Teachers Health Trust Delivers Weekend Meal Bags For Students with its Serving Our Kids Foundation Partnership

Teachers Health Trust and its Preferred Pharmacy Partner, Alto Pharmacy, Launches
Partnership with Non-Profit, Serving Our Kids Foundation, to Deliver Weekend Meal Bags
Direct to Student’s Door Steps

Delivers 210 Meal Bags in First Week to Kids in Need

Teachers Health Trust (THT), the dedicated health plan for the educators and licensed professionals in Clark County, partners with the non-profit, Serving Our Kids Foundation, in an effort to ensure that no child goes hungry, especially during this pandemic, when schools are closed. Utilizing their preferred pharmacy partner, Alto Pharmacy, who provide always-free same-day prescription delivery to teachers and its members, the team is effectively able to provide contactless delivery for the meal bags, each week, for kids and parents who may be unable to get to the school during drop off times. Since launching in one week’s time, collectively, they have helped provide meal options for more than 210 children in need.

 

“Teachers Health Trust’s goal is to always protect the health of our members and their families. Especially during this pandemic, our team is as proactive as possible and committed to joining forces with impactful organizations, such as Serving Our Kids Foundation, to ensure a collaborative community of care,” says Michael Skolnik, CEO of Teachers Health Trust. “When we learned of this critical gap in direct outreach to students and lack of the ability to communicate and deliver meal bags, due to schools being closed, we wanted to immediately help.”

 

Serving Our Kids Foundation, delivers weekend food bags to K-8 students, who may not qualify for government nutrition or other backpack programs and would otherwise go hungry on Saturday and Sunday.  The critical food bags are provided to more than 3,500 homeless and at-risk children, based on referrals by school principals, teachers and counselors. In addition to the meal bags, they also come with books provided by Spread the Word Nevada, more than 5,000 juice boxes, and over 5,000 granola bars.

 

In alignment with Teachers Health Trust, Alto Pharmacy, also focuses on exceptional concierge-care and serving the community. It was an ideal solution, with Clark County Schools being closed, to coordinate additional door to door deliveries to children in need, during their scheduled pharmacy routes in southern Nevada.   Bang Le, the Pharmicist-in-Charge (PIC) of the new Alto Las Vegas center, “We will do this no matter what. We feel like we have a responsibility to do our part to support the teachers, students, and their families of Las Vegas. We have come together as one community; we are all in this together.”

 

Alto Pharmacy offers extended hours in evenings and on weekends for education and support from expert pharmacist, and 24/7 access through the Alto Pharmacy app, and always-free, same-day courier delivery of retail, and specialty prescription drugs directly to a safe place at your home. The courier service has enabled Alto to offer their services, helping children, during this critical time.

“Serving Our Kids is dealing with an unprecedented number of requests for weekend meal bags. We are working closely with teachers, school counselors and principals from across the valley who are reaching out to us on behalf of their students and families. Before the pandemic and the school closures, we delivered food to over 70 schools within CCSD – last week we provided weekend meal bags to kids from over 126 schools,” says Patricia Farley, Board President to Serving our Kids Foundation. “Our volunteers sort, bag and distribute thousands of weekend meal bags across the valley, but we weren’t able to reach all of our kids that we served during the regular school year due to the families’ lack of transportation. The school faculty we work with have been coming to our warehouse to pick-up food to deliver to their students in need, we deliver the weekend bags at key Distribution Centers, but we were still struggling to reach our kids who rely on us. Teachers Health Trust’s support has been a godsend, helping us reach hundreds of school kids on our lists. This is our mission, to serve schoolchildren in need in our community – no red tape, only compassion. We’ll continue as long as we need to. We want the parents to know we’re here, we want to make sure our kids have something to eat during the weekends. This is how we lead with love!”

 

The public can also help by buying designated food items from the Serving Our Kids online store or monetary donations at www.servingourkids.org or visit www.servingourkids.org or call 702-358-1056.  Additionally, Teachers Health Trust is hosting a brand new FB Live series called Talk to THT. Their inaugural show is today, 4/9, at 4pm and will be hosted by the Teaching Today Podclass and will include Michael Skolnik, CEO of Teachers Health Trust, Matt Gamache-Asselin, CEO of Alto, and their announcement of their partnership with the non-profit. ‘The Talk to THT’ FB Live series will then move to every other Wednesday at 4pm and is intended to be an open forum for the THT teacher community to connect (facebook.com/fblive).

 

 

About Teachers Health Trust: 

Teachers Health Trust (THT) is the health plan for all teachers and licensed professionals of the Clark County School District in Southern Nevada. Established in 1983 and servicing 40,000+ lives, our transformed mission focuses on delivering the best healthcare at affordable costs to a deserving community.

 

In 2019, under new leadership, Teachers Health Trust had to develop an unprecedented model for the teachers by thinking out-of-the-box while also embracing a 30,000-foot lens for how this new model can effectively impact healthcare nationwide. In one year, THT reinvented and transformed the organization & its mission with a focus on delivering the best healthcare at affordable costs to a deserving community. It believes in providing access, guidance, support and care for each member as they actively pursue their best and most positive health outcomes | teachershealthtrust.org | @THTHealthPlan

 

About Alto Pharmacy:

Alto’s mission is to fulfill medicines true purpose and improve quality of life for everyone who needs it. As a health-tech startup, we are doing everything we can to fix a broken system and bring world-class care to patients in need. The way we’ve done this is by creating a modern-day pharmacy | alto.com

 

About Serving Our Kids Foundation 

Serving our Kids Foundation is dedicated to feeding and serving the needs of Clark County children. While there are governmental programs and other organizations that provide children in need with breakfast and lunch on weekdays during school, weekends can be an issue. Since 2012, Serving Our Kids has stepped in to fill the weekend nutrition gap of vulnerable kids and now assists 3,500 children, grades K-8, in 70 schools who would otherwise go hungry. Referrals for weekend food bags are up 27 percent over last year, but the actual number of kids needing weekend nutrition assistance is estimated between 8,000 to 10,000. The nonprofit organization mobilizes the strength of community volunteers and donations. In addition to non-perishable food items, personal care items also are collected.  For information, donations, volunteering and partnership opportunities, visit http://www.servingourkids.org or call 702-358-1056.

