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Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada Rescues 1,000th Dog

Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada Rescues 1,000th Dog

Golden Retriever Rescue Southern Nevada recently adopted its 1,000th dog. Gold Rush, whose new owner renamed him Henry, was the lucky pooch.

We could not have accomplished this milestone without you. Your support will allow us to continue our mission. Thank you.

Elizondo, Ullom Students Win in College Savings Contest

Elizondo, Ullom Students Win in College Savings Contest

Two Las Vegas elementary school students scored a cash prize in a statewide contest.

Shayla Embriz, a fourth-grader at Elizondo Elementary, and Angel Gonzales, a fifth-grader at Ullom Elementary, both won $529 in the Third Annual Nevada $529 College Savings Day Contest.

Co-sponsored by the State Treasurer’s Office and the Nevada Bankers Association, the contest was open to all Nevada Kindergarten through fifth-grade students, with the prize being a $529 gift to be used to open a college savings plan account or to enhance an existing account through Upromise, Nevada’s College Savings Plans program administrator. 

The Nevada Bankers Association once again donated the $529 prizes. The five winners were selected via random drawing: two from Clark County, one from Washoe County, and one each from a northern and southern Nevada rural community. 

Bank of America Grants $15,000 to and Volunteers with Spread the Word Nevada

Bank of America Grants $15,000 to and Volunteers with Spread the Word Nevada

Spread  the Word Nevada, a nonprofit children's literacy organization based in Henderson, is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from Bank of America.

On May 18, the grant was presented to Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada by Daniel Wink, Senior Vice President-Consumer Market Executive of Bank of America at Whitney Elementary School, where the organization's Breakfast with Books program was held. Breakfast with Books is a monthly family literacy event that encourages reading and family involvement. Whitney is one of 24 elementary schools in the Clark County School District that has been adopted by Spread the Word Nevada since the organization's inception in 2001.

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is now accepting camper registrations for its 2011 resident summer camp sessions June 19 to August 14.  Download the camp book and register on-line at girlscoutsnv.org.

Established in 1949, Camp Foxtail, located in the Toiyabe National Forest, provides Girl Scouts ages 8 to 17 years old with traditional resident camp experiences.  Programs encourage leadership through activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, high and low adventure courses, singing, arts and crafts, campfires and much more.

Session prices range from $300 to $350 and girls must be a registered member of Girl Scouts to attend Camp Foxtail. Membership is $12 annually and can be purchased at the same time as camp sessions.

To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 385-3677 or visit girlscoutsnv.org.

Needy Kids Get New Shoes

Needy Kids Get New Shoes

More than 400 kids at one valley elementary school got new shoes today thanks to a local law firm.

The students from Liliam Lujan Elementary at Lake Mead and Hollywood were paired with the Holland and Hart Law Firm. The non-profit group Shoes That Fit worked with the firm to get shoe sizes, then workers at the company purchased shoes for specific children. For many kids this is the first new pair of shoes they've ever received. 

This is the third year Holland and Hart has held a shoe drive. Sean Thueson a partner with Holland and Hart says one of the best parts of donation day is when kids tell him they can run faster now because of their new shoes.


Pillowcases Provide Comfort To Children Facing Serious Illness

Close to 100 brightly colored pillowcases were delivered to clients of the Children's Specialty Center of Nevada on Thursday.

The event coincided with a visit from Cindy Kerr of ConKerrCancer.org.  Kerr's non profit organization is responsible for more than 300,000 personalized pillowcases sent around the world to children facing life threatening illnesses. Kerr started making the pillowcases when her son was being treated for cancer in the hospital to help combat the generic hospital atmosphere. In addition, Kerr, along with her daughter Katie wrote the book 'A Case For Adventure" which highlights the story of a cancer patient, George, who embarks on wonderful journeys inspired by magical pillowcases.

Trauma Support Program Seeks Volunteers

The non-profit Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada, Inc. is currently recruiting compassionate citizens to serve on its emergency response crisis team to help people on the worst day of their life.

TIP of Southern Nevada began serving the citizens of Clark County in 1994. TIP is committed to helping those in crisis by providing immediate on-scene support to those emotionally traumatized. TIP volunteers are requested by local police, fire and hospital personnel to respond to scenes of sudden or unexpected death, violent crimes, sexual assault and other traumatic events to provide emotional and practical support to family, friends, witnesses or victims.

TIP volunteers must have a clean criminal and driving history. Volunteers are required to attend a training academy, pass a three-month field training program and attend a monthly continuing education meeting. Volunteers are also required to commit to three 12-hour shifts per month.