McDonald’s donates $60,000 to local teachers
Owner/operators of McDonald’s restaurants in Southern Nevada donated $60,000 to 120 local teachers through the Make Activities Count grants program. Individual grants of up to $500 were provided for each teacher to directly fund unique educational programs and tools for the 2015-16 school year. In recent years, MAC grant funding has provided local classes with musical instruments, a visit to classes by private zoo Roos-N-More, and a starter kit for a robotics program.
Three Square receives egg donation
Three Square Food Bank will receive more than 40,000 eggs from Hickman’s Family Farms this month. Hickman’s recognizes that consumer egg prices are high and demand is great, but the company wants to make sure families in need are not deprived during the holiday season and encourages more companies to donate to food banks. This donation is part of a much larger donation of 375,000 eggs to feed families in Nevada, Hawaii, California, Colorado and Arizona.
PKWY Tavern holds canned food drive
Jonathan Fine’s neighborhood tavern and grill, PKWY Tavern, held a canned food drive in November for The Shade Tree of Las Vegas, a shelter for homeless and abused women, children and their pets. PKWY also is hosting a toy drive for The Shade Tree throughout December, matching all contributions. Donations go directly to The Shade Tree. PKWY is open 24/7 at 9820 W. Flamingo Road.
City National Bank partners with museum
City National Bank teamed with Discovery Children’s Museum to support the YouthWorks Program with a $5,000 donation. This work-study educational program is helping high school seniors remain enrolled in school and graduates 99 percent of its participants. In addition to its donation, City National also is incorporating its Dollars & Sense Financial Literacy program into the YouthWorks curriculum.
SlotZilla challenges to benefit nonprofit groups
Thomas Bruny, director of marketing for the Fremont Street Experience, presented the American Heart Association with a check for $19,960 following its SlotZilla Charity Challenge in November in honor of the Heart & Stroke Walk and Run. All SlotZilla revenue, from $20 flights on the lower Zipline to the $40 upper Zoomline, went to the American Heart Association.
America First Credit Union donates $10,000 in turkeys
America First Credit Union donated $10,000 in turkeys to Nellis Air Force Base through Operation Warmheart. In partnership with Smith’s, the credit union’s purchase equates to turkeys for 700 military families from Creech and Nellis Air Force Bases. Operation Warmheart is a group of volunteer military members who help fellow airmen and their families during the holidays. The donation was part of the annual Turkey-Thon, hosted by Lotus Broadcasting, KLAS-TV 8 News Now and Help of Southern Nevada.
America First program provides shoes for kids in need
America First Credit Union invites members to skip a loan payment during the holiday months and provide shoes for children in need. Marking 21 years of giving, the annual Skip a Loan Payment program offers members the opportunity to skip monthly loan payments through January for $25. America First will donate a portion of the fee to purchase shoes for children. In 2014, America First helped provide more than 1,200 pairs of shoes through the Skip a Loan Payment program and members’ monetary donations.
Women’s Business Council aids Hearts Alive Village
Women’s Business Council of Southern Nevada raised $2,500 for Hearts Alive Village at its “Wine Tasting and Silent Pawction,” which benefits the local animal rescue organization. The council is open to all Southern Nevada businesswomen, offering educational opportunities, business meetings and events, and community outreach to help members thrive professionally and personally. Sixty people attended the November event, which auctioned fine art created by local artists and wine, in addition to accepting donations for Hearts Alive Village.
MGM employees raise food for Three Square
Employees of MGM Resorts International donated more than 154,000 pounds of food to Three Square Food Bank in the ongoing effort by MGM to extend aid to food-insecure residents this season. The food was collected during the company’s sixth annual food drive. The employees gave rice, flour, beans, cereal, canned meats and other food items to feed the 137,000 local individuals served monthly through its approximately 1,300 community partners. Three Square is a member of Feeding America, the largest hunger relief agency in the nation, whose affiliates last year provided more than 3.3 billion meals to 46 million food-insecure people across the nation. MGM Resorts supports Three Square’s efforts through its corporate giving program, the MGM Resorts Foundation, and the employee volunteer program. In 2010, the MGM Resorts Volunteer Room at Three Square was created to recognize the standing community service provided by the company’s employees.