Over 6,500 Participants Attend 15th Annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVER 6,500 PARTICPANTS ATTEND THE 15th ANNUAL
LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN, DEC. 7
Sea of Santas flood Fremont Street to participate in OV’s largest single-day fundraiser

Santas gather on Fremont Street to take part in the 15th Anniversary Las Vegas Great Santa Run.
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On Saturday, December 7, Opportunity Village hosted the 15TH annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run in Downtown Las Vegas and were able to gather 6,644 Santa participants from across the world, including 6 countries and 43 states.

 

All proceeds from the Las Vegas Great Santa Run will go towards the programs and services for adults with disabilities at Opportunity Village.

 

The race, presented by Circle K, kicked off at the Fremont Street Experience and featured numerous special guests, including 5K Grand Marshal A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, 1-mile Marshals The Chippendales, Santa Claus, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, former Mayor Oscar Goodman, and the organization’s all-Elvis dance troupe – The OV Elvi.

 

“For 15 years, we’ve been honored to host the Great Santa Run in wonderful Downtown Las Vegas in support of adults with disabilities,” said Adam K. Joseph, Vice President of Philanthropy at Opportunity Village. “This truly could not be done without the Southern Nevada community. From our vendors to volunteers to long-time partners, we’re absolutely thrilled with the support and outcome.”

 

Additional pre-race entertainment was provided by Gabriella Versace of SEXXY: The Show, Zumba by Kat and Jjohn, a Fit4Mom workout to the late George Dare’s “Run Santa Run”, DJ Mikey P, DJ Jesse Estrada, and mascots from the Vegas Golden Nights, Las Vegas Aces and Las Vegas Aviators. The starting line stage and after-party entertainment stage were hosted by Mark Shunock of Monday’s Dark and featured an impressive line-up of entertainment including Empire Records, WOW! The Vegas Spectacular, Celestia, Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel in Concert, and Kung Pow (DJ).

 

All Las Vegas Great Santa Run participants received a five-piece Santa suit with their registration and a commemorative medal upon completion. Another highlight of the event was Mena Hawkins, an inspirational young woman with cerebral palsy, not only crossing the finish line, but also raising over $7,200 for Opportunity Village in her fundraising efforts.

 

More information on Mena Hawkins can be found HERE.

Grand Marshal, A’ja Wilson, of the Las Vegas Aces, joined here by mascot Buckets.
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The procession to the starting line led by Grand Marshal A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces.
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Participants from Team Hoyt are the first group across the starting line. Photo Credit: LaLa Photography
Participants from Team Hoyt are the first group across the starting line.
Photo Credit: LaLa Photography

About Opportunity Village

Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

 

Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than six decades later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.

Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves nearly 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.

Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2016.  They are hardworking and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.

Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers more than $37 million annually.

 

 

Mayor Goodman and Husband Oscar Goodman Get Cozy Inside The Hangover Bar at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

 

MAYOR CAROLYN GOODMAN AND HUSBAND OSCAR GOODMAN GET COZY INSIDE THE HANGOVER BAR AT MADAME TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS

 Love is in the air at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas! Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her husband, former Mayor Oscar Goodman were spotted sharing a sweet moment inside The Hangover Bar at Madame Tussauds. Sipping their signature cocktails (Carolyn enjoying a cosmopolitan and Oscar a gin martini with whole jalapeno), Mayor Goodman was showered with chocolates and flowers from her loving husband… because, well that’s what husbands do.

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The Goodman’s took time out of their equally busy schedules to stop by The Hangover Bar for cocktails and to experience the world-famous attraction who is celebrating their 20th anniversary – and also just debuted their all-new ‘90s pop-up experience – where Mayor Goodman snapped a photo with her husband’s likeness inside the Viva Las Vegas room.

The Hangover Bar is the latest addition to The Hangover Experience, which currently features the notorious hotel suite and wedding chapel, as well as figures of Alan (portrayed by Zach Galifianakis), Phil (portrayed by Bradley Cooper), and Mike Tyson. Set among industrial design elements that invoke the roof of Caesars Palace, where the scene takes place, The Hangover Bar features specialty drinks inspired by the iconic film including the Wolf Pack, Buttery Nipple, Royal Flush, and the 3 Leg Monkey, among others.

