The Notes: Philanthropy, May 28, 2018

Approximately 60 colleagues from City National Bank and the Vegas Golden Knights, including team mascot Chance, teamed up to fill 3,000 bags of food for at-risk students in the Clark County School District as part of Three Square’s BackPack for Kids program.

Macy’s is funding $50,000 in “Vegas Strong” scholarships for the Public Education Foundation—three for students seeking a career as a first responder and two for dependents of first responders seeking a post-secondary degree in Nevada.

More than 200 volunteers from Appreciation Financial helped renovate Ruby Thomas Elementary School. Work included paint on the school’s outdoor handrails and poles, as well as on the outdoor blacktop playground. Volunteers revamped the school’s cafeteria and outdoor areas. The school received food and clothing for its emergency supply closet and a new outdoor learning space along with wall murals.

Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School unveiled the Harold Sells and Pauline Collins Education Wing sign. Sells and Collins are long-time benefactors of Faith Lutheran and recipients of the school’s Heitkotter Crusader Award, bestowed on donors who have shown leadership and dedication to the school. The education wing houses 10 classrooms, including the WCG Academy of Business & Entrepreneurship and the Academy of Film & Broadcasting.

Spirit Halloween’s Spirit of Children program provided Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC with $65,434 for Child Life services. The hospital’s Child Life Department offers highly skilled specialists who work alongside children to minimize stress and provide valuable emotional support through a variety of activities.

Dunkin’ Donuts Las Vegas donated $12,500 to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation on behalf of Dunkin’ Brands’ Joy in Childhood Foundation.

The De Castroverde Law Group’s Teacher Appreciation Awards honored Kevin Ford, Rachel Kuntz and Rocio Gonzales. Ford, a teacher at Doral Academy, won $1,000 for classroom supplies plus a one-night stay and spa package (or equivalent value for dinner and incidentals) at the Mandarin Oriental. Kuntz, a teacher at Jo Mackey Magnet School, won $750 for classroom supplies plus a $250 Amazon gift card. Gonzalez, a teacher at KO Knudson Middle School, won $400 in classroom supplies plus a $100 Amazon gift card.

The 17th annual Ronald McDonald House Food Drive collected more than 13,000 pounds of food and more than $11,000 in cash and gift card donations.

The Engelstad Family Foundation announced the gift of $3 million for the proposed CSN & Nevada State Health & Science Building. The gift is a match intended to help the colleges raise another $3 million from the community before the start of the next legislative session.

Michele Rothstein, the entrepreneur behind Balloons With A Twist, launched and the ancillary social media channels @mastercalendarL (Twitter) and @mastercalendarlv (Facebook and Instagram). The site is a repository for nonprofit events.

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada received $2,500 from Meals on Wheels America to support its pet-support program for clients.

The De Castroverde Law Firm awarded the 2018 Waldo De Castroverde Immigration Scholarship to Margarita Elias, a student at the William S. Boyd School of Law. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Waldo De Castroverde, a former criminal defense and immigration attorney. The amount of the scholarship was $2,000.

To commemorate the organization’s 40th anniversary, the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada launched 40 Faces of Candlelighters at The stories chronicle individuals and their families who have benefited from Candlelighters support.

Easterseals Nevada opened a Children’s Therapy and Autism Clinic at 7281 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas.

As part of their Greater Good Project, America First Credit Union employees visited Gibson Middle School to promote financial literacy.

The Kendra Scott store at Fashion Show Mall helped raise more than $1,100 for Olive Crest, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse.

The FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Las Vegas chapter, gave a Little Free Library to the Shade Tree. The donation includes a weatherproof library box to house a variety of books that will be donated and restocked by the Las Vegas Clark County Library District Foundation.

Construction vs. Cancer, sponsored by Las Vegas Paving, raised more than $280,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Other sponsors included Barrick Gaming, Nevada Contractors Association, M.J. Dean Construction, McCarthy Building Companies, John C. Kish Foundation and Penta Building Group.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety awarded Jonathan Harvey its highest civilian honor, the Civilian Medal of Valor. On Sept. 22, 2017, Harvey, a Greyhound Bus driver, encountered an unruly passenger who was armed with a knife while traveling from California to Las Vegas. Harvey was stabbed three times, suffering serious injuries but preventing passengers from being harmed.

City National Bank and Barnes & Noble donated nearly $20,000 in new books and cash to Lincoln Elementary School in North Las Vegas.

Credit One Bank-sponsored NASCAR driver Kyle Larson celebrated Nevada Reading Week by sharing his children’s book, “Kyle Loves Racing,” to a group of Communities In Schools of Nevada case-managed students and Hewetson Elementary School first grade students.


This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.