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Engelstad Foundation pledges $5 million to Boys Town Nevada

Boys Town Nevada will receive $5 million from the Engelstad Foundation to help expand its school-based initiative. Boys Town Nevada works with four local schools, helping students who are struggling with academic issues, poor attendance and disruptive class behavior that occur as a result of a chaotic home environment.

The $5 million pledge is contingent on Boys Town Nevada raising a matching $5 million for the project.

With this investment, Boys Town Nevada’s services can be expanded to up to 28 schools, with nearly 60 staff members, serving roughly 6,000 children in the community.

By expanding the initiative, Boys Town Nevada will be able to further assist students and parents, getting them immediate access to help, and providing advocates who will guide, encourage and allow for easier access to support programs. For more information visit boystown.org/locations/nevada/about-boys-town-nevada.

Simmons Group donates office

space to Global Gaming Women

Global Gaming Women, which began in 2011 with the American Gaming Association as a development program to nurture emerging female leaders in the gaming industry, has launched as an independent charitable organization.

The organization, now based in Las Vegas, is using donated office space from Simmons Group, a company that provides talent management, strategic planning and executive coaching to clients worldwide.

This year’s initiatives for the organization include providing scholarships to over 100 women to attend leadership development conferences in the gaming markets, as well as the MGM Women’s Leadership Conference; launching 10 mentoring circles at gaming companies across the country; establishing a career advisory board and dedicated mentors for GGW program graduates; expanding the W Development Conference to include an alumni conference and the introduction of a public speaking coaching program; and participating in programs, panels and networking events at major conferences.

Clothing drive a success

for homeless veterans

Caridad’s second annual Undie Sunday clothing drive collected pants, backpacks, shirts, bras, shoes, sleeping bags, underwear and socks for homeless veterans through U.S. Vets, Help U.S.A. and Salvation Army.

Donations were dropped off April 3 at Nacho Daddy’s Downtown and Summerlin locations.

Caridad is dedicated to helping end homelessness through service-based street outreach and agency partnerships, with a mission to humanize homelessness by treating those in need with dignity and by educating the public.

Prior to Undie Sunday, a bra shopping event for survivors of domestic violence was hosted at Macy’s Meadows Mall location.

A grant from Macy’s and donations collected at Big Ern’s BBQ funded a shopping trip for 40 women. For more information, visit caridadcharity.com.

Foundation to host

annual Ladybug Ball

The Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation will host the seventh annual Ladybug Ball at 6 p.m., April 30 at Red Rock Casino Resort Spa.

The Ladybug Ball benefits the educational, social and adaptive recreational programs and free services offered to children with visual impairments.

The event will honor Ledcor Group for contributions to helping families with visual impairments throughout the valley. Tickets are $300, individual; $3,000, table of 10. To purchase online, visit nvblindchildren.org.

Dress for Success to

hold two-day inventory sale

Dress for Success Southern Nevada will hold its semi-annual, two-day Shop for Success excess inventory sale from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. April 30 and from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 1. at Westfield Fair Shopping Center, 4443 W. Charleston Blvd.

The pop-up sale offers shoppers the opportunity to buy new and nearly new professional attire and accessories at significantly reduced prices. Shoppers will enjoy reduced prices on professional clothes for women at the sale. All funds raised benefit Dress for Success Southern Nevada, which provides gently used professional clothing and career counseling services to empower women to achieve economic independence.

Two school groups

plan fundraiser at Wet ‘n Wild

Communities In Schools of Nevada and After-School All-Stars Las Vegas are once again teaming up for Splashdown For Kids, to be hosted at Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., April 30.

The third annual fundraiser has an advance ticket price of $25, which will directly benefit the two nonprofits. Local businesses and individuals have the option of sponsoring a school, allowing students in both the CIS of Nevada program and ASAS and their families to attend. Both organizations continue to provide the resources necessary to boost academic achievement and keep students in school. CIS of Nevada seeks to eliminate the poverty-driven barriers to education that students face by meeting their daily needs such as providing food, clothing, school supplies and support to allow students to focus on their schoolwork. ASAS provides opportunities for underprivileged youth to participate in free after-school programs that focus on academics, athletics and cultural enrichment, while helping students develop confidence and self-esteem. To purchase tickets online, visit cisnevada.org or asaslv.org.

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