The Notes: Philanthropy, April 6-12


City National employees and members of their families helped fill food baskets for needy families.

City National Bank employees and members of their families helped fill food baskets for needy families as part of Three Square Food Bank’s food rescue program. City National also donated $2,500 to Three Square as part of its volunteer effort, which provided low-income families in Southern Nevada with 7,500 meals.

Clark County Fire Chief Berthral Washington accepted a $10,000 grant for Clark County Fire Rescue from ADT for helping keep the more than 150,000 Consumer Electronics Show attendees safe throughout the convention.

Massage Envy Spa Las Vegas teamed with Family Promise of Las Vegas’ “Adopt-A-Family” program. The 12 Las Vegas and Henderson clinics each adopted families and provided holiday gifts for 21 children and 15 adults.

After-School All-Stars Las Vegas received several donations that make the organization’s free, comprehensive after-school academic and enrichment programs possible for more than 6,000 at-risk students in 13 Clark County School District elementary and middle schools. They are: After-School All-Stars National Grant, $50,000; Coca-Cola, $20,000; AmeriGroup, $10,000 designated for the All-Star Soccer Tournament; Phil Ruffin, $5,000; Susan Miller, $5,000; Jay Brown, $5,000; and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, $10,000.

The Salvation Army received a $1.5 million grant as part of the Affordable Housing Program to refurbish the vocational building on its Lied Social Services campus.

The Walmart Foundation’s Nevada State Giving Program awarded $515,000 to these seven organizations — Minden Rotary Club Foundation, HELP of Southern Nevada, Operation Homefront, Communities in Schools of Nevada, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, City Impact Foundation and Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

Urology Specialists of Nevada collected 742 items for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission’s 2013 Food Drive.

For the third consecutive year, the law firm of Bailey Kennedy supported the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada by purchasing, donating and wrapping hundreds of gifts for families affected by childhood cancer as part of the Adopt a Family program.

Three Square Food Bank, the country’s fastest growing food bank, celebrated its sixth anniversary by giving back to families of Lunt and Cambeiro elementary schools during a mobile food pantry, funded by donors.

Larry and Audrey Plotkin donated $10,000 to Three Square Food Bank. Their donation provided more than 700 families a variety of nonperishable grocery goods, fresh fruits and vegetables.

One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating donated 70 children’s bikes to the Chet Buchanan and the KLUC Morning Zoo Toy Drive.

Bank of America gave away 500 tickets to the Las Vegas Bowl — two each to 250 military servicemen and women from Nellis Air Force Base.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children received a $15,000 grant from Bank of America to benefit the Crossings Supportive Housing program, which provides housing and services for homeless young adults, ages 18-25.

Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation awarded the Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada with a $2,700 grant. TIP volunteers provide emotional and practical support to family members, friends or witnesses during investigations.

The Elaine P. Wynn Family Foundation donated $1 million to Nathan Adelson Hospice to expand its hospital-based palliative care services. The donation helps provide an additional 1,200 hospital-based consultations, services to 175 patients in their homes and also to 75 people on an in-patient treatment basis.

The Elaine P. Wynn Family Foundation donated $250,000 to the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada to add new services to the organization’s youth program.

Switch Supernap was the presenting sponsor for Desert Research Institute’s Nevada Medal event. The $50,000 contribution supports DRI’s local and global applied research in earth and ecosystems, atmospheric and hydrologic sciences.

Employees from Caesars Entertainment properties across the country traveled to the Philippines to deliver thousands of hygiene products and health education tips to schools and student activity centers as part of a joint trip with Children International and the Clean the World Foundation.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican made $336,894 in grant awards to nine nonprofit organizations in Henderson and Las Vegas. This is the 21st year St. Rose has made such funding available. Community organization recipients included: Dr. Joel & Carol Bower School-Based Health Center, $50,000; Shade Tree Stallman-Touro Clinic, $20,000; Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, $50,000; Helping Kids Clinic: Health Access without Walls, $50,000; FirstMed Health & Wellness, $20,000; Saint Therese Center, $16,984; Nevada Diabetes Association, $15,000; Jewish Federation, $50,000; and UNLV Nevada Healthy Homes: $65,000.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts received a $100,000 grant from Disney. The award is being used to fund the Disney Musicals in Schools program, an outreach initiative that creates sustainable theater programs in elementary schools.

The Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada donated $20,000 to American Red Cross’ “Fire Hurts. Red Cross Helps” campaign, which provides assistance to victims who have been displaced from their homes due to fires throughout Nevada. Additionally, the Henderson Professional Fire Fighters and Henderson Fire Fighters Benevolent Association donated $2,000 to the cause.

Three Allstate agency owners received the Agency Hands in the Community award. Each award comes with a $1,000 grant. Russell Cook provided his to the Boy Scouts Of America in Las Vegas, where he is a volunteer, and Mike Seifer pledged his to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation in Las Vegas, where he volunteers. Elissa Conner donated hers to Blood Systems Inc.

Allegiant will donate $1 from every in-flight purchase of its Wingz Kids Snack Pack to Make-A-Wish. The airline will track the amount of snack packs purchased on each route and distribute the donations to purchasers’ local Make-A-Wish chapters.

Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada’s 13th annual Walk for Wishes drew more than 2,800 participants, 125 teams and raised more than $260,000. All proceeds stay in the community to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Clark County 4-H Clubs collected more than 40,000 pounds of food and approximately $14,000 for the Ronald McDonald House. The two 4-H Clubs participated in the event along with other volunteers from around the valley.

UNLV received a $2.5 million gift from the Konami Corp. to support construction of Hospitality Hall, a new academic building for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.

Bank of America awarded its $200,000 Neighborhood Builders grant to local youth literacy nonprofit Spread the Word Nevada. The grant will be used to extend its school year reading program into the summer months and expand into new schools.

The MGM Resorts Foundation donated $65,000 to the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation to strengthen the nonprofit’s “Afterschool Adventures” programs and provide extended educational curriculum, extracurricular activities and transitional skills to children who are visually impaired.

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