HopeLink of Southern Nevada hosts annual HopeWeek fundraiser with anew twist

HopeLink of Southern Nevada hosts annual HopeWeek fundraiser with a new

New Jammin’4 Hope virtual concert introduced amid COVID-19


During the first week of November, HopeLink of Southern Nevada (HopeLink) will host its annual, weeklong fundraiser, HopeWeek and introduce Jammin’4 Hope, a livestream event. HopeWeek runs from Sunday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 8 to celebrate the community and raise funds for those facing housing insecurities during the holidays. Additionally, HopeLink will kick-off Jammin’4 Hope on Nov. 8, a livestream concert telethon to continue raising funds while also supporting entertainment industry workers and the community at large struggling amidst COVID-19. To become an event sponsor or participate in Jammin’4 Hope, visit HopeLink’s website link2hope.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


“Despite COVID-19 restrictions, we are extremely excited for this year’s HopeWeek and to introduce our new Jammin’4 Hope virtual event featuring entertainers from across the state and country,” said Stacey Lockhart, executive director of HopeLink. “As we head into the holidays, our community is more dependent on us now than they have been before, particularly when facing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to stabilize these seniors and families during our coldest months as we expect CARES funding to end on Dec. 31.”


Committed to providing continued housing relief to southern Nevada’s most vulnerable populations, HopeWeek encompasses a week of events dedicated to fundraising and thanking volunteers and donors. To support the event, HopeLink is seeking community sponsors, endorsements and donations for HopeWeek events. Charitable gifts and auction items can include gift baskets, autographs, collectable memorabilia and more. HopeLink is also accepting monetary donations of which 98 percent will go directly towards programs and services designed to help stabilize seniors and families in southern Nevada. If you are interested in donating directly to HopeLink, please visit link2hope.org Along with raising money for housing relief for the underserved community, a portion of the proceeds will be designated to support those in the entertainment industry affected by COVID with rent, mortgage and utility financial hardships.


HopeWeek community activities and events will kick-off kickoff Sunday, Nov. 1 with an official press conference at 10 a.m. and will be followed by:

  • Thanks4Giving – Monday, Nov. 2
  • Online Gift Basket Galore Raffle – Tuesday, Nov. 3
  • Make Someone Smile – Wednesday, Nov. 4
  • Heroes of Hope – Thursday, Nov. 5
  • Neighbor Day – Friday, Nov. 6
  • Jammin’4 Hope – Live Stream Event and VIP Experience – Sunday, Nov. 8

On the last day, HopeLink will host a livestream telethon and party – Jammin’4 Hope – on Nov. 8 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Backstage Bar & Billiards and The Fremont Country Club, located on 601 Fremont Street in Las Vegas. The telethon will feature various musicians, entertainers, celebrities and athletes from around the Las Vegas area and throughout the country. The new event will culminate a week of community giving all focused on preventing homelessness throughout southern Nevada in addition to providing special support for the entertainment community members financially impacted during the pandemic. HopeLink is seeking sponsorships for the event and anyone interested in participating is asked to reach out to Stacey Lockhart at stacey@link2hope.org or Melanie Bash at melanie@leveragelv.com.


A full schedule including times, locations, sponsors and more will be announced over the coming weeks. For more information on HopeLink, please visit their website link2hope.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.



About HopeLink of Southern Nevada

HopeLink of Southern Nevada, a 501(c)(3) founded in 1991, serves Southern Nevada with housing, food, medical, employment, shelter, utility and low-income child, family, senior and homeless assistance programs from its offices at 178 Westminster Way in Henderson and 3535 W. Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas. HopeLink, now in its 29th year, is a designated Family Resource Center (FRC) in Clark County operating on donations from individuals, corporate giving, foundations, grants and annual fundraising events. For more information, visitwww.link2hope.org.  Follow us on Facebook at, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.(NOTE: HopeLink of Southern Nevada is not affiliated with other HopeLinks in Washington State, Indiana or elsewhere.)


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Nevada Non-Profit Recruits Pro Chefs to Feed Needy Families


individual, to-go packaged meal with inspirational message


More than 6,500 Meals Served to Date

Organization Seeks Donations Continue to Grow Operation

24Meals, the non-profit started by the Fresinski family of Henderson in March to provide chef-prepared meals delivered along with uplifting messages of encouragement, has quickly grown. The organization now serves chef-prepared, home-cooked meals to more than 150 households each week and has delivered more than 6,500 meals to date. Thus far, its efforts have been made possible by donations of food, cash and volunteers to cook and deliver meals, as well as support from Wilder Gourmet and the Fresinskis’ own financial contributions.

Katinka Fresinski, who owns an event staffing company, and her husband Matt, an executive chef on the Las Vegas Strip, started the organization when the pandemic shut down the hospitality industry. Their first family quarantine project was cleaning out their pantry. They were able to prepare 24 meals to give away, and their 11-year-old son wrote inspirational messages on each individually packaged meal’s to-go lid. That action sparked a movement: the families who received that first batch of meals wanted to help other families and asked to donate to the cause. 24Meals was born.

“It was at this moment we knew we could do so much more to help uplift people in our community,” says Katinka. “That we can all do so much more.”

The family project quickly evolved as the Fresinskis began to receive food donations from all over the valley. They created a “Chef’s Challenge,” whereby chefs are nominated to make 24 meals of their choice utilizing all the ingredients in a “mystery box” provided to them containing donated ingredients. They, too, are encouraged to write inspirational messages on each box and post their final dishes on social media. Each chef is also asked to nominate another chef and gift at least one ingredient for the next chef’s mystery box.

So far, 68 chefs have participated, and more help is needed. The public can support 24Meals by:

  • If you are a local chef and would like to participate please email Katinka@24Meals.org
  • Food donations: Email Katinka Fresinski to receive a drop-off location or to arrange a pick-up time: Katinka@24Meals.org.
  • Cash donations: PayPal and Venmo @team24meals using #24Meals in the description
  • Delivery drivers: To offer delivery services, email Lisa Delisle: Lisa@24meals.org.
  • Food distributors and food brokers interested in getting products in front of chefs while helping a great cause please email: Matt@24Meals.org.

“As time goes on, more and more individuals are being devastated by the impact of the pandemic on our community. Every amount of support helps us serve more of our neighbors by delivering a nutritious, chef-prepared meal along with a some much-needed encouragement,” added Katinka.

For more information about 24Meals, please visit 24Meals.org.









Fans may Participate via UFC.Bump5050.com

Proceeds to Benefit Cure 4 The Kids Foundation

UFC® today announced a charitable partnership with the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to launch its first-ever statewide online 50/50 raffle campaign beginning Thursday, September 10, and running through Wednesday, September 30.


Starting today, fans ages 18 years or older who are located in Nevada at the time of purchase may buy raffle tickets online via UFC.Bump5050.com. All net proceeds will benefit the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, Nevada’s only pediatric cancer treatment center and facility for pediatric catastrophic disease. The Nevada Gaming Board recently approved online raffles as a new way to raise funds and awareness for charitable organizations throughout the state.


