Vegas PBS and the U.S. Small Business Administration partnered to Host The SBA Nevada Small Business Awards.

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Honorees included:

  • Small Businessperson of the Year: Bradley Burdsall, owner, Egg Works and Egg & I
  • Minority-owned Business of the Year: Enrique Villar-Mendez, president, Radioactive Productions
  • Women-owned Business of the Year: Jennifer DeHaven, president and CEO, Millenium Staffing Solutions
  • Veteran-owned Business of the Year: Robert Daniel, president, Pridestaff
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year: Brian Howard, president, DS3Tek
  • Women’s Business Advocate of the Year: Leanna Jenkins, director, Nevada Women’s Business Center
  • Small Business Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Cushman, SCORE Counselor, SCORE 

    Read more at: Vegas Inc

Preview: Keep Memory Alive ‘Power Of Love’ Toasts Tony Bennett’s 90th

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As every annual Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” Gala draws to a successful close, founder Larry Ruvo starts to worry. Not just over the final money raised from ticket sales and auction bidding, which must fund the next 12 months of work, research and awareness projects of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
His fear also is, “How will we top that incredible night in 12 months?” He’ll fret again Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena as the 90th birthday salute to Tony Bennett draws to a close. It’ll be a bigger concern in 2017 because it will be the 21st anniversary, and he knows that he’ll have to pull out all the stops to make it the best show to date.

Read more at: The Las Vegas Sun

Team Nevada Members Participate in Nationwide Flag Signing

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Official Transplant Games of America Flag to be Signed by Local Transplant Recipients and Donor Family Member

Las Vegas – On Friday, Feb. 12, members of Team Nevada and Nevada Donor Network will come together at University Medical Center of Southern Nevada’s Center for Transplantation to celebrate the countdown to the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games. Transplant recipients who will represent Nevada at the Games will sign the official Transplant Games flag which is being sent across the country for signatures from the more than 40 participating teams. The flag will return to Cleveland, Ohio where it will fly over Cleveland Public Auditorium during the Opening Ceremonies of the Transplant Games.

The Transplant Games of America is a multi-sport festival event that celebrates organ, cornea and tissue donation. Thousands of transplant recipients, living donors and donor family members from across the United States will travel to Cleveland for the five day event this summer. Transplant recipients can compete in a number of events including track and field, swimming, cycling, volleyball, bowling, basketball and non-traditional events such as ballroom dancing, corn hole (bean bag toss) and Texas Hold-em Poker. Donor family members are not eligible to compete in athletic events, but can participate in special workshops and events such as the donor tribute. The Transplant Games will take place in Cleveland June 10-15, 2016.

UMC’s Center for Transplantation will also open its doors to the public to learn more about living donation and UMC’s recent enrollment in the HRSA Workplace Partnerships for Life program, a nationwide initiative aimed at raising donor registration.

WHAT:  2016 Transplant Games of America Team Nevada signing and UMC Center for Transplantation Open House

WHO:    Team Nevada members including local kidney and heart recipients and donor family member, Nevada Donor Network, UMC Center for Transplantation

WHERE:    University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Center for Transplantation, 901 Rancho Lane, Suite 250, Las Vegas, NV 89106

WHEN:  10:00a.m., Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

CONTACT: Raquel Sanchez, The Ferraro Group, 702-367-7771 (office), 702-809-8347 (cell)
Kelli Little, Nevada Donor Network, 503-871-5772 (cell)

The 4th International Congress On Cardiac Problems In Pregnancy

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“The Fourth International Congress on Cardiac Problems in Pregnancy (CPP) 2016″ goals are to continue advancing the knowledge and expertise of health care professionals around the globe by exchange of information, including unique clinical cases and debates, development of collaborative research both basic and clinical, discuss, adopt and upgrade recent guidelines for the management of cardiovascular conditions during pregnancy and the post partal period. The program will include invited lectures, workshops as well as original oral and poster presentations, clinical cases and debates which will cover a wide spectrum of topics in all disciplines related to pregnancy associated cardiovascular conditions.

The congress will take place on February 27 – March 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, USA.

Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino
3700 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89103

For further details or to register, visit

12th Annual Multicultural Luncheon

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12th Annual Multicultural Luncheon
Hosted by Nathan Adelson Hospice

Presenting: “Imagining Life.. A Crescendo to the End”

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. BJ Miller

Dr. BJ Miller, a nationally known speaker and physician brings unique experience to understanding end-of-life issues. An electrical shock sustained while a Princeton undergraduate nearly cost him his life. Through this lens, Dr. Miller has developed an extraordinary sense of presence and understanding. His insight, remarkable experience and many roles at Zen Hospice Project (ZHP) in San Francisco, including board member, executive director, and now medical director and advocate has broadened awareness of hospice issues . Zen Hospice Project is a pioneering integration of social and medical services grounded in spirituality and humanity.
Dr. Miller will inspire us to a better understanding of end-of-life issues. His discussion of the Zen Hospice Project, “the Art of Dying Well” as it’s sometimes referred, will engage us in comprehending the sensory awareness of life’s richness and how we can change the experience of dying.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Orleans Hotel & Casino
Esplanade Ballroom
4500 West Tropicana Ave

Registration/Expo: 10:30 am
Luncheon: 11:30 am Tickets: $75/person
Table of 10: $700/table

Sponsorships are available.
For more information please call 702.938.3910
Please Rsvp by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Touro Gala

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The annual ‘Touro Gala’  will take place on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the elegant Four Seasons Hotel. This beautiful venue will serve as the backdrop for a sumptuous meal, signature cocktails, wonderful entertainment, as well as the presentation of the Touro Awards of Distinction. An integral part of the evening’s festivities will be our silent auction. All funds raised at the Touro Gala go to support the Touro Scholarship Fund helping our bright, motivated and capable students complete their studies to the best of their ability – regardless of their financial circumstances.

Sunday, March 6, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Four Seasons Hotel
3960 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV

Silent Auction

Cocktail Attire

Tickets are $236 per person

Click here to Register or learn more about the event. 

Oral Health America Expands To Bring Needed Oral Health Care To Las Vegas Region

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas Joins National School-Based Dental Health Program Network to Serve Children in Critical Need of Dental Care

Las Vegas, January 15, 2016 — Oral Health America (OHA) is pleased to welcome Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas (RMHC), Inc., Nevada Health Centers, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine (UNLV SDM) and Future Smiles to the Smiles Across America® (SAA) network. The partnership will afford the Vegas-based programs expansion of oral health prevention services to underinsured school-aged children and boost dental literacy.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 9:00am to 12pm at RMHC of Greater Las Vegas, 2323 Potosi Street, the partners will come together to celebrate with a short program, meet and greet with Ronald McDonald and an interactive brush-a-thon featuring Las Vegas students learning the importance of brushing their teeth. The presentation will begin at 9:30 am with a few words from our keynote speaker, Terri Jamison, VP of Community Development at United Way of Southern Nevada and will be attended by some community leaders.

“Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas (RMHC), Inc., Nevada Health Centers, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine (UNLV SDM) and Future Smiles are committed to reaching hundreds of under-served children throughout Las Vegas and rural Nevada, many of whom do not have access to any oral health care. We are honored to welcome these worthy collaborative programs to the SAA network by helping them expand to capacity and positively impact even more children,” said OHA President and CEO Beth Truett.


Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Holds Kickin’ It For Cartwheel Kickball Tournament To Benefit Camp Cartwheel Summer Camp

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NCCF invites participants to compete in tournament with all funds raised to send critically ill children to Camp Cartwheel this summer

LAS VEGAS (Jan. 12, 2016) — Kickin’ it for Cartwheel, a kickball tournament hosted by the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, will be held 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Arroyo Grande Sports Complex at 298 N. Arroyo Grande Boulevard in Henderson, Nevada. A newly-launched event for 2016, all proceeds will benefit Camp Cartwheel, a supervised and overnight camp experience for children diagnosed with cancer or other life- threatening illnesses. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Camp Cartwheel.

