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 www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

"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 futrellfinancial.com

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 www.americorpsnevada.org.

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 http://www.bbnv.com/cschmutz.htm .)

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 http://www.bbnv.com/acahlan.htm .)

"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.

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