This collaboration, a first between UFC and Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, is way to recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. UFC and Cure 4 The Kids will help increase the overall awareness of the digital 50/50 raffle by promoting the initiative to UFC fans, supporters, and brand ambassadors of Nevada.


The Cure 4 The Kids Foundation is a Nevada-based non-profit organization that is a community leader in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other catastrophic childhood disease. Cure 4 The Kids hosts more than 22,000 patients annually, with 90% of all funds raised going directly to patient care.


Raffle tickets are currently available online and will continue to be sold until Wednesday, September 30. Online sales will close at 11:59 p.m. PT, with the winning ticket number scheduled to be announced on Thursday, October 1, at approximately 10 a.m. PT. Purchasers must be 18 years or older to play.


Raffle tickets are for sale at the following prices:

  • 5 for $10
  • 20 for $20
  • 80 for $40
  • 300 for $100

The winner of the raffle will receive 50 percent of the total 50/50 ticket sales, while the remaining 50 percent will go to the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. Once the winning ticket number has been announced and posted at both Cure 4 The Kids and UFC.Bump5050.com, the winner must contact the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation to claim their prize by 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, October 31, 2020.

A winning ticket may be redeemed in person at the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation office, located at One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135, or via email at kiglesias@cure4thekids.org within 30 days from the date of the drawing. Winner must present the winning ticket, photo ID, and complete applicable tax information to claim the prize. Once confirmed, the winner will receive a check within 45 business days from the date the prize is claimed.

If the prize is not claimed within the allotted time frame, the remaining net proceeds will go to the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation.


“I could not be more thrilled to have UFC, one of the world’s most iconic brands, and a business that has deep roots in Las Vegas, support the pediatric treatment and research l services we offer this community,” said Annette Logan-Parker, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. “So many local companies are now understanding that we never turn a child away from treatment for financial reasons, so any financial support they provide to us stays in Nevada to helps Nevada’s children.”


For more information on 50/50 Raffle rules and regulations, please visit UFC.Bump5050.com.

Three Square Food Bank Opens New East Campus Facility on Hunger Action Day


Three Square Food Bank Opens New East Campus Facility on Hunger Action Day

Three Square Food Bank today recognized the grand opening of its new 31,087-square-foot East Campus facility, located at 3915 E. Craig Rd. Joined by representatives with the City of Las Vegas and Clark County, Three Square executives hosted a special ribbon cutting to commemorate the building’s debut on Hunger Action Day, where efforts across the country are focused for greater hunger-fighting impact and awareness.

“This facility has been many years in the making and – given the health and financial challenges Southern Nevadans are facing in the wake of COVID-19 – its completion couldn’t have come at a more perfect time,” said Three Square Food Bank President and CEO Brian Burton. “The East Campus allows Three Square to help even more of our neighbors in need, especially seniors, whose struggles with hunger and isolation have only been exacerbated during these unprecedented times.”

Construction of the East Campus was supported by key donors as well as federal funding from the New Market Tax Credit Program (NMTC) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

The facility is complete with: a 14,000-square-foot warehouse; a freezer and cooler, each at 3,500 square feet; a 3,000-square-foot volunteer room; and 7,200 square feet of office space. In addition to increasing Three Square’s food storage capacity, the space also allows the nonprofit to expand programs and bolster services, including:

Senior Hunger Programs
Now housed at the East Campus, Three Square’s Senior Hunger Programs has the space needed to continue to expand Golden Groceries, which provides healthy supplemental groceries to those 60 years of age and better who are food insecure.

At the start of the year, Golden Groceries served approximately 7,400 clients a month, which jumped significantly due to COVID-19 response efforts. Operating out of the new facility will now allow the program to serve more than 10,000 seniors monthly.

Golden Groceries restores choice and dignity to older individuals by enabling them to choose the amount and type of food that meets their specific nutritional needs from available inventory. In addition to home delivery and curbside options, the program is offered at more than 30 pantry locations throughout Southern Nevada, with specific days and times for seniors in order to avoid long lines.

More information about Senior Hunger Programs – and its recent partnership with Lyft offering free rides for seniors to Golden Groceries pantries – is available by calling the Three Square Center at 702-765-4030 or visiting www.threesquare.org.

Three Square Center
By relocating to the East Campus, the Three Square Center has nearly doubled the capacity of its ‘call line,’ allowing it to connect with even more of Southern Nevada’s hard to reach food-insecure populations, including homebound seniors, people with disabilities, working families seeking services and non-English speaking households.

In 2019, the Three Square Center received an average of 15,000 calls per month. Following the pandemic-induced statewide shutdown in mid-March, the call line received 7,000 calls in just two days. The new building allows the call line to maintain its expansion and continue managing high call volumes.

The Three Square Center call line helps connect individuals seeking assistance with: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications, Energy Assistance Program (EAP), Project Reach, Golden Groceries, Medicaid, Medicare Part D and more. It’s open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at 702-765-4030.

From the East Campus, Three Square’s Government Affairs department, which consists of a registered team of lobbyists, will continue working with stakeholders and elected officials at the local, state and federal levels to advocate for and create policy that benefits the health and wellbeing of the communities Three Square serves.

In addition to maintaining a strong presence in Washington D.C. and working proactively with the Nevada delegation on federal nutrition programs, the team leads and supports grant writing processes for advocacy-related funding.

For more information about Three Square’s new East Campus facility – located at 3915 E. Craig Rd., North Las Vegas, 89030 – and the services and programs it houses, visit www.threesquare.org.

About Three Square Food Bank
Three Square is Southern Nevada’s only food bank and largest hunger relief organization, serving Las Vegas and all of Clark, Lincoln, Esmeralda and Nye counties. Since opening in 2007, Three Square has provided more than 385 million pounds of food to hundreds of thousands of people in need and earned a reputation as one of the most efficient and effective food banks in the country. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Three Square immediately implemented a disaster response plan to answer sudden school and business closures, drastic declines in retail food donations, social distancing limitations on volunteer efforts, reduced on-site staff support, and the need for low-contact food distributions. Within days, Three Square had increased food distribution by 250,000 meals a week and increased the capacity of its Call Center to refer Southern Nevadans to available food resources, social services, and unemployment benefits. While Three Square’s COVID-19 relief efforts have superseded regular programs and operations for the foreseeable future, it is more committed than ever to its mission of providing wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. If you or someone you know needs food assistance, or wants to learn more about Three Square’s vision of a community where no one is hungry, please connect at threesquare.org, Facebook (@ThreeSquareFoodBank), Instagram (threesquarelv) and Twitter (@threesquarelv).




