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Sands, Clean the World compiling 200,000 hygiene kits

Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Clean the World invites community volunteers to join team members of The Venetian and The Palazzo on Saturday in a 24-hour global volunteer effort to compile 200,000 hygiene kits that will improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations worldwide.

The event will be the organizations’ most ambitious volunteer effort to date. The build will be held sequentially, all within a 24-hour period, in Macao, Singapore, Bethlehem and Las Vegas, all at Sands properties. Volunteers can sign up at vegasctw2015.eventbrite.com/ for two-hour shifts to build the kits: noon to 2 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Each hygiene kit includes soap that was collected from Clean the World’s hospitality partners, and then recycled through Clean the World’s soap sanitation and processing equipment. Other amenities in the kit include shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush and toothpaste.

Since 2011, Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World have recycled more than 50 tons of waste from Sands’ properties into more than 550,000 bars of soap. The partnership with Clean the World is part of the Sands’ global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares.

Auto dealer hosts Adoption Exchange

Park Place Infiniti will again be the official sponsor of The Adoption Exchange’s upcoming “Monopoly Tournament” fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 10 at Palace Station, 2411 W. Sahara Ave. The Adoption Exchange serves as the connection between children who wait in foster care and families who adopt. The event will honor Dr. Tony and Renee Marlon of the Tony and Renee Marlon Charitable Foundation, and will include a silent auction, cocktail reception, dinner and a one-hour Monopoly tournament with prizes for first, second and third place. Dave Courvoisier of KLAS-TV (Channel 8) will emcee. For ticket information, call 702-436-6335, or visit adoptex.org/monopoly.help.

Opportunity Village hosts fundraisers

Opportunity Village is gearing up for Halloween with two fundraisers at the organization’s main campus on West Oakey Boulevard. The inaugural Zombie Bash will be at 8 p.m. Saturday. The evening begins with Zombie cocktails, post-apocalyptic train and carousel rides, and a creep trip through the darkened forest. From 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., guests will move inside for cocktails by The End zombie bar, music by DJ Irish, zombie makeovers available for $10, and entertainment from Zombie Burlesque. Individual tickets for the Zombie Bash can be purchased from $50 to $140. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit zombiebashlv.com. Opportunity Village will host its Monster Masquerade, an adults-only evening of mystery and mayhem from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Oct. 24. Tickets, which are good for two drinks, attractions and entertainment, can be purchased for $75. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit opportunityvillage.org. Both events will be at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest, 6300 W. Oakey Blvd. Proceeds from these events will directly benefit the programs and services offered at Opportunity Village.

Nevada Title Company donates school supplies

Nevada Title Company and its affiliate, Nevada Construction Services, delivered school supplies to Ira J. Earl Elementary School on Friday as part of a 16-year partnership with the Clark County School District Focus School Project. The companies collected hundreds of items, including backpacks, paper, erasers, pencils, binders and crayons, through employee and community donations. As a community partner to the Focus School Project, Nevada Title has ongoing programs to support local students with their educational and personal needs.

City National donates school supplies

City National Bank collected more than 1,150 backpacks filled with school supplies as part of its sixth annual Back-to-School Supplies Drive. The bank is donating the backpacks filled with supplies to 37 elementary schools and four nonprofit groups in Nevada, California, New York, Georgia and Tennessee. Las Vegas schools receiving supplies are Helen Jydstrup Elementary, Jack Dailey Elementary and Paradise Elementary. What began six years ago by a handful of colleagues in a back office of the bank has expanded to include the entire company. This year’s donations surpassed last year’s school supplies drive by more than 24 percent. This is the third consecutive year that the bank has included backpacks with school supplies. City National started its financial literacy program in 2007 as an enhancement to its award-winning “Reading Is the Way Up” literacy program.

Artist’s charity to support Big Brothers Big Sisters

Artist Pamela Sukhum and her charity, the Beautiful Project, will stage an interactive workshop with children and their mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Centaur Gallery at the Mandarin Oriental, 3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Sukhum launched the Beautiful Project in early 2006, and has since worked to inspire and empower communities globally. The Beautiful Project can be found working with children in war refugee camps in Africa and impoverished communities in South America, and across the U.S. working with children with Down’s Syndrome, seniors and inner-city children. Reception and presentation will follow 5-9 p.m., where Sukhum will create an original painting. RSVP to 702-737-1234 or email travis.walters@centaurgalleries.com. To learn more, visit infinitevisionart.com/beautiful-projects.

Back to school and back to gardening

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada has grown its Bright Futures Farm and Gardens program to its third location, the John C. Kish Clubhouse. With the participation of partners Barclaycard US, Garden Farms and Green Our Planet, BGCSNV held a grand opening of the garden Sept. 3, celebrating the debut of its third “teaching garden” program with the children’s first planting. Thanks to its partners, including a $15,000 donation by Barclaycard US, BGCSNV will impact approximately 400 youth at the John C. Kish Clubhouse through this garden program that teaches healthy lifestyles, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills to underserved youth in the area. The Boys & Girls Club’s garden and farmer’s market booths from other Clubhouse gardens have seen rapid success locally, with the children selling their fresh produce and using the funds raised to maintain and grow their gardens.

Bank of America delivers school supplies

Bank of America volunteers loaded a large truck Sept. 2 and delivered approximately 10,000 school supplies to students in-need at Ann Lynch Elementary, Sandy Miller Elementary and Monaco Middle School. The supplies were collected throughout July and August during the bank’s fifth annual school supply drive. In total, 9,445 supplies were collected at Bank of America’s 50-plus banking locations across Southern Nevada. In its first four years, the drive collected a total of 33,000 supplies. Items collected include paper, backpacks, pens and pencils, P.E. equipment and school uniform garments.

Follett Higher Education Group makes donation to Three Square

Follett Higher Education Group’s College of Southern Nevada Bookstores presented a check for $4,000 to Three Square food bank Sept. 8, after a successful food drive. CSN’s three bookstores held the drive in the week leading up to the start of classes Aug. 24, and in the first week of class. They took in 428 pounds of nonperishable food, in addition to the money, far exceeding its goal. Students were given bookstore discounts and gift certificates in exchange for donating.

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