Volunteer Registration Now Open for United Way of Southern Nevada’s Day of Caring on September 29
$60,000 to be split among nonprofits & schools to celebrate United Way of Southern Nevada’s 60th Anniversary
Volunteers can now register at uwsn.org/caring for United Way of Southern Nevada’s Day of Caring on Friday, September 29, 2017, Southern Nevada’s largest one-day community-wide volunteer event dedicated to improving people’s lives.
The second annual Day of Caring will bring together 1,700 volunteers to complete more than 170 projects at more than 60 local nonprofit agencies and schools.
Projects include a variety of activities including painting school playgrounds and classrooms, graffiti removal, landscaping, building benches, reading to students, assembling food backpacks and park clean up. Volunteers can work either a half day (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or a full day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – includes lunch).
This year, to celebrate United Way of Southern Nevada’s 60th Anniversary serving Southern Nevada, $60,000 will be split among participating nonprofits and schools to boost the volunteer efforts.
“By joining together, united, for one day we can make a tremendous impact on the place where we all live and work,” said Chris Cappas, United Way of Southern Nevada Vice President of Volunteer Engagement and Human Resources. “Day of Caring is an easy, fulfilling and fun way to help these schools and nonprofits complete projects that might not otherwise get done.”
Participating nonprofits include: Spread the Word Nevada, Volunteers in Medicine, Candlelighters, Immunize Nevada, Leaders in Training, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Opportunity Village, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Project 150, Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada, YMCA, Clean the World, Future Smiles, Green Our Planet, Habitat for Humanity, Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada, The Center, The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada, The Shade Tree, Outside Las Vegas Foundation, Hearts Alive Village, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Three Square, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada, The Tortoise Group, Vegas PBS, and US Vets.
Participating schools include: Basic HS, Vassiliadis ES, Chaparral HS, Cheyenne HS, Wengert ES, Dean Petersen ES, Robison MS, Desert Rose HS, Lunt ES, Stuckey ES, Futuro Academy, Hewetson ES, Hollingsworth ES, Hummel ES, Ullom ES, Scott ES, Bridger MS, Thorpe ES, Dooley ES, Josh Stevens ES, Dearing ES, Lowman ES, Manch ES, Rundle ES, Robert Taylor ES, Gibson MS, Rowe ES, The Marzano Academy at Heard ES, Newton ES, Bracken STEAM Academy, Long STEAM Academy, Ferron ES, and Woodbury MS.
All volunteers will be invited to the kick off at “The Green” at Town Square Las Vegas from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 29 before day of volunteering begins. Volunteers can enjoy breakfast, a free t-shirt, sponsorship recognition, networking opportunities, and the ability to collectively celebrate volunteerism.
2017 Day of Caring Premier Sponsors: Caesars Entertainment, Carl’s Jr., Nevada Volunteers, Golden Knights, Wells Fargo. Visionary Sponsors: Amerigroup, Greenspun Media Group, Korte Company, Oakland Raiders, Station Casinos. Legacy Sponsors: International Market Centers, National Security Technologies, Nevada State College, Red 7 Communications, The Simmons Group, Sitel. Champion Sponsors: Cragin & Pike, Golden Nugget, Robert Half, Mountains Edge Hospital.
About United Way of Southern Nevada
United Way of Southern Nevada unites our community to improve people’s lives. We bring donors, volunteers, nonprofits, and businesses together to support children and families from cradle-to-career and provide the foundation for a stronger community for all. We provide early education opportunities to help children enter school ready to learn, help high school students reach graduation day, and support individuals working to earn a degree or certification, all while creating stability for their families. For 60 years, we’ve worked to create a community where everyone can succeed, and we invite you to join us at uwsn.org.
25th Anniversary Superhero Race and Event for Kids with Cancer
Sign up for race, walk, fun Sept. 12 at Exploration Park at Mountain’s Edge
A chance meeting between a local baseball executive and pediatric cancer patient 25 years ago set in motion the biggest local fundraiser for children with cancer and their families and the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. Called the 25th Anniversary Superhero 5K with Chet Buchanan this year to commemorate the quarter-century milestone, the race, one-mile walk and companion activities will be Saturday, Sept. 12 at Exploration Park at the Mountain’s Edge Master Planned Community, 9600 South Buffalo Drive, just south of Blue Diamond Road.
The event has grown from 75 people raising $1,000 in 1990 to more than 2,000 people raising more than $170,000. It also now includes costumes; kids activities with an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house and games; bone marrow drive hosted by Be The Match©; 5K awards ceremony; food and refreshments; raffle prizes; 25th anniversary commemoration; and more.
The race has remained dear to founder Mark Grenier, who has remained its chairman and biggest cheerleader and recruiter. Now an executive with CBS Radio, he invites participation by forming a team, running the 5K or strolling during the one-mile walk, making a costume, or coming out to support family, friends and those making a difference in lives of children and families living with cancer.
