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Party Pics: AFP Philanthropy Day

Tuesday, November 14
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

Over 300 guests honored Las Vegas’ most philanthropic-minded volunteers, community leaders and development professionals at AFP Las Vegas’ 2017 National Philanthropy Day® Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
2017 Recipients:
• Janice Allen, Outstanding Philanthropist
• Constandina “Dina” Ciulla, Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy
• Findlay Automotive Group, Outstanding Corporation
• Caleen Norrod Johnson, Lifetime Achievement
• Junior League of Las Vegas, President’s Award
• Pam Lang, Outstanding Development Professional
• Stacey Wedding, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
• Elaine P. Wynn Family Foundation, Outstanding Foundation
Las Vegas performer and Monday’s Dark founder Mark Shunock emceed the event where guests were treated to a special performance by Brent Barrett, Las Vegas’ own Phantom of the Opera star.
Guests were greeted with a special champagne reception and feasted at four different food stations featuring gourmet options from the Westgate Hotel’s award-winning restaurants.

For more information click here

Aerial Fitness Blood Drive

Sunday, December 3 at 9:00 AM
City Athletic Club United Blood Services Bloodmobile 7980 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas

Las Vegas artists unite to raise blood at the 4th annual Aerial Fitness Blood Drive with the United Blood Services.

Aerial artists, contortionists, singers, belly dancers and other performing artists will all come together to perform in Aerial Fitness’s show “Vegas Strong”. Aerial Fitness will host a community Blood drive on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the United Blood Services (UBS) of Las Vegas at City Athletic Club. Shows will start every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Kristi Toguchi, owner of Aerial Fitness, is hoping to raise awareness and support the blood needs in the valley by hosting a Community Blood Drive in Loving Memory of her father, Mr. Terry Toguchi.

Toguchi said “After my father passed away, I discovered that he was inducted into the Hawaii Blood Bank Wall of Fame for donating blood 142 times. Since then, creating awareness of the importance of blood donations has been a passion of mine. In my lifetime, I hope to honor him by multiplying this number by at least 10. In the recent tragic events here in Las Vegas it was a beautiful to see how many people went out of their way to donate blood to help save lives. I look forward to keeping this idea of #VegasStrong alive! And I hope you will all join me.”

All donors will receive a $10 Karma Athletics Gift Card, and be entered into a raffle with prizes from our

sponsors, and Aerial Fitness and friends will provide fun and free entertainment throughout the day.

As Southern Nevada’s community blood provider, United Blood Services relies on blood donations to

make sure blood is readily available for anyone in need. UBS currently has a need for ALL blood types,

especially O-Negative blood. O-Negative is the universal blood type and the only type that can be

transfused to patients with different blood types.

Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood by calling (702)233-9620 or online at

www.unitedbloodservices.org and enter Sponsor Code: AERIAL FITNESS. You can also contact Kristi

Toguchi at (702)886-2250 for more information.

About United Blood Services of Las Vegas

Founded in 1963, United Blood Services of Las Vegas, a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, provides blood and blood products for hospitals in Southern Nevada, California and Northern Arizona. Its programs exist to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring individuals to donate blood, producing a safe and ample blood supply, advancing cutting-edge research and embracing continuous quality improvement. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks. Nationally, United Blood Services serves more than 500 hospitals in 18 states, contributing to more than 25 million people. For more information, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org.

About Aerial Fitness

Aerial Fitness School was founded by 3rd generation performing artist, Kristi Toguchi. Located in the City Athletic Club in Summerlin, the school offers beginning through professional classes including: aerial fitness, aerial acrobatics, and flexibility. Aerial Fitness School alumni have reached their dreams of becoming professional performers and it is their mission to inspire artists in Las Vegas and beyond. Aerial Fitness is dedicated to providing performing opportunities for future artists and sponsoring events that impact the local community. Aerial Fitness provides classes and entertainment for local charities and events. For more information, visit www.Aerial-Fitness.net.

For more information visit http://www.vegas4locals.com/event/aerial-fitness-blood-drive-show/

Not So Silent Night

Sunday, December 3 at 8:00 PM
The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas

Tickets start at $35.80 (plus applicable service fees) and are available at www.axs.com. Tickets are also available by calling the Hard Rock Hotel box office at 888.9.AXS.TIX. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sale will be donated to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund including Fence Builders for building them quality fences for security.

Join us Dec. 3 at The Joint at the Hard Rock for one of the greatest Not So Silent Nights EVER!

