The Notes: Philanthropy, April 23, 2018

Fisher Space Pen Co. donated checks of more than $5,000 each to the Las Vegas Victims Fund and the Injured Police Officers Fund of Nevada. The money came from the sale of a special edition pen displaying the #VegasStrong hashtag.

Voya Financial donated $10,000 to Special Olympics Nevada as a result of the success of its Invest in Something Special effort. This weeklong social media campaign was designed to share the goals and dreams of Special Olympics athletes on social media and to raise money for local programs.

Saluting America partnered with the uperintendent of the Clark County School District to donate 15,000 tribute cards for students to express their gratitude to first responders following the Oct. 1 mass shooting.

The Las Vegas Hospitality Association donated 458 care packages with basic necessities to Gwendolyn Woolley Elementary.

Employees of Caesars Entertainment, in collaboration with Clean the World, a recycler of hotel amenities, and the Service Companies, which offers services to the gaming and hospitality industry, distributed soap to hundreds of families in Guadalajara, Mexico. People who distributed the soap included: Maria Vargas, guest room attendant at Harrah’s Resort Southern California; Heather McAuley, beverage server at Caesars Windsor; and Ryan Ewell, sous chef at Harrah’s Metropolis. Trip participants from housekeeping vendor the Service Cos. included Cynthia Isrow, who works at Harrah’s Laughlin, and Yerky Santana from the Linq.

Thirty-one bikes were donated to Communities In Schools of Nevada students who attend J.T. McWilliams Elementary School. The bikes are donations from Varian Medical Systems and Debbie and Gary Ackerman of Gaudin Motor Company. The Albion Soccer Club’s Las Vegas 2006 Boys & 2006 Girls Academy teams built the bikes.

Project 150 packaged and delivered 1,900 holiday meals for local homeless high school students.

More than 30 Bank of Nevada employees assisted students from dozens of elementary, middle and high schools during a farmers market that featured produce grown and harvested by Clark County School District students in their school gardens. As part of a pilot program with Green Our Planet, Bank of Nevada employees visited schools to teach students about creating a business plan.

Barrick donated $324,370 to Communities In Schools of Nevada to support initiatives in Southern Nevada and northeastern Nevada to help improve student outcomes.

Naqvi Injury Law donated $15,000 to HELP of Southern Nevada during the 98.5 KLUC Toy Drive with Chet Buchanan. Nevada State Bank donated toys and 41 bikes to the drive.

Elbert Edwards Elementary received $6,000 from StoryBook Treasures, a nonprofit organization that helps implement reading programs for kindergarten classes.

Smith’s donated $30,000 to Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican to benefit the St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation Charity Care Program and its Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals pediatric unit at the Siena campus. The money brought Smith’s 2017 donation total to more than $630,000 to support pediatric services at the hospital.

Three Square Food Bank received $50,000 from the Kroger Co. Foundation. The donation is equivalent to 150,000 meals.

SilverSummit Healthplan and the Vegas Golden Knights collected 2,275 pounds of food for Three Square Food Bank. The amount equals 1,896 meals for families in need.

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas donated $15,000 to the Folded Flag Foundation, which provides educational scholarships and support grants to families of military and government personnel who died as a result of hostile action or in an accident related to U.S. combat operations.

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican made $364,332 in grant awards to seven nonprofits:

• $75,195 for Mobilizing Medical Care for the Homeless—Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

• $60,000 for Second Responders 911 Referral Program—Las Vegas CHIPS

• $99,503 for Grow the Veggie Buck Truck—Together We Can

• $54,634 for Training Promotores—Vision Y Compromiso

• $25,000 for transportation for homebound—Lend a Hand of Boulder City

• $25,000 for Trac-B Needle Exchange—Nevada AIDS Research and Education Society

• $25,000 for Keeping Kids Fit —Vegas PBS

The Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada received $60,000 from the Consumer Technology Association —owner and producer of CES. TIP works with Clark County’s police and fire agencies and hospitals to provide on-scene emotional and practical support to those affected by crises.

The Las Vegas Rescue Mission received $20,000 from the Vegas Golden Knights—$10,000 was raised during a December game and then matched by Credit One Bank.

Staff from the Penta Building Group volunteered at the Vegas Strong 5K/1-Mile, manning a water station to aid runners who showed up in support for the Las Vegas Victims Fund.

Dignity Health donated $25,000 to Vegas PBS for the Keeping Kids Fit Workshops. Approximately 100 parents and children will be served through this grant.

The Sunshine Nevada Organization donated children’s yoga mats and equipment to Absolute Balance for youth yoga classes.

Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip donated $5,000 grant to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to support its music therapy program.

Tronox donated $5,000 to the robotics club at Basic Academy of International Studies.


This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.