Photos/Recap: Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops serves as Nevada’s Big Give headquarters, April 25

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Nevada’s Big Give raises more than $472,000 for Nevada nonprofits in 24 hours



On Friday, April 25, Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops served as the official campaign headquarters for Nevada’s Big Give, which raised $472,000 in 24 hours of online giving for charities throughout the state of Nevada.


Throughout the day, visitors, community leaders and local celebrities stopped by the Nevada’s Big Give headquarters in the upstairs room at Cabo Wabo Cantina and made donations and personal contributions to the campaign and their favorite charity. Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, State Senators Mike Roberson and Ruben Kihuen, Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, comedian Jeff Civillico, Travis Cloer from Jersey Boys, UNLV cheerleaders with the UNLV mascot Hey Reb and cast members from Jabbawockeez and X Burlesque showed their support for the statewide giving campaign.


Throughout the event, the center’s exterior, Strip-side LED screens displayed the total amount of money raised during Nevada’s biggest day of giving. Miracle Mile Shops partnership with Nevada’s Big Give is part of the center’s Caring, Giving, Changing community campaign celebrating a year of change in 2014 through monthly fountain fundraisers, community partnerships and cash and in-kind donations.


Nevada’s Big Give, launched by NevadaGIVES, is a unique, high-visibility promotion of personal giving designed to bring new donors and dollars to nonprofit organizations throughout the state. In the past three years, Nevada’s Big Give has raised more than $1,440,000 for hundreds of deserving organizations in Nevada.

Magician John Castros entertains crowd during Nevada's Big Give at Cabo Wabo Cantina at Miracle Mile Shops. ADR_9711_LR Miracle Mile Shops tallies total amount given during Nevada's Big Give on LED screens. ADR_9770_LR Pat Skorkowsky watches as Senator Mike Roberson writes a check for Nevada GIVES inside Miracle Mile Shops. ADR_9656_LR Pat Skorkowsky, UNLV cheerleaders and masot, Lupe Cardenas and Senator Ruben Kihuen. ADR_9718_LR

 CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky makes a donation at Big Give headquarters inside Miracle Mile Shops.

Photo Credit: Adrienne Griffin

Nevada’s Big Give

On April 25th, Nevadans will come together for 24 hours of online giving. From 12 am-11:59 pm, you will have the opportunity to give where you live on one central website Find your favorite charitable cause or discover a new cause to support with a secure, online donation, as little as $10. Cash prizes will be awarded to the nonprofits with the highest number of unique donors and the highest dollar amount raised. Keep up with the latest Nevada’s Big Give news on Facebook and Twitter.



Established in 2003, NevadaGIVES is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to increase awareness of philanthropy so more people give back in a way that is meaningful to them. The goal is to build a vibrant, effective and growing philanthropic community that improves the quality of life for all Nevadans, as well as to support volunteerism by serving as an informational resource. For more information about NevadaGIVES, visit


Cabo Wabo Cantina

Sammy Hagar’s hard rockin’ dining and live music venue combines the laid-back beach-town vibe of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with the excitement of the Las Vegas Strip. Blending coastal Mexican and Tex Mex cuisine, the menu offers a tantalizing mix of flavorful food, killer margaritas and an awesome venue where it is never uncommon to catch the Red Rocker himself jamming out with a live set on stage. Cabo Wabo Cantina opens daily at 8 a.m. More information about Cabo Wabo Cantina is available at, by calling 702.385.2226, or follow Cabo Wabo on Twitter and Instagram accounts, @CaboWaboLV, and become a fan on Facebook.  For more information about Hagar and his famous Cabo Wabo Tequila, guests may visit and


Miracle Mile Shops

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is a 1.2 mile retail/entertainment complex at the heart of the famed Las Vegas Strip featuring 170 specialty stores, 15 restaurants and live entertainment venues.  The center is home to PBR Rock Bar & Grill, boasting a Strip-side location with excellent food, drinks and bull riding; H&M; Sugar Factory, the sweet shop adored by Hollywood’s hottest celebrities; American clothing line and complete lifestyle brand Original Penguin; Chicago popcorn legend Garrett Popcorn Shops’ only Las Vegas location; GUESS; Urban Outfitters; True Religion Brand Jeans; 15,000-square-foot bar and restaurant Cabo Wabo® Cantina; Las Vegas’ very own Sin City Brewing Co.; Club Tattoo, featuring some of the best tattoo artists and body piercers in the nation; the first House of Hoops by Foot Locker in the city; as well as a multi-million dollar fountain show.  Miracle Mile Shops is owned by Tristar Capital and RFR Holding LLC, in conjunction with leasing and marketing consultant Robert K. Futterman & Associates LLC.