 

ABOUT MADAME TUSSAUDS:
Welcoming a fabulous 10 million guests through our world-famous doors every year, Madame Tussauds gives you the chance to experience the ULTIMATE fame experience.

We have over 23 unique locations around the globe, from New York to Shanghai, Amsterdam to Sydney – and of course London, where the story began. Throughout our 250+ year history, Madame Tussauds has brought to life thousands of celebs, stars and heroes – in mind-blowingly accurate detail – giving visitors the opportunity to brush shoulders with their idols and LITERALLY reach for the stars!

Truly immerse yourself in our famous worlds and get a taste of the life of the rich and famous, as in 2018, the opportunity to become the star continues! Through a combination of our historic artistic methods (that date back centuries, by the way!), immersive sets and pioneering modern tech – guests can experience fame and get closer to the action like never before…

Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is located inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. For more information, visit the website at madametussauds.com/lasvegas/, on Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram.

Welcome to the Stage.
Welcome to the Spotlight.
Welcome to Madame Tussauds – it’s where stars are made!

Opportunity Village Kicks Off Early Bird Registration for Las Vegas Great Santa Run, June 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE KICKS OFF EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR LAS VEGAS GREAT SANTA RUN, JUNE 21

 

51s, Hey Reb!, and Lights Mascots will be joined by Mayor Carolyn Goodman, FIT4MOM and more to launch early-bird sign-ups for 14th annual Las Vegas Great Santa Run

 

It might be the first day of summer, but Las Vegas has Santa on the brain. Las Vegas Great Santa Run – the most wonderful fun run of the year – will kick off early registration during its highly anticipated official launch event on Thursday, June 21.  Hosted by beloved Las Vegas nonprofit Opportunity Village in Downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run Registration Launch will celebrate with a parade, special guests and more.

 

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., the parade will stretch from Las Vegas Boulevard to the Main Street Stage on Fremont Street Experience. Zappos llamas decked in reindeer ears will lead the procession, followed by summertime Santa himself and Las Vegas’ well-known sporting mascots from the Las Vegas 51s, UNLV and Las Vegas Lights FC.  Shortly after the parade, FIT4MOM – the nation’s leading prenatal and postnatal fitness program for mothers – will take over the Main Street Stage to engage attendees and passersby in an energetic exercise program. Also taking the stage with be Legends in Concert’s young Michael Jackson (Nathaniel Cullors) to help get you in the holiday spirit.

 

Joined by The Chippendales, Mayor Carolyn Goodman will make a special appearance to present the World Santa Alliance trophy to Opportunity Village. The award celebrates Las Vegas Great Santa Run as the world’s largest Santa fun run in 2017, beating its biggest rival in Liverpool.

 

This year, Circle K has continued the tradition of serving as the presenting sponsor of Opportunity Village’s Great Santa Run. Additionally, as the Official Host Hotel for this year’s event, packet pickup will take place at Plaza Hotel & Casino. The Plaza also will offer free parking to all registrants on race day this December.

 

”The Plaza is committed to supporting events and causes that make positive contributions to downtown and the greater Las Vegas community,” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of Plaza Hotel & Casino. “The Great Santa Run is a longstanding, successful event that brings thousands of people to downtown while supporting the great work Opportunity Village does in the Las Vegas Valley. We are proud to be an event sponsor and look forward to welcoming all of the Santas to downtown and the Plaza.”

 

All prospective runners are invited to join the celebration to receive a limited-time $20 registration. The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is one of Opportunity Village’s largest annual fundraisers and helps the not-for-profit enhance the lives of more than 2,000 Southern Nevadans with intellectual and related disabilities. Last December, Grand Marshal Holly Madison and Honorary Chairman Wayne Newton attended to cheer on Santa-clad participants. For more information, visit www.LVSantaRun.com.

About Opportunity Village

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States. As Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting. Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2016.  They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives. Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers more than $37 million annually.

 

Catholic Charities and Mayor Goodman Join Forces to Raise Awareness for Meals on Wheels

 

Catholic Charities and Mayor Goodman Join Forces to Raise Awareness for Meals on Wheels
More than 2,100 Local Seniors Rely on Meals on Wheels

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada  (CCSN) announced today that it will be participating in the 16th annual March for Meals – a month-long, community-by-community celebration of Meal on Wheels and the vulnerable Nevada seniors who rely on the vital service to remain independent at home. CCSN’s celebration will take place on Thursday, March 8, at 1 p.m., as City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will deliver a week’s worth of meals to a Meals on Wheels client.

