The Notes: Philanthropy, July 26, 2021

The Rogers Foundation awarded more than $2 million in college scholarships to 20 Clark County School District students via a Facebook virtual ceremony. Hundreds of Southern Nevada students applied for the scholarships. After the initial reading, the foundation interviewed dozens of students to determine the top 20 finalists.

Homie, a tech-based real estate company and sponsor of the Coalition to Make Homes Possible, and the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation donated nearly $20,000 to support NID Housing Counseling Agency of Southern Nevada as part of the “Saves For Charity” partnership, which included a $10 contribution from Homie for every save made during a Golden Knights game.

Nevada Public Radio launched the Native Nevada podcast, exploring the beginnings of Nevada’s history and focusing on the state’s Indigenous people. The podcast was made possible by a $50,000 grant from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas, along with McDonald’s and its community partners, awarded $163,500 in scholarships to 91 high school seniors and 45 returning college students through the organization’s scholarship program—one of only two RMHC chapters to offer such a program.

Retired Justice Miriam Shearing donated $1 million to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Healing Center for child victims of sex trafficking. In honor of her donation, the Healing Center campus will include the “Shearing Garden,” which will be a safe and tranquil place for restoration and hope.

The Penta Building Group’s charitable arm, The Penta Cares Foundation, raised $150,000 for three Southern Nevada nonprofits: the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Women’s Development Center and Nevada Military Support Alliance. Each nonprofit will receive $50,000, supporting critically ill children and their families; affordable housing for families and individuals experiencing homelessness; and veterans in need of financial assistance.

The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada honored three Candlelighters kids and families for their courage, resilience and strength, and four community supporters for their commitment to ensuring Candlelighters beneficiaries receive the help they need during its Everyday Extraordinary Breakfast. Honorees included the Carvahlo, Duran and Nordstrom families, and the Robert Coomer Group-Celebrity Home Loans, Jeff Helvin, Stage House and Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada. During the event, Comprehensive also presented a $10,000 donation to the foundation.

Tyler Robinson Foundation, a nonprofit organization of dedicated to supporting children battling pediatric cancer, will hold its seventh annual Rise Up Gala on October 22 at Wynn Las Vegas’ Outdoor Pavilion. The one-night-only experience will feature an exclusive acoustic performance by Imagine Dragons, with actor and comedian Joel McHale once again serving as host. Learn more at

TheSuit Up for St. Jude’s event raised $51,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. With incentives for the top fundraisers, including a package from Stitched, Montblanc, Anne Fontaine and others, 17 community and business leaders joined together in the battle against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The top fundraiser was Shawn Tempesta of KTNV’s Las Vegas Morning Blend, followed by Travis Turner and Kady Casullo. Learn more about its upcoming event, the St. Jude Heart of Fashion, which will be held at the Las Vegas Ballpark on September 18, at

Nevada Women’s Philanthropy members elected to grant $500,000 to Bridge Counseling Associates. This will fund the Bridge Child and Youth Community Treatment Center, to provide evidence-based therapy for children and adolescents at its McLeod Drive campus. The Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation also will receive a non-restricted $30,000 NWP Founders Gift.

Wendi Schweigart, founder of the nonprofit Project Marilyn, received $500 for the Channel 13 Community Award from America First Credit Union.

The Richard Harris Law Firm announced the winners of the 12th annual Spirit of Nevada scholarship contest, including Taylor Spurk, Cimarron Memorial High School; Sharon Lee, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Performing Arts Center; Dax Quick, Advanced Technologies Academy; and Avery Olson, Centennial High School. Each winner was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, and $500 was awarded to the school of each winning student.

Cure 4 The Kids Foundation’s ninth annual Golf 4 The Kids event raised $180,000 for cancer patient care, topping last year’s $100,000 milestone. The money will support the foundation’s Charity Care Program, ensuring that all patients receive the same medical care, regardless of their ability to pay for treatment.


This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.