Three Square Food Bank’s ‘Bag Childhood Hunger’ Campaign Meets $2 Million Goal

Three Square Food Bank’s ‘Bag Childhood Hunger’ Campaign Meets $2 Million Goal


Three Square Food Bank met its goal of raising $2 million through the Bag Childhood Hunger campaign, April 1 – May 31, which supports the non-profit’s childhood nutrition programs (Kids Cafe®, BackPack for Kids and Meet Up and Eat Up). The contributions will be used right here in Southern Nevada to support the more than 103,000 food insecure children across the valley.

The Bag Childhood Hunger campaign was launched in 2011, providing healthy and nutritious meals to the one in five food insecure children living in Southern Nevada ever since. Additionally, more than 62 percent of children in Clark County schools are enrolled in free or reduced-price meal programs. That’s more than 203,000 students. Proper nutrition for children is critical as hunger can cause lasting physical and mental challenges.

The campaign culminated with a special celebratory event underwritten by the Bennett Family Foundation,  “Fashion for Three Square,” transforming Three Square’s north campus into a grand party venue on May 5. The gathering featured fashions by Etro, presented by Neiman Marcus, elegant decor, entertainment and food catered by chefs from top Las Vegas restaurants.

In its 10th year fighting hunger, Three Square is able to provide three meals for every dollar donated to the food bank. Thanks to the support of matching sponsors throughout the Bag Childhood Hunger campaign, Three Square can provide six meals for every dollar donated.

For more information about Three Square’s childhood nutrition programs, visit www.bagchildhunger.org.

About Three Square Food Bank
This year marks Three Square’s 10th anniversary serving as Southern Nevada’s only food bank and largest hunger relief organization. The nonprofit offers wholesome, nutritious food to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Founder Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, nonprofit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively work together to serve those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 37 million meals – the equivalent of more than 45 million pounds of food and grocery product – per year through a network of more than 1,600 community partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter (@threesquarelv).

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Rebel Red Proclamations Made Throughout Southern Nevada

REBEL RED PROCLAMATIONS MADE THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN NEVADA

Promotions and free tailgate event highlight Wednesday’s Governor’s Series Game between UNLV and UNR
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, has been proclaimed as “Rebel Red Day,” by the Clark County Board of Commissioners and the City of Las Vegas.
 
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Mayor of Las Vegas Carolyn Goodman presented UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois and UNLV head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies proclamations Tuesday in Downtown Las Vegas.
 
Clark County and the City of Las Vegas are encouraging Rebel fans throughout Southern Nevada to wear red on Wednesday as the UNLV men’s basketball team hosts No. 21 UNR at 8 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.
 
The Governor’s Series game and Senior Night will be a RED OUT with the first 3,000 fans receiving a free red t-shirt. 
 
A free pregame tailgate will be held starting at 6 p.m. on the plaza outside the Thomas & Mack Center. Activities will include performances by UNLV Cheer and the Rebel Girls & Company, a Smash Brothers E-Sports Tournament, classic tailgating games, a DJ and much more. Free food and drinks will be available for students on a first-come, first-served basis, while there will be a Smokin’ Sams food truck on site with options for purchase for the public. Student-athletes from various UNLV Athletics teams will be present and the UNLV indoor track & field team that recently won the Mountain West championship will be recognized.
 
The UNLV campus has also declared Rebel Red Days this week in support of its men’s and women’s basketball teams.
 
Tickets for the game may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. Fans are encouraged to get in their seats early for the Senior Salute as well as to experience the enhanced Runnin’ Rebel pregame show for the season’s final time, which features 3D Video Projection Mapping.

Sunrise Children’s Foundation Hosting 22nd Annual Achievement Celebration, 7.21 with Illusionist, David Goldrake

Sunrise Children’s Foundation Hosting 22nd Annual Achievement Celebration, 7.21 with Illusionist, David Goldrake

Founded in 1993, SCF currently provides multiple programs throughout Clark County, employs approximately 195 individuals and touches the lives of over 150,000 children and families annually. The organization’s mission is helping children to fulfill their potential of safe, healthy and educated lives. The foundation is recognizing more than 100 young students with their successes in its school readiness program at its 22nd annual Achievement Celebration on Friday, July 21 at the City Impact Trinity Life Church Campus.

Sunrise Children’s Foundation delivers a full scope of services from birth to five and provides a comprehensive continuum of care to ensure that children in Nevada have a chance at success. SCF administers four key programs that support a myriad of critical areas focusing on optimal child development including prenatal care and breast-feeding education, infant and toddler health and development, wellness, nutrition and health education, parent education, reading and literacy skills and positive family relationships. All services are provided free of charge.

The celebration includes more than 100 students involved with the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), a research-based parent involvement, school readiness program proven to help parents prepare their 3, 4, and 5-year-old children for success in school. The HIPPY curriculum, supplemented with children’s books and supplies, is designed to strengthen children’s cognitive and early literacy skills as well as their social/emotional and physical development.

During weekly home visits, parents receive child development guidance and hands-on practice in using the carefully developed HIPPY curriculum. Throughout 30 consecutive weeks of each preschool year, the curriculum progresses and builds upon child development principles and parenting skills. Over the course of three years, children and families in the Sunrise Children’s Foundation HIPPY (SCF-HIPPY) program participate in 90 weeks of early childhood development and family services. These families also have monthly family engagements in unison with the MIECHV families and children.

Special guest to entertain the children and families is award-winning grand illusionist known as ‘The International Man of Mystery,’ who defys the laws of time and physics in front of spectators’ very eyes with David Goldrake ‘Imaginarium’ inside Tropicana Theater. Representing a new generation of illusionists, David Goldrake allows guests to lose all sense of reality, creating a surreal scene caught somewhere between reality and a dreamlike world full of dreams and fantasies.

WHEN: Friday, July 21, 10:30 am – 12:30pm

WHERE: City Impact – 950 St. Louis Ave., Las Vegas, Nev. 89104

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About Sunrise Children’s Foundation:
Sunrise Children’s Foundation, is non-profit corporation organized solely for pediatric health and education. Founded in 1993, SCF delivers a full scope of services from birth to five and provides a comprehensive continuum of care to ensure that children in Nevada have a chance at success, all free of cost. Sunrise Children’s Foundation programs support a myriad of critical areas focusing on optimal child development including prenatal care and breast-feeding education; infant and toddler health and development ; wellness, nutrition and health education; parent education; reading and literacy skills; and positive family relationships. For more information, visit our website at sunrisechildren.org. Friend us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SunriseChildrensFoundation or follow us on twitter at @sunrisechilfdtn.

