The Notes: Philanthropy, June 1-7


Mayor Carolyn Goodman was on hand for McDonald’s fourth annual Green for Grads scholarship event.

McDonald’s restaurants raised more than $41,000 during the fourth annual Green for Grads scholarship event. A total of 110 McDonald’s in Southern Nevada pledged to donate $1 from every Extra Value Meal customers purchased. Money raised benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas. More than a dozen local politicians also volunteered their time working at the restaurants to raise donations.

The Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation gave new bicycles, helmets and locks to underprivileged students enrolled in the After-School All-Stars Las Vegas program. Students from West Prep Academy, Martinez Elementary, CP Squires Elementary and CT Sewell Elementary were chosen by teachers and after-school site leaders based on academics, school attendance and good citizenship.

Bridget Branch and Kathleen Lynch are board members at Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, which repairs and renovates houses for low-income homeowners. Branch is a vice president and small business banker for Bank of America, and Lynch is a senior associate at Gensler.

About 100 workers from Southwest Gas volunteered doing landscaping work with Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada on National Rebuilding Day. Volunteers replaced grass at a local home with rock, did stucco repair, removed tree stumps, planted shrubs and painted

Aristocrat employees raised $11,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Diana Bennett, of Paragon Gaming, is chairwoman and John Sullivan, of Red Rock Administrative Services, is treasurer of Three Square Food Bank’s board of directors. Board member Marianne Johnson, of Boyd Gaming, will serve a one-year term, while Shawn Gerstenberger, of UNLV; Tariq Shaukat, of Caesars Entertainment; and Frank Woodbeck, of Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, each will serve a three-year term.

Bally Technologies employees shaved their heads to raise $5,500 for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation during the second annual “Klip it for Kidz” event.

Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada received a $35,000 grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust.

America First Credit Union donated 34 hams to students of Gibson Middle School during the annual Bunny Run. In addition, the credit union provided cupcakes and water for 300 people who attended the National Junior Honor Society Induction and 6,500 snacks for Gibson students who took the Criterion Referenced Test. In another event, credit union employees painted fire hydrants and fire lanes, picked up trash, covered graffiti and cleaned alleyways in downtown Las Vegas as part of the Dynamo Day Clean Up.

The South Point Arena donated $3,174 to Cox Charities as a part of the Championship Bull Riding Tour’s South Point Vegas Challenge.

Forest City donated about 100 tables and 75 chairs to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission to benefit three organizations: Senior Life, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.

In honor of Nevada Reading Week, more than 25 Bank of America employees read to classes at Fay Herron Elementary School.

Spread the Word Nevada received Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders grant, a $200,000 award for nonprofits that have had a positive effect on their community.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Nevada community advisory council includes Mary Lynn Palenik, advisory director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, chairman; Stephen Fullam, risk manager at Toyota Financial Savings Bank, vice chairman; Matt Davey, CEO of NYX Gaming Group, member; and Christine Labombard, vice president of property finance at Pinnacle Entertainment, member.

City National Bank gave Snehal Bahkta, a teacher at West Career and Technical Academy, a $1,500 literacy grant as part of its Reading is the Way Up literacy program. The bank awarded a total of 80 literacy grants worth more than $86,000 to teachers in four states.

Henderson International School students raised $23,053 through the Jump Rope for the Heart and Hoops for the Heart programs.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada raised more than $340,000 at the Sneaker Ball.

Gordon Silver employees raised more than $1,100 for the 12th annual DJs for PJs Community Service Drive. Six employees also took part in the first Pajama 5K/1-mile run/walk.

The eighth annual Henry Prendes Charity Golf Classic raised more than $31,500 for Henry’s Place. Money will be used to build a camp for underprivileged youths.

After-School All-Stars Las Vegas received donations of $5,000 each from the Shulman Family Foundation, the Richard M. Haddrill Fund and Jim Jimmerson.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation gave $20,000 to St. Rose Dominican Hospitals’ R.E.D. (Responsible Early Detection) Rose program to pay for mammograms and ultrasounds for underinsured and uninsured women.

The Robert S. and Dorothy J. Keyser Foundation made a $100,000, two-year funding commitment to the Desert Research Institute’s GreenPower Program. The program helps pre-K through high school teachers by providing curriculum and materials, hosting training sessions and workshops and facilitating class field trips and guest speakers.

Chenin Orthodontics collected more than 155 prom dresses for Project 150, which helps local homeless high school students.

The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood collected donations in its fountain during May for the Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada, which provides treatment and support to people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.

21st Century Oncology of Las Vegas sponsored the Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases’ Military Veterans Appreciation Day picnic.

The Greater Good Council awarded a $200,000 grant to Crestwood Elementary School for its “Growth Mindset” program during the 2015-17 school years.

Matt Smith Physical Therapy collected 2,371 pounds of food during its third annual food drive to benefit Three Square Food Bank.

Valley Hospital Medical Center donated an electrocardiogram (EKG) machine to Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada.

Southwest Gas Co.’s “Fuel for Life” workplace giving campaign has pledged more than $35,000 to Baby’s Bounty since 2012. The program was recognized at the second annual “Oh Baby! Tea” event.

The Henderson Chamber of Commerce raised $7,300 as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Challenge. Money will benefit the American Cancer Society and be used for research, patient and caregiver services, education and advocacy programs.

Colliers International — Las Vegas sponsored the 20th Links for Life charitable golf tournament at the Las Vegas Country Club, raising $70,000 this year. Since its inception, Links for Life has raised more than $2.1 million for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Three Square Food Bank.

Caesars Foundation approved 17 grants worth more than $500,000 nationwide for the second quarter of 2014. Local organizations receiving support include Goodwill of Southern Nevada, New Vista and YMCA of Southern Nevada.

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