Las Vegas Academy Students Create Marquee Motion Graphics for Stratosphere Casino

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Las Vegas Academy Students Design First New Year Motion Graphics for Stratosphere Marquee

 

Las Vegas Academy (LVA) graphic design students are helping spread New Year’s greetings along the Las Vegas Strip.

Special motion graphics created by three LVA students was recently selected as the winner in a design competition and will be displayed on the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower’s marquee on New Year’s Eve just as fireworks launch off the Tower to welcome in the new year. This is the first time animation composed by local students has ever appeared on the Stratosphere’s marquee.

This is the third design project created specifically for the Stratosphere by LVA students. The projects give students “real world” experience in submitting designs, meeting with clients and presenting their final project. All student teams were a combination of second and third year design students. Many of them plan to pursue a graphic design career.

The winning animation was created by Morgan Black, Lasca Stafford and Tara Tran. The Stratosphere presented each of the three winners with a one year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. The winners and all those who submitted a design also received a Tower Pass good at the Stratosphere, tickets for Big Shot, X Scream and Insanity, the world’s highest thrill rides and a buffet for two. (Photo: http://cl.ly/image/0n1Y1z0x280T)

The public can view the winning motion graphics at Midnight on New Year’s Eve on the Stratosphere’s marquee during the fireworks. On New Year’s Day, the winning motion graphics, along with all the motion graphics submitted in the contest, will also be played throughout the day.

“The students would never have gained such great accomplishments if the assignment for motion graphics was only for class,” said Ashley Stroud, Graphic Design teacher at LVA. “They are really proud and excited that everyone’s video will be played on New Year’s Day.”

“It’s every artist’s dream to have their work displayed publicly. In this case, it’ll be seen by thousands on the Las Vegas Strip’s most iconic property and on one of the busiest nights of the year,” said Paul Hobson, Vice President, General Manager Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower.

Left to Right: Paul Hobson, Vice President, General Manager Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Morgan Black, Lasca Stafford and Taran Tran. Photo credit: Tonya Harvey
Left to Right: Paul Hobson, Vice President, General Manager Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower, Morgan Black, Lasca Stafford and Taran Tran. Photo credit: Tonya Harvey
Top Row L to R: Lasca Stafford, Ayana Hyberger, Morgan Black, Mia LaCascia, Tara Tran, Samantha Meredith, Miranda Melton, Leanna Loza, Aarti Shaw, Ivana Saginova, Milaci Ray, Ashley Stroud (advisor), Cho Yi Bottom Row:  Rochelle Skodi, Reina Dalton, Sage Hale-Osborn, Diego Velasquez Gomez, Jordan Koteras, Carter Agassi, Dylan Garcia. Photo Credit: Tonya Harvey
Top Row L to R: Lasca Stafford, Ayana Hyberger, Morgan Black, Mia LaCascia, Tara Tran, Samantha Meredith, Miranda Melton, Leanna Loza, Aarti Shaw, Ivana Saginova, Milaci Ray, Ashley Stroud (advisor), Cho Yi
Bottom Row: Rochelle Skodi, Reina Dalton, Sage Hale-Osborn, Diego Velasquez Gomez, Jordan Koteras, Carter Agassi, Dylan Garcia. Photo Credit: Tonya Harvey

 

About Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower: Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is a Las Vegas Strip resort with an 80,000-square-foot casino. The 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, featuring the Top of the World restaurant and highest view of the Las Vegas Strip from the Observation Deck as well as SkyJump Las Vegas and thrill rides Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity. Known as a great value to gamblers, Stratosphere is located close to the Convention Center at the gateway to downtown Las Vegas. It features 2,427 guest rooms and suites, uniquely themed restaurants, the Tower shops, a production show, PIN UP™ featuring Claire Sinclair. Additionally, Stratosphere’s ace | PLAY™ program allows players to enjoy awards, comps and exclusives based on their loyalty to American Casino & Entertainment’s four properties: Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower on the Las Vegas Strip, Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada, and two Arizona Charlie’s locations in Las Vegas. For more information, visit StratosphereHotel.com, call 702-380-7777 or 800-99-TOWER (998-6937).

Ice Cream for a Cause at AFAN’s Pig Out Event

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Enjoy Ice Cream for a Cause at AFAN’s “Every Piggy Counts” Pig Out Event at Ben & Jerry’s on Sept. 13


WHAT:
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) “Every Piggy Counts” Pig Out Event

WHERE:
Ben & Jerry’s
The District at Green Valley Ranch
2225 Village Walk Drive
Henderson, NV 89052

WHEN:
Saturday, Sept. 13
12-3 p.m.

DETAILS:
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) will host the third “Every Piggy Counts” Pig Out event of the year on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ben & Jerry’s in The District at Green Valley Ranch. Participants will receive a free topping on their ice cream.

The community is invited to adopt a ceramic piggy bank and fatten them up throughout the year to benefit AFAN. Piggy owners empty their pigs at quarterly “Pig Out” events and receive prizes, leading up to the final Pig Out on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

Each piggy comes with a paint pen and can be decorated, painted or bedazzled to fit in at home or at the office. People also have the option to adopt piggys already designed by select art students from Las Vegas Academy. Baby piggy banks are available for children as a fun way to teach about fundraising.

Pigs are always available for adoption at the AFAN offices at 1120 Almond Tree Lane.

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About AFAN

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. This year marks AFAN’s 30th anniversary of unyielding commitment to the community, providing support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. AFAN offers consistent and comprehensive direct client service programs, including medical case management, housing and utility assistance, emergency food and transportation vouchers, prevention and education programs and community outreach. As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visitafanlv.org. Keep up with AFAN events and news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Bring Home the Bacon at AFAN’s First “Every Piggy Counts” Pig Out Event

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Bring Home the Bacon at AFAN’s First “Every Piggy Counts” Pig Out Event of the Year

 

What:            
Every Piggy Counts” Pig Out Event

When:            
Saturday, March 8
8 a.m.-1 p.m. (during Farmers Market)

Where:           
Tivoli Village
440 S. Rampart Blvd.