Neon Museum Presents “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign Exhibit, Honoring Sign Designer Betty Willis, July 4 – Aug. 30

 


NEON MUSEUM PRESENTS EXHIBIT HONORING “WECOME TO
FABULOUS LAS VEGAS” SIGN DESIGNER BETTY WILLIS AT
OVERTON’S LOST CITY MUSEUM, NOW – AUG. 30

WHAT:
The Neon Museum honors renowned sign designer Betty Willis in a small exhibit at the Lost City Museum in Overton, Nevada. Willis designed Las Vegas’ most iconic emblem, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, as well as the distinctive signs for the Moulin Rouge and the Blue Angel Motel, among others. The exhibit features images of signs in the Neon Museum collection and a limited-edition lithograph of the Welcome sign autographed by Betty Willis and photographer William Hannapple.

WHO:
Las Vegas native Betty Willis designed Las Vegas’ most iconic emblem, the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.

Born in Overton, Nevada, in 1924, Willis was the eighth child of Stephen Whitehead, Clark County’s first assessor. Willis attended art school in Los Angeles prior to returning to Las Vegas to work as a commercial artist. She began her career drawing illustrations of showgirls for production show advertisements in newspapers, but eventually transitioned to designing neon signs.

The concept of creating a welcome sign for the city was first envisioned by local salesman Ted Rogich, who approached Willis with the request to design a sign substantial enough to serve as the gateway to the city. Willis never copyrighted the sign, instead hoping it would be used freely to promote the city. She and Rogich sold it to Clark County officials when it was completed in 1959 for $4,000.

An employee at Western Neon and one of the only women employed in the commercial sign design industry at the time of the creation of the Welcome sign, Willis also designed the distinctive signs for the Moulin Rouge, Blue Angel Motel and Bow and Arrow Motel. She continued designing signs until her retirement at age 77. She passed away in 2015 at age 91.

WHEN:
Now – August 30, 2017
Open daily, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Lost City Museum
721 S. Moapa Valley Boulevard
Overton, Nevada 89040

Take Interstate 15 north to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park. For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193 or visit Facebook.

COST:
Admission is $5 for adults; children 17 and younger, as well as museum members, enter for free.

For more information about the Neon Museum, go to www.neonmuseum.org or call (702) 387-6366.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USAToday’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, used mainly for education programs and special events; the new Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas and one restored sign on view at the outdoor Fashion Show Plaza on the Las Vegas Strip. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. For tour schedules and pricing information, visit neonmuseum.org.

Save Red Rock Gathers 30,000 Signatures of Support by Local and Tourist Community to Preserve Red Rock Canyon

Save Red Rock Gathers 30,000 Signatures of Support by Local and Tourist Community to Preserve Red Rock Canyon

Save Red Rock urges the public to attend the Clark County Commission Meeting, Feb. 22

 

The Save Red Rock (SRR) petition, created by a grassroots citizen’s organization, generated an outpouring support of concerned Clark County residents as it surpassed more than 30,000 signatures to preserve the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA).

SRR’s initiative, for more than a decade, is to protect the rural and recreational scenic na- ture of Red Rock Canyon. Additionally, one of its goals is to educate the public to con- sider the long term effects this 5,000 proposed home development by Gypsum Resources LLC’s (Gypsum), will bring to this fragile desert ecosystem. Gypsum is asking for ap- proval to rezone and develop land, located on the top of the mountain directly south of the Red Rock visitor’s center. The SRR group, led by Heather Fisher, owner Vegas Cyclery and Escape Adventures, expresses the location will not be able to sustain the im- pact of the high density development, causing increased pollution, traffic and raised water costs for all Vegas Valley residents which will pose a pronounced threat to the notable tourist attraction.

Save Red Rock encourages the public to share its concerns during the next Clark County Planning Commission meeting, scheduled for Feb. 22, 9a.m., as the commissioners decide on the fate of Red Rock Canyon. This crucial meeting follows the SRR and Clark County Commission’s newly scheduled court date, of Feb. 9, where Save Red Rock will be fighting the County’s claim to bar the public from raising issues with the development.

Supporters are encouraged to advocate and support SRR by signing the petition, emailing their County Commissioners and donating to the cause at www.SaveRedRock.com.

“Save Red Rock is encouraged by the support of the community, nature lovers, and pub- lic rights advocates, who all show their desire to protect the rural character of Red Rock Canyon and this majestic feature located in our own backyard. Building a master planned development is not sustainable at this location. Red Rock is filled with recreation, wildlife and peaceful trails, providing a serene get-away from the city that we want to be able to share with our friends and family for years to come,” explains Heather Fisher, SRR president.

About Save Red Rock

Save Red Rock is a group of concerned citizens working to preserve the safety, serenity, and scenic nature of Red Rock Canyon. The group strives to protect the rural character and prioritize recreational and environmental needs over other uses not conducive to the primary uses as determined for the canyon area. For more information visit www.SaveRedRock.com or connect with Save Red Rock on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Registration Opens For Milestone Season of Girls on the Run Las Vegas

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REGISTRATION OPENS FOR MILESTONE SEASON OF
GIRLS ON THE RUN LAS VEGAS

Health Plan of Nevada to be Presenting Sponsor of Spring 5k at UNLV

 

Registration has begun for the 2017 spring season of Girls on the Run Las Vegas, a 10-week health and empowerment program for elementary and middle school girls across the valley.

 

Girls on the Run Las Vegas will celebrate its fifth year in Clark County with record-breaking participation as the program expands its reach, serving 37 elementary and middle schools plus four Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada locations. Nearly 600 girls are expected to take part in the program that begins in February and culminates at the end of April.  A full list of sitesplus program fees and details can be found at www.girlsontherunlv.org

 

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. Volunteer coaches meet with small groups of 8 to 15 girls for 20 sessions that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community.

The program culminates with a celebratory 5k run/walk for girls, their families and friends. This year’s event has a new home and new presenting sponsor. Health Plan of Nevada is the presenting sponsor of the 5k which will be held inside the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus on April 30, 2017.

