The Notes: Philanthropy, Nov. 26, 2018

More than 300 students from all four divisions at The Meadows School—beginning, lower, middle and upper school—participated in the school’s inaugural holiday food drive, collecting more than 1,600 pounds of food during two weeks in November to donate to HELP of Southern Nevada. The food will allow families in need to enjoy a full Thanksgiving dinner. Seven students and one faculty member went to the charity to help pack more than 2,475 bags of food. In addition, 23 Meadows National Junior Honor Society students helped bag more than 11,000 plums at Three Square Food Bank on Nov. 17.

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts received a $455,700 grant from Windsong Trust to fund arts education.

Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada received $20,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Volunteers from Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Las Vegas office served more than 600 meals at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.

The cast of “On Your Feet!,” the musical story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, donated $25,000 to Keep Memory Alive in support of the Major José M. Fajardo Patient Services Program. The check was presented on behalf of the Estefans, who started the program in honor of Gloria’s father, José Fajardo, who died of multiple sclerosis.

Lynn’s World Consignment donated $1,000 and 50 pounds of school supplies to Lewis E. Rowe Elementary School.

The Las Vegas chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals honored local philanthropists at the 2018 National Philanthropy Day Awards. They were: Samantha Schuetze, Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy; Maureen Romito, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser; Brenda Bogue, Outstanding Fundraising Professional; Las Vegas Sands Corp., Outstanding Corporation; and Diana Bennett, Outstanding Philanthropist.

SafeNest, which is dedicated to serving individuals and families affected by domestic violence, opened a new donation center at 3925 W. Cheyenne, Suite 407. The facility more than doubled capacity from its previous center, expanding from 1,000 to 2,500 square feet and employing 20 full- and part-time staff.

Smith’s Food & Drug recognized Make-A-Difference Day in Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Montana, Arizona and New Mexico by creating meals for hungry families. Smith’s stores in Nevada packaged preplanned meal kits for Three Square Food Bank.

The fifth annual Rise Up Gala raised a record $2.1 million for the Tyler Robinson Foundation, the band Imagine Dragons’ nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families facing pediatric cancer diagnoses. An awards portion of the gala recognized those who have made notable contributions to the foundation. This year’s honorees included the Vegas Golden Knights, corporate partner Live Nation, TRF Youth Ambassador of the Year 17-year old singer/songwriter Tris Weeks, and the Legacy Award honoree Jeff Schwartz.

Point 27, a global nonprofit, headed by US Army (Ret.) Col. David Dodd, is partnering withLas Vegas Metro Det. (Ret.) Tamia Dow, Fraternal Order of Police officials and others to equip law enforcement officers in Nevada with scripture-inscribed dog tags. Following the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas, Point 27 sent 3,000 of the dog tags to area law enforcement officers. The tags, called Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength, are inscribed with Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Jennifer Bradley, JB Public Relations, and Amanda Klein, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, are co-chairwomen for the American Cancer Society of Las Vegas.

HomeAid Southern Nevada and its partners from the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association completed the renovation of six apartment buildings encompassing 42 units at Calcaterra Circle near the Strip. The apartments will accommodate lower-income families and individuals through Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada programs. HomeAid and its partners donated 97 percent of the project’s $807,000 cost. HomeAid’s build partners include KB Home, Richmond American Homes, Century Communities, Lennar and Pulte Homes.

Station Casinos employees donated thousands of school supplies to Whitney Elementary.

The Raiders adopted a Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada resource room at Robert Taylor Elementary School and pledged $35,000 to CIS to fund four more resource rooms.

The AT&T Aspire Foundation donated $10,000 to help 142 low-income high school students earn college credit through the College of Southern Nevada Jumpstartprogram. Jumpstart, which began in 2007, works with high schools to provide college-level courses to students.

Blinders Burgers & Brunch, 6410 N. Durango Drive, is participating in a job training program with New Vista, which provides programs and services for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

Poet’s Walk Henderson received the Excellence in Action award from NRC Health for the second year in a row. This honor recognizes organizations that achieve the highest overall resident or employee satisfaction scores in the NRC Health database. Poet’s Walk Memory Care Community in Henderson received the customer satisfaction award.

NV Energy donated $10,000 to support the UNLV University Libraries’ Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada project. Latinx Voices of Southern Nevada is an oral history and community engagement project aimed at expanding the diversity of the voices that UNLV University Libraries Special Collections and Archives preserves.