Wells Fargo Pledges to Help Provide 50 Million Meals in Collaboration with Feeding America; Donates $100,000 to ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund

Awards Show to Broadcast Live from Nashville on Wednesday, Sept. 16, on CBS

The Academy of Country Music®, dick clark productions, and Wells Fargo announced today 55th Academy of Country Music Awards™ performer Mickey Guyton will appear in a special moment airing during the telecast to help raise awareness around the issue of hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country, and its network of member food banks, Wells Fargo is turning many of its locations across the country into mobile food distribution centers with the goal of providing 50 million meals* to individuals and families through the Wells Fargo Drive-Up Food Bank program.

Additionally, Wells Fargo is joining forces with ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, and donating $100,000 to the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. Created in response to the growing need, the fund assists individuals working in the Country Music industry who are suffering a financial crisis as a result of the pandemic. This donation is in addition to the more than $175 million the Wells Fargo Foundation has donated to help address critical community needs such as food assistance, financial health, small business, and housing stability in communities across the United States since the beginning of the pandemic.

“We are delighted to work with Wells Fargo for the 55th ACM Awards show this year and honored to have Mickey Guyton spotlight and raise awareness on the continued efforts of improving communities across the country,” said Lyndsay Cruz, executive director of ACM Lifting Lives. “Wells Fargo has provided countless resources for people to turn to during these challenging times, and their generous donation to the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund will further assist those still in need in the Country Music industry seeking financial assistance.”

Hosted by reigning ACM® Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban, the 55th ACM Awards®, a Night of Heart and Hits Live from Nashville, Tennessee, will be broadcast on Wednesday, Sept. 16, (live 8:00-11:00 p.m. Eastern time/delayed Pacific time) on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream on demand on CBS All Access.

For the first time in the show’s history, the awards will take place in Nashville, broadcasting from three iconic Country Music venues: Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Cafe. As previously announced, the 55th ACM Awards will also feature performances by Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Riley Green, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi, Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Stefani, Tenille Townes, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Trisha Yearwood and more to be announced.

Multimedia assets about the Wells Fargo Drive-Up Food Bank program can be found in the Wells Fargo Newsroom. For more information, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook, follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards, and sign up for the free ACM A-List for more immediate updates.

*50 million meals calculation is based on 1) Projected number of meals distributed through Wells Fargo Drive-Up Food Bank events and 2) Wells Fargo’s financial contributions to support Feeding America food banks 7/20/20-10/31/20. $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.

About Mickey Guyton
Mickey Guyton was born in Arlington, Texas, and began singing in church at a young age. She was drawn to a variety of artists with big voices including Dolly Parton, Cece Winans, Whitney Houston, and LeAnn Rimes. After signing to Capitol Records Nashville, Mickey’s first appearance was an all-star concert at the White House captured by PBS. In 2015, she released her self-titled EP featuring her debut single, “Better Than You Left Me.” The following year she was nominated for her first Academy of Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist. Mickey returned to the ACM Awards in 2019 performing “I’m Standing With You” from the BREAKTHROUGH movie soundtrack alongside Chrissy Metz, Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina, and Maddie & Tae. During the last few years, Mickey has been focused on her songwriting and will release her EP, Bridges, on Sept. 11. Bridges will include “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”, which Variety called “… exquisitely sung, moving and brilliant,” as well as, “Black Like Me,” a song Mickey cowrote in March 2019 at a cross-genre writing camp. Due to demand, “Black Like Me” was released in June and has been praised by critics and fans alike, with HITS noting the song “nudges America’s conscience with personal truth and gospel fervor.” Her latest single, “Heaven Down Here,” was written in recent months as a plea to God to spare a little love for this world in need. Mickey and her music have been featured recently by The New York Times, CBS This Morning, NPR, Billboard, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Paste, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, American Songwriter, and Pollstar.

About the Academy of Country Music Awards™
The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the Country Music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast live on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, on the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access. R.A. Clark, Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco, and Linda Gierahn are executive producers. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

About ACM Lifting Lives®
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives® funds music health programs while also serving members of the music community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. With generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives® has funded national music therapy programs serving various mental and physical health organizations. Some of the recipients have included patients at children’s hospitals and other healthcare facilities, recovering veterans, people with Williams syndrome, and individuals with mental illness. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.97 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,300 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2020 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights, and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

Additional information may be found at www.wellsfargo.com | Twitter: @WellsFargo.



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The most eligible firefighter bachelors are heating things up for this year’s annual Firefighter Auction: Reveal, hosted by the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation (Burn Foundation) on Saturday, September 26, with a live virtual experience. The exclusive one-night event will feature ten bachelors performing and participating in a live stream; viewers can join in the live auction and bid the bachelors and unique firefighter dinners during the experience.

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The Firefighter Auction: Reveal is the Burn Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year to raise funds for their Burn Survivor Initiative program, which aids anyone affected by a catastrophic event and provides assistance to burn-injured children and adults. The program also provides an all-expenses-paid trip for burn-injured children to attend annual Burn Camps and hosts their Fill The Fire Truck Toy Drive during the holidays’ providing over 28,000 kids with a toy or gift.


Firefighter bachelors across the Las Vegas valley are preparing to give attendees a heated virtual experience. The evening can be enjoyed in the comfort of home or watch the live stream event at a Spark party hosted at a participating Distill or Remedy’s Bar and Tavern. The bachelors will perform a unique showcase filled with entertainment and surprises. At the same time, attendees will have the chance to bid from their device on their favorite bachelor, including packages for hotel stays, dining experiences, attractions, and more. To spark things up, other auction items include the chance to bid on firefighter dinners, which include an evening with firefighters cooking at your home for you and up to five guests, or can be pocketed for a later date to reserve as a firehouse dinner. Proceeds raised from two of the six firefighter dinners will be donated to Susan G. Komen and St. Jude’s Hospital.

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“I support the Burn Foundation because I have been fortunate enough to be a counselor at the burn camps, and I really had a first-hand look at the positive influence the Burn Foundation has on the burn-injured children who attend camp each year.” Brandon Steiner, Firefighter Paramedic for the North Las Vegas Fire Department and Firefighter Bachelor.


The Firefighter Bachelor Auction is set for Saturday, September 26, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


About the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide assistance to burn victims and their families, assist in catastrophic events as a resource to the community, and educate the community of fire life safety. The foundation consists of Las Vegas valley firefighters from Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, North Las Vegas Fire Department, Nellis Fire Department, Nevada National Security Site Fire Rescue, and Henderson Fire Department. The Burn Foundation has raised more than $1,750,000 for the Southern Nevada community since 2003. It has helped over six dozen Las Vegas valley families, benefiting more than 40,000 residents in just the past two years. For more information on the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation, visit www.theburnfoundation.org.



Cirque Theatre Troupe Goes Virtual for “Alvie” Benefit Performance


Cirque Theatre Troupe Goes Virtual for “Alvie” Benefit Performance

YouTube hosts play benefiting HopeLink of Southern Nevada

To benefit HopeLink of Southern Nevada (HopeLink) families devastated by the financial impact of COVID19, award-winning theatre company, A Public Fit, alongside author and director Gabriella Giocomo will broadcast a pre-recorded cast reading of Alvie: A Nouveau Cirque Play, created by author and director Gabriella Giocomo. The performance will broadcast for free on YouTube from Thursday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 20.