 

“Girls on the Run embodies everything we look for in a community partner,” said Trevor Hays, Regional Director of Communication for UnitedHealthcare. “By teaching young girls the importance of making healthy choices, setting goals, embracing their individuality and approaching challenges positively, the program teaches critical tools that will impact them for a lifetime. The fitness the girls develop along with the life skills makes the program unique and very powerful.”

 

Girls on the Run has served 1.2 million girls collectively since its inception in 1996 and can be found in all 50 states and Canada.

 

“We’re excited to celebrate our fifth year of helping local girls reach their full potential,” said Brigette Kirvin, Executive Director of Girls on the Run Las Vegas. “We’re grateful that Health Plan of Nevada sees the challenges facing girls today and how our program provides the tools and motivation to overcome those challenges.”

 

Other community partners for the 2017 season include United Way of Southern Nevada Women’s Leadership Council, Zappos, Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican, Findlay Chevrolet, Smiths, Coca-Cola, Southern Nevada Health District, Speedee Mart and many more.

Create A Change Now Adds Three Organizational Positions

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Create A Change Now Adds Three Organizational Positions


Create A Change Now, a local charity teaching at-risk students to plant, grow and cook fresh, healthy meals in order to prevent childhood obesity, announces the addition of three new positions to the organization.

The titles created to lead and grow the charity include former COO of the organization, Melissa Blynn, taking the role of Executive Director, where she will provide the leadership and management for all programs and fundraising efforts as well as oversee the strategic and operational functions of the nonprofit. Former board member, Mindy Tatti, will now serve as Development Director, helping build the organization through community outreach, marketing and fundraising. The newest addition to Create A Change Now, Julie Sanders, has accepted the role of Program Manager, taking on the execution, implementation and operational success of its Healthy School, Healthy Life program in both existing and future schools, as the key liaison between the organization and the schools it serves.

Create A Change Now is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is committed to educating and empowering children and their families by providing the resources needed to fight childhood obesity and related diseases to live happier, healthier more productive lives. Its mission is accomplished by adopting at-risk elementary schools through the organization’s Healthy School, Healthy Life program, which installs edible desert gardens in schools to provide sustainable ingredients for nutritional education.

Children in Clark County, home to the country’s fifth largest school district, are twice as likely to be obese as their parents. In Southern Nevada, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 33.2% of children ages 10-17 are overweight or obese. Hungry, poorly fed children rarely excel in the classroom. A person’s relationship with food and physical activity begins in infancy and is molded during childhood. Childhood obesity can lead to a lifetime of health issues that begin early and never stop, including cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and social discrimination that follows them into their teen years and beyond.

Create A Change Now helps children and their families become healthier by introducing a cluster of support programs to help them lead healthier and happier lives.  By adopting a school in this comprehensive manner, the organization builds in community support, mentors and program enrichment while addressing key health disadvantages that limit learning and life choices.

Executive Director of Create A Change Now, Melissa Blynn
Executive Director of Create A Change Now, Melissa Blynn
Program Manager for Create A Change Now, Julie Sanders
Program Manager for Create A Change Now, Julie Sanders
Development Director for Create A Change Now, Mindy Tatti
Development Director for Create A Change Now, Mindy Tatti
Left to Right – Executive Director of Create A Change Now, Melissa Blynn, along with Program Manager, Julie Sanders and Development Director, Mindy Tatti
Left to Right – Executive Director of Create A Change Now, Melissa Blynn, along with Program Manager, Julie Sanders and Development Director, Mindy Tatti

 

About Create A Change Now
Create A Change Now (CACN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is committed to educating and empowering children and their families by providing the resources needed to tackle childhood obesity and related diseases. CACN accomplishes its mission by adopting each school through its signature Healthy School, Healthy Life program that installs an edible desert garden. These gardens serve as an instrument for CACN to plant seeds of change throughout each school and within each child. CACN’s Healthy School, Healthy Life program is designed to teach lifelong skills that will lead to happier, healthier, more productive lives. For more information on CACN, please visit www.createachangenow.org.

For more information:
Visit http://www.createachangenow.org or call (702) 303-5506
“Like” Create A Change Now on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/createachangenow
“Follow” Create A Change Now (@CreateAChangeLV) on Twitter: https://twitter.com/createachangelv

CASA Foundation’s 24th Annual Gala Oct. 11

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CASA Foundation’s 24th Annual Gala Oct. 11

WHAT: CASA Foundation of Las Vegas will honor its volunteers and advocates who support children in the foster care system in Clark County on Saturday, Oct 11.WHERE: The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino – Palazzo Ballroom 

WHEN:
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
5 – 9:30 p.m.

 

DETAILS: CASA Foundation will host its 24th annual Volunteer Recognition Gala on Oct. 11 from 5-9:30 p.m. at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  It is a celebration of the extraordinary advocates and volunteers.  Proceeds will benefit CASA Foundation of Las Vegas.

 

Individual tickets are available for $200 or tables of 10 for $1800 and are on sale now at www.casafoundationlv.org

 

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HEAVEN CAN WAIT ANIMAL SOCIETY INVITES THE PUBLIC TO 13th “LOSE A POUND WITH YOUR HOUND” MEMORY WALK

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HEAVEN CAN WAIT ANIMAL SOCIETY INVITES THE PUBLIC TO 13th “LOSE A POUND WITH YOUR HOUND” MEMORY WALK

Event offers animal lovers the opportunity to enjoy a community event while remembering animals euthanized in Southern Nevada

 

Heaven Can Wait announces its 13th annual “Lose a Pound with Your Hound” Memory Walk on Sunday, October 27 at Bunker Park near Tenaya and Alexander. “Lose a Pound with Your Hound” offers fun for all ages, while bringing to mind the communities responsibility to support spay and neuter, and adoption efforts. Guests are welcome to take part in the mile-long walk that will include symbolic “collars” to represent the 24,000 animals euthanized in Clark County over the past year. While that number is staggering, it is 3,000 below the amount last year due to the spays and neuters performed by Heaven Can Wait Animal Society at its facility.

