Mondays Dark Turns Five! Dec. 17 Party Celebrates 2018 Charities, Announces 2019 Charities — MD will raise $1 Million in 2019 for Nonprofits


Mondays Dark Turns Five!
December 17
Party celebrates 2018 beneficiaries, announces 2019 charities
 Mondays Dark to hit $1 million raised for charity next year


It’s time for cheers, charity and fun for the fifth anniversary celebration of Mondays Dark, the twice-monthly celebrity-driven variety show benefitting local nonprofit organizations. With 42 charities under one roof, the anniversary party has become one of the largest philanthropic events of the year. It happens Monday, Dec. 17 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.


Guests will enjoy a stellar night with some of Las Vegas’ top entertainers who will be announced in the coming weeks. Festivities also will include a live and silent auction with art, show and concert tickets, dining packages, spa treatments, jewelry and other great prizes, and the reveal of the 21 Mondays Dark beneficiaries for 2019.


“I can’t believe Mondays Dark is five years old. I love our year-end celebration which brings all of our partners together as well as our new ones for next year ‒ 42 local groups celebrating each other under one roof.  It’s a cool party,” said Mark Shunock, entertainer and philanthropist who founded Mondays Dark. “In 2019, we’ll hit the $1 million mark in funds raised, and this is something our team is extremely proud of.”


The Mondays Dark 2018 lineup included: WHY Ranch/White Horse Youth Ranch Foundation, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Miracle Flights, Baby’s Bounty, Tyler Robinson Foundation, HELP of Southern Nevada, New Vista, Positively Arts Foundation, Speedway Children’s Charities, Forgotten Not Gone, Cure 4 the Kids Foundation, Sin City Sisters of the Perpetual Indulgence, Leaders in Training, Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada,  Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter, Officer Down, Adam’s Place, Yellow Pants Project, Children’s Heart Foundation, and Las Vegas Firefighter Youth Hockey.


Doors for the Mondays Dark fifth anniversary party open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $30 and $40 per person. There are also seven VIP Box Suites available at $1,500 for 12 people including food and cocktails. The Hard Rock is located at 4455 Paradise Rd. Tickets are available at


Shunock developed the idea to give back to the community and support local charities with Mondays Dark in 2013 when he was starring in the hit Broadway musical, “Rock of Ages.” He enlisted some of his entertainment friends to help, and Mondays Dark was born. The popularity and reach of the fundraisers has continued to grow with charities and performers eager to be involved. By year’s end, 80 nonprofits will have been helped.


Mondays Dark was named “Best of the City” from Vegas Seven in 2014 and “Best of Vegas” from Las Vegas Weekly the following year. In addition, Shunock received the 2014 Angel Award for Cultural Advocate/Entertainer of the Year and was named Best Philanthropist from “Best of Las Vegas” and the Las Vegas Review Journal and the Impact Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Las Vegas Chapter for Mondays Dark.


About Mondays Dark and The Space
Mondays Dark was founded in November 2013 by entertainer and philanthropist Mark Shunock, who currently can be seen as the emcee for “Magic Mike Live” and the in-arena host for the Vegas Golden Knights. He wanted to provide the community with a sizzling mix of entertainment, music and comedy while supporting the many charities in Southern Nevada. To date, the 501(c)3 organization has raised more than $800,000 for local nonprofits, one event at a time, one ticket at a time. With the opening of The Space arts complex in 2016 by Shunock, Mondays Dark found a permanent home and opened the door to a wide variety of additional community outreach to Las Vegas – from local productions to children’s workshops, from targeted fundraisers to Mondays Dark events, and from fashion shows to weddings. Quickly earning a reputation for hip and intimate experiences, The Space features a 3,000-square-foot raw performance space, black box theater, two rehearsal studios, podcast/recording studio, and a vintage piano bar and lounge. It is located at 3460 Cavaretta Court off of Polaris Ave. just north of Harmon Ave. For additional information on Mondays Dark, including updates on The Space, programming and charitable events, visit or or connect via Instagram @MondaysDark, Twitter @Mondays_Dark or Facebook at

Volunteer Registration Now Open for United Way of Southern Nevada’s Day of Caring on September 29


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 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

Boyd Gaming announces ‘Trees of Hope’ winners

Boyd Gaming announces ‘Trees of Hope’ winners

$30,000 in prize money awarded to local non-profit organizations


Boyd Gaming today announced the winners of the 2016 “Trees of Hope” decorating contest. Thirty nonprofits across Southern Nevada participated in the competition at The Orleans, Gold Coast, Sam’s Town, Suncoast, California and Aliante. 


