health and human services, and charitable outreach, and reflect Union Pacific’s more than 45-year tradition of supporting community and civic programs. Grant recipients included: Lincoln County Library/Caliente Branch (Caliente), Channel 5 Public Broadcasting (Reno), Nature Conservancy, Inc. (Reno), Nevada Opera Association (Reno), and VSA Arts of Nevada (Reno).

Union Pacific Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Union Pacific Corporation. The foundation’s signature giving program, The Principals’ Partnership, assists public high school principals meet their leadership needs. Much of the foundation’s future philanthropic support will be directed toward this program.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Elko Theater Hosts Movie For CADV

ELKO, Nev. - Westates Theatres of Elko is planning a charity event on May 14 to benefit the Committee Against Domestic Violence (CADV) and CADV's Harbor House shelter for abuse victims. Westates will air a free movie at 10 a.m. at the Crystal Theatre. A consumable item for CADV or a cash donation is requested for admission.

New Elko Westates manager Taylor Hogan said Westates is still deciding which movie to feature for the charity event, sponsored by Westates, Great Basin Bank of Nevada, and the Elko County Sheriff's Posse. Westates Theatres is one of the largest independent movie theatre chains in the Western United States.

The purpose of the Committee Against Domestic Violence is to prevent and eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault in Elko county through direct services to victims, education, and prevention.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Bank of America Announces Initiative

LAS VEGAS - The Bank of America Nevada Foundation re-launched its Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, a competitive grant program with awards totaling $500,000 to recognize, nurture and reward organizations, individuals, and students that are helping rebuild and revitalize neighborhoods in the Las Vegas community.

''This initiative brings a vast national concept like 'neighborhood excellence' home to Las Vegas by targeting needs that are critical right here,'' said George W. Smith, president of Bank of America Nevada. ''A committee of community leaders here in Las Vegas will decide which organizations and individuals will receive $500,000 in local grants and recognition. Our goal is to focus on what works best in our community.''

The Neighborhood Excellence Initiative is composed of three programs:

* Neighborhood Builders provides $200,000 in grant funding and leadership training over two years to two Las Vegas nonprofit organizations working to promote vibrant neighborhoods. The combination of operating support and leadership training helps strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of the selected organizations and promotes the professional development of their leaders.

* Local Heroes recognizes and honors five community heroes whose achievements and leadership on local issues contribute significantly to neighborhood vitality. Recipients will be able to direct a $5,000 contribution to an eligible nonprofit of their choice and will be celebrated at a public ceremony.

* Student Leaders recognizes five high school juniors or seniors that are recommended as exemplary young leaders with an interest in improving their neighborhoods. To further their personal and educational growth, each student will participate in an 8-week paid summer internship with a community-based organization, as well as a mentorship program with a Bank of America professional.

To apply or make a nomination, visit Bank of America Foundation's Web site at Applications are being accepted through Thursday, June 30, 2005.

Recipients will be selected by a committee of private, public and nonprofit sector leaders chaired by Smith. Committee members include: Lou Emmert; general manager, Sprint: Dan Goulet, president and CEO, United Way of Southern Nevada; Sommer Hollingsworth, president, Nevada Development Authority; Steve McCracken, senior vice president, Bank of America; Emily Neilson, general manager, KLAS-TV Channel 8; and Peter Thomas, managing partner, Thomas and Mack Development.

The Bank of America Nevada Foundation gave more than $800,000 in financial support to 83 agencies in Nevada during the 2004 calendar year and Bank of America volunteers logged more than 3,500 hours in the community, supporting a variety of projects, including Habitat for Humanity, Opportunity Village and Junior Achievement.

For more information about Bank of America Charitable Investments, please visit the Foundation's Web site at

Monday, April 25, 2005

Kellerman Joins March of Dimes

LAS VEGAS - Business Bank of Nevada announced that David Kellerman, executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been named to the board of directors for the March of Dimes Southern Nevada Division.

Kellerman moved to southern Nevada from Ohio in July 2004 to join Business Bank as one of its top executives. Prior, Kellerman worked for Second Bancorp in Warren for 23 years. He served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Trumbull County United Way, Trumbull Memorial Hospital Foundation, Howland Township Zoning Commission.

