Wednesday, November 08, 2006

NCNCS Announces Recipients

FALLON, Nev. - The Nevada Commission For National and Community Service held the 2006 Governor's Points of Light Award last Thursday, Nov. 2 at Sam's Town in Las Vegas. The event recognizes the dedication, commitment, and determination of volunteers throughout Nevada. The opt honors was bestowed on the following:

INDIVIDUAL – SOUTHERN NEVADA
Heather Murren: Five years ago, Heather Murren of Las Vegas had a vision to change the face of cancer care in the state of Nevada and spearheaded the creation of the Nevada Cancer Institute. Her plan has taken a burden away from many patients whose only option had been to travel outside the state for cancer treatment. Since the grand opening of the 142,000 square foot flagship research and care facility in August of 2005, this vision has expanded to one day become a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and to grow it’s presence in the state through satellite offices. More than $100,000 million has been raised in donations for the Institute, in a state where cancer is estimated to afflict 11,000 residents in 2006. Says Lori Goodwine: “Heather understands the communitarian view of volunteer service: she recognizes that all of us are members of Nevada’s statewide communities and that the rights that we cherish can only be sustained by the citizens who work each day to ensure a better future.”

INDIVIDUAL – NORTHERN NEVADA
Daniel Kage: Daniel Kage of Reno is a retired elementary school teacher and principal. He faithfully and tirelessly volunteers in the Washoe County School District’s Volunteer Services program. He was instrumental in filling the critical educational need of screening volunteers at a time when that program was in its infancy. Dan determinedly helps with the Read and Succeed program, the Crayons to Computers Teachers’ Warehouse, and the local Care Chest. Says Jackie Oakes, Volunteer Services Assistant, “Mr Kage, 80- years young, uses good judgment and a mature outlook that ensure a logical and practical approach to his endeavors to help children and teachers.”

INDIVIDUAL – RURAL NEVADA
Rachael Lambin: Also of Gardnerville, Rachael started “Kids Helping Kids with Asthma”, which sponsors a camp for kids with medical disabilities. She carried this health consciousness further by establishing “HOPE (Helping Obese People Through Education),” which has reached over 2,000 boys and girls about making healthy diet choices. Project HOPE won the 2006 “Do Something Award” and an interview and photo shoot of Rachael for Teen Vogue magazine. Rachael donated her $5,000 Do Something Award to purchase land in Kenya to build and orphanage. Says Alyse (Alice)Rome of Amazing Kids!, “Rachael is a bright, caring, hard working and well-spoken young lady. She has a positive “can-do” attitude and has helped countless kids from around the globe”.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids: Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids in Henderson promotes literacy to make it possible for children to experience the magic of books. They have secured and provided more than 750,000 books to over 50,000 students in 12 elementary schools in southern Nevada during the past five years. The books given out by Kids to Kids are the first that many at-risk children own. Their “Books from Badges” program partners with local law enforcement to distribute books to children in areas with particularly high crime rates. Says Scott, “The volunteer aspects are multifaceted too, from the senior citizen who lovingly cleans used books each week, to the children who help collect books within their schools to share with friends they have yet to meet.”

CORPORATE/BUSINESS
Focus Properties Group: Focus Property Group of Las Vegas created an innovative model for philanthropy that took the form of an in-house reality TV show dubbed “Community 911.” Company team members were divided into four teams and raised more than $2 million and generated more than 4,100 volunteer hours just in the time period of Aug. – Dec. 2005. Team activities – and their commitments to their organizations – have continued, as they work toward their goals and develop ongoing philanthropy. Says C and S company owners, “We are inspired by CEO John Ritter’s philosophy and commitment to “Do Well and then Do Good.”

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

NCNCS Announces Finalists

FALLON, Nev. - The Nevada Commission For National and Community Service announced the finalists in the upcoming 2006 Governor's Points of Light Award to be held on Thursday, Nov. 2 at Sam's Town in Las Vegas. The event, which recognizes the dedication, commitment, and determination of volunteers throughout Nevada is considered the highest volunteer honor in the state.

Of the three finalists in each service category, one recipient will receive top honors. The service categories include: nonprofit organization, corporation (or business), and northern, southern, and rural individuals. The event is sponsored by Boyd Gaming Corporation, General Growth Properties/Howard Hughes Corporation, IGT, Majestic Realty Foundation, MGM Mirage, Nevada Power, Sierra Health Services, Sierra Pacific Power, and Southwest Gas Corporation.

