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Dine Out Today to Benefit Children

Dine Out Today to Benefit Children

 

Eat out for a good cause today on International Children’s Day, as 13 local restaurants help mark the occasion.

They will participate in the Building Champions against the Odds Campaign to benefit Nevada Children’s Center (NCC) and commemorate International Children’s Day. Nevada Children’s Center takes part in the global commemoration of children though the Campaign.

These area restaurants have pledged to donate between 10-20 percent of revenue to Nevada Children’s Center, but you must bring a flyer available at www.nccenter.org with you to qualify for the donation.

The Campaign will help NCC in its mission to empower young victims of abuse, neglect, and mental afflictions by providing therapeutic day treatment, behavior modification, and in-home parenting resources in partnership with foster care and child protective advocates and agencies.

D0wntown Zipline Holds Fundraiser

Flightlinez zip line attraction, The Fremont Street Experience and members of The Dropkick Murphy's are working together on a fundraiser on Sunday.

The money raised will go towards the Claddagh Fund. A charity put together by the Dropkick Murphy's to help children and veterans in need. It costs $15 to ride the zip line and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, 100% of the proceeds from the Flightlinez zip line will go to the charity.

 

 

 

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is now accepting camper registrations for its 2011 resident summer camp sessions June 19 to August 14.  Download the camp book and register on-line at girlscoutsnv.org.

Established in 1949, Camp Foxtail, located in the Toiyabe National Forest, provides Girl Scouts ages 8 to 17 years old with traditional resident camp experiences.  Programs encourage leadership through activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, high and low adventure courses, singing, arts and crafts, campfires and much more.

Session prices range from $300 to $350 and girls must be a registered member of Girl Scouts to attend Camp Foxtail. Membership is $12 annually and can be purchased at the same time as camp sessions.

To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 385-3677 or visit girlscoutsnv.org.

Donation Helps Plans for New Legal Aid Center

Donation Helps Plans for New Legal Aid Center

A major donation announced today will help Legal Aid of Southern Nevada with its plans to build a new center.

The Engelstad Family Foundation donated $3.9 million towards the center. The project will be built next to the current center in downtown Las Vegas on the corner of Charleston and 8th Street. Today's donation allows the non-profit to break ground. 

Cortez Elementary School Receives Books and Literacy Services

Cortez Elementary School Receives Books and Literacy Services

Spread the Word Nevada adopted Cortez Elementary School in Las Vegas earlier this month, its 24th school since the non-profit, children's organization started in 2001. Recent funding by Windsong Trust, a charitable trust based in Los Angeles, sponsored the adoption of Cortez. This is one of three schools scheduled to be sponsored through a $100,000 grant awarded to Spread the Word Nevada by the charitable trust.

During the adoption ceremony, Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas volunteers joined Principal Ariel Villalobos and teachers in a skit to educate students on the importance of working together as a community to make reading and education a priority. After the assembly, more than 800 Cortez students received a book bag and five books to start building their home libraries. Spread the Word Nevada will continue a commitment of monthly book distributions and literacy services after the adoption.

Major Grant Helps Boys Town Family Program

Major Grant Helps Boys Town Family Program

Boys Town Nevada recently received a $370,000 grant from the Engelstad Foundation for continuation of its In-Home Family Service Program.

The grant will give Boys Town Nevada the resources it needs to continue its work to keep struggling families together amidst the economic downturn in the Las Vegas community.

“We are so grateful to have support from the Engelstad Foundation,” said Marlies Mathews, Boys Town Nevada Program Operations Manager. “With Nevada’s economic struggles, prevention programs like In-Home Family Services are the most cost-effective approach to strengthen families, keep them together in difficult times and alleviate the endless flow of youth into the foster care system.”

The late Ralph Engelstad, owner of several major Las Vegas casinos, founded the Engelstad Foundation to give back to organizations that support medical research, education, children and disabled individuals.

Penn & Teller Grand Marshals for Sunday's AIDS Walk

Penn & Teller Grand Marshals for Sunday's AIDS Walk

For the 10th consecutive year, Penn & Teller will serve as Grand Marshals for Aid for AIDS of Nevada's (AFAN) 21st Annual AIDS Walk Las Vegas and once again lead the Penn & Teller Challenge AIDS Walk team on Sunday, April 17. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:30 a.m.

The AIDS Walk serves as AFAN’s largest fundraiser of the year, providing funds for programs to assist and educate more than 3,000 men, women and children infected with HIV and AIDS in southern Nevada.