”Meals on Wheels services are essential, and the need in Las Vegas and North las Vegas is critical and rapidly increasing,” said CCSN President & CEO Deacon Tom Roberts. “We thank Mayor Goodman for her support as we work to keep seniors living independently, healthier at home and feeling more connected to their community as they age.”

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has administered Las Vegas and North Las Vegas’ Meals on Wheels programs since 1975.

Local Facts About Meals on Wheels

  • CCSN received a $2.3M grant from the Aging and Disability Services Division (ASDS) to serve the existing 2,000 recipients. As a result of the grant, 126 seniors will be removed from the waiting list and added to the daily routes. CCSN also received a $500,000 ADSD grant to replace trucks and kitchen equipment.
  • Meals on Wheels trucks travel more than 84,000 miles annually throughout Las Vegas and North Las Vegas
  • CCSN has seven trucks and 35 delivery routes, serving  2,126 clients
  • Cost per meal operation, based on 2,126 clients, is $5.60 per meal, and includes: food, preparation, delivery, and case management
  • Roughly 600 clients on the Las Vegas/North Las Vegas delivery routes have a pet companion, and Meals on Wheels relies on donated pet food to be able to deliver this resource to clients

About Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Since 1941, the mission of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada has been to serve those in need — the most vulnerable regardless of race, religion or creed.  This leading community resource offers help and hope with dignity as it strives to meet the diverse needs of men, women and children in Southern Nevada.  Through the generosity of foundations, grants, organizations and individual donors, Catholic Charities operates 18 programs providing support to more than 5,000 people daily and encompassing five core areas: Family Services, Food Services, Senior Services, Immigration and Refugee Services and Homeless and Housing Services. Catholic Charities also operates the largest Meals on Wheels program and Emergency Shelter Services in Southern Nevada. For additional information, please visit CatholicCharities.com.

About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.

The Smith Center Hosts Celebration of Any Given Child’s Fifth Anniversary, Oct. 4

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The Smith Center Hosts Celebration of Any Given Child’s Fifth Anniversary

Elaine Wynn, Mayor Carolyn Goodman among attendees recognizing program for arts in education


To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child Southern Nevada, The Smith Center hosted an event yesterday, Oct. 4 that recognized all parties involved with successfully launching the national program at a local level. Provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Any Given Child assists communities in creating strategic plans to ensure access and equity to quality arts education for local students.

 

Event attendees included Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Elaine Wynn, Clark County School District (CCSD) Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, and Mario Rossero, Senior Vice President of Education at the Kennedy Center. Representatives were also present from the many organizations on the Community Arts Team that helped launch the Southern Nevada program.

 

“The Kennedy Center created something really special that we get to be a part of,” said Smith Center CEO and President, Myron Martin. “Las Vegas was an early city to take this on, so we’re proud of that.”

 

In Dec. 2010, Las Vegas became the fourth city nationwide to participate in Any Given Child. To roll out this initiative, the Community Arts Team comprised of local arts and education-related organizations collected a year of data and formed a corresponding strategy.

 

The program has since expanded to 23 cities, Rossero said, but Las Vegas remains the largest Any Given Child program in the U.S. Rossero lauded the efforts of Candy Schneider, President of Education and Outreach at The Smith Center, as well as the Community Arts Team in making the program successful.

 

“This is a big deal,” said Rossero. “This fifth anniversary really means a lot and you’ve accomplished a lot.”

 

In the 2011-12 fiscal year, the Southern Nevada program kicked off with 26 pilot CCSD schools and approximately 18,000 students being served with arts resources, as well as 85 teachers participating in arts-integrated professional development workshops. By the 2015-16 fiscal year, this had expanded to approximately 143,000 students from 356 CCSD, charter and private schools being served with arts resources, and 884 teachers participating in professional development workshops.

 

The arts resources schools have enjoyed include: field trips to venues throughout the community, artist residencies and in-school performances, and professional development for teachers to integrate the arts into math, science, language arts and social studies. Community organizations have provided all of these resources free of charge.

