The Notes: Philanthropy, April 19-25


Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation received $10,000 from Ledcor Construction’s employee giving campaign.

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The Henderson Police Officers’ Association donated $25,000 to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund.

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation collected $4,120 from a SlotZilla Charity Challenge. The money will send young burn victims to camp in Northern Nevada.

Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation received $10,000 from Ledcor Construction’s employee giving campaign. The donation will help strengthen NBCF’s after-school education and recreational programs.

Abel Edossa is the 2015 Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada Youth of the Year. The recognition comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Edossa is a senior at Rancho High School where he is enrolled in the Medical Academy. He participates in BCGSNV’s Keystone Club and works as a tutor for Andson Academics. He stays busy with extracurricular activities such National Honor Society, varsity tennis, and speech and debate. He is son of Ethiopian parents who fled a civil war.

Twenty-five third graders at Reynaldo Martinez Elementary School will receive four-year college scholarships courtesy of the Rogers Foundation, the education-focused nonprofit group of the late Jim Rogers and his wife, Beverly.

PT’s Entertainment Group held a fundraiser at its four Sean Patrick’s locations in honor of Madison “Maddy” Graves, founder and partner of Mad Matty’s Casino, GeeBee’s Bar & Grill, Kavanugh’s, Morrissey’s, Molly Malone’s and Sean Patrick’s Irish Pubs. The taverns accepted donations for Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. About $10,000 was raised. Larry Ruvo of Southern Wine & Spirits and former classmate of Maddy, along with the Ruvo Family Foundation, matched the amount collected.

Melissa Blynn is executive director, Mindy Tatti is development director and Julie Sanders is program manager of Create A Change Now, which teaches at-risk students to plant, grow and cook fresh, healthy meals with the goal of preventing childhood obesity.

Nacho Daddy gave 13-year-old wakeboarder Zoe Luquette $1,000 to help fund her trip to Argentina to compete in the 2015 Pan-American Wakeboard Championships. Luquette, a student at St. Viator Catholic School, represented the U.S. Wakeboard Team at the worldwide competition and placed sixth in the girls division.

Discovery Children’s Museum raised $1,600 in Scholastic book credits for Richard Rundle and Jack Dailey elementary schools. The museum, with Spread the Word Nevada, also collected $500 in books for local elementary schools.

The Henderson Police Officers’ Association donated $25,000 to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund to support the National Law Enforcement Museum being built in Washington, D.C. It will be the nation’s largest museum honoring America’s law enforcement officers.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada received a $200,000 Bank of America Charitable Foundation Neighborhood Builders grant to help about 225 veterans and family members find work in Southern Nevada. The Neighborhood Builders program is Bank of America’s signature philanthropic award that couples executive leadership training and grant money for high-performing nonprofits across the nation.

Communities In Schools of Nevada received a $350,000 grant from Nevada Women’s Philanthropy to purchase 240 computers for six area high schools.

The 14th annual Food Drive for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas netted more than 18,000 pounds of food and supplies and more than $13,000 from raffle ticket sales, donations and gift cards.

The Las Vegas City Council awarded $25,000 in grants as part of the annual Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program, which awards up to $1,000 for youth to create and implement neighborhood service learning projects of their own design. Twenty six youth groups won grants for murals, neighborhood cleanups, mentoring and other programs.

Las Vegas Firefighters donated $2,000 to Honor Flight of Southern Nevada during a presentation at the Veterans Memorial in Boulder City. The money came from proceeds from selling camouflage “Veterans Day” T-shirts.

NV Energy and the NV Energy Foundation donated more than $5.1 million last year to support almost 500 nonprofits statewide. The contributions were funded by the company, not customers. Grants and sponsorships were given to 260 nonprofits in Southern Nevada, including the I Have A Dream Foundation, Communities in Schools Nevada, Red Rock Search and Rescue and Nevada Veterans Foundation.

Tronox employees donated 20 units of blood to United Blood Services during a company blood drive.

City National and Barnes & Noble donated $40,000 in cash and books to Helen Jydstrup, Fredric W. Watson, Paradise and Jack Dailey elementary schools.

The Bonanza High School Fire Science Academy received a digital fire training system worth more than $21,800 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The equipment creates real-life scenarios to help students train to respond to any fire.

More than 300 young people involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada received shoes and apparel from Soles4Souls and FN Platform.

The Engelstad Family Foundation renewed Catholic Charities’ grant request for 2015, awarding $2.25 million over the next two years for family, food, senior, immigration and shelter services.

“Raiding the Rock Vault” raised $3,500 for the Cultural Arts Training Foundation at Rock and Rise, a special charity performance. The money supports programs that correspond to One Billion Rising, a global campaign to empower women.

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores donated $3.4 million in cash and food to Nevada charitable groups in 2014. Local food banks received $2.1 million worth of food, the equivalent of more than 1 million meals.

Three Square Food Bank received a grant from Microsoft Corp. through the company’s Technology for Good program. The grant is an in-kind gift of software and product licensing worth $500,000. Three Square will use the products to streamline its warehouse inventory procedure, reducing operating expenses and freeing resources to provide additional meals.

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