This year’s walk will have all-ages fun including paw and face painting, food, music, contests with prizes, pet photos, mobile grooming and vendors.The event begins at 9 a.m. with registration, coffee and doughnuts, goody bag distribution, the beginning of the vendor bazaar, the “Pups on Parole” group photo. “Pups on Parole” is a partnership with Heaven Can Wait and a local prison for women that gives the dogs training and shelter, while giving prisoners hope and reducing their re-offending rate.

At 10 a.m., the memorial walk begins with games along the way. At 11 a.m., paw and face painting, a dog costume contest, prizes and entertainment from Elvis tribute artist Eddie Powers.

Pets are welcome at “Lose a Pound with Your Hound,” but must be up to date on vaccinations and on a leash no longer than six feet or otherwise restrained. People are required to clean up for their pet family members.

Funds raised will benefit Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, which is a Southern Nevada nonprofit. Unlike many similar groups that keep a “reserve fund,” Heaven Can Wait pours nearly all of its funding into the support of its efforts, which include spay and neuter at is Las Vegas clinic, and no-kill adoption. Heaven Can Wait is a Southern Nevada organization and no money leaves the community. Those who participate in “Lose a Pound with Your Hound” pledge to promote responsible pet ownership.

Registration begins at $30 for individuals and drops to as low as $15 per person for groups. The cost of a “Collar for a Dollar” in memory of those lost begins at $1. For more information and to register, head to www.hcws.org or call 702.227.5555.

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About Heaven Can Wait Animal Society
Heaven Can Wait Animal Society in Southern Nevada is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) no-kill animal humane organization dedicated to spay and neuter, adoption and public education. Major initiatives include low- to no-cost spay and neuter for the community, a feral cat clinic to control the feline population and “Pups on Parole” that empowers female prisoners to train dogs that are put up for adoption. Heaven Can Wait’s efforts are credited with nearly 100,000 animals being spayed, neutered and/or adopted.

BODIES…The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition August Listings

BODIES…The Exhibition

BODIES…The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Offer a Variety of Special Events and Educational Programs

 

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada Visits BODIES…The Exhibition
Come join Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) and learn how to protect your body and prevent skin cancer on Saturday, August 17 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Meet Dr. Paul Michael, medical oncologist and melanoma expert from CCCN, as he shares tips on protecting yourself during the summer heat. The event is free with cost of admission into the Exhibition.

BODIES…The Exhibition will also have facts displayed throughout the Exhibition now through the end of August, encouraging all guests to make smart decisions while enjoying the summer heat.

Free Teacher Tuesday
All Clark County School District teachers are invited to attend BODIES…The Exhibition or Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition free of charge on any Tuesday of the month. Both Exhibitions offer teachers an opportunity to bring curriculum to life and gain valuable knowledge that can be taken back to the classroom. Teachers must present a school ID, paystub or homeschooling letter of intent at any Luxor Box Office to receive their complimentary tickets. Each educator is limited to one visit.

Address: 3900 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV  89119

Dates:
Open to the public daily

Hours:
10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Price:
Regularly priced tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors and $24 for children 4 – 12 years of age

Buy:
Tickets for Premier Exhibitions are available for purchase at Luxor.com

 

About BODIES…The Exhibition
Described as a “life-changing experience,” BODIES…The Exhibition is one of the most fascinating and educational experiences in Las Vegas. The real human bodies have been meticulously dissected, preserved through an innovative process and respectfully presented, giving visitors the opportunity to view the beauty and complexity of their own organs and systems like never before. In addition to providing an up-close look inside our skeletal, muscular, respiratory and circulatory systems, the Exhibition encourages healthy lifestyle choices.  Authentic human specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by smoking, over-eating and lack of exercise.

About Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
The grand story of the “ship of dreams” is revived through Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Viewed by more than 20 million people, the Exhibition is one of the highest attended in history.  With over 300 real artifacts, guests embark on a journey to feel what it was like aboard the famous luxury liner. The exhibition includes dramatic recreations of first and third class cabins, a replica of the Grand Staircase and also houses a 15-ton section of the Titanic’s starboard hull, appropriately called the ‘Big Piece.’ Travel back in time and experience the wonder and tragedy of the world’s most famous ocean-liner.

Paint Rí Rá Las Vegas Black By Donating $1 At The Pub To Support The Firefighters Of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation

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Paint Rí Rá Las Vegas Black By Donating $1 At The Pub To Support The Firefighters of
Southern Nevada Burn Foundation

Rí Rá Las Vegas will paint its bar black by collecting donations at the pub for the Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation to support the nonprofit’s efforts to assist victims of fire and other catastrophic events. Guests may purchase a black GUINNESS®-branded paper firefighter helmet for $1 at Rí Rá. The pub will then hang the helmets together, eventually painting the wall black.

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation consists of fire department active personnel from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Clark County, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Nellis Fire Departments.  The Burn Foundation also works closely with the Burn Unit at UMC hospital in helping to care for these victims, in a joint effort to help those families in need after such a catastrophic event. In the past year, the Burn Foundation has raised approximately $32,000 to assist families confronted with a catastrophic event.

About Rí Rá Las Vegas

Crafted in the warm pub style of 19th century Ireland, Rí Rá Las Vegas is located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.  The authentic Irish pub features a multitude of artifacts that were carefully restored in Wicklow, Ireland and shipped to their new home in Las Vegas.  Rí Rá Las Vegas contains an authentic Victorian Shop bar that began its life in Ireland in the 1880s, a whiskey bar adorned with an original glazed jewelry cabinet from 1900, an oak floor from a whiskey distillery and an 8-foot-tall, 500-pound carved plaster statue of St. Patrick dating back to 1850.  The pub hosts live entertainment seven nights a week in a music room constructed with artifacts dating back to 1890 from the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. On the weekends, guests can kick back at Rí Rá Live, where every Friday and Saturday at 11:30 p.m. the best bands in town take the pub’s stage.  Born and raised in Dublin, Rí Rá Las Vegas owners David Kelly and Ciaran Sheehan have been close friends since they were 14-years-old. Kelly and Sheehan later partnered with Jay Luther, whom Kelly met while working for Guinness. Rí Rá Las Vegas is the 12th pub the trio has opened in the U.S.