 

Speaking in her role as president of the Nevada State Board of Education, Wynn praised the success of the program and how it plants seeds of inspiration among local children.

 

“Maybe (Southern Nevada Any Given Child) will serve as a blueprint for other places as it continues to unfold,” said Wynn.

 

Recalling how much he was impacted by seeing theatrical productions as a child, Skorkowsky said the program has helped develop CCSD into a leader in fine arts education.

 

“We have to build that passion in our children and expose them to those opportunities,” said Skorkowsky.

 

Mayor Goodman lauded how organizations across the community have come together to bring the arts to local students of many age groups.

 

“I can assure you the city is fully supportive of and behind the arts,” she said. “Especially this program.”

 

Organizations on the Community Arts Team behind the program include: After-School All Stars, CCSD, the city of Henderson, the Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, Clark County Parks and Recreation, Discovery Children’s Museum, Las Vegas Arts Commission, Las Vegas Youth Orchestras, Metro Arts Council of Southern Nevada, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Nevada School of the Arts, The Public Education Foundation, The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, West Las Vegas Arts Center, The Smith Center, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, The Kennedy Center, the Nevada Arts Council and principal leadership from CVT Gilbert and Frank Lamping elementary schools.

 

Thelma Davis, principal of Robert Lunt Elementary School in Las Vegas, said Any Given Child has provided students at her school with access to the arts they wouldn’t otherwise have. Teachers have also informed her that they have completely changed their teaching styles as a result of professional development to integrate the arts across curriculum areas.

 

“Without the Southern Nevada Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child initiative, this opportunity (for arts integration) would be just out of reach,” said Davis.

 

For more information about Any Given Child, visit http://www.thesmithcenter.com/education/ensuring-the-arts-for-any-given-child/.

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ABOUT THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The hallmark of downtown Las Vegas’ 61-acre urban development known as Symphony Park, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public-private partnership that opened in March 2012. Heralded as the city’s Heart of the Arts®, The Smith Center is an architectural triumph and long-awaited cultural achievement that educates and entertains the citizens of Southern Nevada. The $470 million world-class performing arts center offers a blend of performances by resident companies, first-run touring attractions, lectures and internationally-acclaimed performers in music, theater and dance. The five-acre campus features four performance spaces including the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall, the 258-seat Cabaret Jazz club, the 240-seat Troesh Studio Theater and the 1.7-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park for outdoor concerts. Additionally, the campus is home to the Discovery Children’s Museum that opened in March 2013. For more information about The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.TheSmithCenter.com. Keep up with news and events on Facebook and follow The Smith Center on Twitter at @SmithCenterLV.

Photos: Epicurean Charitable Foundation MENUS Raises $400,000 to Benefit Future Leaders of Hospitality

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ECF’s M.E.N.U.S. Benefits Future Leaders of Hospitality

The Epicurean Charitable Foundation (ECF) held its signature annual fundraising event M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring & Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students) last night at Mandalay Bay Beach, raising more than $400,000 to benefit local students pursuing college degrees in the hospitality or culinary arts profession.
More than 26 of the city’s finest restaurants and chefs showcased freshly-prepared bites, complemented by a vast selection of premium beverages and spirits. Guests kicked off their shoes and danced in the surf as rock band the Gin Blossoms serenaded the crowd with hits such as “Hey Jealousy,” “Miss Disarray,” and “Follow You Down.”
Fabulous silent auction packages were up for bid including private dinners with world-class chefs, vacations to Lake Tahoe, Florida, Napa, Hollywood and Dallas, staycations, show tickets and more. Owner of Las Vegas’ first NHL team, Bill Foley, was honored for his contributions to the city and Mayor Carolyn Goodman declared Sept. 16 as “Epicurean Charitable Foundation Day” in Las Vegas in recognition of the foundation’s commitment to the future of the food & beverage industry.
“It’s an honor to be involved in these students’ lives and watch them develop and grow into professional young adults, with the knowledge and experience to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Melissa Arias, ECF’s executive director. “The proceeds from M.E.N.U.S. allow us to continue supporting these students and I’m always inspired by the generosity and compassion of this city.”
Follow ECF’s latest events and updates on Instagram and Twitter at @EpicureanLV or Facebook at facebook.com/epicureanlv, or visit ecflv.org for more information.

