Rampart Casino/JW Marriott Become First Property to Host Blood Drive Since Early March with Holiday Weekend Drive!






JW Marriott Resort Las Vegas and Rampart Casino step up and become the first casino property to host a blood drive since early March when the stay-at-home orders were initiated to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Historically, Independence Day week is the lowest week for blood donations in the summer.  Locals who are able to donate blood are urged to use the American spirit and give back to the community in this two-day, holiday blood drive.

Donors are encouraged to keep social distancing recommendations by scheduling an appointment online to reserve a spot by visiting www.bloodhero.com. Enter ‘RAMPART’ as the code and guests are able to sign up for this week’s blood drive as well as other upcoming blood drives.

Vitalant, the largest blood provider in the state of Nevada, is providing COVID-19 antibody testing with every successful donation.  Donors will receive the results within two to three weeks.  Donors that receive positive results can then choose to aid in the fight against COVID-19 by donating convalescent plasma, the only antibody treatment available for critically ill COVID-19 hospital patients.  For those who have recovered from COVID-19, Vitalant will also collect convalescent plasma donations at this blood drive.

Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Marquis Ballroom
JW Marriott Las Vegas / Rampart Casino
221 N. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89145


About Rampart Casino
Rampart Casino, an elegant 50,000 square foot casino, offers 1,767 slot machines, two dozen gaming tables, a 300-seat Bingo Room and a Race & Sports Book. Rampart Casino’s Rampart Rewards club program offers exclusive resort benefits and rewards based on play, such as dining, spa and golf discounts, plus complimentary room nights at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. For the latest Rampart Casino news, follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Contact the casino at 702-507-5900.

About the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
The JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa offers world-class luxury just 20 minutes northwest of the famous Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas resort is accessible to Las Vegas Speedway, TPC Las Vegas and a number of other golf courses. The JW Marriott features 548 well-appointed guest rooms and suites set amid 54 acres of lush gardens. Voted as one of the Top 5 Las Vegas Resorts by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, and recognized as a Top-Performing Business on TripAdvisor ranked in the top 10% worldwide for traveler feedback, the Las Vegas resort also includes a full-service spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, 33 meetings rooms with 100,000 square feet of flexible space, more than 10 restaurants serving American, Italian, Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines and the on-site Rampart Casino. For information, visit www.marriott.com/LASJW, Stay up to date with the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Marriott and the JW Marriott system are not associated with any part of The Resort at Summerlin (the “Resort”) other than the JW Marriott Las Vegas hotel (the “Hotel”) at the Resort.  The Casino is not part of the Hotel and is not part of the JW Marriott system.

About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to sophisticated, self-assured travelers seeking The JW Treatment™ – the brand’s philosophy that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do. JW hotels offer crafted experiences that bring to life the brand’s commitment to highly choreographed, anticipatory service and modern residential design, allowing guests to pursue their passions and leave even more fulfilled than when they arrived. Today there are 80 JW Marriott hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories. JW Marriott is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. Visit JW Marriott online, and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Vitalant
Vitalant (“Vye-TAL-ent”) is the nation’s largest independent nonprofit blood service provider, supplying comprehensive transfusion medicine services for nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states. Vitalant inspires local communities to serve the needs of others and transform lives through the selfless act of donating blood. Every day, almost 5,000 blood donations are needed to meet the needs of people throughout the country, and Vitalant’s 800,000 donors supply 1.8 million donations a year. In addition to blood products, Vitalant offers customers transfusion services, medical consulting, quality guidance, ongoing education, research and more. For more information and to schedule a donation, visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Join the conversation about impacting the lives of others on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Shiraz Las Vegas to Host Two-Day Blood Drive During COVID-19 Pandemic Time of Need This Friday and Saturday



Executive Chef Jainine Jaffer Has Teamed Up With Vitalant To Offer A Two-Day-Only Blood Drive To Benefit Those In Need Across The Las Vegas Valley


Who: Shiraz Las Vegas, a Mediterranean and Indian restaurant spearheaded by Executive Chef Jainine Jaffer, is teaming up with Vitalant to offer a blood drive for those who are in need across the Las Vegas Valley. The restaurant stands by their mission to serve the community during these trying times by offering their lot space to recruit donors and collect donations to help patients counting on lifesaving blood, platelets, or AB Elite plasma.


What/When: The blood drive will take place on Fri., Mar. 20, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again on Sat., Mar. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Where: Shiraz Las Vegas restaurant, located at 2575 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102.


