The Notes: Philanthropy, March 8-14


America First Credit Union donated $10,000 each to several charities.

America First Credit Union donated $10,000 each to Christmas Box International, The Road Home, SafeNest, St. Anne’s Homeless Shelter, YCC of Northern Utah, Cathedral of the Madeline Good Shepherd Program, SHARE, Inc., Catholic Community Services and the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank.

The Public Education Foundation and Payless ShoeSource gave $20 shoe coupons to 300 students from Rex Bell, Crestwood, Paul Culley, Hollingsworth, Matt Kelly, J.T. McWilliams and John S. Park elementary schools. At a separate event, Mandarin Oriental donated $17,000 to the foundation to fund a school-supply resource center that saves teachers hundreds of dollars annually in out-of-pocket expenses.

Popcornopolis donated 500 bags of popcorn to the Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation’s “Munchies for the Military” program. Green, 23, died in 2011 during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. His mother, Suni Erlanger, created the foundation and the “Munchies for the Military” drive to send care packages to deployed troops.

City National Bank and Barnes & Noble collected books for local schools. City National also matched each book received with a monetary donation, pledging up to $100,000. The ongoing partnership has awarded more than $800,000 to teachers for literary projects.

Vegas Stylez Hair Salon gave free makeovers to women in Shade Tree battered women’s program.

More than 25 FirstService Residential employees volunteered with Cheyenne’s Magical School Bus Tours, which enables local students from at-risk elementary schools to visit the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village.

Nevada State Bank underwrote $30,800 for the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial. Fifty-five bricks will be inscribed with the name of a service member from Nevada who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and who died since Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial will be built at the Grant Sawyer Building. The bank also awarded a $20,000 Access to Housing and Economic Assistance for Development Grant to James Seastrand Helping Hands of North Las Vegas to help low-income seniors.

Advertising agency Robertson+Partners unveiled its “Be Positive” campaign, which encourages community members to perform random acts of positivity and share them at

The Las Vegas Speedway Children’s Charities awarded $5,000 to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. The money will be used for the Travel for Treatment program, which helps cover travel expenses for children diagnosed with cancer when treatment is unavailable in Southern Nevada.

Army Spcs.Jamie Olson and Larry Lemieux, graduates of the College of Southern Nevada’s air conditioning technology program, won the first two toolkits awarded through the Kenneth Goodrich CSN Post-9/11 Veteran HVAC Employment Program. The kits include tools and diagnostics worth more than $1,000 that are necessary to start a career in the HVAC field.

Orangetheory Fitness Village Square at The Lakes and Anthem in Henderson donated airline miles to Let’s Bring ‘Em Home, a group that helps U.S. servicemen and women come home for holidays.

The Las Vegas Hospitality Association gave gift bags to 300 students at Richard C. Priest Elementary School. The gift bags included shoes, socks, a coat, a sweater or shirt, a blanket, toys, books and other items.

New Song Church hosted a donation drive for the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth and collected a truckload of clothing, gift cards, toiletries and other items, as well as almost $1,000.

Adolfo Quintero, co-owner of AGR Group, was among the executives who gathered with Marines at an annual dinner to celebrate the Toys for Tots Literacy Program. Attendees donated more than 100,000 books.

The North Las Vegas Library District received $28,000 from the NV Energy Foundation to upgrade computers at City Hall Library. The foundation also gave $10,000 to Goodwill of Southern Nevada’s Work Readiness Program, which holds workshops for job seekers.

Members of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors donated nearly $30,000 to several local charities: Catholic Charities, Family & Child Treatment, Foreclosed Upon Pets, Nevada Homeless Alliance, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Pet Awareness & Welfare Services, Project 150, Shade Tree, Street Teens, Walter Hoving Home, Safe Nest and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

The Providence master planned community donated almost 1,600 cans of food to Three Square Food Bank.

The Nellis Support Team donated $15,000 to Operation Warmheart for the “Adopt-A-Family” program, which provides food and toys to needy military families at Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases.

Bally employees, in partnership with the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, raised more than $15,000 for five families in Southern Nevada.

Henderson Hyundai Superstore donated $4,000 to Stop DUI, dedicated to bringing awareness to the consequences of intoxicated driving.

Bank of America donated $25,000 to Three Square Food Bank, the equivalent of 75,000 meals. The bank also awarded $136,700 to 10 local nonprofits that provide disaster aid, homelessness assistance and hunger relief.

Baby’s Bounty received 125 car seats from K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, which collects new merchandise from retailers for families living in poverty.

Allegiant Air provided travel for 33 children involved with Make-A-Wish Foundation during the winter holiday season. The travel company flew more than 150 children to their wish destinations in 2014.

Darin Feinstein, founder of Fat Bar and owner of three local FatBurger restaurants, hosted a holiday lunch for Shade Tree residents. He also matched customers’ donations to the group, pledging up to $10,000.

The 2014 Balloons With a Twist and HalloweenMart 20th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser generated almost $3,000 for Aid For AIDS Nevada, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada, Create A Change Now and Legacy X.

Matt Smith Physical Therapy collected almost 300 toys for the Light of the World Childhood Cancer Foundation, which offers spiritual, emotional and financial support to childhood cancer patients.

Fremont Street Experience donated $15,068 to Opportunity Village.

The Consumer Electronics Association donated $100,000 to Green Our Planet, Green Chips and Touro University to advance their work in energy efficiency. International CES exhibitors donated display and exhibit materials to Habitat for Humanity, Opportunity Village and Teacher Exchange.

The Caesars Foundation, AARP Foundation and Meals On Wheels Association of America created application assistance software for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The Caesars Foundation gave $150,000 to the pilot program, which will use tablet technology to assess eligibility and, where possible, complete and submit applications for benefits.

Right Now Air, an HVAC services provider, donated $1,500 to U.S. Vets-Las Vegas to provide supplies and warm clothing for almost 195 homeless veterans.

Mercadito Red Rock at Red Rock Resort sold tacos created by guest chefs to raise money for Share Our Strength, which aims to end childhood hunger. Participating chefs include John Gremo, Rick Moonen, Kim Canteenwalla, Alex Stratta and Patricio Sandoval.

After-School All-Stars Las Vegas received several donations to help the organization provide free after-school academic and enrichment programs to more than 5,500 underprivileged students in Clark County. Coca-Cola North America donated $20,000; Steven and Patricia Mizel donated $20,000; Jesse Waits donated $10,000; the Cashman Family Foundation donated $5,000; Elaine Wenger-Roesener donated $5,000; the Riseman Foundation donated $5,000, and the Sharon L. Bridwell Charitable Trust donated $3,500.

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