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

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

CosmosGIRL! and BONNEBELL Award Grants

LAS VEGAS - CosmoGIRL! and BONNEBELL recently teamed up for a cross-sectoral partnership with Youth Service America to award $500 grants for health and fitness projects developed by young women. Winners included 23-year-old Jenny M. Lin, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology living in Cambridge MA, and Evelyn Garcia, a 20-year-old student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Lin and Garcia were picked for their inspiration and leadership roles in creating health and wellness projects that motivate people to lead healthier lifestyles. Lin developed the idea to form her own "Boston Buddies Fitness Program," which enhances physical activities for people with mental disabilities. Garcia created a program called "My Life" in Clark County, Nevada to educate youth on the consequences arising emerging from sexual intercourse, such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

For more information, visit that partners and sponsors section of, which provides the latest information on companies partnerships with and donations to Youth Service America nationwide.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Beaumont Foundation Awards Grants

BEAUMONT, Texas - The Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced that state-of-the-art laptops will be provided to all Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year state-level winners. A total of 53 Youths of the Year, including winners from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. military bases in Europe and Asia, received laptops and other associated equipment, valued at $1,800 each. 

“Providing young leaders a tool to enhance their education and honor their commitment to service is what this Foundation is about,” said BFA’s President and CEO Frank Newton.

BGCA’s Youth of the Year program, sponsored by The Reader’s Digest Foundation, is in its 58th year. The program recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome.

Since 2003, BFA has awarded more than $13 million in technology equipment to more than 500 Clubs in an effort to help bridge the digital divide. The Beaumont Foundation of America ( grants state-of-the-art, wireless laptop computers and technology equipment to schools and community groups serving low-income populations and individuals. The Foundation believes computer and Internet technologies are the essential tools for progress in the 21st century, and that given access to digital information, people will have a more equal opportunity to advance socially, economically and intellectually.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Bechtel Nevada Assists Pahrump Students

PAHRUMP, Nev. - Bechtel Nevada donated $8,000 to Pahrump Valley High School for the purchase of band uniforms a few months ago after learning that the band hasn't had uniforms for several years. With the donation and funds raised through other fundraisers, these young musicians were able to purchase uniforms to wear during public performances.

Pahrump Valley High School's cheerleading team also purchased new uniforms this year with a donation from Bechtel Nevada.
Bechtel Nevada, a partnership between Bechtel Nevada Corporation and Lockheed Martin Nevada Technologies, Inc., manages and operates the work at the Nevada Test Site and its complex laboratories, facilities and infrastructures for the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Nevada Site Office.

In other community efforts, the company organizes the annual "Christmas in April" program each year in Southern Nevada. In recent years Pahrump homeowners have benefited from Bechtel employees who volunteer their time and expertise to fix up homes owned by seniors and others in severe financial straits.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Rio Secco Hosts Tournament

HENDERSON, Nev. - Olive Crest Homes and Services for Abused Children will host its 3rd Annual Trustee Golf Invitational on Monday, June 20, 2005, at the world-famous Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, presented courtesy of title sponsors Your Southern Nevada Toyota Dealers, Southern Highlands Golf Club Board of Directors, and T. Nickolas Marble and Tile. Entry fees start at $250 for individual golfers and $1000 per foursome. For tournament reservations contact Sheila White at (702) 221-6224. All proceeds benefit abused children.

The goal of the tournament is to create public awareness about child abuse prevention, and to raise funds to expand Olive Crest’s services to the many children and families who have been afflicted by abuse and neglect in the Southern Nevada region. “This is a great way to get outdoors, have fun and raise money for the children of Olive Crest,” said Sheriff Bill Young, spokesman for Olive Crest. “Last year we were able to raise more than $50,000 and we expect to achieve even greater success at this year’s tournament.”

The golf package includes 18 holes of championship golf, cart, great tee-prizes from Nike, breakfast, lunch/reception and a silent and live auction. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. with a shotgun at start at 7:30 a.m. Sponsor packages and foursomes are still available.

