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:

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.”

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.”

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”.

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.”

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.”

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