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

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