Presented by the Best of Las Vegas award-winning theatre company A Public Fit, with Gabriella Giocomo at the directorial helm, the 13-member volunteer cast features guest performers from Las Vegas stages, circus artists and some of the community’s finest actors in this online performance with a  fun, new original script. Alvie is a warm and humorous performance that follows the story coming-of-age of a girl who spent her childhood surrounded by the contemporary circus world. All scenes were recorded over Zoom and edited as one with the show’s storyboard and stage directions. The performance also includes two featured acts by Cirque du Soleil artists.

“We’re happy to have a way to perform, and for a good cause,” said Gabriella Giocomo. “Alvie is a project close to my heart and it’s been wonderful to watch this cast bring their unique skills to flesh it out,” Giocomo added. “The entire cast is performing for free in hopes that viewers will contribute to HopeLink’s efforts to help heal the Las Vegas community.”

The cast will include – Narée Asherian (in the main role of Alvie), Marcus Weiss (a circus artist in the role of Cyril), Erik Amblad (an actor and director playing Barnaby), Thomas Hanson (acrobat of The Beatles LOVE playing Jack), Ginger Ana Griep Ruiz (aerialist of Cirque du Soleil playing Victoria), Timothy Cummings (a circus artist playing Kinney), Dina Emerson (an actress and longtime singer with Cirque du Soleil playing Deb), Casey Weems (most recently seen in FRIENDS! The Musical parody, playing Claire), Jake Staley (frequent onstage actor playing Miles), Gabriella Giocomo (author, director and performer playing Maggie), Jorge Luis (playing Fernando), Adriane McLean (playing Zeynab) and Grabeila Strahan (playing Kim). For more information about the theatre company A Public Fit, visit www.apublicfit.org  and watch for the upcoming podcast “Behind the Buzzz” where you access your favorite podcasts.

“Sometimes the worst of times bring out the best in people,” said Stacey Lockhart, HopeLink’s executive director, “Our local performing arts community has been shut down by the pandemic with many struggling to get by, yet they’ve come together to create something beautiful to help strangers they may never meet all to continue to do what they love most and to share it with others. In my opinion, this is the heart of generosity, compassion and philanthropy in its truest form.”

The YouTube link to the free performance will be posted on HopeLink’s Facebook page at 4 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, and will be available through Sunday, Sept. 20 at midnight. Anyone interested in donating to help benefit the cause is encouraged to donate to HopeLink at www.link2hope.org. For more information on HopeLink, please visit their website link2hope.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


About HopeLink of Southern Nevada
HopeLink of Southern Nevada, a 501(c)(3) founded in 1991, serves Southern Nevada with housing, food, medical, employment, shelter, utility and low-income child, family, senior and homeless assistance programs from its offices at 178 Westminster Way in Henderson and 3535 W. Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas. HopeLink, now in its 29th year, is a designated Family Resource Center (FRC) in Clark County operating on donations from individuals, corporate giving, foundations, grants and annual fundraising events. For more information, visitwww.link2hope.org.  Follow us on Facebook at, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. (NOTE: HopeLink of Southern Nevada is not affiliated with other HopeLinks in Washington State, Indiana or elsewhere.)

HELP of Southern Nevada Selected as Total Wine & More’s “Points with a Purpose” Las Vegas Beneficiary through Sept. 13


HELP of Southern Nevada Selected as Total Wine & More’s

“Points with a Purpose” Las Vegas Beneficiary through Sept. 13

Through the initiative, Total Wine & More commits up to $2 million in donations to nonprofits across the country


HELP of Southern Nevada, a local nonprofit celebrating 50 years of serving the Las Vegas community, has been selected as the local beneficiary for Total Wine & More’sPoints with a Purpose” customer appreciation campaign. The charitable initiative turns select purchases into monetary donations directly benefiting HELP of Southern Nevada, now through Sunday, Sept. 13.


As a way of saying “thank you” to their loyal customers and investing in the communities they serve, “Points with a Purpose” allows Total Wine & More loyalty members to collect five times (5x) the loyalty points from thousands of wines and spirits. Subsequently, the company will make a monetary donation at the end of the campaign equal to the value of all points that customers have accrued at Total Wine & More’s Southern Nevada stores.


“For the last 50 years, we have had the pleasure of working with sponsors and supporters that share our mission to help and support the most vulnerable members of our city. Total Wine & More continues to be a valued ally of HELP of Southern Nevada’s mission to help the Las Vegas homeless community,” says Chief Community Relations Officer at HELP of Southern Nevada, Abby Quinn. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Total Wine & More again and are honored to be a ‘Points with a Purpose’ charitable recipient.”


As a result of Total Wine & More’s generous “Points with a Purpose” donation, HELP of Southern Nevada will be better able to further their mission to assist families and individuals throughout Southern Nevada to overcome barriers and attain self-sufficiency through direct services, training and referral to community resources.


About HELP of Southern Nevada:

Celebrating 50 years in the Las Vegas Valley in 2020, HELP of Southern Nevada provides assistance to low-income families, homeless teens and adults and other individuals, to help them reach self-sufficiency through direct services, trainings and referrals. HELP operates 10 departments, consists of 157 employees and serves tens of thousands of unduplicated clients each year. Programs available include Behavioral Health Services, Coordinated Entry Community Matchers, Crisis Teams, Emergency Resources Services, Framing Hope Warehouse, Holiday Assistance, Homeless Services, Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Weatherization and Work Opportunities Readiness Center. For more information, call HELP of Southern Nevada at 702.369.4357 or visit www.helpsonv.org. Follow HELP of Southern Nevada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About Total Wine & More:

Total Wine & More is America’s largest America’s largest independent retailer of fine wine, beer and spirits with 212 stores in 25 states.  A four-time national retailer of the year award winner, the company’s vast selection of products, combined with low everyday prices and expertly trained wine, beer and spirits team members, provides a unique shopping experience for the customer.  In 2019, Total Wine & More supported more than 16,000 charitable organizations in the states in which it operates with in-kind and cash donations in excess of $11.5 million that helped those organizations raise over $85 million for their good works.  Since opening its first store in 1991, Total Wine & More has been committed to being the premier wine, beer and spirits retailer in every community that it serves. For more information about Total Wine & More, please visit http://www.totalwine.com.

The+Source to Host Fundraiser in Support of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada


The+Source to Host Fundraiser in Support of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada


From now through Wednesday, September 30, customers may round up purchases while shopping in-store to directly support Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. All customers utilizing in-store purchases are invited to round up totals when checking out, donating the round-up amount to the organization. Those interested in donating without purchasing items may do so directly in-stores.