Finalists include: Nonprofit - Bonnie Schrek Memorial Comfort Care Program, Sierra Association of Foster Families, and Spread the Word Nevada: Kids to Kids; Corporation - Focus Property Group, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., and Sierra Pacific Power Company; Northern Idv. - Daniel Kage, Kelly Smart, and Gil Yanuck; Southern Indv. - Heather Murren, Alisa Savoretti, and Mary Vaughn; Rural Indv. - Jeff Lambin, Rachel Lambin, and Nancy Maslach.

Joining Governor Kenny Guinn as a keynote speaker for this year's event is Bruce Spotleson of Greenspun Meida Group. For more information or to place reservations, please visit www.americacorpsnevada.org

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Real Estate Company Hosts Event

LAS VEGAS - Coldwell Banker Premier Realty brokers Bob and Molly Hamrick will host this year's Habitat for Humanity's Home For The Holidays at their residence, 10316 Summit Canyon Drive in Las Vegas, on Nov. 16. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and include a relaxing pre-holiday activities focused on contributing to Habitat for Humanity.

For more information on donating to Habitat for Humanities, contact Bobbi Hardy at 702-638-6477. Sponsor opportunities range from silent auction item donations to presenting sponsor level of $15,000.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Sponsors Support Nevada Opera Theater

LAS VEGAS - Embarq (fromerly Sprint), Republic Services, and Channel 10 are supporting the Nevada Opera Theatre’s “Opera Festival” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23-24 at MonteLago Village. The “Opera Festival” will feature local Las Vegas singers including Dr. Morton I. Hyson (bass), Dan Quintana (baritone), Stephen Plummer (tenor), and the Nevada Opera Theatre’s Orchestra and Chorus.

The concerts are free to the public and patrons are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy shopping, cuisine, and the beauty of MonteLago Village. For more information, call 699-9775 or 731-3370.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Mayor Assists Volunteer Center

LAS VEGAS - The Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada and Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada are presenting the Mayors Prayer Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thurs. Oct. 19. The event, which is $55 per person (or $500 for a table of ten), will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and features keynote Dr. Richard Carpenter, president of the Community College of Southern Nevada. For information, call 892-2321.

The Mayors Prayer Breakfast invitation was designed by Sierra Health Services and printed by Southwest Gas, demonstrating another unique way businesses can step up community support. Design and printing are often the largest start up expenses incurred by special events.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Last Call For Governor's Points Of Light

FALLON, Nev. - The 2006 Nevada Governor's Points of Light Award nomination forms are available online at: www.americorpsnevada.org. There is still time to enter. Entries may be faxed to 775-423-8039 by the 5 p.m., Aug. 31 deadline, provided the completed nomination form is also mailed to the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc. in Fallon, Nevada.

The Governor's Points of Light Award was established to recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication, commitment, and determination in promoting and supporting volunteerism throughout the state. By recognizing their efforts, the state of Nevada, along with the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc., hope to inspire others in sharing a singular vision: “Strengthening Nevada through AmeriCorps and Volunteerism”. This vision involves working together to make a positive impact in the lives of people who need it most and in places where it can make a difference.

“Nevada has an abundance of citizens of every age and background who give selflessly to improve our communities”, said Governor Kenny Guinn. “Nominate someone today and help me shine the spotlight on Nevada's many Points of Light.”

The event takes place on Thursday, November 2nd, 2005 at Sam's Town in Las Vegas, Nevada. The five recipients and ten finalists will be honored at this event.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

First Ladies Help HELP of Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS - Nevada First Ladies Kathy List, Bonnie Bryan, Sandy Miller, and Dema Guinn will be honored during the 7th Annual Tea, Trends & Tranquility event from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The afternoon event will benefit HELP of Southern Nevada.

HELP of Southern Nevada assists families and individuals throughout southern Nevada to overcome barriers and attain self-sufficiency through direct services, training, and referral to community services.

Several area businesses are donating products and services to this event, including The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, which has donated the tea. Local business women will model Talbots fashions.

Tickets for the event are $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of ten. For information or to register, call Deena Wier at 369-4357 x222 or E-mail dwier@helpsonv.org

Thursday, August 24, 2006

AIGA Las Vegas Works To Inspire

LAS VEGAS - AIGA Las Vegas introduced a new category that emphasizes public service in all its forms, following the lead of its national parent to promote the value of the designing process and the power to effect social change.

The organization also also selected six entries for special merit under their new Social Relevance category, which they hope will inspire The Art Institute of Las Vegas students and the local community to apply their creative talents in socially responsible ways. Communication remains a powerful medium to educate people about community needs.