''We are very pleased to have Dave join our board and provide us with the financial expertise he has both as an experienced banker and certified public accountant,'' said Dale Andreason, state director of March of Dimes Nevada Chapter. ''Dave clearly has the skill sets to help us move this organization forward and take our mission to the next level, which is to find the answers to preterm birth.''

''After considering several opportunities here in the West, my wife and I decided Las Vegas was the place for us to become involved both professionally and philanthropically,'' Kellerman said. ''While Business Bank presented the best situation for me and my banking career, March of Dimes provided the ideal situation for me to get involved and give back to the community. I'm thoroughly impressed with this nonprofit organization.''

Kellerman added that as he becomes more familiar with the Las Vegas community and its most pressing needs, he will look to get more involved in the philanthropic efforts of Business Bank and the community. The majority of the bank's executive and senior managements teams serve on at least one nonprofit board. Some serve on two or three.

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 also a member of the Business Community Investment Council in Las Vegas.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Reno Rodeo Foundation Sets Giving Record

RENO, Nev. - The Reno Rodeo Foundation announced that it gave $236,000 in grants, scholarships, capital contributions, and donations to local charitable organizations in 2004. Beneficiaries included: Angel Kiss Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America Nevada Area Council, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, Northern Nevada RAVE Family Foundation, Western Nevada Community College for collegiate rodeo, Sun Valley Pool, SafeKids/REMSA, Veterans' Guest House, McQueen High Marching Band, Assistance League's Charmanta Auxiliary and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Seventeen students from rural Nevada studying animal science also received scholarships to attend the University of Nevada, Reno.

The foundation will also be breaking ground on a $1.2 million recreational facility for the children at Washoe County's Kids'™ Kampus this year. The groundbreaking marks the end of a 3-year $1 million dollar capital campaign to build a multipurpose/recreational facility for the youth at the family campus.

Since 1986, the Reno Rodeo Foundation has been committed to enhancing and enriching the lives of northern Nevada families by aiding children with extraordinary needs, building community partnerships, and providing scholarships to Nevada youth.

Thursday, April 21, 2005


LAS VEGAS - MGM MIRAGE has joined the growing list of supporters of the Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) at the Founders Level of $1 million. MGM MIRAGE joins other leading foundations, businesses and individuals in providing valuable assistance in funding cancer-related research, education, support and treatment initiatives for the residents of Nevada to the official cancer institute for the state of Nevada.

''We are very grateful for MGM MIRAGE'S generous gift and leadership,'' said Shelley Gitomer, vice president of development for the Nevada Cancer Institute.

''MGM MIRAGE joins other leading organizations and businesses throughout Nevada to support the creation of a research and care institute dedicated to scientific discovery and innovation in cancer care and cure for the people of Nevada,'' added Nicholas J. Vogelzang, M.D., director of NVCI.

“MGM MIRAGE takes seriously its commitment to help strengthen the communities where our employees live, work and care for their families,” said Terry Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM MIRAGE. “We applaud the efforts of the Nevada Cancer Institute and are proud to partner with NVCI to enhance the quality of life for Nevada residents.”

NVCI is constructing a research facility in Las Vegas that will be dedicated to state-of-the-art research and implementation of groundbreaking methods of prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer. It has raised $50 million in private community financial support, with additional support of a repayable $50 million construction bond.

MGM MIRAGE, headquartered in Las Vegas, is one of the world's leading and most respected hotel and gaming companies. It owns and operates 11 casino resorts located in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has investments in three other casino resorts in Nevada, New Jersey and the United Kingdom.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Ameristar Supports Independent Living Program

LAS VEGAS - Ameristar Casinos, Inc. donated $172,469 to Nevada Community Enrichment Program's (NCEP) Independent Living Program. It is the largest contribution the organization has ever received, equaling one-third of its annual budget for all client services.

The donation is funded through the Ameristar Cares Workplace Giving Campaign. Contributions of $40,823 from the 150-member Ameristar Corporate office staff were matched dollar-for-dollar by Ameristar Casinos, Inc. and the private foundation of Ameristar Chairman and CEO Craig H. Neilsen. An additional contribution from the Neilsen Foundation increased the total donation to $172,469.