Founded in 1978, Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada serves children diagnosed with cancer being treated in Nevada from birth to age 21. The organization aims to provide emotional support, quality of life programs, and financial assistance for children and their families affected by childhood cancer.


“We’re excited to partner with Candlelighters and contribute to their mission,” said Matt Janz, director of THC marketing at The+Source. “We’re continually seeking opportunities to support our community and encourage customers and the community to contribute to this inspiring cause.”


The+Source recently launched its online ordering platform, allowing customers to place orders for curbside pick-up or next-day delivery via the company’s new delivery service. Both stores are now open for medical patients, senior citizens and veterans from 8 – 10 a.m. daily and to all customers from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Curbside pick-up is available daily from 8 – 10 a.m. for senior citizens, veterans and medical patients and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily for all customers. The+Source’s next-day delivery ordering is available on its website from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily, and all deliveries are conducted from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. Delivery orders require a minimum, pre-tax purchase of $125, with delivery offered as a complimentary service for all customers within a five-mile radius of either store. More information can be found here.


The+Source advocates for accessibility to cannabis for all, with an emphasis on health and wellness benefits. Offered at its two locations are more than 30 different strains of cannabis, as well as a variety of concentrates, edibles and related medical marijuana products. The award-winning dispensaries are led by a team of experienced operators and are known for their clean, curated and compliant operations and products.


About The+Source

High Times award-winning dispensary, The+Source has two locations in the Las Vegas Valley: 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd. at the corner of Sahara Ave. in Las Vegas, and 9480 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson. A top recreational dispensary in the Silver State, The+Source was named one of “The 10 Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Las Vegas” in 2018 by High Times and “Best Dispensary” in 2018 by Desert Companion’s annual “Best of the City” awards and was the only dispensary featured in Maxim’s “15 Must-Hit Spots for the Ultimate Guys Weekend in Las Vegas” in 2018. The+Source’s CAMP products, exclusive to their stores, won the High Times Cannabis Cup in 2019 and the Jack Herer Cup Las Vegas in 2019. Both locations of The+Source are open from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily. More information is available on the website, on Facebook and Instagram.

Construction vs. Cancer 2021 Sponsors and Volunteers build hope for a world without childhood cancer

Construction vs. Cancer 2021 Sponsors and Volunteers build hope for a world without childhood cancer

American Cancer Society and Construction Industry Leaders work together vs cancer during September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Photo from 2020 Construction vs Cancer Event
2020 Event raised over $200,000 to fight childhood cancer.

 This September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the American Cancer Society and Southern Nevada’s leading construction companies are pleased to announce that registration is now available for the 4th Annual Construction vs. Cancer Event to be held Spring 2021. The event gives families across the valley the chance to come together in support of childhood cancer patients in Nevada and nationwide, and it gives Junior Operator attendees an exclusive opportunity to get in the driver’s seat and operate heavy machinery, including backhoes, diggers, and excavators (with supervision). Kids can also climb the popular Scaffolding Lookout Tower, dig in the Giant Sandbox, watch live local entertainment on the Main Stage, and help construct a cure for cancer by lending a hand at the memorable Wall of Hope art project. To stay up to date on the latest news including location and other important event details, register for complimentary general admission on the event website at www.ConstructionVsCancer.org.

Current Construction vs Cancer 2021 event sponsors and volunteers have already raised over $20,000 toward their goal to fight childhood cancer and include dedicated companies NDL Group Inc., the Korte Company, Rinker Materials, Southwest Specialty Contractors, Boyd Martin Construction, KB Home, Pinnacle Homes, the Howard Hughes Corporation, and many more. Information about sponsorship opportunities, volunteerism, and other related needs can be found at www. ConstructionVsCancer.org. All funds raised for the event support the American Cancer Society and our mission to saves lives, celebrates lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer through funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. Because cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for ages 1-19, the Society currently funds 60 multi- year childhood cancer research grants totaling $34 million (as of March 1, 2020), and with funds raised each year at events like Construction vs Cancer, they are able to do so much more.

“Construction vs Cancer is my favorite event of the year. When you combine my love for the American Cancer Society and my family owning a general contracting company, the fit couldn’t be more perfect,” says Wendi Schweigart, Marketing Director at NDL Group and active member of the American Cancer Society Southern Leadership Board and Construction vs Cancer Event Leadership Committee. “For the last two years our company has been the Sandbox Sponsor, and it has brought myself, my husband, and our staff so much joy. I take great pride in being involved with the committee that plans the event, being able to work side-by-side with staff and watching our ideas turn into a dynamic and inspirational cancer-fighting event is truly a blessing.”

The 2021 Construction vs Cancer event team will also highlight the efforts of local and regional heroes participating in the new national American Cancer Society Gold Together Champions campaign throughout September 2020. This campaign is designed to virtually unite champions across the country to make a greater impact and secure better outcomes for children with cancer. To learn more about the West Regions Gold Together Champions Campaign or to become/nominate a champion for childhood cancer, contact Christina Cappello with the American Cancer Society Nevada at Christina.Cappello@cancer.org, or by calling 702.891.9018.

Location and other important safety details for Construction vs Cancer 2021 will be announced later this year. Because the safety of all event attendees, staff and volunteers is top priority, the American Cancer Society will follow all Federal, State and Local recommendations for events and large gathering related to COVID-19. For more information or if you have questions about the Construction vs Cancer 2021 event, the Gold Together Champions Campaign, or about the American Cancer Society, please contact Christina Cappello at Christina.Cappello@cancer.org, or by calling 702.891.9018.


Wall of Hope Art Project from
2020 Construction vs Cancer Event (Sponsored by PENTA Building Group)

About the American Cancer Society:

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 27 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Southern Halo & Spark*l Band Together To Benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Southern Halo & Spark*l Band Together To Benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals


September’s “Band Together Program” Is Latest Collaboration Between Popular Duo & Sustainable Fashion Brand

Southern Halo and Spark*l are banding together to celebrate their latest collaboration with a 10% off coupon for customers throughout September. In honor of this collaboration, Spark*l will make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Discount codes Halo10 (Southern Halo) and Bandtogether (Spark*l) are active now and will apply to all purchases of the special duo-inspired Spark*l “Sweetie Bracelet” and the companion Apple Watch band. The supple white and yellow leather eye-catchers feature a small red heart cut-out and are a perfect fit for the summer-to-fall fashion season.


Courtney Bonzi, Founder of Spark*l Inc., is pleased to join with Southern Halo to contribute to such an incredible cause. “One of our company’s foundational values is charity, and we are so happy to incorporate philanthropy into our relationship with the Morris sisters. It’s been wonderful working with them over the years and we are excited to collaborate with them to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”

For Nata and Tinka of Southern Halo, the chance to support CMNH is “huge.” “They do incredibly important work to help kids in need,” notes Nata. “We are so honored to contribute to their cause,” adds Tinka. “If everyone pitches in, we can really make a difference in these kids’ lives.”