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ECF board and students. Credit Cashman Photo

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ECF MENUS. Credit Cashman Photo

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Gin Blossoms perform at ECF MENUS. Credit Cashman Photo

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Pouring cocktails at ECF MENUS. Credit Cashman Photo

About Epicurean Charitable Foundation of Las Vegas
Founded in 2001 and comprised of 25 of Las Vegas’ top food & beverage and hospitality executives, Epicurean Charitable Foundation (ECF) is dedicated to providing scholarships and unique mentorship opportunities to deserving local students passionate about pursuing a career in hospitality or culinary arts. To support the mission, ECF holds a grand annual fundraiser, known as M.E.N.U.S. (Mentoring and Educating Nevada’s Upcoming Students), featuring an exclusive dine-around, live entertainment and elaborate amenities. For more information, call 702.932.5098, visit ecflv.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @EpicureanLV.

Dignitaries, Local Influencers and Celebrities Prepare for the SNAP Experience January 27-31

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Dignitaries, Local Influencers and Celebrities Prepare for the SNAP Experience January 27-31

 

Three Square Food Bank, in partnership with AARP and Weight Watchers, presents the SNAP Experience January 27 through 31, designed to promote advocacy around the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

During the SNAP Experience notable dignitaries, influencers and celebrities will limit their food spending while attempting to eat healthy, balanced diets. Each person will spend no more than $18.55 total for five days – the amount designated to those enrolled in the SNAP program.

The SNAP program provides assistance to people struggling with food insecurity as a result of unemployment, underemployment and poverty. Nevada currently ranks among the lowest states in food assistance participation. More than 250,000 low-income Southern Nevadans rely on SNAP benefits, half of which are children. For those with questions about the SNAP program, benefits and application, Three Square offers assistance through the Three Square Center (702-765-4030).

SNAP Experience participants include CEO of Three Square Food Bank Brian Burton, City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, City of North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, City of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, City of Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler, City of Mesquite Mayor Mark Wier, Rumor Hotel chef Steve Austin, director of business development for Weight Watchers Heather Avila, UFC Hall of Fame fighter Forrest Griffin, KTNV morning and mid-day news anchor Jessica Janner, KKLZ mid-day personality Terrie Springs, and VIEW Neighborhood Newspapers copy editor Lisa Valentine.

Featured participants will post daily blogs about the experience, meal choices, and well-being during the week at www.snapexperiencelv.org.

About Three Square Food Bank
Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 25 million meals – per year to nearly 600 Program Partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit www.facebook.com/ThreeSquareFoodBank and follow them on Instagram (@threesquarelv) as well as Twitter (@threesquarelv).

 

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary With Mayor Goodman

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Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary With Mayor Goodman

 

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas celebrates their 10 year anniversary on January 31 with Mayor Carolyn Goodman. Mayor Goodman will be in attendance to tap the honorary keg, and kick-start the celebration, while presenting the restaurant with a proclamation to commemorate the evening.

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is proud to partner with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts for this special anniversary evening. The culinary visionaries of Le Cordon Bleu have created a custom Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas beer stein cake for display throughout the celebration for guests to enjoy.

In addition to the live entertainment, celebrity sightings and authentic food, the restaurant will also be donating a dollar from every liter (34 oz.) of beer sold throughout the evening to Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s charity, the Miracle League. The Miracle League believes every child deserves a chance to play baseball, and their goal is to offer the program to every city in the country so children, young adults and adults alike with special needs around the globe will have this same opportunity.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 10 years in the most amazing city in the world,” said Stefan Gastager, President of Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas. “We appreciate all of the overwhelming support we have received over the years, and will continue to provide our patrons with the most authentic German experience in Las Vegas for many years to come!”

 

ABOUT HOFBRÄUHAUS LAS VEGAS:
The Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the first German/Bavarian beer hall and restaurant in Las Vegas. This faithful reproduction of the world’s most famous beer hall, the original, centuries-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany, is an authentic and entertaining blend of tradition and fun.

From its hand-painted ceilings and live bands to its imported beer and delicious food, Bavarian hospitality abounds. Guests can savor schnitzels, sausages, sauerbraten, pretzels and much more, all accompanied by great music and the finest Hofbräu beer imported from Munich, Germany. At the Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas, it’s Oktoberfest every day!