AIGA Las Vegas will exhibit their Work Show 2006 winners from Aug. 14 to Sept. 21 at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, 2350 Corporate Circle in Henderson. The show includes public service communication. Admission is free.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Concours Event Selects Charities

LAS VEGAS - Concours d'Elegance Las Vegas, which will be held in Las Vegas on October 20-22, has selected three charities to benefit from event proceeds as visitors enjoy some of history's most admired and significant automobiles. Tickets to the event range from $40 general admission to $1,000 celebrity golf package.

Charities include Kiwanis International - Las Vegas, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, and Friends of Red Rock Canyon.

The event is being sponsored in part by George Barris of Barris Customs, Ryan from West Coast Customs, and Sports Car Market Magazine. For more information, visit www.lasvegasconcours.com.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Kindred Healthcare Sponsors Asthma Walk

LAS VEGAS - Kindred Healthcare Las Vegas (Kindred) is leading the American Lung Association's fourth annual Asthma Walk, which will be held Nov. 4 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus. Sponsorships and participating companies will walk to raise funds for life-saving education and research that will benefit children and adults.

Currently, Linn Billingsley, executive director of Kindred, is serving as corporate team chair and encouraging Nevada companies to participate as an event sponsor and/or forming a company team. For information or sponsorship forms, please contact the American Lung Association walk coordinators (Courtney or Novelette) at 702-431-6333. Sponsorships range from $500 to $10,000, but all donations are welcome.

Kindred specializes in caring for people with lung disease. Nevada has one of the highest instances of asthma in the nation.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Reno Agency Lends Website Design


RENO, Nev. - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada recently launched a new website with the help of Global Studio, a design firm and advertising agency also located in northern Nevada.

The site, entitled "Little Moments. Big Magic," assists in promoting the organization's events and mission "to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact."

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters in northern Nevada, visit the new site at www.bbbsnn.org or call 775-352-3202.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

KB Home Donates Home Furnishings

LAS VEGAS - KB Home refurnished three cottages at the American Wheelchair Veterans Association’s (AWVA) Las Vegas facility on August 8. The facility hosts wheelchair veterans and their families for free while visiting Las Vegas.

AWVA is a local non-profit organization dedicated to aiding and assisting disabled veterans and non-veterans in improving and ensuring their quality of life. The model home furniture has a resale value of approximately $8,000. Designer’s Delivery, a KB Home trade partner, is also donated its services to deliver the furniture to the AWVA.

KB Home is one of America's premier homebuilders with domestic operating divisions in some of the fastest-growing regions. It is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol 'KBH.' For more information, visit http://www.kbhome.com (http://www.kbcasa.com).

Monday, August 07, 2006

Urban Chamber Pays It Forward

LAS VEGAS - On Saturday, Aug. 12, the Urban Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas will host it's 7th Annual Ann Gregory Memorial Scholarship & Community Enrichment Awards. For more informaiton, call 702-648-6222, x0. The event is $50 per person and will be hosted in the Murano Ballroom at the Venetian Resort Hotel/Casino.

Friday, July 21, 2006

NCNCS Calls For Nominations

FALLON, Nev. - The Nevada Commission for National & Community Service (NCNCS) announced that its 2006 Nevada Governor's Points of Light Award nomination forms are available online at: www.americorpsnevada.org.

The Governor's Points of Light Award was established to recognize individuals and organizations for their dedication, commitment, and determination in promoting and supporting volunteerism throughout the state. By recognizing their efforts, the state of Nevada, along with the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, Inc., hope to inspire others in sharing a singular vision: “Strengthening Nevada through AmeriCorps and Volunteerism”. This vision involves working together to make a positive impact in the lives of people who need it most and in places where it can make a difference.

Nominations are due August 31, 2006 by 5:00 p.m. The event takes place on Thursday, November 2nd, 2005 at the South Coast Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada. The five recipients and ten finalists will be honored at this event.

“Nevada has an abundance of citizens of every age and background who give selflessly to improve our communities”, said Governor Kenny Guinn. “Nominate someone today and help me shine the spotlight on Nevada's many Points of Light.”

Thursday, June 15, 2006

KB Home Awards Scholorships

LAS VEGAS - KB Home, one of the nation's premier homebuilders, announced 15 Clark County high school seniors who will receive the 'KB Home Discover Your Dream Scholarship.' Each student receives $2,000 to be used towards tuition, fees and other appropriate education expenses at an accredited post-secondary institution.

''KB Home is proud to assist these remarkable members of the Class of 2006 in turning their hopes and dreams into reality through a college education,'' said Don DelGiorno, president of the Las Vegas division of KB Home. ''The recipients eloquently conveyed their dreams and established a solid plan to achieve them. Each student has a unique and compelling story, and all of their aspirations are aimed at strengthening the community while bringing a personal sense of accomplishment. We truly believe in each one of them.''