Why: The blood drive will allow for nonprofits such as Vitalant to aid the community without interruption. There is a severe shortage due to an unprecedented number of drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.



Shiraz Las Vegas is proud to serve Halal-Indian and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine by Executive Chef Jainine Jaffer and Owner Raja Abdul Majid. Located on 2575 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89102, Shiraz is just three miles from the Las Vegas Strip. At Shiraz, the whole team takes pride in mesmerizing you with flavor that will delight your palate at pricing that can’t be beat. Lunch delivery is available Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dinner delivery is available Tuesday-Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays. To stay up to date on the latest news and offerings, follow Shiraz on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.





Jainine Jaffer, Executive Chef & Catering Specialist of Shiraz Restaurant, has had an insatiable love and passion for food, flavors and creativity from a very young age. She has always loved being in the kitchen and continuously dreamed of new recipes she would later bring to life.


She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Las Vegas, where she mastered the art of French cuisine and technique along with the ability to refine and expand her current versatile culinary skill set. This ranges from savory to sweet, baking and pastry, mezze/tapas, vegan and vegetarian to fusion, and she is always hungry to try something new. Through her extensive travels, she became well-seasoned in many world cultures and foods, including Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Greek, Italian, Latin, Thai, Argentinian, Indo-Mex and more.


Chef Jainine extends her culinary passion to the community, serving as a Board Member for the Nevada Restaurant Association where she focuses on the ProStart program and on the Board for Flavors for Life organization to combat juvenile diabetes. She is also closely involved with the Women in Hospitality Initiative, aimed at bringing equality to women throughout all sectors of the hospitality and culinary communities and is the 2020 Silver State Award recipient for “Best Female Chef.”


Each dish that she makes is thoughtfully hand-crafted with her secret ingredients: Love & Dua!



Vitalant exists to help people realize their life-transforming potential by offering convenient blood donation opportunities and sharing our expertise in transfusion medicine. Founded in 1943, Vitalant is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit transfusion medicine organizations. We comprise a network of nearly a dozen community blood centers, each with its own rich history and legacy. Vitalant is an internationally known and respected leader that continues to push the boundaries to advance the experience, practice and application of transfusion medicine.


To find a blood drive nearest you, like Vitalant of Southern Nevada on Facebook or follow them on Instagram or Twitter.


Palace Station to Partner with Vitalant to Host Blood Drive on August


Did you know that three lives can be saved with just one blood donation? In partnership with Vitalant, a non-profit community blood service provider, Palace Station will host a blood drive on property at its Grand Ballroom on August 23. Open to the public, guests and team members are invited to give the gift of life from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in hope to save many lives.

As a thank you for this great donation, donors will receive a free Feast Buffet voucher to redeem at Palace Station after their session is complete.

To schedule an appointment, sign up at www.bloodhero.com and enter PALACE STATION or
contact Vitalant at (877) 827-4376.

Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood service providers,
supplies comprehensive transfusion medicine services to nearly 1,000 hospitals and health care partners for patients in need across 40 states.

Friday, August 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Grand Ballroom at Palace Station
2411 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

About Palace Station
Palace Station, the original Las Vegas locals’ casino in Southern Nevada, is located at 2411 W. Sahara Ave. Opened by Frank Fertitta, Jr. as “The Casino” on July 1, 1976 and later named Bingo Palace before becoming Palace Station, the property offers hotel rooms and suites, meeting and event space, more than 1,700 slot and video poker machines and a selection of restaurants including the famed Oyster Bar and Charcoal Room Steakhouse. For more information visit Palace Station at www.palacestation.sclv.com.

The Mob Museum Recognizes its Seventh Anniversary, 90th Anniversary of St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Feb. 14



Locals Receive Free Admission, Opportunity to Experience Virtual Reality Experience about Massacre

The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, celebrates its seventh anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 14. This date coincides with the 90th anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, from which the Museum maintains a significant number of artifacts. Details about all Museum events taking place this week follow:

The Mob Museum’s Seventh Anniversary
DATE: Thursday, February 14
TIME: Times for individual programs vary; see blow.
LOCATION: The Mob Museum.
COST: Free admission for Nevada residents with valid ID and a special buy one, get one free admission for non-residents.

