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 www.MondaysDark.com.

 

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 www.MondaysDark.com or www.TheSpaceLV.com or connect via Instagram @MondaysDark, Twitter @Mondays_Dark or Facebook at www.facebook.com/MondaysDarkLasVegas.

Blinders Burgers & Brunch Highlights New Vista Day, Sept. 27



Blinders Burgers & Brunch Highlights New Vista Day, Sept. 27 
New Workforce Program with Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
 
 
What: New Vista Day! Blinders Burgers & Brunch, a new 100% plant-based vegan restaurant, is partnering with local non-profit, New Vista, in its workforce program. With an eye for corporate social responsibility for the environment and the community, Blinders created the job hiring, training  and mentoring program with New Vista, who provide programs and services for young adults with intellectual disabilities.
 
When:   Thursday, Sept. 27, 8am – 9pm
 
Where:   6410 N. Durango, NW Las Vegas
 

“New Vista is beyond thrilled to have partnered with Blinders, Burgers and Brunch and offer this employment opportunity to our members as part of our job training program. Shantell Connor, owner of Blinders, Burgers and Brunch, has been extremely proactive and supportive in her intentions to hire individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), says Vivian Wright, Director of Development. “We’ve worked with our members to prepare them for this opportunity, training alongside them, and they are doing an incredible job. Our members are so eager to learn and they are excelling in their work. More importantly, they are so excited to be working and earning well above minimum wage for their efforts.”

Wright continues to share, “The employment of disabled people is currently being paid close attention to on the national stage. Programs like these help to highlight the glaring disparities between work opportunities for people with and without disabilities, bringing attention to sobering statistics that 85% of adults with IDD do not have paid jobs in the community. Unfortunately, the reality for many individuals with IDD who do work is that they are often paid sub-minimum wages. Every person, disabled or not, deserves the right to genuine job opportunities, dignity in their work, and fair pay.  New Vista is proud to partner with Blinders as part of the solution, showcasing the benefits of engaging this group of workers with the respect they deserve.”

 
Blinders Burgers & Brunch wner, Shantell Connor agrees and states, “They are my best employees.  I love what they bring to BlindersThe partnership is perfect.”
 
Blinders uses non-GMO, all-natural and local ingredients and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner daily, offering a wide variety of eats from breakfast burritos, smoothies, salads,  fresh veggies, sandwiches and rosemary fries.  And, of course, the signature burgers including the protein packed, Impossible Burger, the gluten-free/soy-free Beyond Burger, veggie superfood patty, and even the non-burger, butcher pulled pork smothered in BBQ sauce. The menu features something for everyone, including a kid’s menu, with both chicken nuggets, mini corn-dogs, as well as delicious desserts such as brownies, ice cream sandwiches and shakes.  
 
The trendy restaurant features notable partners in the community such as local plant-based meat and cheese makers, No Butcher, Nourish Creamery and Juice Bar and Virgin Cheese. Additionally, they align with, Herbivorous Butcher, (i.e. the maple bacon is featured in Blinders Shakin’ Bae-con),  Brewing Good Coffee Company and Jones Soda.

Eat and Be Merry with New Momenti Spirited Ice Creams Limited-Edition Holiday Flavors

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Eat and Be Merry with New Momenti Spirited Ice Creams Limited-Edition Holiday Flavors

A portion of proceeds generated from limited-edition flavors to benefit local charity partners New Vista and Send Me On Vacation

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 Las Vegas-based adult dessert brand, Momenti Spirited Ice Creams rolls out new limited-edition holiday flavors, just in time for holiday celebrations. Momenti’s signature alcohol-infused, super-premium ice cream will welcome two new flavors; Rum Raisin, a tasty rum ice cream complete with chocolate covered raisins featuring 80 proof premium gold rum; and Eggnog, made with a premium 80 proof bourbon and available for a limited-time from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. A portion of the proceeds generated from the limited-edition flavors will go towards two local charities; New Vista, the state’s largest nonprofit provider of Supported Living Arrangements for the intellectually challenged, and Send Me On Vacation, whose mission is to provide rejuvenating vacations to help breast cancer survivors enjoy themselves post traumatic chemo treatments.

 

“Momenti is about creating moments with others, and with our limited-edition flavors, we hope to provide many people with everlasting memories this holiday season,” said Momenti COO and ice creamologist Leif Pearson. “To me, the holiday season means giving. With Momenti we feel privileged to give a moment to you and moment to someone else. We are humbled to be able to give to such inspirational charities that are passionate about empowering individuals in our community.”

 

Momenti’s holiday pints as well as its eight-ounce individual cups are available for purchase at Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits; select Total Wine & More and Lee’s Discount Liquor locations, XO Liquor (S. Maryland Parkway), Hacienda Liquors and more. For a complete list of where to buy Momenti, visit http://www.momentispirits.com/where-to-buy/.

 

“New Vista is thrilled to launch our partnership with Momenti by receiving our limited-edition Rum Raisin flavor! It’s a welcome opportunity for us to engage with a company committed to our cause as well as creatively expanding the base of support through such a tasty treat. This blessing from Momenti has really warmed our hearts and our stomachs, while empowering us to expand our vision even further!” said Ben Caine, New Vista’s newly appointed director of development.

 

“When a breast cancer survivor goes on a vacation through Send Me On Vacation, she or he creates memories that last forever and are transformational in the healing process,” says founder and Send Me On Vacation President, Cathy Backus. “It is because of these extraordinary ‘moments’ that SMOV has partnered with Momenti.”

 

For more information on Momenti Spirited Ice Creams, visit http://www.momentispirits.com, or find them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 

For more information on New Vista, visit http://newvistanv.org, or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

 

For more information on Send Me On Vacation, visit http://sendmeonvacation.org or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

 

About Momenti Spirited Ice Creams
Momenti Spirited Ice Creams is a family owned and operated business specializing in the science and production of super-premium alcohol-infused ice cream and sorbets, while enlisting high-profile ice cream industry consultants to collaborate on mixology techniques and employing a patent-pending process. Established in 2013, Momenti is launching the only specialty manufacturing plant to produce spirit-infused super-premium ice cream in the U.S., located in Las Vegas, Nev. as well as a wholesale distribution center in Fullerton, Calif. Momenti Spirited Ice Creams incorporate top-shelf liquors and ingredients to create a unique, gourmet taste experience. For more information, please visit www.momentispirits.com.

 

About New Vista
New Vista Ranch, Inc. is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization that is committed to providing the intellectually challenged of all ages with equal opportunities and support so that they may experience life to the fullest! We provide a home-like environment and enable the individuals that we serve to live as independent, and as self-determined a life as possible. We believe that by providing dignity and respect to all individuals this fosters growth and understanding which gives each individual the desire to contribute back to the community to the best of their abilities.  They have the freedom to establish meaningful relationships, participate in their own growth, be productive in a work environment and demonstrate good citizenship and responsibility. Founded in 1986, New Vista is celebrating 30 years of support with its sights set on many more to come.

 

About Send Me On Vacation
Send Me On Vacation provides healing vacations to underserved breast cancer survivors to ease the mind, heal the spirit and nourish the body after battling cancer. The organization’s mantra of overcoming fear through emotional fitness is supported by the concept of Vacation Rejuvenation.  Supporting emotional fitness is a critical first step in recovering from the devastating effects cancer leaves behind.  The organization affiliates with hospitals, cancer centers and other non-profit organizations to support the cause of changing lives, one vacation at a time.