For more information visit http://mix941fm.radio.com/not-so-silent-night/

Fast & Furriest – The Animal Foundation

Saturday, November 18 at 9:00 AM
Sunset Park, 2601 East Sunset Rd., Las Vegas

5K RUN, 1-MILE WALK, VENDOR AREA, BEER PARK, FOOD TRUCKS, ACTIVITIES, ADOPTABLE PETS, COSTUME CONTESTS…for you and your furry friend!

Join us for a family-friendly event celebrating pets and the people who love them! People and their pooches walk, run or wag their way through Sunset Park and enjoy some fresh air, exercise and quality time with a two-legged or four-legged friend!
MAKE EVERY STEP YOU TAKE COUNT BY FUNDRAISING FOR HOMELESS PETS AT THE ANIMAL FOUNDATION

Whether you are participating on your own or as part of a team, now you can make your race participation mean even more by setting up your own fundraising page. Share your page with everyone you know and let them know that as they support you, they are also helping save the lives of homeless animals in need in the Las Vegas Valley.
CAN’T MAKE IT? RUN A VIRTUAL RACE WITH US!

Even if you can’t make it to Sunset Park on November 18th you can still support The Animal Foundation in a virtual race from any location you choose. You can run, jog or walk in your own neighborhood, at the gym on a treadmill or on a trail. You get to run your own race, at your own pace. You can even create a virtual team. And, you can still invite friends and family to support you via your own fundraising page.

Note: Virtual participants still need to register to receive your t-shirt, participation medal and numbered bib. Let others support you and The Animal Foundation by setting up your own fundraising page.
NEW THIS YEAR – TEAM PARTICIPATION

Consider joining or starting a team. All it takes is one or two committed people to make a team. Invite business colleagues, family or friends to help you fundraise for The Animal Foundation. Show your team spirit with custom team shirts made by Pens Prints (pensprints.com)! Pens Prints will donate 20% of the proceeds from each shirt sold directly back to The Animal Foundation. Show your team spirit and get involved!

EVENT DAY SCHEDULE

7:30 a.m. Packet pick-up and race-day registration
9:00 a.m. 5K Run and One-Mile Walk
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fast & Furriest Festival

ENTRY FEES AND FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES [click here to register]

5K Runners: $30 online ($40 after Wednesday, November 1, 2017)
One-Mile Walkers: $20
Virtual 5K Race: $30

5K RUN AND ONE-MILE WALK GUIDELINES

No retractable leashes can be used during the event.
Well-mannered dogs are welcome to take participate (see dog jog etiquette)
There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event

PACKET PICK-UP

Early Packet Pickup

11/16 – 11am-6pm at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Town Square
11/17 – 8:30am – 6pm at The Animal Foundation

Race Day

beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Sunset Park

For more information visit https://animalfoundation.com/event/fast-furriest-5k-festival/

Winter 2017 Launch Party

Friday, December 1 at 6:00 PM
Skyfall Lounge, Delano Las Vegas, 3940 Las Vegas Blvd S, Delano Las Vegas, Las Vegas

Vegas Legal Magazine hosts a night of cocktails and prestigious company as they celebrate their Winter 2017 publication.
2017 Legal Excellence Award winners will be presented during the launch party!

For more information visit http://www.vegaslegalmagazine.com/winter-17-18-launch-party-invitation/

Top 100 Lunch by My Vegas

Wednesday, November 15 at 11:30 AM
Cili Restaurant in the Bali Hai Golf Club 5160 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas

JOIN MYVEGAS MAGAZINE AND CILI RESTAURANT AS WE PRESENT
THE TOP 100 MEN OF THE YEAR & WOMEN IN REAL ESTATE LUNCHEON!
Ticket prices increase each week!! Be sure to RSVP now!!

Goodie Bags for the first 50 guests
Thousands in grand prizes
RSVP IN ADVANCE AND GET TWO VIP TICKETS TO THE BLUE MARTINI RECOGNITION PARY!

For more information visit http://top100lunch.com/

Silver State Awards

Saturday, November 18 at 5:30 PM
Caesar’s Palace – Roman ballroom

21st Silver State Awards – Women Awards – To benefit Susan G Komen Foundation -Caesar’s Palace – Roman ballroom

5:30 PM – (Cocktail Reception – Complimentary wine & Hors d’oeuvres)

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM (Award Presentation)

WHERE: Caesars Palace – Roman Ballroom – 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd.

