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 americorpsnevada.org

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 americorpsnevada.org

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