More than 220 students applied for the scholarship this year. KB Home proudly awards the scholarship to the following students:

Chelsea Balcum, Centennial High School

Nina Cervana, Coronado High School

Shipra De, Green Valley High School

Lynn Jane Ho, Valley High School

Amber Johnson, Mojave High School

William Kang, Clark High School

Justin Kei, Silverado High School

Vevee Nguyen, Sierra Vista High School

Katie Pinson, Sierra Vista High School

Bryson Seastrand, Las Vegas High School

Nicholas Sich, Basic High School

Wen Hui Tan, Coronado High School

Timothy Taycher, Las Vegas Academy

Nicole V. Walker, Centennial High School

Michelle Wilkie, Bonanza High School

This is the second year KB Home has provided $30,000 in college scholarships for Clark County students. In addition, KB Home offers a renewal of five of the 15 scholarships for an additional three years based the recipient's performance during his or her freshman year.

KB Home is one of America's premier homebuilders with domestic operating divisions in some of the fastest-growing regions. It is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol 'KBH.' For more information, visit http://www.kbhome.com (http://www.kbcasa.com).

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Nonprofit Report In Spotlight

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - One-third of U.S. adults (32%) have less than positive feelings toward America's charitable organizations (1) and the same number (32%) thinks that the nonprofit sector in America has pretty seriously gotten off in the wrong direction, according to a survey by Harris Interactive(R).

While a majority of adults may have positive feelings toward nonprofits (68% give them a score of 51 or higher out of 100) and most (92%) households have contributed to a charity in the last year (up from 80% in October 2005), only one in 10 (10%) strongly agrees that charitable organizations are honest and ethical in their use of donated funds. Almost half (48%) somewhat agrees with this sentiment, while slightly more than one- quarter (27%) somewhat or strongly disagrees that these organizations use donated funds honestly and ethically, and another 15 percent are not sure.

These are some of the results from the latest Harris Interactive DonorPulse survey, conducted quarterly, designed to track trends related to charity and philanthropy in the United States. This latest survey was conducted online in the United States between January 11 and 17, 2006 among 2,720 adults ages 18 and older, of whom 2,523 donated money to a charitable organization in the past year, and 1,672 volunteered their time to a charitable organization in the past year. The next wave of the DonorPulse survey will field in May.

Despite their ambivalence about the direction they see the sector headed in, the vast majority of Americans continue to make cash donations to individual nonprofit organizations. The survey also suggests that 2006 charitable contributions will remain steady based on people's expectations of what they will give this year.

* More than nine in 10 adults (92%) say they or someone in their household
made a financial contribution to a nonprofit organization in the past
year, up from 80 percent when last asked in October 2005.

* About half (49%) of those who made contributions during the past year
gave less than $500, while six percent say they donated $5,000 or more.

* In 2005, the largest percentages of donors gave to churches and
religious organizations (50%) and disaster relief organizations (47%),
followed by community groups and programs (35%), human service
organizations (34%) and organizations that serve youth and children
(30%).

* Of those who are considering making contributions in 2006, 68 percent
say they expect to give about the same amount they did in 2005, while 17
percent say they expect to give more and 16 percent say they expect to
give less.

David Clayton, Vice President of the Nonprofit and Social Issues Research Group at Harris Interactive, comments, "This survey highlights the American public's tremendous commitment to the principles of charity and philanthropy. It also suggests that nonprofits could communicate more to the public about the real improvements in individual lives and communities that their altruism translates into."

Some adults choose to do their part by donating their time. About two-thirds (64%) of those who have participated in a volunteer activity do so at least once per month with 36 percent volunteering on a daily or weekly basis.

Clayton goes on to say, "Even with some ambivalence and concern about some dimensions of the nonprofit sector, people are definitely showing their support as they invest significant amounts of discretionary time and money."

Throughout the survey there are noticeable differences in attitudes toward charitable organizations and the amount of time and money donated by age. Some of these include:

* Younger adults are more likely than older adults to have positive
feelings toward charitable organizations. For example, 83 percent of
those ages 30 to 39 and 88 percent of those ages 18 to 24 give
charitable organizations a score of 51 or higher (out of 100), compared
to only 53 percent of those ages 65 and older.

* One-third (33%) of those ages 65 and older somewhat or strongly disagree
with the statement that most organizations are honest and ethical in
their use of donations, compared to only 20 percent of those ages 30 to
39.

* Three-quarters (75%) of those ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 29 that they or
members of their household have made a financial contribution in the
past year, compared to 95 percent of those ages 50 to 64 and 65 and
older.

