The Notes: Philanthropy, Dec. 17, 2017

The Penta Building Group’s charity golf tournament raised $120,000, which was divided among Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Nevada Military Support Alliance and Women’s Development Center.

Pia Zadora donated $5,000 to Project FOCUS (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success). Project FOCUS is a two- to four-year post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Zadora had won the money as the grand prize in Westgate Las Vegas’ March Madness “Hoops Central Celebrity Bracket Challenge.”

Nacho Daddy donated money to Three Square Food Bank to pay for 140,000 meals.

Safe Nest honored Anne Wayman of Kaercher Insurance with the “Woman of Distinction” award.

Opportunity Village and an employee from the organization, Monica Harrison, were honored with awards from SourceAmerica, a national nonprofit organization. Opportunity Village received the AbilityOne Network Award for Performance Excellence in Grassroots Advocacy, which recognizes a nonprofit agency for engaging and educating public policymakers about the AbilityOne Program. Harrison was given the Tom Miller Advocacy Award, which recognizes an employee with a significant disability who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and passion for self-advocacy.

More than 40 local Burger King restaurants in Las Vegas raised $31,563 for Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest.

Nevada State Bank gave $8,000 to Ruby Thomas Elementary School.

Goettl Air Conditioning donated $2,200 worth of professional tools to Lawrence Malm and David Vanover, veterans who recently graduated from the College of Southern Nevada Air Conditioning Technology Program.

DC Building Group installed “buddy benches” at several local elementary schools to help with anti-bullying efforts. The benches were constructed by students at Northwest Career & Technical Academy.

The Runnin’ for the House 5K Run and Family Fun Walk, presented by McDonald’s of Greater Las Vegas, raised more than $57,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas.

The Henderson Chamber of Commerce helped three public schools’ robotics teams: Nate Mack Elementary, Greenspun Junior High and Basic Academy of International Studies. Last spring, the Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation raised $12,500 to help the teams’ students represent Nevada at the 2017 VEX Robotics Worlds Competition. Mayor-elect Debra March also donated $1,000, and Tronox donated $2,500 to Basic outside of the foundation’s efforts.

Southwest Gas donated $100,554 to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada. The utility donated more than $50,000 to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.

The Del E. Webb Foundation gave $35,000 to the College of Medicine at Roseman University of Health Sciences to support the development and delivery of its DiscoverMed program.

The Public Education Foundation honored Advanced Technologies Academy social studies teacher Jeff Hinton with its Myra Greenspun Teacher Excellence Award. The award, established in 2008 by community leader Myra Greenspun, recognizes an exemplary public school teacher who is successful in using innovative teaching strategies and raising student achievement. Hinton received $3,000 to be used for his classroom, school or professional development. He also received an honorarium of $1,000 and 500 points to the Public Education Foundation’s Teacher Exchange, a resource center for Clark County School District teachers.

Clark County Medical Society honored Daniel LeCavalier of Touro University Nevada College of Medicine with its 2017 Student Rising Star Award.

Keller Williams Las Vegas Realty agents and partner businesses renovated eight housing units that are part of Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth’s Independent Living Program and the NPHY Emergency Shelter. Work involved advanced landscaping, roof repairs, shower and bathroom facilities repair, kitchen remodels, new furniture and bedding, and new tile flooring, appliances, windows, faucets and fixtures.

Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada worked with Lowe’s employees to rebuild four homes and the Henderson Scout House for Girls Scouts of Southern Nevada. About 80-100 Lowe’s volunteers provided exterior and interior painting, door replacement, xeriscaping, property cleanup, small exterior repairs and debris removal.

California Pizza Kitchen raised more than $7,000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada.

Nevada State Bank donated $10,000 to the Las Vegas Justice Partnership, which funds the Regional Justice Center’s specialty courts. The money is earmarked for Youth Offender Court.

Through the efforts of the Las Vegas chapter of the Air Force Association, Rancho High School received a full-size replica of the 1905 Wright Brothers Flyer, which is modeled after the first successful aircraft to take flight.

Affinity Gaming raised nearly $25,000 for the Alzheimer Association at Wine to Remember.

The NV Energy Foundation donated $10,000 to assist Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Uncompensated Care Program, which provides comprehensive and compassionate hospice care for the uninsured and underinsured. The foundation also awarded $94,000 in scholarships to Southern Nevada high school seniors.

Dan Shaw, president and CEO of Rustler Investments, donated $5,000 to the Henderson Symphony Orchestra.