 

Follow Rí Rá Las Vegas on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

The 2013 Extreme Thing- Sports & Music Festival adds more to the line-up

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Extreme Thing – Sports & Music Festival
Adds More Music to the Rocking Line-Up

The 18th Annual Festival Returns to Desert Breeze Skate Park on March 30

Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival roars back for the 18th year, leaving concert, professional BMX and amateur skate competitions in its wake. Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival, produced by Clark County Parks & Recreation, is Nevada’s only premier action sports and music festival and is set for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 30th at the Desert Breeze Skate Park, 8275 Spring Mountain Road at Durango Drive.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. A limited VIP Package is also available for $30 and includes a general admission ticket, commemorative event T-shirt and event poster.

Added to the 2013 Extreme Thing music line-up: Sage Francis, B. Dolan, Mod Sun, The Birthday Massacre, At The Skyline, The Summer Set, We Are The In Crowd, Go Radio and For The Foxes. Also, Adrenaline Unleashed, the slamming wrestling exhibition, returns this year.

Previously announced: New Found Glory, 3OH3, Asking Alexandria, Mindless Self Indulgence, Sleeping with Sirens, Aquabats, Youngblood Hawke, Comeback Kid, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Chelsea Grin, Iwrestledabearonce, along with a world class BMX Dirt Challenge hosted by local pro-rider/reality TV Star Ricardo Laguna, the Vegas AmJam Skate and BMX amateur competition, and making its highly anticipated return the DUBSTEP stage featuring: Big Chocolate, Mechanize, Splitbreed, Pablos Hassan, Mike Attack, Teen Wolf, Bize, Michael Toast, Bassnutz and more to be added. The Top 10 Battle of the Fans winners will perform in either opening on a main stage or on the International Academy of Design & Technology stage while the schools’ students, film and record a live DVD for the local bands to showcase. Voting will continue until January 25 at www.extremething.com.

Only a personal “factory sealed” bottle of water can be brought to the festival along with still cameras and sunscreen. There will be plenty of ATMs on site with an array of food vendors available, along with beverages. Alcohol will not be sold. Animals, coolers, weapons or chairs are not permitted. Re-entry will not be allowed at this event.

Sponsors include: X107.5, Verizon Wireless, International Academy of Design & Technology, Vitaminwater, City Life, My LVTV, The CW Las Vegas and XPOZLV.com.

Those interested can visit the Web site at www.extremething.com. Tickets can be purchased online starting January 1, 2013 at www.ticketmaster.com or www.extremething.com. Additional information can be found by calling Clark County Parks and Recreation at 455-8200 or visiting the Web site at www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (702) 474-4000 or at participating Smith’s Grocery Store(s). All tickets are subject to additional facility fees and/or service charges. Additional information can be found by calling Clark County Parks and Recreation at (702) 455-8200 or visiting the Web site at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook by visiting http://tinyurl.com/4dfw8ea.

 

About Clark County
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 40 million visitors a year.

Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services hat are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning nd development.

Extreme Thing 2013 headliners announced including New Found Glory, 3OH3 and Asking Alexandria

Extreme Thing – Sports & Music Festival
Returns to Desert Breeze Skate Park

New Found Glory, 3OH3 & Asking Alexandria Set To Headline March 30 Festival

Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival roars back for the 18th year, leaving concert, professional BMX and amateur skate competitions in its wake. Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival, produced by Clark County Parks & Recreation, is Nevada’s only premier action sports and music festival and is set for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 30th at the Desert Breeze Skate Park, 8275 Spring Mountain Road at Durango Drive.

Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 on the day of the show. A limited VIP Package is also available for $30 and includes a general admission ticket, commemorative event T-shirt and event poster.

Extreme Thing will feature bands New Found Glory, 3OH3, Asking Alexandria, Mindless Self Indulgence, Sleeping with Sirens, Aquabats, Youngblood Hawke, Comeback Kid, Motionless In White, Born of Osiris, Chelsea Grin, Iwrestledabearonce (with more being added), along with a world class BMX Dirt Challenge hosted by local pro-rider/reality TV Star Ricardo Laguna, the Vegas AmJam Skate and BMX amateur competition, and making its highly anticipated return the DUBSTEP stage featuring: Big Chocolate, Mechanize, Splitbreed, Pablos Hassan, Mike Attack, Teen Wolf, Bize, Michael Toast, Bassnutz and more to be added. The IADT Local Band Stage will welcome the top seven Battle of the Fans winners to perform on their own stage, while the schools’ students, film and record a live DVD for the local bands to showcase.

Only a personal “unopened” bottle of water can be brought to the festival along with still cameras and sunscreen. There will be plenty of ATMs on site with an array of food vendors available, along with beverages. Alcohol will not be sold. Animals, coolers, weapons or chairs are not permitted. Re-entry will not be allowed at this event.

Sponsors include: X107.5, Verizon Wireless, International Academy of Design & Technology, Vitaminwater, City Life, My LVTV, The CW Las Vegas and XPOZLV.com.

Those interested can visit the Web site at www.extremething.com. Tickets can be purchased online starting January 1, 2013 at www.ticketmaster.com or www.extremething.com. Additional information can be found by calling Clark County Parks and Recreation at 455-8200 or visiting the Web site at www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (702) 474-4000 or at participating Smith’s Grocery Store(s). All tickets are subject to additional facility fees and/or service charges. Additional information can be found by calling Clark County Parks and Recreation at (702) 455-8200 or visiting the Web site at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook by visiting http://tinyurl.com/4dfw8ea.

 

About Clark County

Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 40 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 7th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

 

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Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation Host “Seventies Stayin’ Alive” Karaoke Competition at Rí Rá Las Vegas Dec. 8













Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation Host “Seventies
Stayin’ Alive” Karaoke Competition
at Rí Rá Las Vegas Dec. 8

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation will host a “Seventies Stayin’ Alive” karaoke competition and fundraiser at Rí Rá Las Vegas at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Burn Foundation’s efforts to assist victims of fire and other catastrophic events.

The authentic Irish pub will take guests back to the iconic decade with a groovy singing competition featuring costumes, drink specials, giveaways and more. The event is open to the public. Those wishing to participate can sign up at www.theburnfoundation.org. Participants and guests are encouraged to don their best 1970s attire as the evening’s Best Dressed will win a prize during the event.

Tickets are available in advance for $25 at www.theburnfoundation.org. Guests may also purchase tickets at the door for $30. Those dressed in 1970s attire will receive a $25 discount on their ticket when purchased at the door.

The Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation consists of fire department active personnel from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Clark County, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Nellis Fire Departments.  The Burn Foundation also works closely with the Burn Unit at UMC hospital in helping to care for these victims, in a joint effort to help those families in need after such a catastrophic event. In the past year, the Burn Foundation has raised approximately $32,000 to assist families confronted with a catastrophic event.

About Rí Rá Las Vegas
Crafted in the warm pub style of 19th century Ireland, Rí Rá Las Vegas is located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place.  The authentic Irish pub features a multitude of artifacts that were carefully restored in Wicklow, Ireland and shipped to their new home in Las Vegas.  Rí Rá Las Vegas contains an authentic Victorian Shop bar that began its life in Ireland in the 1880s, a whiskey bar adorned with an original glazed jewelry cabinet from 1900, an oak floor from a whiskey distillery and an 8-foot-tall, 500-pound carved plaster statue of St. Patrick dating back to 1850.  The pub hosts live entertainment seven nights a week in a music room constructed with artifacts dating back to 1890 from the Olympia Theater in Dublin, Ireland. On the weekends, guests can kick back at Rí Rá Live, where every Friday and Saturday at 11:30 p.m. the best bands in town take the pub’s stage.  Born and raised in Dublin, Rí Rá Las Vegas owners David Kelly and Ciaran Sheehan have been close friends since they were 14-years-old. Kelly and Sheehan later partnered with Jay Luther, whom Kelly met while working for Guinness. Rí Rá Las Vegas is the 12th pub the trio has opened in the U.S.

Follow Rí Rá Las Vegas on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

MISS NEVADA INTERNATIONAL TO BE CROWNED MONDAY

Miss Nevada International To Be Crowned on Monday in Las Vegas




WHO:             Twelve of Nevada’s most accomplished and beautiful young women (19-29 years old, have no children and are not married) will compete for the Miss Nevada International 2012 crown.  Judged by: Eamon Springall (STITCHED Lifestyle LLC), Jen Coop (Mrs. Nevada State Director), Jennifer Bradley (SK&G Public Relations), Andre Haynes (Endeavor Media Group) and Andie Graff (Owner of So Lucky to Be Me).   Directed by Melissa Arias.



DETAILS:     Local titleholders including: Miss (Summerlin, Las Vegas, Clark County, Red Rock, Southern Highlands, East Las Vegas, West Las Vegas, Queensridge, Spring Valley, Henderson, Valley of Fire, Spanish Trails) International 2012 will compete for the prestigious crown and title.  Join our surprise national celebrities, local entertainers and guests as we crown the next Miss Nevada!



Delegates will compete in private interview, opening number production, runway/costume fashion wear, fitness, evening gown and on stage question. 


After Glow Party will be held at the Foundation Room at 10PM and will include complimentary champagne toast and cake.  All that are 21 and over are welcome.



WHEN:          Monday, April 9th, 2012 7PM (Doors open at 6PM) Horn Theater, CSN Cheyenne Campus

Enhanced ace | PLAY™ Program Gives Players More Choices, More Points

Enhanced ace | PLAY™ Program Gives Players More Choices, More Points
New Level & Introducing
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American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP), the parent company of Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Aquarius Casino Resort, announces an enhanced ace | PLAY™ card program designed to not only better reward players, but give players a choice on how to redeem their points, their way.

Starting March 20, 2012 players with an ace | PLAY™ card will simply earn points every time they play slots.  In addition, points can now be earned playing all table games. Players can then decide if they want to redeem points earned for cash, slot play and/or comps.

The break down is easy:  600 points can still be redeemed for one dollar cash; 500 points can be redeemed for one dollar play on slots, bingo, and keno (depending on property); and 300 points can be redeemed for one dollar in comps, an important benefit as points needed for comps are only half of what is required for cash awards.

Earning points is now easier, as well.
A new level, ace | PLAY orange, has been created allowing loyal players a significant boost in point multipliers.  Top level ace | PLAY red members will now earn 4X points, up from 3X points; ace | PLAY green members will move from 2X points to 3X points; the new ace | PLAY orange members will receive 2X points; and blue members will continue to receive 1X points.

The new program also has a new award for loyal players.  As of March 20, 2012, ace | PLAY red and ace | PLAY green members will be eligible for the new ace | PLAY Dividend.  The more players play, the bigger the Dividend.   These extra points can also be used for cash, slot play or comps and will activate as long as a player maintains their red or green level status.

“Simply put, our new ace | PLAY program is designed to better reward better players. And it does,” said John Moran, Vice President of Marketing at American Casino & Entertainment Properties.  “With the addition of a new level and the ground breaking ace | PLAY Dividend, points can be accumulated faster than ever before, and avid players will see their loyalty directly rewarded.  More importantly, players can decide what to do with those points and players wishing to redeem comps now receive twice the value.”

Players are also being introduced to their personal Account Snapshot, which can be found in several locations.  Players can go online to check account details by visiting acePLAYinfo.com, use the ace | PLAY app, or visit an ace | PLAY Center or Kiosk at one of the participating properties.

ace | PLAY benefits at a glance:

600 Points = $1 Cash
500 Points = $1 Slot Play – NEW!
300 Points = $1 Comps – NEW!
Table Game Players Now Fully Participate

ace | PLAY red
250 Tier Credits
4X Points
Eligible for Dividend
25% off the Buffet
10% off owned restaurants

ace | PLAY green
100 Tier Credits
3X Points
Eligible for Dividend
25% off the Buffet
10% off owned restaurants

ace | PLAY orange – NEW LEVEL
10 Tier Credits
2X Points
25% off the Buffet
10% off owned restaurants

ace | PLAY blue
1X Points
10% off the Buffet
10% off owned restaurants

Twitter:  @LVStratosphere, @AZCharlies, @AquariusCasino, #acePLAY

About American Casino & Entertainment Properties:  American Casino & Entertainment Properties (ACEP) owns and operates four gaming and entertainment properties in Clark County, Nevada: Stratosphere Hotel Casino & Tower, is a destination resort featuring one of the most recognizable landmarks on the Las Vegas Strip; Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, two off-Strip casinos, primarily serve residents of Las Vegas; and The Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada, catering to Laughlin visitors and residents. The four properties target middle-market customers interested in value in their gaming, lodging, dining and entertainment experiences.

