Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild donates $25k to the orchestra

Toni Carpenter, vice president of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild, presented a check for $25,000 to the Las Vegas Philharmonic before its evening performance of “The Snowman,” Dec. 5. Amy Wiles, Las Vegas Philharmonic’s vice president of development, accepted the check on behalf of the orchestra. The Guild, comprised of almost 300 members, has been supporting the orchestra through its volunteering and fundraising efforts since July 2003 and has donated a total of $400,000 over the past 12 years. Some of their programs and events have included the Adopt-a-Musician program, Martini Mondays, Runway Rhythms, Oktoberfest and It’s In The Bag luncheon. Earlier this year, the Guild received two awards from the League of American Orchestras for their 10th Anniversary Gala, A Decade of Musical Memories, and their ongoing Martini Monday Musicales and Winey Wednesday events.

Sands Cares donates $32k to Kershaw foundation

Sands Cares, the global corporate citizenship program from Las Vegas Sands, has donated $32,000 to Kershaw’s Challenge, the charitable foundation of All-Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw’s Challenge encourages people to make an impact in the lives of at-risk children and communities in need. For the second year in a row, The Venetian and the Palazzo accepted the pitcher’s “Challenge” and pledged $100 per Kershaw strikeout during the 2015 baseball season. Kershaw’s 320 strikeouts–301 in the regular season and 19 in the postseason–garnered $32,000 for the foundation. As part of the partnership, Clayton Kershaw attended a game at the Miracle League of Las Vegas, an organization that offers individuals with cognitive and physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball. Kershaw pitched for both of the teams that were in attendance.

Catholic Charities receives donations

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada was the beneficiary of the 12th annual Toys For Tickets All-Star Jam, held at Red Rock Casino Dec. 6. The event donated more than 1,200 toys for homeless and children in need and raised more than $21,000. Members of the community received free tickets for the show for donations of toys valued at $15 or more. Performers included Tyler Farr, Jerrod Neimann, Eric Paslay, Canaan Smith, Old Dominion, Cam, Mickey Guyton and others. In operation since 1941, CCSN provides over 20 diverse services and programs designed to help people of all ages.

Women in Lodging donation event successful

The Women in Lodging chapter of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association held a luncheon Dec. 3 at the Bootlegger Copa Room, benefiting Shade Tree. WIL members donated hundreds of items including baby food, blankets and formula for Shade Tree. WIL will continue to support Shade Tree through activities in 2016.

Anderson Wealth Management sponsors coat drive

Street Teens, an organization sponsored by Anderson Wealth Management LLC, helps homeless teens in the area who may be from abusive homes and have nowhere to sleep. All donated blankets, jackets, scarves, hats and warm clothing for boys and girls that were dropped off this month at Anderson Wealth Management’s office at 1980 Festival Plaza Drive will be delivered to these needy kids Dec. 21. For more information on how to help, visit

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