''This generous donation is something of which all Ameristar Team Members can be very proud and it demonstrates to the community how much we truly care and want to give back to help others,” said Craig H. Neilsen, Chairman and CEO of Ameristar. ''I have a deep personal commitment – and it is the mission of my foundation – to support organizations like NCEP’s Independent Living Program as they provide comprehensive and innovative programs that make a profound difference in peoples’ lives.''

The company’s Workplace Giving Campaign raised nearly $1.6 million for 30 different charities through six different campaigns in the markets we serve, in addition to Las Vegas.

''Children and adults living with a disability such as a spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, birth defect or neurological disease will benefit from these funds. They will be able to live a more independent life.,'' said Reggie Bennett, the Independent Living Coordinator.

Ameristar Casinos has a long-standing history of commitment to communities in which they live and work. Their Ameristar Cares charitable giving program encompasses direct financial donations, workplace giving, and Team Member volunteerism. The company made donations of nearly $1.2 million to more than 1,000 charities in our communities through Ameristar Cares last year.

Their focus is on education with an emphasis on adult literacy, social service agencies with a special concentration on assisting seniors, health-related non-profit organizations that assist the sick, career and economic development, and research and support for responsible gaming. Last year, the company contributed an additional $5 million to many local and state social service programs.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Reno Harley-Davidson Giving News

RENO, Nev. - Reno Harley-Davidson and the local chapter of Zonta International will give away a genuine 2005 Harley-Davidson FLSTNI Softail Deluxe motorcycle to raise funds for such groups as the Washoe County Library and the Committee to Aid Abused Women.

The event, which includes entertainment and and food vendors, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at Reno Harley-Davidson, 2295 Market Street (between Mill and Vassar along U.S. 395 South). The winner of the motorcycle will be announced at 3 p.m.

Tickets for a chance to win the motorcycle are available at Reno Harley-Davidson or may be purchased from Zonta Club members for $25 each (five for $100). Door prizes will also be raffled off during the event.

Reno Harley-Davidson has assisted Zonta International for 13 years. For more information about the event, call Reno Harley-Davidson at 775-329-2913. All proceeds fund Zonta projects to benefit local charities.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Godt-Cleary Projects Hosts Silent Auction

LAS VEGAS - Godt-Cleary will host a silent auction from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on May 6 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 7 (bidding begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 3 p.m. Saturday) to benefit the Nevada Cancer Institute and as part of the Las Vegas Centennial.

The collection of art, objects, and special events includes work by Tim Bavington, Jeff Koons, David Ryan, Richard Serra, and Ryan Spencer. Guests may also bid on spa packages, helicopter tours and dining at Chinois and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.

For a complete list of auction items, visit Godt-Cleary. For more information, contact Godt-Cleary Projects at 702-452-2200 or info(at)

Godt-Cleary Projects opened in Las Vegas in November 2003 and focuses on mid-career to established artists. Gallery exhibitions have included works by Ed Ruscha, James Rosenquist and Robert Rauschenberg. The gallery is located in Downtown Las Vegas at 1217 South Main Street.

The Nevada Cancer Institute is a research-linked, comprehensive cancer facility will open late summer 2005.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Southern Hills Provides Educational Outreach

LAS VEGAS - As part of its community service efforts, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, located in southwest Las Vegas, provides ongoing educational programs as part of its lunch and learn series. The lunch program is free.

Upcoming programs include: ''Diabetes - A Growing Epidemic,'' presented by Kristian J. Kinel, M.D. on April 27 and ''Shoulder Injury Getting In The Way Of Your Golf Swing,'' presented by Randell E. Yee, D.O. on May 4.

Seating is limited. For registration and information, call 702-880-2700. Southern Hills Hospital is located on Fort Apache, one block off the I-215/west Sunset exit.

Southern Hills Hospital is a full-service community hospital that provides residents with accessible emergency, surgical, diagnostic, and medical services with advanced patient care. For more information about the hospital or its lunch and learn program, visit

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Ameristar Casinos Gives $1 Million To NVCI

LAS VEGAS — Ameristar Casinos, Inc. and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation have become joint founders of the Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) through a gift of $1 million toward valuable cancer-related research, education, support services, and treatment initiatives. Ameristar Casinos and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, a charity founded by Ameristar's chairman and chief executive officer, each gave $500,000 to benefit the research work of NVCI.