CONTACT: info@silverstateawards.com

For more information visit https://www.silverstateawards.com/

Fill a Bag with Cheer

It’s that time again! There are 400 kids that need our help this year during the holidays. LVHA has chosen Gwendolyn Woolley Elementary School (100% title one school) for our annual “Fill a Bag with Cheer” Holiday program. Members have the opportunity to sponsor a child by donating items including shoes, coats, socks, blanket, gloves, hats, books, toys, and clothes.

If you can help put a smile on a child this holiday by bringing a bag of cheer to a child in need, please click the link below, fill out the form, and choose the number of children you wish to help this year.

Click here to help.

Fly LINQ At The LINQ Promenade

Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR), owner of The LINQ Promenade, announced the intended addition of Fly LINQ, expected to be the first and only zipline on the Las Vegas Strip. Developed by the team behind the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, the approximately $20 million Fly LINQ features 10 side-by-side zip lines, capable of simultaneously launching all riders. The experience will be constructed on The LINQ Promenade, the open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district situated at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of next year.

“Fly LINQ will further establish The LINQ Promenade as a must-visit destination, particularly for distinctive Las Vegas entertainment experiences,” said Bob Morse, President of Hospitality, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. “This new experience will join The LINQ Promenade’s growing number of thrilling and memorable entertainment, dining and retail options.”

Guests are expected to begin their ride experience by taking an elevator designed to provide open strip views from the Vortex at The LINQ Hotel & Casino to the top of the 122-foot-tall launch tower. After enjoying spectacular views of the Strip during the ascent, it is planned that guests will arrive on the launch deck, where queuing and gear-fitting will take place. Riders can choose to ride in either a “superman” or seated position.

From the launch tower, the ride continues eastward, traveling 1,080 feet above The LINQ Promenade. Riders disembark near the base of the High Roller. To remember their exhilarating experience, guests will be able to opt to purchase professional photos—either individually or as a group—dressed in full flight gear and in mid-air.

Fly LINQ is expected to feature two automated gear retrieval lines that will keep queues moving quickly by swiftly returning gear back to the launch tower. In addition, it is planned to feature an innovative, custom-built automated ride system as well as best-in-class technology developed by global leaders in zipline construction.

Fly LINQ is being developed in conjunction with Xventure LV, LLC, a company built by hospitality and attractions industry veterans, delivering the most advanced thrill rides in the most exciting locations imaginable. Xventure specializes in high-capacity adventure rides situated in prime urban locations and Fly LINQ will be its most ambitious project to date. Xventure will lead the development and operations of Fly LINQ.

“Xventure is thrilled to work with Caesars Entertainment to give thrill seekers an adrenaline-packed experience in the center of the Las Vegas Strip,” says Joey Paulos, principal and managing member of Xventure.

Fly LINQ will reunite many of the team members behind the development of the High Roller observation wheel, including Themed Development Management (TDM) as project manager. In addition to the High Roller, TDM’s principals and executives have extensive experience in creating major theme parks and attractions.

ABOUT THE LINQ PROMENADE AND HIGH ROLLER

The LINQ Promenade, an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller, has redefined the iconic Las Vegas skyline. Located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ Promenade features more than 30 unique retail, dining and entertainment venues and plays host to a variety of special events, festivals and more. Topping out at 550 feet, the High Roller observation wheel, voted “Best Attraction of 2016” and “Best Amusement Ride of 2016” by the readers and editors of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and one of “Top 5 Trending U.S. Attractions” by TripAdvisor, is the focal point of the unique urban entertainment district. The High Roller’s 28 glass-enclosed cabins feature an interactive experience including video and music that fade away to unveil spectacular views of Las Vegas in the 30 minutes it takes to complete one full revolution. Each cabin accommodates up to 40 people. Unique in-cabin experiences including the Happy Half Hour (for guests ages 21 and over and includes an open bar inside the cabin during the 30-minute ride); North America’s first in-cabin Chocolate Tasting with Ethel M Chocolates and Yoga in the Sky (a 60-minute experience that can accommodate up to six guests per one-hour session). Cabins are also available for individual or group experiences. For more information, please visit TheLINQ.com or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find @LINQPromenade on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Party Pics – FIDF Gala

FRIENDS OF THE IDF LAS VEGAS GALA RAISES $1M TO BENEFIT ISRAELI SOLDIERS

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 7 – More than 450 members of the Las Vegas community and out-of-town guests and supporters gathered at The Venetian last week for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Las Vegas Gala and raised more than $1 million – with help from a matching gift by Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson – to support well-being and educational programs for the brave soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo attended the Nov. 1 gala, which has become one of the Las Vegas Jewish community’s largest events and honored leading defense attorney David Z. Chesnoff.