Since 1973, Olive Crest Homes & Services for Abused Children has been a leader in providing care for abused, abandoned and severely neglected children. Olive Crest is dedicated to Preventing child abuse, to Treating and Educating at-risk children and to Preserving the family… “One Life at a Time.” ®

Olive Crest continues to promote the safety and wellness of children and families through innovative programs including specialized education, foster and adoption, family preservation, and residential homes. Olive Crest’s outreach serves Nevada, California, and the Pacific Northwest. For information call (800) 74-FOSTER or visit

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Harrah's Donates $1 Million To USO

WASHINGTON - In a show of support for the men and women in the U.S. military, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., the world's largest casino operator, donated $1 million to the USO to maintain programs and services that benefit the troops and their families around the world.

Up to $600,000 will be used to purchase two mobile canteens for service members and their families in the Southwest and Midwestern United States. Mobile canteens are specially-equipped vehicles that enable the USO to extend its reach to military personnel. The remaining $400,000 will be used to refurbish select USO centers through a grant program that has been established. Under the agreement, centers will be required to submit proposals to USO World Headquarters defining their needs and outlining a budget for the repairs.

"We are very excited by this generous donation from Harrah's," said USO president and CEO Edward A. Powell. "Through the efforts of our supporters, the USO will continue its mission to improve the quality of life for U.S. service members while boosting their morale and serving as a bridge between them and the American people."

Harrah's chairman, president and CEO Gary Loveman, said, "Today Harrah's Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment became one company, and we can think of no better way to celebrate this historic merger than by supporting the men and women who have given so much in defense of our nation. On behalf of the nearly 100,000 employees and the millions of customers of our combined company, it is an honor and a pleasure to give something back to the men and women of the armed forces."

For more than 64 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale and recreation-type services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by World Partners Anheuser-Busch Companies, AT&T Corporation, Avon Products, Inc., BAE SYSTEMS, Bass Pro Shops, Clear Channel Worldwide, The Coca-Cola Company, Computer Systems Center, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, Military Channel, Morgan Stanley, National Football League, TriWest Healthcare Alliance and The Walt Disney Company. Other organizations, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-0600), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Mercedes-Benz Awards Scholarships

MONTVALE, N.J. - Mercedes-Benz USA will award $1 million in scholarship funding to 500 college-bound students who are the first in their families to attend college. Students representing each state, were selected based on financial need and exceptional achievement in the areas of academic performance, leadership and school and community activities.

Students selected in Nevada included: Garrett Burningham (Wendover), Lisa Doyle (Henderson), Bianca Gillespie (Gardnerville), Scott Grady (Las Vegas), Jean Lee (Sparks) Faviola Lopez (Las Vegas), Wesley Mitchell (West Wendover), and Bita Zahedi (Las Vegas).

These high school seniors are all recipients of the DRIVE YOUR FUTURE: The Mercedes-Benz USA Scholarship Program, which grants $2,000, one-time scholarships to help students offset tuition and school expenses. Nearly 2,000 high school seniors nationwide applied for the scholarships this year.

"It is extremely rewarding to have the opportunity to assist so many students across the country -- students who have demonstrated significant achievements despite financial hardship or personal obstacles," said Paul Halata, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. "DRIVE YOUR FUTURE celebrates the accomplishments of these dedicated young people who will go on to shape our world through new inventions, the arts, technology, business and maybe even the automotive world. The principles of success - hard work, determination and a commitment to excellence - have served Mercedes-Benz well for over one hundred years and we hope to inspire the same ideals in our youth today."

"I feel very fortunate to be the first in my family to go to college and believe that this scholarship will help give me the opportunities I need to succeed in life," said Carolina Lopez of the Bronx, New York. "With the Mercedes-Benz scholarship, I hope to reduce my loans which will be of great help to my mother."

Now in its second year, the DRIVE YOUR FUTURE program was developed to respond to a critical need for scholarships to help students offset the costs of postsecondary education. DRIVE YOUR FUTURE was created in collaboration with Scholarship America and is part of MBUSA's broader philanthropic initiative aimed at educating and empowering future generations by helping young people reach their full potential and become the leaders of their generation. Through support from MBUSA and the fundraising activities of Mercedes-Benz dealers nationwide, DRIVE YOUR FUTURE scholarship awards have doubled for 2005.

