The Notes: Philanthropy, Dec. 10, 2018

Two community members became homeowners as part of the largest build in Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas’ 27-year history in Southern Nevada. The two homes are located in the Pittman community of Henderson and were the first of 20 single-family attached homes to be completed. The builds are funded by donations from community partners, including $200,000 from Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Award.

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck volunteers helped paint decorative stones for the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden. The garden is a memorial to the lives lost from Oct. 1 shooting.

Grand Canyon Development Partners, a project management company, announced Core, powered by the Rogers Foundation, as the first recipient of its Developing Dreams nonprofit award. As recipient, GCDP will award pro bono construction management services to Core. Core serves students, providing academic support, leadership development, whole family wraparound services, enrichment opportunities and college/career readiness. The organization is planning to construct a resource center that will include a clothing closet, food pantry, computer lab, training room, indoor basketball court and administrative offices.

Zappos For Good, the charitable arm of, teamed up with Imagine Dragons to launch a limited edition Superga COTU Classic Sneaker in support of the Tyler Robinson Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the band benefiting children and their families battling pediatric cancer. This latest edition in the Zappos for Good shoe series features two styles designed by the band’s long-time album cover artist Tim Cantor.

With funding provided by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection awarded 11 grants to improve conditions of Nevada’s surface waters. NDEP granted funding for six implementation, three public outreach and two watershed planning projects to qualifying state and regional agencies, counties, conservation districts and nonprofit organizations. The Southern Nevada Water Authority received $37,000 and Clark County received $47,000.

New officers elected to the Shade Tree Shelter for Homeless Women and Children’s board of trustees include Dr. Phil Tobin, director and professor at Touro University, vice chair; Deborah Priebe, owner, Elegant Properties, assistant vice chair; Christine Zack, chief strategy and business development officer, The AMD Card, secretary; and Francine Miller, partner, Layton Layton & Tobler, treasurer. Stacey Lockhart is the organization’s executive director. New board members include: Monica Aldana, real estate advisor, The Collective; Dr. Hayat Jawadi, physician, Premier OB/GYN of Southern Nevada; Hilary Muckleroy, special counsel, Littler; Darrell Richards, vice president of construction, Wynn Design & Development; Amy Sances, partner, Greenspoon Marder; Dominique Schuster, marketing supervisor, Credit One Bank; Karyn Steenkamp, vice president design and construction, Caesars Entertainment; Travis Turner, administrative director, AWL Inc.; Anne Aniello-Wayman, Kaercher Insurance; Desiree Wolfe, corporate event and meeting manager, Red Rock Resort

Aristocrat and VGT gave $50,000 to the National Indian Gaming Association in support of the organization’s Capital Building Fund. The donation is part of a 5-year, $250,000 commitment. VGT is a division of Aristocrat.

The Nevada Eighth Judicial District Court received an $874,097 U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs grant for Family Treatment Drug Court inpatient treatment and housing with intensive outpatient treatment. The grant will cover 13 residential beds and 13 housing slots with intensive outpatient treatment each year until Sept. 30, 2021.

The Magic of Discovery Gala raised more than $300,000 to support Discovery Children’s Museum initiatives. During the evening, a surprise donation was announced when Judy Cebulko, a museum board member, who donated $10,000 in honor of Jeri and Rick Crawford, who were not able to attend the gala.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave $10,000 to the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.

Station Casinos donated a total of $110,000 to 11 valley schools. The schools are participating in the Smart Start program, a partnership among Station, the Clark County School District and the Public Education Foundation, aimed at assisting high-need schools. Schools and their partner Station properties are Rex Bell Elementary School (Palace Station); Laura Dearing Elementary School (Boulder Station); Ollie Detwiler Elementary School (Fiesta Rancho); P.A. Diskin Elementary School (Red Rock Resort); Mabel Hoggard Elementary School (Santa Fe Station); Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School (Sunset Station); Helen Jydstrup Elementary School (Palms Casino Resort); C.T. Sewell Elementary School (Fiesta Henderson); C.P. Squires Elementary School (Texas Station); Whitney Elementary School (Station Casinos, Wildfire Gaming); Robert L. Taylor Elementary School (Green Valley Ranch Resort)

Selma Bartlett, an icon in the local banking industry and renowned philanthropist, received the annual Brad Garrett Humanitarian Award at Nathan Adelson Hospice’s “Serenades of Life - Doctors in Concert” event. Proceeds from the concert went to the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies program at the hospice.

HCA Healthcare donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to assist those affected by Hurricane Michael.

Nevada Medical Center’s Recess Reboot program is expanding to Walter Bracken Elementary School in collaboration with Playworks, and with support from the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences. Following the pilot program at Hollingsworth Elementary School in spring semester this year, NMC is expanding the program to additional Title I schools to further its commitment to Nevada’s dedication with preventive care and children’s positive mental health. Playworks is a national 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that helps schools and youth programs create recess and play environments.

The Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology awarded the College of Southern Nevada $1 million to help strengthen STEM education in critically underrepresented student populations. The grant will fund the development of initiatives that seek to increase the number of underrepresented and low-income students studying and completing degrees or certificates in high-demand science, technology, engineering and math fields. Underrepresented groups in STEM include women, students of color, and students with disabilities. The grant award represents the beginning of a four-year partnership between OSIT and CSN with the goal of finding successful strategies that meet the needs of students and can be replicated at other colleges and universities across the state.

The Clark County Department of Family Services earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children—All Families seal of recognition for its commitment to supporting and serving LGBTQ youth and families.

The North Las Vegas Fire Department delivered 100 smoke detectors to Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of low-income homeowners by rehabilitating existing homes to improve their overall health and safety. NLVFD’s Pearl the Pink Fire Engine dropped off the smoke detectors, part of RTSNV’s Safe at Home program.

Three Square Food Bank’s food and fund drive, Fill the Plate, collected approximately 35,000 pounds of shelf-stable food and raised more than $66,500, which provides over 228,000 meals to the one in eight Southern Nevadans struggling with hunger. Sponsors of the Fill the Plate campaign included: Cosmopolitan, SEC Federal Credit Union, Findlay Kia and InTouch Credit Union, Lotus Broadcasting and KOMP 92.3 FM, Orangetheory Fitness and others.