Haley Beckstrand – Director, Celebrity and Influencer Relations at CMN Hospitals is happy to praise the efforts of Southern Halo. “We are so grateful for their support and all they do for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” she says. “They have huge hearts and we are thankful to be on the receiving end of their generosity. The funds they raise go directly to helping sick and injured kids live happier and healthier lives.”

Southern Halo’s charitable endeavors epitomize their upbeat, outgoing style. The positive message of their chart-rising single and companion music video, “Don’t Let Another Day Go By,” is resonating with fans and radio alike. The track is available to stream and/or purchase from SpotifyApple / iTunesAmazon and Google Play, and the “stop and smell the roses” theme of the song is a timeless message to us all. “It’s easy to get caught up in doing and overlook being,” observes Nata. “It’s important for us to slow down and appreciate every moment and focus on the good we can do, and we’re so lucky to be able to partner with Spark*l to do our part for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

More than 10 million kids enter a children’s hospital across North America every year. To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the non-profit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

About Spark*l

Spark*l promotes sustainable fashion by upcycling authentic pre-owned designer goods. They carefully dismantle vintage and damaged bags and create smart watch bands & other accessories, giving new life to what some may have considered a “lost cause.” Save our Earth and spread #sparkljoy by following on Instagram @sparklbands. The company’s “Band Together” program currently supports The Human Rights Campaign and Foundation, Feeding America’s COVID-19 Fund, Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage, and more.

ABOUT Southern Halo

Jeff Cook of Alabama fame produced the (then) trio’s debut EP in 2014. The Morris sisters next teamed with hit songwriters Gerald O’ Brien and Catt Gravitt for two full-length projects in 2015 and 2018. The latter, Just Like In The Movies, generated two Top 25 hits on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart with “Anything Is Possible” and “I Think Too Much.” Using each project as a steppingstone, the siblings embarked on multiple radio tours, extended U.S. performances and three tours to the UK. Their finely tuned stage shows have earned them spots at CMA Fest, Bluebird Café, Grammy Museum Mississippi, and Grammy Museum Los Angeles, among others. Extensive high-profile media coverage helped push Southern Halo into the spotlight, and they have shared the stage with Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Randy Houser, Easton Corbin, Brantley Gilbert, and legends Dionne Warwick and B.B. King. Originally from Cleveland, Mississippi, Nata and Tinka now call Nashville home.

Lawry’s The Prime Rib Las Vegas Partners With Three Square Food Bank For The Month Of September


Lawry’s The Prime Rib Las Vegas Partners With Three Square Food Bank For The Month Of September

For every $10 a guest donates, Lawry’s will give back $25 in rewards

During the month of September, Lawry’s The Prime Rib Las Vegas will team up with Three Square Food Bank to benefit their mission to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community.


Beginning Sept. 1, for each $10 donation to Three Square, up to $50, VIP Rewards guests will receive a $25 bonus reward on their loyalty account to use the next time they dine at any of Lawry’s restaurants. Non-loyalty members will receive $25 rewards should they donate a minimum of $10 and sign up for the VIP Rewards program. For the first time, guests will also be able to donate to Three Square Food Bank when placing take-out orders through lawryslasvegas.com.


“We are proud to partner with Three Square throughout the month of September and educate our guests on the integral role this organization plays in the Las Vegas community,” said Lawry’s The Prime Rib Las Vegas Sales & Marketing Manager Michelle Rizzo. “Due to how COVID-19 has affected our community, it’s more important than ever to help during this extremely difficult time. We encourage our guests to stop by our restaurant, enjoy some delicious food and donate to a great cause.”

Three Square estimates more than 447,000 Southern Nevadans, including approximately 171,000 children, will experience food insecurity this year. With unemployment at an all-time high and children not returning to classrooms due to the Coronavirus, the child food insecurity rate has increased from 19.5% up to 33.4%, leaving one in three children in Southern Nevada living in a food-insecure household.


“As the demand for food assistance continues to rise, community support is essential, so we’re grateful to Lawry’s The Prime Rib Las Vegas for partnering with us and helping to provide as many meals as possible for those in need,” said Three Square President and CEO Brian Burton.

About Lawry’s The Prime Rib Las Vegas  

Lawry’s The Prime Rib was founded in 1938 in Beverly Hills, CA. At Lawry’s, guests enjoy warm hospitality paired with a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Signature dishes include the Famous Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef sliced by Master Carvers from gleaming silver carts and the Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad, both served tableside. Lawry’s The Prime Rib Las Vegas is located at 4043 Howard Hughes Parkway on the corner of Flamingo Road, one-half mile east of Las Vegas Blvd. Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday starting at 5 p.m. and Sundays starting at 4 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (702) 893-2223. To keep up with Lawry’s The Prime Rib, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Three Square Food Bank

Three Square is Southern Nevada’s only food bank and largest hunger relief organization, serving Las Vegas and all of Clark, Lincoln, Esmeralda, and Nye counties. Since opening in 2007, Three Square has provided more than 385 million pounds of food to hundreds of thousands of people in need and earned a reputation as one of the most efficient and effective food banks in the country. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Three Square immediately implemented a disaster response plan to answer sudden school and business closures, drastic declines in retail food donations, social distancing limitations on volunteer efforts, reduced on-site staff support, and the need for low-contact food distributions. Within days, Three Square had increased food distribution by 250,000 meals a week and increased the capacity of its Call Center to refer Southern Nevadans to available food resources, social services, and unemployment benefits. While Three Square’s COVID-19 relief efforts have superseded regular programs and operations for the foreseeable future, it is more committed than ever to its mission of providing wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. If you or someone you know needs food assistance, or wants to learn more about Three Square’s vision of a community where no one is hungry, please connect at threesquare.org, Facebook (@ThreeSquareFoodBank), Instagram (@threesquarelv) and Twitter (@threesquarelv).

21st Annual Roseman University Golf Tournament to Support Scholarships for Future Frontline Healthcare Professionals

21st Annual Roseman University Golf Tournament to Support Scholarships for Future Frontline Healthcare Professionals

 Roseman University of Health Sciences will present its 21st Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Monday, November 2, 2020 at TPC Summerlin. The tournament benefits scholarships for Roseman University nursing, dental, and pharmacy students.


“Now, more than ever, our community is realizing how critical our frontline healthcare professionals are in not only caring for individuals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but in managing the overall health and well-being of all members of our diverse communities,” said Michael Blimes, vice president for philanthropy and alumni relations. “We are excited to once again partner with TPC Summerlin to offer golf enthusiasts and health education supporters a day of golf on a world-renowned course, while also supporting the education of the next generation of healthcare professionals.”


Named by Golf Digest magazine as “One of America’s Best Golf Courses,” TPC Summerlin’s PGA TOUR layout was carved from a magnificent swath of rugged desert terrain by renowned golf course architect Bobby Weed, with Fuzzy Zoeller serving as Player Consultant. The course meanders through arroyos and canyons, with lush bentgrass greens, striking flora, numerous water features and an abundance of honey mesquite and pine trees contrasting dramatically with undisturbed desert washes and other raw landscape features – creating one of the most visually stunning tests of golf in Nevada.