For more information, please contact Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas at 702.853.BEER (2337), or visit online at www.hofbrauhauslasvegas.com.

HELP of Southern Nevada 2013 Event Listings

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HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA 2013 EVENT Listings

 

Donate a Dollar at Walgreens
Now through Sept. 30
HELP of Southern Nevada encourages Walgreens shoppers to help make a difference in their community by donating a dollar or more when visiting any of the drugstore’s 62 Las Vegas and Henderson locations. Donations will be collected upon checkout and will go directly to HELP of Southern Nevada.

 

HELP of Southern Nevada Menu at Rí Rá Las Vegas
Now through Sept. 29
Visit Rí Rá Las Vegas (located inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Place) to support HELP of Southern Nevada. Order from a special HELP menu during lunch or dinner and the pub will donate 20 percent of proceeds to the nonprofit.

 

The limited-time menu features a Guinness Beer Cheese and Pretzels appetizer ($9.95), a delicious combination of Guinness, Irish and American cheddars, and Coleman’s mustard, served hot with warm pretzel sticks for dipping. Entrée selections include Guinness BBQ Pork ($19.95) served with loaded mashed potatoes and baked beans; Guinness Brat and Mash ($18.95) alongside sundried tomato mash, beer battered onion rings and a mustard brown gravy; and Guinness Braised Short Ribs ($22.95) complemented with champ and garlic green beans. Diners craving dessert will be delighted by the Guinness Sundae ($6.95), a warm house-baked black and tan brownie with vanilla ice cream, Guinness chocolate sauce, strawberries, walnuts and whipped cream.

 

Timbers 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Oct. 7
Enjoy an afternoon of golf with friends at the beautifully manicured Siena Gold Club (10575 Siena Monte Ave.) while supporting HELP of Southern Nevada and other local charities. Event registration will begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Individual tickets for the tournament are $175 per person or $700 for a group of four. For more information, call Kathleen at 702-896-0093.

 

Tea, Trends & Tranquility
Oct. 30
2:30 p.m.
The annual afternoon of tea, fashion and philanthropy is scheduled for Oct. 30 at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. Join HELP of Southern Nevada as the organization honors Mayor Carolyn Goodman for her support of human services in the Las Vegas community. Tickets are available for $100 per person or $1,000 per table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For tickets and tables, contact Abby Quinn at 702-836-2130.

 

97.1 The Point Turkey-Thon
Nov. 21 to 23
Each Thanksgiving, HELP of Southern Nevada teams up with 97.1 The Point to provide more than 1,200 families with a turkey for dinner. Donations of frozen turkeys and fixings will be accepted from November 21 to 23 at several Albertsons locations to be announced soon. Those wishing to donate money online can do so by visiting helpsonv.org and writing “Thanksgiving” in the subject line on the donation page. A family of four can be fed with just $35.

 

15th Annual 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive
Dec. 5 to 16
Now in its 15th year, Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo will host a toy drive at 6226 W. Sahara Avenue with Chet living on the 30-foot scaffolding throughout the entire drive. After the drive, HELP of Southern Nevada will distribute the toys to more than 3,000 families in need.

 

ONGOING:
$10 on the 10th Donor Program
Become a recurring donor with HELP of Southern Nevada’s $10 on the 10th, a program that encourages Southern Nevada residents to help make a difference in their community by donating $10 on the 10th of every month. Those wishing to sign up can visit www.helpsonv.org and click the “Get Involved” page to scroll down and donate, labeling “$10 on the 10th” in the description.

 

Round It Up At Yard House
Support HELP of Southern Nevada by visiting Yard House at Town Square Las Vegas all year long and participating in Round It Up America®, a program that gives diners around the country the opportunity to make a difference in their communities by donating pocket change to local nonprofits. Each check at Yard House at Town Square Las Vegas contains a line where patrons can donate to HELP of Southern Nevada by simply rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar. While the individual donations may be nominal, their collective sum is powerful in assisting HELP of Southern Nevada serve the community through its various programs.