* Just over half (52%) of those ages 18 to 24 and 59 percent of those ages
25 to 29 volunteer at least monthly, compared to 64 percent of those
ages 50 to 64 and 72 percent of those ages 65 and older.

For more infromation contained in this report, visit Harris Interactive Inc. (http://www.harrisinteractive.com), which based in Rochester, New York. It is the 13th largest and the fastest-growing market research firm in the world, most widely known for The Harris Poll(R) and for its pioneering leadership in the online market research industry. Long recognized by its clients for delivering insights that enable confident business decisions, the Company blends the science of innovative research with the art of strategic consulting to deliver knowledge that leads to measurable and enduring value.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Business Bank Increases Giving By 60 Percent

LAS VEGAS - Business Bank of Nevada announced it will immediately increase its monetary budget for charitable contributions by 60 percent, which brings the Bank's total monetary donations for the year to more than $56,000.

The increase brings the Bank's monetary support for philanthropic outreach to the equivalent of one percent of its net after-tax profits for the pervious year.

The bank will also donate another one percent of its net-after-tax profits in in-kind and volunteer support to the communities it serves in Nevada. Last year, the Bank donated over 1,200 hours of volunteer services to various nonprofit groups and a number of at-risk schools in Nevada, as well as thousands of dollars of retired computer and office equipment to dozens of qualified community-based organizations. The Bank is committed to donating at least two percent of its net after-tax profits in monetary, in-kind and volunteer support.

"Increasing our charitable contributions budget was an easy decision for everyone involved," said Business Bank President and CEO John Guedry. "We recognize that our success is closely tied to the communities we serve, which is why philanthropic outreach is an integral part of our overall business goals and philosophy."

Guedry added that community outreach is all about helping build better communities, which can be achieved in a number of ways either through charitable grants, various lending programs and volunteerism. "Companies that are recognized as good corporate citizens have a vested interest in helping their communities become better places to live, work and play. They also know that a commitment to philanthropic outreach fosters greater loyalty among their employees and customers."

Business Bank is FDIC Insured and is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Its stock is listed on the Over The Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) at ticker symbol BBNV. Additional information about Business Bank, including five quarters of detailed financial data, is available on the Bank's Web site at www.bbnv.com.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Ross, Burke & Knobel Help Kids

RENO, Nev. - Ross, Burke & Knobel Mortuary in Reno recently made a donation of 1,500 bicycle helmets to children in their community. The helmet's were given away on Sat. 29 with many recipients from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada (BBBS).

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada has been very effective in encouraging businesses to become involved in their events. For more information, visit their recently redesigned website at www.bbbsnn.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada are also looking to recruit more men to serve as Big Brothers. If you are unable to volunteer, you can help by donating your gently used clothing and household items to Big Brothers Big Sisters Donation Center.

You can also schedule a “donation pick up” right at your house or drop off your donation at one of our donation bins around the Reno/Sparks area. Call 775-826-2122 to schedule a pick up. Sites of the BBBS donation bins will be in the next Buzz. BBBS sells the donated items to Savers and all funds are used to provide more mentors for children in the community.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Plaza Las Vegas Supports Neon Museum

LAS VEGAS - The Plaza Hotel & Casino will host Neon Night from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10. Neon Night includes food and wine tasting, silent auction, and views of downtown Las Vegas to raise money for the The Neon Museum.

The Neon Museum's mission it to collect, preserve, and exhibit neon signs and associated artifacts that inspire educational and cultural enrichment for diverse members of the communities. The Museum's collection ranges from signs created in the 1940s to modern times. Some pieces are restored as public art. Others are kept in a "Boneyard" that are only viewable by appointment.

The event includes an optional tour of the "Boneyard" from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Guests will be taken to and from the event by shuttle. The fundraiser is hosted by George Knapp.

Tickets are available for $125 per person ($100 is tax-deductible). For credit card reservations, call 702-387-6366 or mail a check made payable to The Neon Museum, 821 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101. Other business sponsors include DeLuca Liquor & Wine, Ltd.; Alan Waxler Group, LLC; Andre's; Tinoco's Bistro; Triple George Grill; and others.

For more information, visit www.neonmuseum.org.

Monday, February 20, 2006

TriWest Pledges Memorial Funds

PHOENIX - TriWest Healthcare Alliance, serving America's military families in Hawai'i and with operations in Nevada, committed $500,000 in initial support and an additional $500,000 in matching funds to help restore the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor as part of a five-year restoration commitment to honor those who lost their lives in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack.