The seed for the race was planted in 1984 when Grenier’s father passed away at 51 from prostate cancer, and he and his siblings agreed to do something for cancer to commemorate their dad. A few years later, he met 9-year-old Jared, who was recovering from brain surgery caused by cancer, when Grenier worked for the Las Vegas Stars (now 51s) and brought players and the team mascot to Jared’s baseball game. They remained close until Jared passed away a year later. Grenier had been running marathons and subsequently organized the benefit run to support Candlelighters which had helped Jared and his family.
As Jared was Grenier’s inspiration, Dace Ash Davis and Keenan Bly are this year’s Superhero Ambassadors. Dace, 5 years old, has chemotherapy every day and continues to impress family and friends with his courage and strength as he battles Leukemia. Keenan, was almost 8 years old when he passed away from rare form of liver cancer in 2007. He still inspires those who knew him, and is the race’s Super Angel Ambassador.
Event day registration begins at 6:30 a.m.; the race and walk start at 8:15 a.m.; and festivities continue until noon. For advance registration and related dates, information and ways to get involved, visit www.candlelightersnv.org or call (702) 737-1919. Superhero capes are being sold for $5 while supplies last at the Candlelighters office, 8990 Spanish Ridge Ave., Ste. 100.
The 25th Anniversary Superhero 5K with Chet Buchanan raises critically needed funds for the nonprofit Candlelighters organization, which provides financial assistance for medical and prescription co-pays, mortgage/rent, utilities, local transportation and travel for treatment, scholarships and funerals; counseling; and other programs to lift the spirits of patients and family members.
The event is sponsored by Centennial Toyota, Mountain’s Edge Master Planned Community, 8 News Now, CBS Radio and Las Vegas Review Journal.
Dom DeMarco’s Celebrates the Season with Second Annual Month of Giving
Each week a different charity will receive a portion of proceeds
from select menu offerings
Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar is getting in the holiday spirit with their Second Annual Month of Giving event. Each week in December a different charity will receive a portion of the proceeds from select menu entrées. The first week of entrée options include Stuffed Rigatoni in vodka sauce with basil oil, Cavatelli with broccoli and sausage, and Chicken Marsala. Each entrée is priced at $18 with $5 going back to the corresponding charity for the week.
The following charities have been selected as recipients of the Second Annual Month of Giving:
Week 1: December 2-8: Keep Memory Alive
Week 2: December 9-15: Epicurean Charitable Foundation
Week 3: December 16-22: Candlelighters
Week 4: December 23-29: Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Dom DeMarco’s is located in the heart of Summerlin at 9785 West Charleston Blvd and features classic New York-style pizza and square pies, pasta, salads, sandwiches and desserts served in a stylish, casual and fun environment. Dining hours are Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
For more information on the Second Annual Month of Giving event please call 702-570-7000.
About Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar
Open in 2011, Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar in Summerlin is blending two classic favorites: pizza, wine craft beer and fresh salads with modern sensibility in a neighborhood environment that radiates personality. Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar’s namesake, Domenico DeMarco is the legendary founder of Di Fara Pizza; a restaurant with a storied Brooklyn, New York history that spans over 45 years and the #1 Zagat Rated New York City Pizza for eight years. The cherished family recipes are still used today and have been entrusted to a new generation in Las Vegas who continue to make the pizzas from scratch with quality imported ingredients and love.
About Keep Memory Alive
Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. By supporting Keep Memory Alive and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas. For additional information call (702) 263-9797 or visit www.keepmemoryalive.org.
About Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas
Comprised of more than 20 of Las Vegas’ top food and beverage and hospitality executives, Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas not only awards students with scholarship funds to attend any four-year accredited university of their choice, it also provides mentorship throughout each student’s college career and helps to place the students in internships and jobs. 2013 marks the 12th year of ECF and in its tenure the foundation has provided more than $1 million to local scholars and also more than $1 million in charitable community grants to such organizations as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, UNLV Rebel Athletic Foundation, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and The Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce. Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas can be reached at 702-932-5098 or by visiting www.ecflv.org. Become a friend at www.Facebook.com/EpicureanLV or follow ECF at www.Twitter.com/EpicureanLV.
About Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada (Candlelighters) is the first and oldest non-profit organization in Nevada serving families coping with childhood cancer. Candlelighters mission is to provide support, education, hope and advocacy through programs and services for children and adolescents with cancer, their families and the professionals who care for them. We assist families who are affected by childhood cancer, who request help with financial assistance, patient advocacy, and programs addressing the families’ mental and emotional health needs. We are proud to have helped thousands of families since our founding nearly 35 years ago.
About Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is dedicated to the belief that every life is precious. Funded entirely by private donations, the Society operates a no-kill shelter in Las Vegas for animals that have been abused, neglected or abandoned, or otherwise facing homelessness and danger. It works to provide medical care, rehabilitation and adoption services for thousands of animals each year and then place them in loving, forever homes. The Society’s web site is http://www.nevadaspca.org. Facebook: Nevada SPCA No-Kill Animal Shelter. Twitter: @NevadaSPCA.