 

Winder Farms Grocery Home Delivery
When you sign up for Winder Farms Grocery Home Delivery, the grocer will donate $25 to HELP of Southern Nevada and the customer will additionally receive $25 in Winder Farms credit. The sign-up includes a 40 delivery commitment. Those wishing to sign up must enter promo code HELPSN13 on the sign-up screen at www.winderfarms.com or call 1-800-WINDER1.

 

Las Vegas Review-Journal Gives
Donate $10 to HELP of Southern Nevada by signing up for a new, pre-paid subscription for the Las Vegas Review-Journal through the RJ Gives program. Subscriptions are $80 per year for four days a week or $117 per year for seven days a week. To order, visit https://myrjnewsstand.reviewjournal.com/charity/ and select HELP of Southern Nevada from the drop-down menu.

Please visit http://www.helpsonv.org/events-calendar.php or contact Abby Quinn at aquinn@helpsonv.org for more information.

ABOUT HELP OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
HELP of Southern Nevada operates nine departments, consists of 97 employees and serves more than 103,000 unduplicated clients each year.  The services HELP provides assist low-income families, homeless teens and adults among other individuals, to become more self-sufficient through direct services, trainings and referrals.  Programs available include Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Emergency Resources, Weatherization, Community Alternative Sentencing, Work Opportunities Readiness Center, Holiday Assistance, Nevada 2-1-1 and Homeless Outreach.  For more information, call HELP of Southern Nevada at 702-369-4357 or visit www.helpsonv.org.

Photos/Recap: The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada Celebrates Grand Opening

On Saturday, April 6, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration for its new multi-million dollar Robert L. Forbuss Building, located at 401 S. Maryland Parkway in Downtown Las Vegas.

 

At the event, Mayor Carolyn Goodman read a proclamation naming Saturday, April 6 “The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada Day.”  Also on hand to say a few words in admiration of The Center and help cut the rainbow-colored ribbon were U.S. Rep. Dina Titus and Councilman Bob Coffin.  Many other local personalities showed up throughout the weekend, alongside nearly 1,000 members of the community, to show their support.

 

The celebration featured food and beverage offerings from The Center’s in-house dining establishment, Bronze Café, and a candy buffet by downtown neighbor Sweet Spot Candy Shop. Visitors toured the new facility and spoke with The Center’s staff and Board members about the new space and the organization’s plans for the future.

 

Purchased in Aug. 2011, the Robert L. Forbuss Building is 16,000 square feet on 1.1 acres of land in Downtown Las Vegas.  The contemporary space is energy efficient and includes an inviting 4,000 square foot courtyard with a basketball court, expansive library and cyber center, modern and comfortable furniture, delicious and affordable Bronze Café, multipurpose event hall and conference rooms, spacious youth room complete with a 75-inch 3D-capable television, pool table and computer area, and much more.

 

Last year, The Center assisted more than 36,000 individuals and plans to accommodate even more this year in its newer, more visible capacity with growing programs and services.

Photos: Create A Change Now Unveiled Whole Foods Garden at Ruby Thomas Elementary School

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Create A Change Now Unveiled “Whole Foods Garden” at
Ruby Thomas Elementary School

Mayor Carolyn Goodman attended ribbon-cutting ceremony

Local non-profit, Create A Change Now joined by Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Whole Foods Market unveiled the “Whole Foods Garden” on Monday, Dec. 3 at Ruby Thomas Elementary School. The edible garden contains a variety of vegetables including: kale, broccoli, carrots, onions, cauliflower and more.

The garden unveiling kicked off with special guest Mayor Carolyn Goodman congratulating the students of Ruby Thomas Elementary School on the hard work put into the garden and speaking about the importance of eating healthy. Melissa Blynn, executive director of Create a Change Now introduced the businesses who helped make the garden possible including: Whole Foods Market, Garden Farms LV Rock, We care We Share as well as Soil Tech and explained the nonprofit’s mission to fight childhood obesity. Students from Ruby Thomas Elementary School presented all five organizations with a special thank you and identified the vegetables growing in the edible garden.

The garden was made possible with Whole Foods’ donation raised at “Community Support Day.” “Community Support Day” was held On Tuesday, April 10 at all four Whole Foods Market Las Vegas locations. Five percent of the net sales from the day were donated to Create A Change Now. Additional sponsors involved in making the garden possible include: Soil Tech and Garden Farms

Create A Change Now is a non-profit organization that fights childhood obesity by educating children on healthy eating habits by aiming to teach elementary school students how to plant edible gardens. By partnering with local chefs to teach students how to prepare and cook the food they harvest Create A Change Now encourages a hands-on approach in the kitchen.