"For these first generation college-bound students, particularly those from underserved communities, the availability of financial assistance for their first year of college may be a deciding factor in whether or not to continue their education," said Marilyn Rundell, vice president of Scholarship America. "Scholarships, such as the ones being awarded by Mercedes-Benz USA, help ease the financial burden placed on aspiring collegians and put a postsecondary degree closer within their reach."

A number of graduating high school seniors from each state will receive scholarships in addition to students from various youth organizations such as Automotive High School, Big Brothers Big Sisters, FIRST Robotics, Girls Inc., Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Teach for America, Virtual Enterprises and The Young Women's Leadership School. DRIVE YOUR FUTURE award recipients will serve as ambassadors of Mercedes-Benz USA Philanthropy by getting involved in volunteer activities in their communities such as mentoring and tutoring younger students.

"My parents never got the opportunity to go to college and I always knew that the economic factor would be a problem for me, so I am thankful to be receiving this help from Mercedes-Benz," said Mary Sanchez of New York, N.Y. "I plan to major in International Relations which will help me learn about the needs of others and help them just like Mercedes-Benz has helped me."

DRIVE YOUR FUTURE: The Mercedes-Benz USA Scholarship Program is an initiative of MBUSA's philanthropic program which is aimed at educating and empowering future generations. Committed to the communities in which employees live and work, MBUSA has also built alliances with a number of youth organizations across the country. The company supports many of these efforts through employee volunteer activities. Philanthropic initiatives are reviewed and implemented through MBUSA corporate headquarters in Montvale, N.J. and through its six regional offices around the country. For more information, interested students may visit

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Business Bank Contributes To United Way

LAS VEGAS – Business Bank of Nevada announced that its contribution to the 2005 United Way of Southern Nevada Campaign totaled $15,000. This donation consisted of $12,500 from its employees and another $2,500 in a corporate gift. Approximately 63 percent of its employees participated in the annual fundraising event.

“Bank employees continue to demonstrate a strong sense of community and willingness to help others through their generous contributions to United Way," said Larry Charlton, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Business Bank and chairman of the board of United Way of Southern Nevada. ''The average employee gift this year totaled nearly $300, an amount that was more than 10 times the local per capita gift. It’s a real privilege working with employees who care so much about people and their community.”

Business Bank continues to have five leadership donors who contribute $1,000 or more annually to the United Way campaign. The number of Bank employees who participate in the campaign continues to increase. Last year, the Bank had 42 participants compared to this year’s 47 participants. The bank currently has a total of 67 employees in southern Nevada.

“Small companies can and do make a difference in their communities and Business Bank is a prime example of how this can happen,” said Dan Goulet, president and chief executive officer of United Way of Southern Nevada. “As more companies follow Business Bank’s lead we will be able to deliver more impact to creating long-term change and improving lives in Southern Nevada.”

United Way of Southern Nevada is partnering with government, corporate and private sector leaders and supports agencies and programs devoted to improving lives in southern Nevada through Access to Healthcare, Commitment to Education, and Support for Self-Sufficiency. For more information about Southern Nevada’s most pressing needs and how United Way’s Community Impact work is improving lives, call 702-734-2273 or visit

Monday, June 13, 2005

Nevada Power Encourages Conservation

LAS VEGAS - In an effort to encourage energy conservation, Nevada Power has launched its Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program. Nevada Power is offering to pick up older, spare refrigerators for free and will pay participants $30 for each recycled refrigerator.

The program began June 1 and runs through Sept. 30 (or until funds are exhausted). Both refrigerators and freezers are eligible for the program, with a limit of two appliances per household.  All refrigerators and freezers must be between 10- and 27- cubic feet in size.  Refrigerators must be empty at the time of pick up and should be plugged in to show that they are working.

Refrigerator Recycling is available for all of Nevada Power residential and small commercial electric customers.  For more information or to schedule a pick up, call (877) 811-8700 or visit

The Refrigerator and Recycling Program has been very successful in past years.  Over the last two years Nevada Power collected over 5,800 refrigerators and freezers, saving close to 9,200 megawatt-hours of electricity annually. That represents enough energy to power approximately 600 homes for one year.

