Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Wins United Way of Southern Nevada’s
2011 Campaign Competition and Donates Pizza Luncheon to The Shade Tree
Caption 1: (L-R) Las Vegas Fire & Rescue’s firefighters Ryan Cantwell and Mitch Steinbers dish up pizza to women and children at The Shade Tree.
Caption 2: (L-R) Meredith Rodriguez and Michelle Powell stand in line to be served pizza by firefighters at The Shade Tree.
Caption 3: (L-R) Meredith Rodriguez poses with Mike Myers, chief of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.
Caption 4: (L-R) Jess Campbell of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Jay Bosworth of Maximum Comics, Marlene Richter of The Shade Tree, Terry Guesman of United Way of Southern Nevada, Mike Myers of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Anthony Ruggiero, Councilman Stavros Anthony’s aid, Meli Pulido of the City of Las Vegas and Michael Kallhoff of United Way of Southern Nevada at The Shade Tree.
*Photo Credit: United Way of Southern Nevada
As winners of United Way of Southern Nevada’s 2011 campaign contest, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFR) donated their pizza luncheon to The Shade Tree, a shelter aiding homeless and abused women and children in crisis, on Wednesday, April 20.
United Way partnered with The City of Las Vegas for a month long competition to see which department could surpass last year’s contributions with the highest dollars raised for the 2011 campaign. With a 112 percent increase from last year, the LVFR raised $12,363 to help support the nonprofit’s community-based agenda of advancing the common good through beneficial programs aiding specific needs.
70 pizzas were delivered to The Shade Tree with the help of Jay Bosworth, owner of Maximum Comics in Las Vegas and Henderson. Donating his Maximum Comics van, he helped deliver the pizzas, which fed more than 300 women and children. In addition, Bosworth generously supplied the children at the shelter with complimentary comic books.
“We were excited to win the competition and to support United Way and their efforts to bring lasting change to the community,” said Mike Myers, chief of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. “However, we wanted to continue our efforts of doing good for the community and pay it forward. As a group, we felt the patrons of The Shade Tree would benefit the most from a tasty lunch and we were excited we could bring a smile to their faces.”
“We applaud Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and The City of Las Vegas in their efforts to improve our community through their participation in our contest and their donation,” said Cass Palmer, president and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada. “The money they helped raise will aid United Way’s efforts to find real solutions to the community’s most pressing issues.”
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About United Way of Southern Nevada
United Way collaborates with volunteers, stakeholders and community leaders to uncover key strategies designed to develop community-based solutions to our community’s most pressing health and human service issues. Beyond quick fixes, these strategies are delivering lasting solutions, aligned with benchmarks and achievement standards, to change community conditions. For more information about southern Nevada’s most pressing needs and how United Way’s Community-based Agenda is improving lives, visit uwsn.org/connected and join United Way’s social network.