Details:
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) will host the first “Every Piggy Counts” Pig Out event of the year on Saturday, March 8 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. during the Farmers Market at Tivoli Village.

The community is invited to adopt a ceramic piggy bank and fatten them up throughout the year to benefit AFAN. Piggy owners empty their pigs at quarterly “Pig Out” events and receive prizes, leading up to the final Pig Out on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.

Each piggy comes with a paint pen and can be decorated, painted or bedazzled to fit in at home or at the office. People also have the option to adopt piggys already designed by select art students from Las Vegas Academy. Baby piggy banks are available for children as a fun way to teach about fundraising.

Pigs are always available for adoption at the AFAN offices at 1120 Almond Tree Lane.

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About AFAN
Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) was founded in 1984 and is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. 2014 marks AFAN’s 30th anniversary of practicing its unyielding commitment to the community by providing unparalleled health expertise, support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada. Over the years, AFAN has created various programs that offer consistent and comprehensive assistance including direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach.  As part of AFAN’s mission, these client service programs assist in enhancing the physical health and psychosocial wellness of the individuals they serve, while promoting dignity and improving the quality of their lives. For more information, please visit afanlv.org. Keep up with AFAN events and news on Facebook and Twitter.

RUDY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES MASTER OF THE HOUSE PARTICIPANTS

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RUDY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES MASTER OF THE HOUSE PARTICIPANTS
Top performing arts programs across the Las Vegas Valley to compete in showcase
of ensemble musical theater talent for the chance to win scholarship prizes

The Rudy Foundation is proud to announce the participation of the Las Vegas Valley’s top performing arts programs in its first ever Master of the House competition. Kicking off its inaugural year, the event brings together the most talented youth in the “entertainment capital of the world” for a performance showcase, in which musical theater groups will compete for scholarship funds to support their programs and the chance to have football legend Rudy Ruettiger speak at their school.

Hosted by Maggie Wheeler, best known for her role as “Janice” on the #1 hit television series, Friends, the Saturday, April 6th competition will also allow students to participate in a master class workshop with their celebrity emcee, Sunday, April 7th.

“We are so thrilled to have so many phenomenal theater programs participating in our first ever Master of the House competition,” said Cheryl Ruettiger, founder and executive director of the Rudy Foundation. “The competing schools are the perfect reflection of why Las Vegas is called the ‘entertainment capital of the world.’ Las Vegas youth have an infinite amount of talent and this event is the perfect showcase of just how extraordinary they are.”

Confirmed musical theater programs include, Las Vegas Academy, Coronado High School, Sign Design Theatre Company, Broadway Bound, and the proud host school Faith Lutheran Middle School and High School.

Master of the House is part of the Rudy Foundation’s 2013 performing arts initiative, designed to provide support, awareness and funding for various youth performing arts programs throughout Las Vegas.

“My ultimate goal for this year’s performing arts initiative is to raise the funds and awareness to establish a true community center for performing arts in Las Vegas, where local theater groups can rent space for a reasonable fee and communities and families can attend affordably and experience life changing and inspiring productions,” said Ruettiger.

To help support its 2013 performing arts initiative, the Rudy Foundation has also announced the upcoming production, L.O.V.E. – A Cabaret, an afternoon of music by Las Vegas community performers that takes audiences on a journey through relationships. L.O.V.E. – A Cabaret will perform Sunday, March 24 at 4 p.m. at the Summerlin Library Theatre. All proceeds will benefit the Rudy Foundation. For tickets, visit www.showtix4u.com.

Founded in 1997, the Rudy Foundation is committed to supporting youth in performing arts, sports and education. True to its mission of encouraging individuals aspiring to fulfill their dreams, the Rudy Foundation sponsors dance events, 5k races, soccer competitions, spelling bees and countless other scholarship opportunities. For more information about Master of the House and to purchase tickets, visit www.masterofthehouseshowcase.com. For more information about the Rudy Foundation, including a schedule of upcoming events, visit www.Facebook.com/RudyFoundation.

 

About the Rudy Foundation
The Rudy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the support and recognition of those who aspire to fulfill their dreams through character, courage, contribution and commitment. For more information, visit www.rudyinternational.com.

El Cortez Hotel & Casino and Moonridge Group Renew Downtown Cares Efforts with Volunteer Project at Las Vegas Academy

El Cortez Hotel & Casino and Moonridge Group Renew Downtown Cares Efforts with Volunteer Project at Las Vegas Academy

What:  El Cortez Hotel & Casino and Moonridge Group continue the Downtown Cares program with a day of service and volunteerism renovating Las Vegas’ first high school, Las Vegas Academy.

When:
Saturday, July 14
7 a.m.

Where:
Las Vegas Academy
315 S. Seventh Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Details: Volunteers will help renovate the historic Las Vegas Academy by cleaning, painting and gardening in the school’s courtyard as well as installing a piece of public art created by Miguel Rodriguez.

The Las Vegas Academy renovations will be the second project for Downtown Cares, a grassroots effort to uplift historic downtown Las Vegas by organizing area residents, businesses and visitors for neighborhood service days. The event is sponsored by Zappos.com, Repurpose America, Downtown Las Vegas Alliance and the City of Las Vegas, and project organizers are currently collecting donations and gathering volunteers. For information on how to donate or register to become a volunteer, please visit Downtown Cares’ Facebook page or contact the Moonridge Group at connect@moonridgegroup.com or 702-580-6614.