"The USS Arizona Memorial is part of the heritage of Hawaii and our nation," said Governor Lingle. "This generous contribution will help in the effort to preserve this historic monument and to honor those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor."

"The USS Arizona Memorial reminds thousands of people every day of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make defending our freedom, not only at Pearl Harbor, but also today in Iraq and Afghanistan," McIntyre said. "In that sense, this is a living memorial and we at TriWest are proud to make this contribution."

The battleship sank in the attack on Pearl Harbor, which spurred the United States into World War II. It has remained a watery grave for more than 1,100 sailors. The memorial stands over the ship and attracts 5,000 visitors a day.

TriWest provides access to the military's health care program, TRICARE, considered the best in America by its beneficiaries, in Arizona, Hawai'i and in 19 other western states.

TriWest Healthcare Alliance is a Phoenix-based corporation that partners with the Department of Defense to provide access to cost-effective, high-quality health care for 2.7 million members of America's military family in the 21-state TRICARE West Region, which is comprised of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and western Texas. For more information, visit www.triwest.com.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Program Aids Domestic Abuse Victims

PAHRUMP, Nev. - The Nye County Animal Shelter is starting a new program aimed at assisting victims of domestic abuse by keeping their pets safe. Any area residents willing to provide a temporary safe place for the pets of those afraid to leave an abusive environment may contact the shelter at 751-7020.

The program is one of several this full service animal support organization provides. Services include: shelter for lost and stray animals, field services, adoption programs to place dogs and cats in loving homes, education programs, and human-animal bonding programs.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Guggenheim Hermitage Museum Launches New Exhibit

LAS VEGAS - The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum presents Rubens and His Age: Masterpieces from the Hermitage Museum from February 6, 2006 through July 31, 2006.

This is the eighth exhibition to open at the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum. Rubens and His Age is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, in partnership with the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The exhibit contains a selection of nearly 50 masterworks -- paintings and decorative objects -- by Rubens and other acclaimed artists such as Anthony van Dyck, Jacob Jordaens, Jacob Van Oost the Elder, Adriaen van Utrecht, and Frans Snyders. It has been organized by Natalya Babina and Natalya Gritsay, curators of Flemish Painting; Natalia Serebrianaya, curator of 18th Century French Painting; and Marina Lopato, curator of Western European Goldsmith Work, at the State Hermitage Museum; in consultation with Susan Davidson, curator, Solomon. R. Guggenheim Museum.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas, the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum is located at The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas NV 89109. Open daily from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM.

Admission is $19.50 for adults and $15 for seniors and Nevada residents. Student admission is $12.50 students with ID; $9.50 children 6-12. Children under six are free. Reduced admission is available to groups of ten or more when reserved in advance through Group Sales at (702) 414-2102.

For general information about the museum, please call (702) 414-2440 or visit www.guggenheimlasvegas.org.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Reno Hilton Contributes Over $500,000

RENO, Nev. - The Reno Hilton contributed $509,183 in monetary, in-kind service, and products last year to several dozen non-profit organizations.

These include: The A.V.A. Ballet Theater, American Heart Association, Artown, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Care Chest of Sierra, Cinco de Mayo, Community Foundation of Western Nevada, Desert Research Institute, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, High Desert Interscholastic, Hispanic Chamber, Junior Achievement, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Nevada Women's Fund, Reno Film Festival, Reno Tahoe Open, Reno/Tahoe Wine and Food Festival, Street Vibrations, Tour de Nez, Truckee Meadows Community College, Truckee Meadows Tomorrow, United Way, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

Reno Hilton staff members also serve on a variety of boards and committees for such organizations as 4-H, Air Task Force, Angel Kiss Foundation, Care Chest of the Sierras, Education Foundation, Inc., Friends of Special Children, High Sierra Industries, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Nevada Aids Foundation, Professional Convention Management Association, Senior Companions, Tahoe Rim Trail, and the Truckee Meadows Growth Task Force.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

KVBC To Sponsor PEEK Week

HENDERSON, Nev. - NBC affiliate KVBC Channel 3 will be Nevada Child Seekers' television sponsor during the nonprofit association's PEEK Week, April 8-15. PEEK is an acronym for Protecting and Educating Everyone's Kids week and corresponds with the National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.

In addition to several public awareness programs, Nevada Child Seekers will host a family fair on at Acacia Park in Henderson on April 8. The fair includes an Easter egg hunt, games, prizes, food, and entertainment. Another event, the Easter Run 2006, will be held the following week on April 15. The 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Paseo Verde Park in Henderson.