“The Refrigerator and Freezer Recycling Program is a win-win situation for our customers,” said Bob Balzar, director of energy efficiency and customer strategy for Nevada Power. “Customers save on electric bills, have their appliance picked up for free, receive $30 and can be confident that their old appliance is being safely recycled.” He said the program benefits the environment by reducing the amount of materials that must be buried in landfills.

Nevada Power also hopes this program will encourage electric customers to replace their primary refrigerators with newer energy-efficient models. The average refrigerator or freezer manufactured before 1985 consumes about 1,500 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually, costing over $100 a year to run. Federal energy-efficiency standards have increased. New refrigerators and freezers are now more energy efficient, using approximately 450 kWh per year.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Carson City BMX Hosts Fundraiser

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Carson City BMX (CCBMX) is hosting the American Bicycle Association’s (ABA) annual Race for Life on Sunday, June 19. Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and its mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma and blood-related cancers.

For the 25th year, the ABA is holding Race For Life events throughout the country to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since the inception of the ABA Race For Life series in 1981, BMX riders and tracks have raised more than $3.1 million in support of the society's mission. The races began in 1981 in memory of Todd Kingsbury, a young BMX rider from Michigan

Sign up at the event from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for $10 ($5 for racing fee and $5 donation). Local riders may obtain donation packets to raise additional money for the event. The race is open to all riders. All that’s needed is a bike, helmet, long-sleeved shirt and pants.

Racing starts at approximately 10:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. All participants will receive a certificate. Nevada Army National Guard recruiting personnel will also be on hand with a Hummer and climbing wall for participants to try.

CCBMX is located adjacent to Edmonds Park at 1555 Livermore Lane, Carson City. For additional information, call 775-246-3660. It is is a non-profit organization that offers BMX racing to youth in the Carson City area. Sanctioned by the American Bicycle Association (ABA), its mission is to provide a safe, fun place to practice and race bicycle motocross.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Rite Aid Foundation Helps Seniors

RENO, Nev. - The Rite Aid Foundation recently donated $3,500 to help defray the cost of paratransit service for seniors and individuals with disabilities in the Truckee Meadows area (Reno/Sparks).

The donation will benefit CitiLift, the paratransit service that provides door-to-door, prescheduled transportation for people who meet the eligibility criteria of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and who are unable to ride regular public transportation in the Reno urban area. CitiLift is a service of the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, Nevada.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains, combining its modern store base, strong brand name, modern distribution centers and superior pharmacy technology with a team of approximately 72,000 full and part-time associates serving customers in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Founded in 2001, the Rite Aid Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping people in the communities Rite Aid serves lead happier, healthier lives.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Body Shop Collects Phones For NCADV

LAS VEGAS - The Body Shop, located at the Desert Passage, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South, is collecting donations of used wireless phones and chargers to support the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) through Aug. 31.

Donated phones will be refurbished, sold or recycled with all proceeds benefiting the NCADV and the Wireless Foundation. The drive is sponsored by The Body Shop along with NCADV, Amnesty International and Lifetime Television for Women. For more information, call 702-733-7350.

The Body Shop International is a high quality skin and body care retailer operating in 50 countries with over 1,900 outlets. Famous for creating a niche market sector for naturally inspired skin and hair care products, The Body Shop introduced a generation of consumers to the benefits of a wide range of best sellers from Vitamin E Moisture Cream to the Tea Tree Oil range and Banana Shampoo.

It is estimated that The Body Shop sells a product every 0.4 seconds with over 77 million customers transactions through stores worldwide, with customers sampling the current range of over 600 products and more than 400 accessories.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's mission is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in people’s lives.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Southwest Airlines Partners With Shakespeare

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. - Southwest Airlines is partnering with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival from July 14 through Aug. 21 for the Festival’s 2005 season. The Festival is highlighted by Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors, which takes center stage for 34 nights at Sand Harbor State Park at Lake Tahoe.