Mayor Goodman, Meadows School Students Mark Chinese New Year Today at Forum Shops

 

COLORFUL DRAGONS, LIONS AND TIGERS TO FILL
THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS IN CELEBRATION OF
CHINESE NEW YEAR
 
Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Former Mayor Oscar Goodman to Attend
Meadows School Students’ 16th Annual Performance on Monday, Jan. 23
 
 
 

WHAT: To celebrate the first day of Chinese New Year and welcome the year of the Dragon, The Meadows School will perform the traditional dragon parade throughout The Forum Shops at Caesars. The cast of singers and dancers includes 120 Meadows students – 60 from kindergarten and 60 from fifth grade plus the school’s very special guests, founder and Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her husband former Mayor Oscar Goodman.

Led by seniors Tiffany Fong and Richard Lee who have previously participated in the parade at The Forum Shops when they were in kindergarten and fifth grade, Meadows students will perform a Chinese dragon parade featuring two large and colorful dragons (powered by students), red and gold costumes (Chinese colors of joy), and drums and firecrackers (to keep evil spirits away). As they wind their way through the premier retail destination, they will stop in front of the Fountain of the Gods to perform. This is the 16th year the school’s students have conducted a Chinese New Year performance at The Forum Shops.

WHO: Faculty from The Meadows School including;
Henry Chanin, Head of School; Sara Carlson, Director; Douglas Bowser, Music.
60 Kindergartners
60 Fifth Graders
Mayor Carolyn Goodman
Former Mayor Oscar Goodman
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 23 – Parade begins at approximately 10:00 a.m.
The parade takes place on the first day of the Chinese New Year and is considered a lucky day for merchants for it is the birthday for the Chinese god of wealth.

WHERE: The Forum Shops at Caesars
3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Performers will begin the parade near Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, continuing throughout the entire shopping center and stopping for a primary performance at the Fountain of the Gods in front of Escada. Mayor Carolyn Goodman will make also make remarks at this time. The parade will then continue, ending at The Forum Shops lower valet area.

Come Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Forum Shops at Caesars

 

COLORFUL DRAGONS, LIONS AND TIGERS TO FILL
THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS IN CELEBRATION OF
CHINESE NEW YEAR

Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Former Mayor Oscar Goodman to Attend
Meadows School Students’ 16th Annual Performance on Monday, Jan. 23

WHAT: To celebrate the first day of Chinese New Year and welcome the year of the Dragon, The Meadows School will perform the traditional dragon parade throughout The Forum Shops at Caesars. The cast of singers and dancers includes 120 Meadows students – 60 from kindergarten and 60 from fifth grade plus the school’s very special guests, founder and Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her husband former Mayor Oscar Goodman.

Led by seniors Tiffany Fong and Richard Lee who have previously participated in the parade at The Forum Shops when they were in kindergarten and fifth grade, Meadows students will perform a Chinese dragon parade featuring two large and colorful dragons (powered by students), red and gold costumes (Chinese colors of joy), and drums and firecrackers (to keep evil spirits away). As they wind their way through the premier retail destination, they will stop in front of the Fountain of the Gods to perform. This is the 16th year the school’s students have conducted a Chinese New Year performance at The Forum Shops.

WHO: Faculty from The Meadows School including;
Henry Chanin, Head of School; Sara Carlson, Director; Douglas Bowser, Music.
60 Kindergartners
60 Fifth Graders
Mayor Carolyn Goodman
Former Mayor Oscar Goodman

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 23 – Parade begins at approximately 10:00 a.m.
The parade takes place on the first day of the Chinese New Year and is considered a lucky day for merchants for it is the birthday for the Chinese god of wealth.

WHERE: The Forum Shops at Caesars
3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Performers will begin the parade near Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, continuing throughout the entire shopping center and stopping for a primary performance at the Fountain of the Gods in front of Escada. Mayor Carolyn Goodman will make also make remarks at this time. The parade will then continue, ending at The Forum Shops lower valet area.

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