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Tickets On Sale for Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser

Tickets are still available for a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.

The 14th annual Ticket to Paradise Gala will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Renaissance Hotel.

The evening will include live entertainment, gourmet dining and pool-side cocktails. There will also be a silent and a live auction to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

Two companies will also be honored for their dedication to the nonprofit. MGM Resorts Foundation will be recognized as the 2012 RMHC Gala Honoree and Aire Serv of Las Vegas will be honored as the 2012 House Hero.

The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing for families who travel to Las Vegas to get medical treatment for their children.

For more information or to buy tickets, go to rmhlv.com. 

CCSD Surprises Valley High School Teachers with Renovated Lounge

CCSD Surprises Valley High School Teachers with Renovated Lounge

Teachers and staff at Valley High School will enjoy a renovated breakroom, thanks to Goodwill of Southern Nevada.

Superintendent Dwight Jones and school board trustee Lorraine Alderman joined Goodwill representatives during a Monday after-school unveiling. Valley High School is one of more than two dozen schools that Goodwill partners with as part of the Student Work Experience Program (SWEP), offering high school-aged students with disabilities the opportunity to gain experience in a work environment while being supervised and supported by their teachers.

The lounge was furnished with items from Goodwill stores throughout the community and designed with comfort in mind.

Students from At-Risk Schools get Shopping Spree and Fashion Show

Students from At-Risk Schools get Shopping Spree and Fashion Show

Students from at-risk schools got a chance to buy a new look for school, and will show it off at a fashion show at Boulevard Mall.

The students ranged in age from 5 to 13 and are all part of the After-School All-Stars Las Vegas, a non-profit that provides safe and educational after-school programs for kids at at-risk schools. The students are from Lunt and Mendoza Elementary Schools and Orr, Cashman, and Bridger Middle Schools.

The kids bought a head-to-toe outfit from Old Navy or The Children’s Place Wednesday. They will show off that new outfit at a fashion show Saturday. The show is being produced and styled by students from the International Academy of Design Technology.


Charity Starts Collection of School Supplies for Kids in Need

Charity Starts Collection of School Supplies for Kids in Need


HELP of Southern Nevada is holding a drive for school supplies for kids in need this school year.

The nonprofit is collecting all kinds of items from colored pencils to calculators. The group will be putting the supplies into backpacks to distribute to their school-aged clients.

The collection started Monday at HELP’s office at 1640 E. Flamingo. It will last through Thursday, September 13. People can also donate online at helpsonv.org.

Local Letter Carriers and Partners Collect More Than 202 Tons of Food

Local letter carriers in Southern Nevada, working with a number of dedicated partners, helped collect 404,028 pounds of non-perishable food during the 2012 National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

That is more than 202 tons of food, which was distributed to more than 20 local food pantries in Southern Nevada to help those who struggle with hunger.  Last year, this effort collected 372,789 pounds of food.

“We know we are making a difference,” said Glenn Norton, president of the Las Vegas branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.  “As letter carriers, we see the need every day on our routes, which is why we look forward to this national food drive every year. But we couldn’t make the impact we do without the community’s support, or the support of our amazing partners. On behalf of all our member letter carriers, I offer a sincere thank you.”

The Salvation Army Seeks More Donations


The Salvation Army is struggling to fill the shelves of its thrift stores around southern Nevada.

The charity is asking for people to donate what they can to restock the shelves. It is looking for household goods, furniture, large and small appliances. Donations for those items are at an all-time low. The charity says the warehouse echoes and the thrift store shelves look bare.

The warehouse and fleet of trucks provide work therapy for The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Program. The program helps people with drug, alcohol and gambling addictions. The sale of the merchandise from the thrift stores provides the primary funding for the rehabilitation program.

People with items to donate are asked to call 702-649-2374 to arrange a pick up time.

Volunteer Opportunity for MLK Jr. Day

Volunteer Opportunity for MLK Jr. Day


United Way of Southern Nevada’s Volunteer Center encourages Las Vegans to make a difference in the community and commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with a “Day ON, not a Day OFF.”

The nonprofit is seeking volunteers to assist with clean up, landscaping and mural painting at City Impact Center, 950 E. Sahara Ave., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16.

All attendees must register online in order to participate. Volunteers are asked to check in at the City Impact gymnasium at 8 a.m. and dress accordingly, as some projects may occur outdoors. Lunch will be provided. For more information and to sign up, please visit the event page.