''For the Festival, partnering with such a highly regarded company as Southwest Airlines allows us to diversify our marketing efforts and expand our reach to new visitors looking to attend our first-class event,'' said Catherine Atack, executive director for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. ''We are thrilled that Southwest Airlines sees the Festival as a valuable, nonprofit organization ... something that speaks volumes about the quality and overall experience our event provides to visitors to our destination. It also demonstrates the value of our corporate partnerships to current and potential sponsors.''

''Southwest Airlines takes pride in partnering with organizations that help promote the arts and culture within the communities that we serve,'' said Shirley Manan, Southwest Airlines area marketing manager. ''We are very excited about our partnership with the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and look forward to flying many people into the Reno-Tahoe area this season.''

For more information, call the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival at 800-74 SHOWS (800-74-7469) or visit

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to our region. We strive to plan, produce and advocate the finest cultural events at Lake Tahoe while educating future generations on the importance of including theatre, music and art in their everyday lives.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Sears Gives To Las Vegas Kids

LAS VEGAS - Sears, Roebuck and Co. (Sears) donated $25,000 worth of school supplies, televisions, games, toys DVDs, clothing, sporting goods and more to the Greater Las Vegas After School All Stars.

Sears became involved with the All Stars through the ''Today'' show's Lend a Hand program with Al Roker. Team members from Sears Grand in Las Vegas personally delivered the items to the All Stars.

The Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars provides opportunities for inner-city youth to participate in free after-school and summer activities in sports, educational, cultural and community-enrichment programs. Since its inception, The Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Star program has positively affected the lives of more than 100,000 southern Nevada youth

Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corp., is a leading retailer providing merchandise and related services. With revenues in 2004 of $36.1 billion, Sears offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through more than 2,400 Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the U.S. and Canada, which includes approximately 870 full-line and 1,100 specialty stores in the United States.

Friday, June 03, 2005

The Home Depot Builds Park

LAS VEGAS – Country music stars Trick Pony, Troy Gentry from Montgomery Gentry, Billy Gilman, Jason Aldean, and more than 100 volunteers from The Home Depot and volunteers from Academy of Country Music and the Las Vegas community banded together to build a playground in just one day for the children of WestCare Nevada. Based upon the children's drawings – complete with fanciful slides, colorful swings, and whatever their imaginations created – the playground provides a safe place to play for the center's children. WestCare Nevada is located at 5659 Duncan, Las Vegas.

''Volunteering and improving the communities in which we work, live and play is a fundamental part of the culture at The Home Depot,'' said Bruce Levitin, The Home Depot Regional Vice President. ''With the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas May 17, we wanted to celebrate our partnership with the country music industry by giving something back to the community of Las Vegas.''

This playground is possible through an ongoing partnership between The Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement retailer, and KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building playgrounds in neighborhoods that need them most. As the national sponsor, The Home Depot is provided financial support, materials, and more than 150 volunteers for the project. Artists from the Academy of Country Music Awards – Trick Pony, Troy Gentry from Montgomery Gentry and Billy Gilman - also helped on the project.

“The Academy is delighted that The Home Depot and KaBOOM! have decided to build a playground in Las Vegas in conjunction with the 40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards,” said Gayle Holcomb, Academy of Country Music Chairman of the Board of Directors. “We have been so fortunate to partner with The Home Depot and KaBOOM! on several playgrounds and know firsthand what an asset they are to a community.”

WestCare strives to “uplift the Human Spirit” by providing hope and opportunities for individuals, families, and communities through state of the art treatment, services, and programs. The WestCare Women's and Children's Campus provides a safe haven for individuals who are seeking a healthy and productive lifestyle, free from the constraints of alcohol and drug abuse.

The Home Depot's partnership with KaBOOM! is part of the retailer's ongoing commitment to give back to the communities it serves. This is the 268th playground The Home Depot will build in partnership with KaBOOM! Community involvement and support of local nonprofit organizations are key parts of The Home Depot's corporate culture.

KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building playgrounds in the neighborhoods that need them most. Since 1995, KaBOOM! has been motivating communities nationwide to create healthy play opportunities for young people. KaBOOM! works with businesses, foundations, civic groups and individuals to lead volunteer-driven, community-build playground and skatepark projects; educate communities through training programs, challenge grants, publications and a free Playground Planner™ service; and advocate for young peoples' right to play. For more information, visit

The Academy of Country Music was founded in 1964 with a mission to support, promote, and enhance the advancement of the country music industry worldwide. The Academy is best known for presenting its annual Academy of Country Music Awards , which are televised live on CBS and honor excellence among the industry's brightest stars. The Academy, which is comprised of 3,800+ professional members and a newly established Associate Membership, is headquartered in Burbank , CA . For more information on the Academy of County Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music , please visit .

Founded in 1978, The Home Depot® is the world's largest home improvement specialty retailer and the second largest retailer in the United States , with fiscal 2004 sales of $73.1 billion. The company employs approximately 325,000 associates and has 1,901 stores in 50 states, the District of Columbia , Puerto Rico, nine Canadian provinces and Mexico. The Home Depot has been recognized by Fortune as the #1 Most Admired Specialty Retailer for 2005. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:HD) and is included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Food & Spirits Store Raises Funds

RENO, Nev. - Austin’s Mountain Country Food & Spirits in Reno donated food and its employees donated time to host ''Let’s Get Ready To Rodeo'' on June 1. The event was a benefit for Kids & Horses, a non-profit organization that offers horsemanship as a means of therapy to improve the strength, balance, coordination, and self-esteem of children with disabilities.

Austin's, located at 7671 S Virginia Street in Reno, served more than 250 meals for the fundraiser. The event included a silent auction and live entertainment by Bobby Jo Hohlman, Wild Creek Bluegrass Band, Darren Talbot Band, and Sam Folio & the Stormy Monday Blues Band.

Kids & Horses, a non-profit organization that offers horsemanship as a means of therapy to improve the strength, balance, coordination and self-esteem of children with disabilities. More than a riding program, Kids & Horses is a philosophy that is based on the concept that every human being, regardless of their disabilities, can benefit from an equine relationship.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Business Bank Donates Computers

LAS VEGAS - Business Bank of Nevada announced that it has donated $5,000 worth of computer equipment to The Center for Independent Living and the I Have A Dream Foundation as part of its on-going in-kind donation program. This program identifies in-kind resources throughout the Bank, such as computers and other office equipment, which can be donated to nonprofit groups and at-risk schools throughout the Bank's service area.

The computer equipment that the Bank donated to these two Las Vegas-based nonprofit groups consisted of 10 Windows-based IBM hard drives and monitors, as well as other computer accessories such as a mouse and key board for each machine, and corresponding cables. A few of the computers also had zip drives for processing and downloading larger files. All of the computers have CD-ROM and floppy disk drive capabilities.

''There are a lot of ways that companies can help nonprofit groups other than just through monetary donations," said Larry Charlton, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Business Bank, and who also serves as chairman of the board for United Way of Southern Nevada. "As a small company we're not able to write the more sizeable donation checks like the larger companies, but we can provide in-kind donations and volunteer assistance to these organizations, which in many cases is more meaningful."

Charlton added that in-kind donations and human resources have become valuable commodities for nonprofit groups and a great way for smaller companies to get involved in the community. In 2003, Business Bank was the first small company to receive the Governor's Points of Light Award in the Corporate Category for community service and volunteer outreach. This distinction was the result of the Bank's 75 employees providing nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer assistance to numerous community and nonprofit groups throughout Nevada.

The Center for Independent Living is a nonprofit agency that helps homeless youth with living arrangements and completing the necessary requirements to receive a high school diploma. This organization, which is located at 1417 North Las Vegas Boulevard and Foremaster Lane, plans to use the Bank's computer equipment to further enhance the educational programs that it offers to its clients. Last August, Bank employees also helped this nonprofit group with the renovation of their facility by adopting four rooms and outfitting them with tables and chairs, bedding, towels and toiletry items.

The I Have A Dream Foundation says it will also use the Bank's equipment to bolster educational programs that help disadvantaged kids become better students. Located at 3773 Howard Hughes Parkway, on the third Floor, this nonprofit group recently opened the Dreamer Station Learning Center that helps participants improve their skills in operating a computer and learning the various software programs. These computers will provide vital assistance for the Dreamers' homework assignments and research.

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