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GIVING BACK

MJ Christensen Diamonds will once again host a Diamond Dig to benefit Dress for Success Southern Nevada, the local nonprofit that empowers women to achieve economic independence, from 5 to 7 p.m., Sept. 8 at Boca Park, 8980 W. Charleston Blvd. This annual event is free to the public. Guests will be invited to purchase “scoops” from a sandbox, giving them the opportunity to uncover and win gemstones that correspond to great prizes, such as spa packages, a designer handbag, dining certificates and more.

Correction

Golden Entertainment was inadvertently left off the list of Private Sector Employers in the June 27 issue. The company, which has 1,463 local employees, should have been listed in 16th place. The omission has been corrected for the online version of the list.

My dad always stood tall for 21-gun salute

The first time I remember feeling fiercely patriotic and proud of my country was at my uncle’s funeral. My mother’s older brother, a World War II veteran, had been killed three days earlier in a construction accident, the day before Christmas. I was 9 years old.