Miracle Mile Shops is open 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 10 a.m. – midnight Friday – Saturday.  For more information, call (888) 800-8284 or visit Keep up with the latest Miracle Mile Shops news via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Photos: Noah’s Animal House Celebrates Four Year Anniversary with “Unleashed” on October 20

Noah’s Animal House Celebrates Four Year Anniversary with “Unleashed” on October 20



Noah’s Animal House, a safe place that provides shelter for the pets that belong to the domestically abused women of The Shade Tree, drew in hundreds of influential community members and industry names during its four-year anniversary which took place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 inside Body English at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  The evening was a huge success for Noah’s Animal House, raising more than $95,000 in donations, which will support the shelter with vital supplies, proper veterinary services, vaccinations and more. 


CEO and Co-founder of Paragon Gaming and philanthropic figure, Diana Bennett, was honored for her ongoing generosity and for providing operating dollars to the organization, including a $1 million donation.  Guests were captivated as they listened to the heart-warming story of a client, her two children and their 50-pound pit bull, Cowboy, whose presence at the party was a delight for all attendees.  Other speakers included Noah’s Animal House Founder, Staci Alonso and inspiration for the shelter’s name and Staci’s son, Noah.  People mixed and mingled amongst local socialites including: Secretary of State, Ross Miller; former First Lady, State of Nevada, Sandy Miller; Chief of Diplomatic Relations, State of Nevada, Gayle Anderson; Vice Chairman, Perini Building Co., Richard Rizzo; Vice President of Human Resources, NV Energy, Punam Mathur; Chairwoman, Women’s Philanthropy Council, Heidi Sarno Straus; Society Café Chef, Kim Canteenwalla; Founder, PR Plus, Laura Herlovich; Founder, Elizabeth Blau & Associates, Elizabeth Blau; Las Vegas gaming mogul, Scott Menke; UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Member, Carolyn Sparks; President and CEO,  Three Square, Julie Murray; former President, Shuffle Master, Inc., Mark Yoseloff and wife Pat; and more.


Small bites were offered, including Caprese skewers, filet mignon sliders, mini chicken wellington and an assortment of dessert, a hosted bar and music by local turntable master DJ 88 (Bree Cohen).  In addition, guests engaged in the live auction, which featured notable items such as a private in-residence barbeque for up to 12 guests with Chef Kim Canteenwalla of Society Cafe at Encore Las Vegas; Lake Tahoe five-day retreat at a beautiful private home in Glenbrook, Calif.; intimately prepared dinner for 12 by James Beard Winner, Paul Bartolotta of Bartolotta Restaurant in Wynn Las Vegas; and David Yurman Chiclet necklace and matching earrings.  Each guest was offered a take-home “doggy bag” complete with home-made vegan dog treats, courtesy of Pound Hound Bakery. 


For more information or to make a donation to Noah’s Animal House, visit


About Noah’s Animal House

Every 15 seconds, a woman is battered by her partner in the United States.  Many battered women lack the financial resources and emotional support to flee their abuser.  Often, the inability to leave is expanded to include family members; especially those sometimes forgotten – the family pet.  In a national survey, 85% of women seeking safety in a domestic violence shelter reported pet abuse in their home.  Las Vegas was one of the first cities in the United States to address the important barrier facing victims of domestic violence.  Noah’s Animal House was built on the grounds of The Shade Tree shelter in 2007 to provide safety, shelter and support for the pets of the clients of The Shade Tree.  In addition, foster parents are available for special pets that require more living space and veterinary services are on hand at all times. 

Cowboy and Family


Diana Bennett, Noah Alonso


Diana Bennett, Staci Alonso


Gayle Anderson, Denise Cashman, Nancy Houssels


John Griffin, Mike Alonso, Ross Miller


Laura Herlovich, Lori Nelson


Mike Alonso, Staci Alonso, Rob Wells, Elizabeth Blau, Chef Kim Canteenwalla


Noah Alonso, Bree Cohen(DJ 88)

Photos  credit: Hew Burney.