''We are enormously grateful for this generous gift,” said Heather Murren, president and CEO of the Nevada Cancer Institute. ''As one of our leading corporate citizens, we are confident the commitment of Ameristar and Craig H. Neilsen will inspire other members of Nevada's business community to contribute to improving the status of the health of the residents of our state.''

NVCI is the official cancer institute of the state of Nevada as designated by the Nevada legislature. Its mission is to develop a comprehensive cancer research institute staffed by the finest scientists, clinicians, and caregivers, by providing hope for the community through education, support and patient-centered care and striving for a future without cancer through innovative translational research in basic, clinical and population science.

Ameristar Casinos has a long-standing history of commitment to its communities. The Ameristar Cares charitable giving program encompasses direct financial donations, workplace giving, a vendor-participation charity program and team member volunteerism. Through the Ameristar Cares Workplace Giving Campaign, team member donations are matched dollar-for-dollar by the company with an additional match for rehabilitation facility partners by the Neilsen Foundation.

''I have a deep respect for the Nevada Cancer Institute and the remarkable vision it has displayed in helping to advance Nevada's health care,'' said Craig H. Neilsen. ''Participating in fulfilling their esteemed mission is an honor for our organization, and we look forward to contributing to their success.''

The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation was founded in 2004 by Ameristar Casinos Chairman and CEO Craig H. Neilsen. Since its inception, the Las Vegas-based foundation has contributed to approximately 20 organizations. The foundation’s contributions are primarily directed to organizations that are focused on spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Business Bank Adopts Elementary School

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Business Bank of Nevada (OTCBB: BBNV) announced it has expanded its At-Risk School Adoption Program to northern Nevada. The bank has adopted John C. Fremont Elementary in Carson City as its first at-risk school in the northern part of the state.

In March 2004, the bank launched its new statewide educational program in Las Vegas when it adopted Helen Jydstrup Elementary. The new at-risk school adoption program is one of several educational programs the bank supports with monetary, in-kind, and volunteer services.

Prior to selecting Fremont Elementary, committee members in northern Nevada met with the superintendent of the Carson City School District to select the school.

''This is a wonderful and much needed program that the bank is bringing to our area and one that will have a positive impact on the students and teachers of this and the other at-risk schools the bank is adopting statewide,'' said Dr. Mary Pierczynsky, superintendent of the Carson City School District.

As an at-risk school, Fremont Elementary faces several challenges: increasing parent involvement, improving test scores, and assisting each student with his or her intellectual, physical, emotional and social development. Technology equipment is also a challenge many at-risk schools face given some of the district's budgetary constraints.

''This program is designed to provide at-risk schools with more of our human resources since we're a small company that doesn't have the monetary resources of a larger company,'' said Jerry Gregory, senior vice president and northern Nevada regional manager for Business Bank. ''We hope this program will also help other companies develop similar programs that would target at-risk schools.''

Gregory added that this new program allows bank employees five hours a week paid time to go into Fremont Elementary and volunteer their time doing a number of projects the school has identified as its greatest needs. Some of the bank's volunteer hours will be spent mentoring or tutoring students, providing teacher or student incentives, judging student contests, and more.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

State Commission Launches NBCB

The Nevada Commission for National & Community Service, Inc. (NCNCS) and Copywrite, Ink. Writing Services, Inc. (Copywrite, Ink.) have partnered to launch the Nevada Business Community Blog (NBCB), which is a statewide community web log and news feed for businesses with information about their non-profit partnerships, contributions, and volunteer efforts. The purpose is to recognize the dedication, commitment, and determination of businesses supporting non-profit organizations throughout Nevada and to promote increased business giving and volunteerism throughout the state.

Over the next few days, the Nevada Business Community Blog will be fine tuning its design template and adding resource links. The first web log posts from businesses will begin daily on April 15, 2005.

For consideration, businesses operating in Nevada are invited to send news releases and/or photos related to current non-profit activities to This is a free service for businesses in Nevada.

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