Golden Rainbow Continues to Support and Assist the HIV/AIDS Community
by Raising More Than $265,000 and Helping More Than 500 Clients in 2012
Local nonprofit provides shelter and direct financial assistance including utilities, transportation, medical and dental necessities to those impacted by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada
Local nonprofit Golden Rainbow raised $265,793 and helped over 500 clients in Southern Nevada in 2012. Continuing its mission, the organization provided assistance to those affected by and infected with HIV/AIDS as well as spread education and awareness about the disease. The nonprofit collected nearly $40,000 more compared to the previous year. As a result of the successful 2012 fundraising efforts, Golden Rainbow provided 8,184 nights of shelter, 527 days of utility assistance, 1,054 days of transportation and medical and dental assistance to more than 500 households.
“Our community is full of so many passionate, loyal volunteers and donors, and we can’t thank them enough for the amazing impact they’ve had,” said Lea Carrasco-Zanini, executive director of Golden Rainbow, “We really appreciate the continued support from Southern Nevada and once again look forward to helping better the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS in 2013.”
Leading the fundraising efforts, “Ribbon of Life” drew a record-setting crowd of 1,630 at its premiere performance in The Smith Center for the Performing Arts collecting more than $200,000, topping the previous year by $40,000. Memorable performances included “Rhythm Of Life” by Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular, “Circle of Life” by children’s group Broadway in The Hood, “Rock of Ages” by the famous Las Vegas Tenors, “Suite From Porgy and Bess” by Clint Holmes and more. This summer, Golden Rainbow will return to the beautiful Reynolds Hall inside The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 30.
The nationally touring company of WICKED came together to raise $81,000 for Golden Rainbow and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) with “THE WICKED ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW.” The special production was part of an ongoing series of performances throughout the country to support charitable causes.
Longtime supporter RagTag Entertainment hosted several benefit productions including “Take off With Us,” Steven Sondheim’s musical “COMPANY” and a Holiday Cabaret featuring performers from “Bite,” “FANTASY,” “Nunsense,” “HAIR” and “5th Avenue.” The various benefits generated more than $24,000 for the nonprofit.
Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino provided financial support last year for its second consecutive year. The center held a month-long fountain fundraiser in December 2012 for Golden Rainbow. In addition, Miracle Mile Shops and Golden Rainbow teamed up for the 2nd Annual Holiday Lights Drive to help brighten the season for the nonprofit’s Affordable Housing clients whom are unable to afford décor. Golden Rainbow’s Affordable Housing Program is designed to help people living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada who would otherwise have no place to call home allowing clients to live a comfortable lifestyle.
About Golden Rainbow
Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like Ribbon of Life and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit www.goldenrainbow.org or call 702.384.2899.