Winder Farms & Mac King Delivering Magic in Las Vegas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winder Farms & Mac King “Delivering Magic” in Las Vegas

Winder Farms Partners with Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour
to Provide Books and Money for Local Schools

 

Winder Farms, Las Vegas’ “Farmers Market on Wheels,” is partnering with Comedy-Magician Mac King and Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour to provide local public elementary schools with much needed funds and books. The “Delivering Magic” Book Drive will collect new or gently used books for local elementary schools for Clark County READS, an initiative of The Public Education Foundation.   Additionally, book donors will have a chance to win free groceries for a year and the opportunity to direct money to the public elementary school of their choice.  The “Delivering Magic” Book Drive will take place Oct. 3 – Oct. 22.
 
“We wanted to find a way to say thank you to the Las Vegas community for welcoming us into their homes for the past five years,” said Mike Dutton, chief executive officer for Winder Farms. “Giving kids a chance early on is so important and by partnering with Mac King’s Magical Literacy Tour and The Public Education Foundation for the ‘Delivering Magic’ Book Drive we hope to give more children the tools they need to achieve success.”
 
“Every child should have the opportunity to discover the magic of reading,” said Mac King, Harrah’s Las Vegas Headliner. “With the help of Winder Farms and the Las Vegas community we will be able to further the goals of the Magical Literacy Tour and provide even more reading opportunities to local school children.”
 
How it Works
It is simple, during the weeks of Oct. 3 – Oct. 22 Winder Farms’ customers just leave the book donations in the coolers on the front porch and the Winder Farms deliveryman will pick them up on the regularly scheduled visit.  As a bonus, for a donation of three new or gently used books each household will receive two free tickets to see The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas (limit two tickets per household).
 
Additionally, for every three books donated, an entry into a Grand Prize drawing will be generated.  Each household can donate as many books as they would like to generate multiple Grand Prize entries.  Three winners will be selected at random on Monday, Oct. 24.
 
“In light of recent budget cuts, allowing those directly affected to determine where the fund are needed most is a great way to empower the community,” Dutton added.
 
Grand Prize
·     Free Winder Farms groceries for one year (up to $25 per week)
·     $2,000 donated to public elementary school of their choice

Second Place
·     Free Winder Farms groceries for six months (up to $25 per week)
·     $1,000 donated to public elementary school of their choice

Third Place
·     Free Winder Farms groceries for three months (up to $25 per week)
·     $500 donated to public elementary school of their choice

Not a Winder Farms customer? Not a problem. Either sign up to become a new customer by logging on to www.winderfarms.com <http://www.winderfarms.com> or stop by any of the events listed below to make your donation and enter into the contest. Winder Farms Sales Reps will collect children’s books at the event locations and times as follows:
 
Garden Park Farmers Market
Address:
10401 Gardens Park Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(Near Town Center and Desert Inn)
Schedule:
·     Tuesday, October 4, 2011 (4 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
·     Tuesday, October 11, 2011 (4 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
·     Tuesday, October 18, 2011 (4 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
 
Henderson Pavilion Farmers Market
Address:
200 S Green Valley Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89012
(Near Green Valley Parkway and Paseo Verde)
Schedule:
·     Friday, October 7, 2011 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
·     Friday, October 14, 2011 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
·     Friday, October 21, 2011 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Assembly at the Grand Prize Winning School
Mac King and Winder Farms will visit the grand prize winning school to present the check during a special assembly that will also include a performance from Mac King and food and drinks catered by Winder Farms.
 
About Winder Farms
Winder Farms
delivers more than 175,000 farm-fresh products to its homes in Utah and Las Vegas every week.  As a “farmers market on wheels” product choices includes all natural dairy items, fruits and vegetables, salads, meats, freshly made pasta, dinner entrees and much more.  It is easy to get started — customers simply place a standard order for delivery each week, and can make changes online by 8 p.m. the night before the scheduled delivery date.  The items are then delivered in a cooler outside the customers’ home before 8 a.m. Learn more by visiting winderfarms.com

Customers can order by calling 1-800 winder1 (946-3371) or log on to winderfarms.com.  

About Mac King
Now in his 12th year of headlining afternoons at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Mac King has been consistently lauded throughout his impressive run, including recently being named “Best Strip headliner” in the Las Vegas Weekly’s 2011 annual Vegas’ best awards. Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” readers’ poll named his show the “Best Bargain Show” for eight straight years (2003-2011) and deemed him “Favorite Male Las Vegan” in 2008. King has also been honored as Magic Magazine’s “Funniest Act in Magic,” the World Magic Awards’ “Best Comedy Magician” and the Magic Castle’s “Magician of the Year.”
 
Sought after worldwide, King has made television appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and all five of NBC’s “The World’s Greatest Magic” TV specials. King has also made several appearances at the “Just For Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal, and was a featured performer in the “Masters of Magic” series at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada.
 
King, one of today’s brightest and most talented magicians, takes the stage twice daily, Tuesday through Saturday, at Harrah’s Las Vegas at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Showroom Theatre.  Tickets are $29.95 plus tax. Additional information on The Mac King Comedy Magic Show can be found by visiting www.mackingshow.com <http://www.mackingshow.com> .
 
Friend Mac King on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mackingshow <http://www.facebook.com/mackingshow>
Follow Mac King Show on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mackingshow <http://twitter.com/mackingshow>  (@mackingshow)
 
About Clark County READS
Clark County READS is the literacy initiative of The Public Education Foundation, in partnership with Clark County and the Clark County School District.  Clark County READS was launched in 2001 to improve student achievement by recruiting volunteer reading partners and providing books to schools and their students.  Clark County READS’ programs include Reading Is Fundamental, Reach Out and Read, Reading Partner Program, Library Enhancement, Book Re-Use and Reading Buddy Book Club. For more information about Clark County READS, call 799-KIDS (5437).

About The Public Education Foundation
The Public Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing community and global resources to meet the challenges of educating a growing and diverse Southern Nevada population.  The Foundation’s programs and initiatives are designed to improve student performance and advance quality educational opportunities for all children. Since 1991, the Foundation has raised more than $75 million to improve teaching and learning in Southern Nevada’s public schools. For more information about the Foundation, go to www.thepef.org <http://www.thepef.org> .