  • The Chicago 00 Project’s virtual reality experience featuring the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
    • TIME: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • LOCATION: In the Museum courtroom.
    • DESCRIPTION: This award-winning VR experience transports audiences to the exact spots where the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre events unfolded by superimposing images from then and now in virtual reality. Audiences can use their smartphones and wear Google Cardboard VR Goggles or use the Museum’s latest technology, Oculus Go, on YouTube’s 360 channel to be immersed in the site. It provides eye-opening insights into the infamous Feb. 14, 1929 event, when Chicago police discovered the bodies of seven men, all shot in the back and riddled with bullets in a north side garage. Before visiting the Museum, guests are encouraged to learn more and download the apps by visiting here. Both iPhone and Android versions are available.
  • St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Weapons on Display
    • TIME: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • LOCATION: Courtroom on the second floor.
    • DESCRIPTION: Get up close and personal with the two Thompson machine guns that were used by the perpetrators of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. The guns were confiscated from a murder suspect’s house in Stevensville, Michigan, and linked to the massacre through the work of pioneering ballistics expert, Calvin Goddard.  Members of the Sheriff’s department in Berrien County, Michigan will be present to answer questions.
  • The Underground Anniversary Specials
    • TIME: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • LOCATION: The Underground speakeasy and distillery, located in the Museum’s basement.
    • DESCRIPTION: In celebration of the Museum’s anniversary, The Underground will feature food and drink specials, including select $8 handcrafted cocktails and 20 percent off all food menu items. Cocktails available at this discounted price include the Prohibition classics Southside, Scofflaw and The Chicago.  Discounted dishes offered at 20 percent off include the Beer Cheese with Pretzel Bites, Cheese Pizza and Pastry Pigs with Whiskey Mustard.
  • Wiseguy Speaker Series and Book Signing: “Scarface and the Untouchable: Al Capone, Eliot Ness and the Battle for Chicago.”
    • TIME: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a book signing to follow.
    • LOCATION: Courtroom on the second floor. Seating is on a first come, first served basis with a maximum occupancy of 120 guests.
    • DESCRIPTION: Over the decades, the stories of mobster Al Capone and lawman Eliot Ness have been subjected to literacy license and Hollywood exaggeration. This new book from authors Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz peels back the layers of these myths to reveal a deeper narrative of these iconic figures. The event will conclude with a book signing.

Annual Anniversary Blood Drive in Partnership with Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services)
DATE: Friday, Feb. 15
TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LOCATION: The Mob Museum’s back lot.
COST: Free for Museum Members or with Museum admission.
DESCRIPTION: All participating donors will receive one free general admission ticket to The Mob Museum and will receive other incentive courtesy of Vitalant. Schedule your appointment at bloodhero.com and enter code: MOBMUSEUM or call: 877-258-4825.

The Road to Perdition
DATE: Saturday, Feb. 16
TIME: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a book signing to follow.
LOCATION: Courtroom on the second floor.
COST: Free
DESCRIPTION: In this special discussion, “Road to Perdition” author Max Allan Collins will be interviewed by fellow author A. Brad Schwartz (“Scarface and the Untouchable”) about the fascinating story behind his acclaimed novel. Set in Chicago during the Great Depression, the graphic novel, “Road to Perdition” tells the story of Michael Sullivan, a Mob enforcer on the hunt for revenge after a failed hit.

Attend and learn about:

  • The real-life Mob inspiration behind the character of Michael Sullivan.
  • The Academy Award-winning film adaptation starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law.
  • Collins’ other novel, “Neon Mirage,” which delves into early Las Vegas and Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel.

Counterterrorism – Community Safety Forum Sponsored by NV Energy
DATE: Sunday, Feb. 17
TIME: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Courtroom on the second floor.
COST: Free, including free Museum admission thanks to sponsorship provided by NV Energy.
DESCRIPTION: February’s Community Safety Forum will address the expression, “see something, say something,” and its significance in detail. The presentation will be conducted by an officer from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, who will discuss the functions of the counterterrorism detail and fusion center. Attendees will learn how authorities are able to collect intelligence by working in concert with other agencies to prevent terrorist acts and rely on the community to help. Live streaming of the presentations will be posted on The Mob Museum’s website thanks to NV Energy’s generous support. Registration for attendance is required.

For more information, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org.


The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. It debuted a major renovation in 2018, including a Crime Lab, Use of Force Training Experience, and Organized Crime Today exhibit as well as The Underground, a basement-level Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery and sponsored by Zappos. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of Hotel.com’s Top 7 “Travel Brag Landmarks,” one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine, “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine and is a multi-year winner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” rankings. The Mob Museum has been awarded accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums. General admission is $26.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum or Twitter @themobmuseum.