United Way of Southern Nevada launches money management program for students

Piggy bank teaches financial literacy

Howard E. Hollingsworth Elementary School students saved more than $600 through United Way of Southern Nevada’s recent launch of its second Piggy Bank program.

The financial literacy program is designed to teach students how to save money by simulating a traditional banking experience and by providing financial education in the classroom.

“Our Young Philanthropists Society members funded this innovative, real-world solution to help children learn how to save,” said Cass Palmer, president and CEO of United Way of Southern Nevada. “We are helping students to be successful in life by teaching them from an early age the importance of having a savings account and basic life skills that will help them make smart financial decisions.”

Through programs like the Piggy Bank, United Way works to increase the financial success of the community by building a solid foundation for families and individuals to obtain economic independence.

From its 2012 opening to date, more than $61,500 was saved by Walter Bracken STEAM Academy students through the first Piggy Bank program spearheaded by YPS.

B of A recognizes Goodwill of Southern Nevada

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has named Goodwill of Southern Nevada as the 2014 Neighborhood Builder. The nonprofit is being recognized for its work in coordinating the education, training and employment needs of veterans and their families in Southern Nevada.

Neighborhood Builders grants high-performing nonprofits with $200,000 in flexible funding and leadership training for their executives. Goodwill of Southern Nevada will utilize the funding for its Veteran Integration Program. The program provides holistic, comprehensive and coordinated job training and employment services tailored to the unique needs of veterans, military and their families.

Since its inception in December 2012, Goodwill’s program has helped more than 500 veterans find employment. The Neighborhood Builders grant will assist approximately 225 veterans and/or their family members find work in Southern Nevada over a two-year period.

Splendor in the Glass event to help Vegas PBS

Southern Nevada Public Television will host its 26th annual Splendor in the Glass Wine &Beer Tasting at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort &Casino Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 3 to 7 p.m.

“This annual wine tasting event is a great opportunity to bring our supporters together to celebrate the success of Vegas PBS in the community and raise the funds needed to support programming and outreach in the year ahead,” said Lori Lea, Southern Nevada Public Television board president. “In fact, this is our signature fundraising event.”

Splendor in the Glass will feature more than 60 wineries and breweries courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, hors d’oeuvres, a live wine auction and silent auction and entertainment by the Woody Woods Jazz Combo. In addition, Chef Hubert Keller, owner of Las Vegas restaurants Fleur and Burger Bar, will be presenting a cooking demonstration with some of his favorite dishes.

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Tickets are $85 for advance purchase and $100 the day of the event.

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Walk to benefit Children’s Heart Foundation

The 12th annual Walk with the Heart of a Child, benefiting Nevada-based Children’s Heart Foundation, will return to Fashion Show Mall on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 a.m.

Walk with the Heart of a Child will feature a fun walk, entertainment, raffle and the Kids Zone. During the event, teams gather at the Fashion Show Mall to walk in celebration and remembrance of children with heart conditions and to unite the community through awareness.

More than 2,000 locals support the walk each year to help generate funds that allow the foundation to continue to carry out its programs, including Camp Mend-a-Heart, Smart Heart Scholarships, Family Outreach, research and more.

Walk with the Heart of a Child fees are $25 for adults and $15 for virtual walkers, active-duty military, students and seniors. To register, visit

Walker Furniture recognized for supporting veterans

Walker Furniture was recently recognized for its contributions and support of veterans in Southern Nevada.

Last month, Larry Alterwitz, Walker Furniture’s CEO, was presented with a certificate of appreciation from the American Legion Department of Nevada and was given a plaque of appreciation from the American Legion Paradise Post 149.

In July 2014, Walker Furniture launched Help for Heroes, which provided wounded U.S. military personnel and veterans in Clark County with specialized items not generally available through the Veterans Administration. In conjunction with Help for Heroes, Walker Furniture also collected donations including non-perishable food items and toiletries for the American Legion Paradise Post 149 food pantry.

Henderson police group gives to officer memorial

The Henderson Police Officers’ Association recently donated $25,000 to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund, in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum being built in Washington, D.C. This will be the nation’s largest and most comprehensive museum honoring the duty and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers.

The National Law Enforcement Museum is part of the NLEOMF, which serves as a nationwide clearinghouse of information and statistics on law enforcement line-of-duty deaths. Their research department maintains a comprehensive fatality database, and publishes regular trends and issues in officer fatalities in order to promote police officer safety and wellness.

Founded as a recognized bargaining unit in 1977, the HPOA serves the City of Henderson and its more than 276,000 residents, with the core mission of working to protect, support, encourage, defend, and honor their association members, as well as their community.

Compiled by Chanelle Hayes

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