Also speaking at the gala were active-duty and former Israeli soldiers, including Staff Sgt. Reno, a Lone Soldier – one who enlists in the IDF without having any immediate family in Israel – who lived in Las Vegas and who finished his high school education during his military service, thanks to FIDF; Yaakov Daniel, who plays a counterterrorism operative in the hit Israeli Netflix series “Fauda” and whose college education was sponsored through FIDF’s IMPACT! Scholarship Program; and Staff Sgt. (Res.) Sharon, a sharpshooter in one of the world’s only coed combat infantry battalions who engaged and neutralized terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel.

Chairing the gala were FIDF National Board Members Dana and Michael Werner. Human rights attorney, author, and award-winning filmmaker Brooke Goldstein presided as the evening’s master of ceremonies. The gala also featured a musical performance by Kol Esperanza.

Goldstein, whose documentary “The Making of a Martyr” examined the recruitment of children suicide bombers, spoke of FIDF’s critical role in helping provide humanitarian programs to those who serve in the IDF.

“By providing crucial support systems for Israeli soldiers, FIDF ensures they are treated like the real heroes that they are,” she said. “Because these young men and women are fighting for the survival not just of Israel, but for the Jewish people. For us, for everyone right here in this room and for our future!”

Other distinguished guests included boxer and celebrity Mike Tyson; Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson; Nevada Supreme Court Justice Lidia S. Stiglich; Judges Mark Bailus, Joe Bonaventure, Elissa Cadish, Douglas Herndon, Abbi Silver, and Michael Villani; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; Rabbi Mendel Mintz, founder and director of Chabad Jewish Community Center in Aspen; Todd Polikoff, president and CEO of Jewish Federation of Las Vegas; Joshua Abbey, director of the Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival; Dr. William Bolt, vice president for advancement at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Nevada Assemblyman Stephen H. Silberkraus; Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz; and Brian Watson, Republican candidate for Colorado state treasurer.

The funds raised at this event will go toward FIDF well-being and educational programs for IDF soldiers. For more information or to support FIDF, please visit: www.fidf.org.

AFP Philanthropy Day Celebration

Tuesday, November 14 at 11:30 AM
The Westgate Hotel

Local Leaders in Philanthropy Honored for their Contributions
Once again, the Las Vegas community shows their generous spirit

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas’ most philanthropic-minded volunteers, community leaders and development professionals will Celebrate and Elevate Philanthropy as the Las Vegas chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP Las Vegas) honors the winners of the 2017 National Philanthropy Day® Awards, Tuesday, Nov. 14, Grand Ballroom, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3000 Paradise Road. Individual tickets are $70 and a table of 10 is $600.

According to Association of Fundraising Professionals, National Philanthropy Day® is both an official day and a grassroots movement. Every year, since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan first proclaimed November 15th as National Philanthropy Day®, communities across the globe have celebrated by hosting events to recognize contributions of donors, volunteers, foundations, leaders, corporations, and others engaged in philanthropy.

Winners are selected by the AFP Las Vegas Philanthropy Day awards committee who vetted several hundred nominations for seven categories including Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Youth Philanthropist, Outstanding Corporation, Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Development Professional, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser, and Outstanding Foundation.

“This year it was difficult to select the winners as we had so many outstanding nominations,” said Sylvia Wolf, chair for National Philanthropy Day® Las Vegas. “We’re truly humbled by the impact these winners have made in our community.”

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please visit www.afplasvegas.org

For more information visit https://afplasvegas.org/events/national-philanthropy-day/

2017 Season of Lights Soiree

Sunday, December 10 at 5:00 PM
At the home of Michael Tang 19 Hawk Ridge Drive Las Vegas, NV 89135

This annual event honors supporters of the Sharon Sigesmund-Pierce and Stephen Pierce Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. The Touro Luminary Award will be presented to Mark Frissora, Jan Jones-Blackhurst, and Caesars Entertainment. Tracy and Robert Eglet and Monica Jackson, Fox 5 News will be presented with the Star of the Center Award. Funds raised will go to support families receiving treatment in the Center.

For more information visit https://give.tun.touro.edu/pages/2017Season