For more information of either event, call Nevada Child Seekers 458-7009 or visit nevadachildseekers.org. KVBC sponsors several community events in southern Nevada.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bank Of America Awards $1.1 Million



LAS VEGAS – The Bank of America Foundation announced it provided more than $1.1 million in financial support to more than 80 agencies in Nevada during 2005.

“Our long-term success depends on the health and vitality of the communities we serve,” said George W. 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.”

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 2005, contributed more than $129 million in cash to nonprofit organizations across the country.

Monday, January 23, 2006

AAA of Nevada Shares Volunteer Strategies

Inside Corporate Philanthropy examined the community and business impacts of the volunteer recognition programs at Deloitte, Gap Inc., and AAA of Northern California, Nevada, and Utah in a two part series that outlines specific strategies a business program can implement to meet its goals.

The article details how recognizing employee volunteers can enhance a company’s ability to positively impact the community. For example, AAA of Northern California, Nevada, and Utah offers volunteers three days of paid time off for company-supported volunteerism, as well as an annual AAA Volunteer Celebration showcasing employee volunteers’ achievements.

Roger Hancock, Manager of Community Affairs, reports that the company “is motivated to offer these recognition programs to inspire our volunteers to volunteer again. And, for those employees who have not ever volunteered at AAA, we hope the attention our volunteers receive will inspire an employee to volunteer for the first time. And it works.”

Through AAA Volunteers, we are building leaders. AAA employees are learning new skills, expanding existing skills, and sharing their talents with others. They are becoming better leaders and better managers of people. They are meeting new people and building contacts inside and outside the company. Our employees are growing personally and professionally as a result of their volunteer efforts.”

While he says it’s difficult to measure directly the impact of volunteerism on skill building, he offers “We have seen employees who have received promotions or new jobs as a result of them being involved as a volunteer. Volunteers become visible among managers and other staff in a position of hiring.

Hancock has also observed the program’s team-building potential. The company’s employees are involved in services ranging from auto services to travel to insurance, and he finds that volunteerism “gets them all together, pulling together for AAA.”

This year, the company will build upon these team- and leadership-building capacities through its recognition program. The employees who lead groups of their fellow AAA volunteers will be considered “Team Leaders” and receive shirts and thank you notes, copied to their managers, acknowledging them.

For the full article, www.onphilanthropy.com/bestpract/bp2005-12-02.html

Thursday, January 19, 2006

TriWest Sponsors Sinise USO Visit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Actor, director and producer Gary Sinise will visit airmen at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 28 on his 13th USO tour. The trip, sponsored by TriWest Healthcare Alliance, will feature Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band performing a free show for service members and their families. Best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump," Sinise is a strong supporter of the military. Currently, he is starring in the hit series "CSI: New York" on CBS.

Sinise was among the group of celebrities on the USO's first tour to Baghdad in June 2003. He also has visited troops in Diego Garcia, Singapore, Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Germany, the Netherlands, England and Italy. Sinise also has spent time with troops who are recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center. Over the past year, Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band have entertained military personnel stationed at several military posts across the United States.

TriWest Healthcare Alliance is a Phoenix-based corporation that partners with the Department of Defense to provide access to cost-effective, high- quality health care for 2.7 million members of America's military family in the 21-state TRICARE West Region, which is comprised of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and western Texas. For more information, visit http://www.triwest.com/.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Business Bank Breaks Giving Records

LAS VEGAS - Business Bank of Nevada announced 2005 was its third consecutive record year for philanthropic outreach in Nevada. The Bank's monetary and in-kind support last year totaled over $35,000 in cash and in-kind donations, including computer and other office equipment, and more than 1,200 hours of volunteer services from Bank employees.

This is a 17 percent increase over the previous year's numbers, which amounted to $30,000 for cash and in-kind donations, and approximately 1,000 hours of volunteer services.

"We continue to be very proud of our philanthropic performance and our increased capabilities each year to help more people and communities become better places to live and work," said Larry Charlton, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Business Bank and chairman of the board of United Way of Southern Nevada. "We view our involvement in the communities we serve as an extension of our bank, and if the community succeeds, we too will be successful."

Charlton added that while the Bank is very pleased with what it achieved last year with its monetary and in-kind donations, the Bank is perhaps most excited about the human resources it was able to provide to nonprofit and community organizations throughout Nevada. "Providing over 1,200 hours of volunteer services to these organizations was no small feat, especially for a company our size."

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.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Americans Celebrate King Holiday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country, January 16 is a day "on" for service -- not just a day off from work -- as they honor Martin Luther King Jr. by engaging in service activities for their communities and neighbors. Citizens in every state will join together to tutor children, build homes, clean parks, paint classrooms, deliver meals, and perform countless other acts of service.