The tournament includes a kick-off breakfast, followed by an 18-hole scramble, and after-golf awards luncheon. Check-in and breakfast begin at 6:30 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. The Awards Luncheon starts at 2 p.m. Prizes will also be awarded to the first through third place teams, as well as for longest drive and closest to the pin. Golfers will also have the chance to win raffle and silent auction prizes.


Given the social distancing policy of one person per golf cart, a maximum of 90 spots are available, so players are encouraged to reserve their spot or foursome early by calling 702-802-2830, emailing golf@roseman.edu, or registering online at www.roseman.edu/golf. Tournament entry fees start at $775 for a single golfer or $2,800 for a foursome. Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are available, from $500 to $10,000.


“Our students are grateful for the support they receive from the community through the Scholarship Golf Tournament,” said Dr. Michael Deyoung, Roseman University’s vice president for student services. “This annual event has helped hundreds of students to serve their community as caring and compassionate healthcare professionals.”


About Roseman University of Health Sciences
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level healthcare professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson and Summerlin (Las Vegas), Nevada and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of the College of Dental Medicine, offering an Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics/MBA residency, an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency and a Doctor of Dental Medicine; College of Pharmacy, offering a Doctor of Pharmacy and Professional Continuing Education; College of Nursing, offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner; and a healthcare-focused MBA program. Roseman University of Health Sciences will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine, once it becomes accredited. More than 6,000 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). www.roseman.edu.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Announces Most Ambitious Fundraising Event in its History


BIG NIGHT (At the Museum), presented with YouTube, offers an unprecedented opportunity to witness today’s country music masters connecting with historic instruments

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, in partnership with YouTube and the country music community, will stage the most ambitious digital fundraiser in the museum’s history, BIG NIGHT (At the Museum). Premiering at 8 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, the program is free to view on the museum’s YouTube channel.

BIG NIGHT will generate support for the museum and its ongoing work with exhibitions and educational programs. Since the museum closed in mid-March due to COVID-19, it has suffered significant financial losses and has been forced to cancel many of its planned educational events. The reopening Sept. 10 and the airing of BIG NIGHT in October on YouTube will support the institution’s ongoing work of education and interpretation. During the program, viewers will be encouraged to donate to the museum through YouTube Giving

The pandemic created a unique set of circumstances that allowed staff to safely remove historic instruments from exhibit cases and be played. For BIG NIGHT, instruments and artists are carefully paired according to emotional and artistic connections.

The instruments clearly inspire the artists participating. These artists include: Alison Brown, Kane Brown, Carlene Carter, Rodney Crowell, Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Keb’ Mo’, Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs, Country Music Hall of Fame member-elect Marty Stuart and The War and Treaty. The event is hosted by Stuart, with audio supervision by Dave Cobb.


More artists are slated to participate, and they will be announced in the coming weeks.


Information about the museum, its collection and education programs can be found on its website at www.CountryMusicHallofFame.org.

Three Square Food Bank to Continue Fight Against Food Insecurity During Hunger Action Month


Three Square Food Bank to Continue Fight Against Food Insecurity During Hunger Action Month

With the grand opening of its new East Campus facility, the launch of a virtual fundraiser and volunteer opportunities at its food distribution sites, Three Square Food Bank continues to raise awareness of Southern Nevada’s record-high levels of food insecurity during Hunger Action Month this September.

The 2020 Feeding America Map the Meal Gap study revealed a significant increase in food insecurity across Southern Nevada. In the wake of COVID-19, 447,820 Southern Nevadans are struggling with hunger, including 171,510 children.

“Hunger Action Month is a time when people all over the country stand together with Feeding America and its nationwide network of food banks to raise awareness about the hunger crisis facing our communities,” said Brian Burton, president and CEO of Three Square. “Traditionally we would encourage the community to support our ‘Fill the Plate’ food and fund drive during this time of year. Finding ourselves in a new reality as our community faces the health and economic fallout of COVID-19, we need your help now more than ever to help our neighbors in need.”

Three Square’s new East Campus facility is scheduled to officially open on Hunger Action Day, Sept. 10. The 31,000-square-foot facility will allow Three Square to bolster services with an expanded call center, capacity to serve additional seniors and more. Construction of the facility is supported by key donors as well as federal funding from the New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Additional details will be released soon.

In addition, Southern Nevada residents can support Three Square during Hunger Action Month with the following:

Virtual Fundraiser
Throughout the month of September, those in a position to donate can contribute to Three Square’s Hunger Action Month virtual fundraiser – all proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s efforts to combat food insecurity. Unique donation options will be available, such as “take home meals for kids” or “health conscious foods for seniors,” with an equivalent dollar amount given. For every one dollar donated, Three Square can provide three wholesome meals. The Hunger Action Month virtual fundraising site, www.threesquare.org/ham, launches Sept. 1.

Volunteer Opportunities at Food Distribution Sites
Three Square continues to distribute food to residents in need at sites across the valley and is looking for helping hands. Community members interesting in volunteering are encouraged to call 702-644-3663 or visit www.threesquare.org/how-to-help/volunteer for more information.

During September and throughout the year, local businesses, faith-based organizations and other groups give back by partnering with Three Square to host events and offer unique promotions that benefit the nonprofit. A full list of events happening during Hunger Action Month and beyond is available at www.threesquare.org/how-to-help/events.

Stay tuned in to Three Square’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages throughout September for the latest news and events and the debut of “5 Questions with Chef,” a video series on the issue of hunger featuring the valley’s most esteemed chefs and F&B professionals.

About Three Square Food Bank
Three Square is Southern Nevada’s only food bank and largest hunger relief organization, serving Las Vegas and all of Clark, Lincoln, Esmeralda and Nye counties. Since opening in 2007, Three Square has provided more than 385 million pounds of food to hundreds of thousands of people in need and earned a reputation as one of the most efficient and effective food banks in the country. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Three Square immediately implemented a disaster response plan to answer sudden school and business closures, drastic declines in retail food donations, social distancing limitations on volunteer efforts, reduced on-site staff support, and the need for low-contact food distributions. Within days, Three Square had increased food distribution by 250,000 meals a week and increased the capacity of its Call Center to refer Southern Nevadans to available food resources, social services, and unemployment benefits. While Three Square’s COVID-19 relief efforts have superseded regular programs and operations for the foreseeable future, it is more committed than ever to its mission of providing wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. If you or someone you know needs food assistance, or wants to learn more about Three Square’s vision of a community where no one is hungry, please connect at threesquare.org, Facebook (@ThreeSquareFoodBank), Instagram (threesquarelv) and Twitter (@threesquarelv).

