The Notes: Philanthropy, Aug. 30-Sept. 5


Water safety activist Joseph Vassallo, president of Paragon Pools, was named the Kidde Hero of the Week for his Float Like A Duck program. Using a sidekick named Duckie, Vassallo teaches families about water safety.

The American Cancer Society Las Vegas Leadership Board is Rick Campbell, Dr. Souzan El-Eid, Charles Gianelloni, Stacey Martini, Katie Ryan, Bill Bokelmann and Jennifer Bradley.

Tracy A. DiFillippo of Armstrong Teasdale, Tom Edington of Nevada State Bank, Leslie Maple of Barrick Gold Corporation and Jennifer Oswald of NV Energy joined the Communities in Schools of Nevada board of directors.

Three Square Food Bank received $10,000 from Amerigroup Nevada. In addition, the Las Vegas-Clark County and North Las Vegas library districts donated 33,931 pounds of food to Three Square. People were encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to their local library for a $2 credit toward patron fines. Sands ECO360 Degrees, Sands Cares, Sands Expo, the Venetian and the Palazzo collected more than 30,000 items for the charity. McGladrey LLP raised $152,975 for the food bank at a 5K run.

Myrtle Tate Elementary School received $1,200 from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for “Fire Up Your Feet,” which encourages students in kindergarten through eighth grade to be physically active. Myrtle Tate had the highest number of participants among the 4,000 students who took part. Other schools that received awards are Fay Galloway Elementary, Jack Dailey Elementary, Nate Mack Elementary, R. Guild Gray Elementary, Paul E. Culley Elementary, J.T. McWilliams Elementary, Pinecrest Academy-Nevada and Lied Middle School.

NV Energy awarded 78 scholarships worth $1,000 each and two scholarships of $2,000 each to Southern Nevada high school seniors who demonstrated leadership in academics and community service.

McDonald’s sponsored the Hispanic Baccalaureate, a large-scale graduation event for Hispanic students across Southern Nevada.

Fremont Street Experience donated $14,460 to Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada. The money came from SlotZilla revenue.

Tronox presented gift cards to Robert Taylor Elementary Robotics Club students and President’s Award recipients. Tronox helps fund the school’s Robotics Club and encourages employees to volunteer as mentors.

Cox Las Vegas employees collected toys, food, bedding and more for the Animal Foundation through the company’s Cuddle ‘n’ Snuggle drive.

A food drive hosted by Port of Subs sent thousands of sandwiches to Opportunity Village. The company donated one small sandwich for every large sandwich sold June 8-13.

The David Bohnett Foundation provided a grant for the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada to upgrade its computer network.

Station Casinos and Grand Canyon Development Partners are donating a building at 3755 W. Lake Mead Blvd., North Las Vegas, to Southern Nevada Children First, which helps pregnant homeless youths and young parents.

Smith’s donated $250,000 to St. Rose Children’s Hospital and $2,500 to the American Heart Association for the Teens Cooking With Heart program. The donation was part of a celebration in honor of the remodeling of the Smith’s at 55 S. Valle Verde Drive, Henderson.

Matt Smith Physical Therapy and Desert Valley Therapy hosted a school supply drive for Ronnow Elementary School, a Title 1 school where at least 40 percent of the students come from low-income families.

The Rogers Foundation donated $300,000 to two schools and community organizations. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Philharmonic bought instruments and tablets for a music program. Park Elementary will buy iPads for all students in grades two through five. Coral Academy of Science received money for tutors and learning programs.

Telus International donated 100 computers to Matt Kelly Elementary, Vegas Verde Elementary, Booker Elementary, Fyfe Elementary, Twin Lakes Elementary, Lake Elementary and Valley High School.

Impact Las Vegas gave $18,000 to Nevada Child Seekers to expand the nonprofit’s anti-bullying programs.

Best Mattress donated $2,500 to the Title 1 Homeless Outreach Program for Education.

United Nissan donated hundreds of footballs to the YMCA of Southern Nevada.

Valley Electric Association donated $12,000 to fund four college scholarships for local students.

Sixteen volunteers from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck served 607 meals at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.

The North Las Vegas Library District received a $3,000 programming grant for “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program aims to teach people about Latino American histories and cultures, examine and document the history of Latino Americans and foster understanding of local histories in regional, national and international contexts.

Dress For Success Southern Nevada recently gave out its 3,000th outfit. The organization helps women get back on their feet by providing professional attire.

UFC sponsored Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes, a group of four amateur athletes who planned to ride their bicycles more than 3,000 miles in the 34th Annual Race Across America. The team hoped to raise more than $650,000 to help build Intrepid Spirit Centers, diagnostic and treatment facilities that help military veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions.

Board members of the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation include Robert Torres, chairman; Lisa Santwer, first vice president; Matt Cook, second vice president; Carrie Bradley, treasurer; Liz LaMonica, secretary, and Annelisa Polk, member. Jackie Trueblood is executive assistant.

Las Vegas Sands donated $60,000 to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth. The money will pay for computers, books, scholarships and other resources. The company also established a $45,000 grant for Street Teens to fund the nonprofit’s drop-in center.

The Nevada 150 Foundation donated hundreds of books and pieces of merchandise to state museums, park gift shops and libraries. More than 100 copies of “Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State,” the official commemorative book of the Nevada Sesquicentennial, went to public libraries.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada is collaborating with Tuff-N-Uff, an amateur MMA organization; Vegas Lions and Vegas Outlaws football teams; Alston Business Consulting; Office Depot; the Never Give Up Foundation and Gianniosis Realty Group to launch “Men in Mentoring,” aimed at recruiting men as Big Brothers. There are more than 550 boys in the program waiting for a big brother.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ second annual “Celebrity Restaurant Challenge” raised more than $12,000 for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s Camp Cartwheel. The money will send 50 children to camp. Event participants included the Las Vegas Outlaws and Posse; the casts of “Fantasy,” “Chippendales,” “Sexxy” and “Marriage Can Be Murder;” Clark County School District police; Jay R Beatbox, a local hip-hop musician; Kevin Burke of “Defending the Caveman;” JC Fernandez of Mix 94.1; JoJo Turnbeaugh of 95.5 the Bull; Marco and John Mac of Sunny 106.5; Johiah Hall, Big D. and Claire of My 93.1; Las Vegas Fire and Rescue; Dao Vu of KTNV Channel 13; and Javelin Broderick, of MotoAmerica “Supersport” Roadracer.

The UNLV School of Medicine scholarship drive wrapped up months ahead of schedule and raised twice as many scholarships as anticipated when Kris Engelstad McGarry, trustee of the Engelstad Family Foundation, pledged $10 million for student scholarships. The gift will cover 100 four-year scholarships – 25 for the school’s 2017 charter class and 25 for each of the next three entering classes. Each scholarship is worth $100,000.

Humana and the Humana Charity Crafters donated more than 270 knitted and crocheted caps, blankets, scarfs and quilts to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.

The John Krakauer Charitable Trust donated $40,000 to Spread the Word Nevada for the organization’s Books on the Move program. In addition, the Las Vegas Rotary Club donated $25,000 to the nonprofit to help Will Beckley Elementary School.

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