Participation in the day of service has grown steadily since 1994 when Congress passed legislation encouraging Americans to celebrate the King Holiday as a day of service reflecting Dr. King’s life and teachings.

"We encourage all Americans to make the King Holiday a day on, not a day off," said David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "Dr. King once said, 'Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.' The King Holiday affords the ideal opportunity to remember the legacy of a great American by being one yourself."

Eisner will join HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt and 500 volunteers at a Washington D.C. high school in a project that is providing services to more than 170 homeless families. These services, called "Bus Stops" in memory of Rosa Parks, include continuing education, professional development, financial independence, and health. Additionally, volunteers will assemble care packets, paint murals, sort donations, and plan activities for children and youth.

Other Corporation staff who will be serving on King Day include Chief Operating Officer Liz Seale, who will be in Philadelphia building a home that will be delivered to a hurricane-affected family in the Gulf; AmeriCorps*VISTA director Jean Whaley, who will be in Charleston, SC, with the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, and Senior Corps director Tess Scannell, who will serve with an RSVP program in Washington, D.C., distributing clothing to local homeless shelters.

Last November, the Corporation awarded $500,000 in grants to support six national and state-wide organizations, which in turn are supporting King Day service projects across the country. A full list of these grants can be found at www.mlkday.org, along with an online listing of more than 560 projects taking place across the United States. The Corporation has also encouraged all of its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs to undertake service projects in their local area.

Among the hundreds of King Day service projects scheduled over the holiday weekend:

Philadelphia, which hosts the largest King Day of Service event in the country, expects a record 50,000 volunteers to participate this year. Martin Luther King High School in the Germantown section of Philadelphia will host the largest of more than 600 service projects organized throughout the tri-state region. Mayor Street, other elected and school district officials, Corporation COO Liz Seale, community leaders, students and others will build a "House in a Box" through Habitat for Humanity and a playground playhouse through the YouthBuild AmeriCorps program.

Hands on Atlanta and the King Center are sponsoring the 13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Summit, with 3,500 volunteers expected to take part. The projects include refurbishing used and donated computers for use in schools and agencies, cleaning and painting the Adams Park Community Center, and visiting senior residents at AG Rhodes Wesley Woods. Hands on Atlanta’s subgrant is through the Hands on Network.

St. James A.M.E. Church in Memphis, TN, is sponsoring activities focusing on youth and crime prevention. One project is "Pen or Pencil: Freedom of Choice," an initiative of the National Alliance of Faith and Justice. "Pen" stands for penitentiary, while "Pencil" refers to education; the initiative is geared to helping young people make the choice for education over a life of crime. Representatives of Nile, a group focusing on mentoring parents of delinquent children, and the U.S. Dream Academy, which works with youth, will be there to recruit volunteer mentors for their programs.

The City of Casa Grande, AZ, is co-sponsoring an educational event focusing on King’s teachings. Other sponsors are the County Juvenile Probation Dept., the Interfaith Council, and the Casa Grande School District. The event will also include a service project at the city’s recreation center. The project is supported by the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, which received a grant from the Corporation.

The Youth Conservation Corps based in Waukegan, IL, is signing up volunteers to participate in three service projects: sorting food for distribution at the Northern Illinois Food Bank; painting and cleaning at PADS, a homeless shelter; and general maintenance and repairs at Staben House, a women’s shelter. Between 40 and 60 volunteers are expected to attend the event, which received a subgrant from the National Association of Service Conservation Corps.

The third year of King Day events sponsored by Louisville Service for Peace in Louisville, KY, is expected to draw 2,000 volunteers to more than 30 projects; two years ago, 100 volunteers participated. Employees of Wal-Mart, Target, and Home Depot, among others, will undertake painting and cleaning projects at the Shawnee and Sun Valley Community Centers and the Russell Senior Center. The Interfaith Youth Corps, a group of about 70 high school and college students, will participate in a dialogue examining King’s life from different faith perspectives. The Louisville group received a subgrant from the national Service for Peace organization.

The Urban League of Greater Madison, in Wisconsin, will host the 8th Annual Achieving Greatness Through Service Youth Service Day. The 400 middle and high school students expected to attend will be asked to pledge at least 100 service hours in 2006. The President's Volunteer Service Award will be presented by U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin to students who completed 100 or more hours of service in 2005. Afternoon service projects will include food drives, reading to children, and collecting and distributing books. The Points of Life Foundation awarded a subgrant to the Urban League of Great Madison to support these activities.

The Corporation for National and Community Service provides opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through three main programs: Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. For more information, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

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