Real Men Wear Pink with the American Cancer Society

Real Men Wear Pink with the American Cancer Society

Local leaders will raise awareness and funds in the fight to end breast cancer

Bart Patterson from Nevada State College, Hussain Mahrous from the M Resort Spa Casino, Adam Barr from Aussie Heat, Richard Harris from Richard Harris Law Firm, John Katsilometes from the Las Vegas Review Journal, Scott Nelson from Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, Nathan Schweigart from NDL Group, Brian Tary from Farmers Insurance, and Gordon Prouty from the Westgate Resort & Casino

Las Vegas community leaders continue to step forward in support of the fifth annual Real Men Wear Pink campaign; and they are united to fight breast cancer with the American Cancer Society. To date 20 civic and business leaders have pledged their support as the campaign begins its new season.

These community leaders have each pledged to support the campaign for different reasons, but all are dedicated to working together to create a world without breast cancer. Nathan Schweigart, President of NDL Group and our returning 2019 Real Men Wear Pink Las Vegas Rookie of the Year shares, “Since losing my mother-in-law Marilyn to breast cancer in 2011, I was able to see firsthand all of the good the American Cancer Society does in our community. I want the survivors fighting for their lives to know that they are not alone. If I can use my voice and awareness for this cause, it is my sincere pleasure to do so. We are better when we all stand together.”

UnitedHealthcare CEO Don Giancursio is setting an early pace having raised over $5,000. He is in close quarters with Mark Morton from Marker Trax- supporting for his wife Michelle, a breast cancer survivor- and, Nathan Schweigart from NDL Group. Scott Nelson – Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa’s Vice President & General Manager- is also on board; as are Steve Dimopoulos – Owner of Dimopoulos Injury Law and a leader among injury law professionals, Glen Simpson- Director of Special Operations at Community Ambulance, and Dan Doherty, Executive Vice-President of the Industrial Division of Colliers International with his team of Doherty Industrial Group Real Men round out the field. Visit the Real Men Wear Pink Website at RealMenWearPinkACS.org/LasVegasNV for a full roster of the local leaders. Each Real Men Wear Pink participant accepts a fundraising challenge and will compete to be the top fundraiser among his peers by the end of the campaign. If you or someone you know is interested in joining this distinguished group of community leaders, contact Christina Cappello at Christina.Cappello@cancer.org or call 702-891-9018.

According to the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts & Figures, an estimated 279,100 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, and an estimated 42,690 will die from the disease this year. In Nevada, over 2,300 women will be diagnosed this year, and 400 will die from the disease. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and it is the most common cancer diagnosed in women other than skin cancer.



St. Jude Walk/Run in Las Vegas transforms to virtual event for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 9.26


St. Jude Walk/Run in Las Vegas transforms to virtual event for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

 Event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

WHAT:    In celebration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, supporters of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® from across the country, including the Las Vegas community, will be participating in the virtual St. Jude Walk/Run in September.


This year participants can walk, run and fundraise at their own pace and distance in their own neighborhoods. In addition, the St. Jude Walk/Run mobile app, is available in the Apple app store and on Google Play, to provide a unique experience to participants that includes a virtual tour of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and some engagement opportunities using augmented reality.


Funds raised through events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.


WHY:   Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened nearly 60 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.


WHEN:                    Saturday, Sept. 26


WHERE: To register, make a donation or learn more, visit stjude.org/walkrun.


WHO   Zoom interviews can be arranged with organizers and participants.



Hearts Alive Village Participates in Petsmart Holiday Wishes Grant

Adopters Can Help Hearts Alive Village’s Holiday Wishes Come True with $100K from the Petco Foundation
Adopters are invited to share how their pet has changed their life for a chance to help Hearts Alive Village earn up to a $100,000 grant award 


 Individuals who have adopted a pet from Hearts Alive Village are invited to share how their pet has changed their life to help give Hearts Alive Village a chance to receive a $100,000 grand prize Holiday Wishes grant award from the Petco Foundation. In partnership wit, the Petco Foundation is granting more than $750,000 this holiday season to qualified animal welfare organizations across the country. Awards will range from $5,000 to $100,000, and adopters with winning submissions will receive up to a $1,000 Petco shopping spree and a prize pack with BOBS from Skechers shoes.  


“We’re calling on all Hearts Alive Village adopters to help us earn a lifesaving grant award this holiday season from the Petco Foundation by sharing their stories,” said Christy Stevens, Executive Director of Hearts Alive Village “Thank you for choosing adoption; now you can make our holiday wishes come true by helping us earn lifesaving funds to bring more pets in need together with loving families.” 


Through September 23, adopters can submit their story at petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes. Stories should highlight how pets have changed their adopter’s life for the better, in big and small ways, and should celebrate the love of their adopted pet. Submissions must include four photos to illustrate the story and can include video as well. Adopters can contact Sheryl Green, Director of Communications at Hearts Alive Village (Sheryl@heartsalivevillage.org) for assistance crafting their story and submitting it. Adopters are also encouraged to visit the Holiday Wishes homepage for more information and to read stories from previous winners.  


The deadline to submit a Holiday Wishes story is September 23, 2020, noon CST. Winners will be announced during the holiday season. For a full list of prizes and submission FAQs, visit petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes


Since 2013, over $5 million in Holiday Wishes grants have been awarded to help make the holidays brighter for animal welfare organizations during the holiday season and year-round. For more information about Holiday Wishes, visit petcofoundation.org/holidaywishes and join the conversation on social media using #HolidayWishes. 



About Hearts Alive Village 

Hearts Alive Village is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to nurture a compassionate society where animals are supported both in their homes and on the journey to find a home. The multidimensional organization provides a variety of programs including; Kendall’s Kupboard a pet food pantry, Charlie Mike a program that matches veterans with support animals, and provides access to resources like training, financial assistance for veterinary costs and more, Foster & Adoption Program where strays, animals acquired from shelters, and owner surrenders are placed in foster homes until forever homes are secured, Humane Education to youth groups throughout the valley teaching responsible pet ownership, safety, and empathy, Pet Supplies offers new and gently used pet items such as toys, beds and more, and their newest expansion, a Veterinary Clinic and Wellness Center. HAVLV’s headquarters is located at Hearts Alive Village Adoption Center and Pet Supplies, 1750 South Rainbow Unit #4 Las Vegas, NV.  http://www.heartsalivevillage.org. 


About the Petco Foundation and BOBS from Skechers 

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $280 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 6.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.  


BOBS from Skechers’ charitable collection of shoes, apparel and accessories have improved animals’ lives: over the past five years, Skechers has contributed more than $5.6 million to help more than one million shelter pets, including saving more than 709,000 rescued pets in the United States. It all started in 2011, when Skechers launched a movement to support children impacted by natural disasters and poverty – a cause that has helped the Company donate more than 15 million pairs of new pairs of shoes to kids in more than 60 countries worldwide. To learn more about BOBS from Skechers’ commitment to making a difference, visit www.BOBSfromSkechers.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.