From Nov. 29 through Dec. 18, nearly 22,000 votes were cast by Boyd Gaming customers at the six participating properties in Las Vegas. The top vote-getters at each property will receive a cash prize of $2,000; second place, $1,500; third place, $1,000; and the remaining participants will each receive a prize of $375. The trees will remain on display until Dec. 28. 


Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa

1. USO Las Vegas
2. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada
3. Three Square Food Bank

Honorary Mentions: American Heart Association, Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada


California Hotel and Casino

1. Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation
2. 9th Island Cultural Club of Las Vegas
3. Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club

Honorary Mentions: FIRST Nevada, First Friday Foundation


Gold Coast Hotel and Casino

1. A Home 4 Spot
2. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
3. HELP of Southern Nevada

Honorary Mentions: Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Boy Scouts of America – Las Vegas Area Council


The Orleans Hotel and Casino

1. The Animal Foundation
2. Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
3. Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas

Honorary Mentions: Big Brothers Big Sisters, March of Dimes


Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall

1. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas
2. Cure 4 The Kids Foundation
3. The Shade Tree

Honorary Mentions: Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada, HopeLink of Southern Nevada


Suncoast Hotel and Casino

1. American Cancer Society
2. Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Nevada
3. Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation

Honorary Mentions: Opportunity Village, Olive Crest


To learn more about Boyd Gaming’s commitment to its communities, visit:




About Boyd Gaming

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 24 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at

Lev Restaurant Group Brands Support Down Syndrome Awareness Month



Lev Restaurant Group Brands Supporting
Down Syndrome Awareness Month

During the month of October, the Lev Restaurant Group will help raise funds and awareness for programs assisting those with Down syndrome, the most common genetic condition in the United States, affecting one in every 691 babies born in the U.S. each year.

The locally owned and operated Lev Restaurant Group will involve several of its restaurant brands by donating a percentage from the sale of specific menu items between Monday, October 6, 2014 and Friday, October 31, 2014 to the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada (DSOSN).

Lev Restaurant Group (LRG) is the exclusive Las Vegas-based developer of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Las Vegas locations. Additionally, LRG owns and operates the proprietary brands that include i♥︎burgers at Town Square and inside the Palazzo, Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar near 215 & Town Center and Lobster ME in the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes and in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops.

The public can support the DSOSN in a number of ways, including:


  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Las Vegas will sell specially branded $25 gift cards, with $5 from each gift card sold going to DSOSN. Additionally, customers who make any donation amount will receive a bright red wristband with the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada and Lev Restaurant logos. 100 percent of the wristband donation will go to the nonprofit.

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  • i♥︎burgers will donate a percentage of net sales from all burger purchases made October 6 – October 31, 2014 to DSOSN.

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  • Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar will donate a percentage of net sales from all entree´ purchases made October 6 – October 31, 2014 to DSOSN.

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  • Lobster ME will donate a percentage of net sales from all lobster roll purchases made October 6 – 31, 2014 to DSOSN.


  • In addition, on Friday, October 10, 2014 at i♥︎burgers Town Square, the 2014 Circle of Friends Annual Giving Campaign Reception will take place 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy music, a raffle and food while supporting the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada.

“Lev Restaurant Group is named for Levin, our founder’s son, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome,” said Marisa Endy-Vanchieri, Director of Marketing and Community Relations. “We’ve always supported groups who work to improve the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and we hope the public will join us in this effort during the month of October.”

The Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada (DSOSN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and recognized as the leading expert and voice in Nevada for all people affected by Down syndrome. In Southern Nevada there are hundreds of people living with this disability who look to the DSOSN for support and advice.

“We all have dreams. Individuals with Down syndrome have the same dreams – they just need a little help,” said Deann Cline, Director of Fund Development at DSOSN. “We appreciate the efforts of philanthropic minded businesses such as Lev Restaurant Group who are working to support our organization and expand the awareness of what those with Down syndrome are capable of adding to our communities.”



About Lev Restaurant Group

Lev Restaurant Group was founded in 2002 and oversees the operations and development of food and beverage concepts primarily in the fast casual space.  The company owns and operates several original concept brands including, Lobster ME, i♥burgers, and the Daily Kitchen & Wellness Bar.   Lev is also the exclusive area developer for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® in Southern Nevada and Jamba Juice® in Las Vegas and specific markets in Southern California. Lev currently operates approximately 40 units in Nevada and California and will soon be expanding its operations nationwide.  Lev is committed to various local and national charities with a focus on helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.