Groups, companies and individuals, ages 15 and above, are invited to register a team (by Feb. 15) and compete in the kickball tournament. Teams must consist of a minimum of 10 people ($250 team registration fee) and a maximum of 12 people ($300 team registration fee) with an equal number of men and women team members. Each participant who registers will receive a Kickin’ it for Cartwheel t-shirt. Awards will be given for first, second and third place performing teams in the tournament with a special award for the most creative team uniform. Recognizing that people most often search online for charitable and volunteer opportunities, the foundation will leverage its Facebook  and YouTube social media sites to promote the event.

For more information and to register a team for Kickin’ it for Cartwheel, please call the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702-735-8434 or visit

About Camp Cartwheel:

Camp Cartwheel includes four fun-filled days of swimming, scuba diving, arts and crafts, canoeing, outdoor games, and more. The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s staff and volunteers provide more than 200 campers, ages five through 17, the chance to form positive peer relationships, develop greater independence and self-esteem, and have the opportunity to feel like a healthy child. More than 150 camp staff and volunteers help children overcome the physical, mental and emotional obstacles posed by childhood disease. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Camp Cartwheel.

About the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation:

Celebrating its 23rd anniversary of servicing the community, the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1993, which offers more than 45 programs and services including a variety of educational services, financial support and counseling for critically-ill children and their families living in Southern Nevada. The foundation’s mission is to work side by side with the medical community to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs to families of ALL children diagnosed with a life threatening or critical illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders and other immunologic diseases as well as to adults touched by cancer. Contact the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702-735-8434 or visit for pediatric services and for services for adults touched by cancer.

Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Pet Therapy Program Kicks Off ‘5th Annual Winter Dog Bed & Blanket Drive’ In Support Of Local Animal Shelters

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Nathan Adelson Hospice’s Pet Therapy Program today announced its 5th Annual Dog Bed & Blanket Drive in support of animals at local shelters. The Pet Therapy Program, which comprises 14 trained therapy dogs, continues to help keep animals warm this season as the colder weather permeates the Las Vegas valley.

From Jan. 4 through Feb. 28, 2016, all Nathan Adelson locations will serve as a drop-off point for new or gently used items including: dog beds; blankets; towels; wash cloths; linens; and unopened pet food. The addresses are: 4141 Swenson St., Las Vegas; in the MountainView Medical Office Building, 3150 N. Tenaya Way (near Cheyenne), Suite 350, Las Vegas; 2270 E. Commercial Rd., Suite A/B in Pahrump; and 1201 Nevada State Drive in Henderson.

According to Lisa Browder, manager of the Complementary Therapies Program for Nathan Adelson Hospice, more than 5,258 items were donated to local shelters over the last four winter seasons thanks to the generous collections received by community members.

“Since the majority of the pets in our Pet Therapy program are shelter animals, we love to support homeless animals and the shelters that take care of them, especially as the weather turns chilly,” Browder said. “We always strive to help the animals living in shelters.”

The Pet Therapy Program is under the Bonnie Schreck Memorial Complementary Therapies Program, which was created in 1999 as a means by which the hospice could provide a greater range of valuable therapies to patients. Patients and loved ones are able to request various therapies and techniques, such as pet therapy, reiki, reflexology, massage, and aromatherapy, to help ease discomfort by providing a calming and soothing environment. The goal is to provide the most effective, innovative and compassionate care possible. The Pet Therapy Program’s innovative strategy is designed to help improve the quality of life for hospice patients and has been one of the most successful therapies implemented thus far. It has been shown that spending time with a friendly animal can lift depression, lower blood pressure and respiratory rates, and bring comfort.

About Nathan Adelson Hospice

Nathan Adelson Hospice, the trusted partner in providing hospice care and palliative medicine for more than 35 years, is the largest non-profit hospice in Southern Nevada, caring for an average of 400 hospice and palliative patients daily. In 1978, Nathan Adelson Hospice began providing home care hospice service in Southern Nevada with the mission to offer patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in the community. In 1983, Nathan Adelson Hospice opened an in-patient hospice in Las Vegas, and today the hospice is recognized as a national model for superior hospice care.

The mission of the hospice is to be the Hospice of Choice, the Employer of Preference and a Training Center of Excellence. Its vision is simple: no one should end the journey of life alone, afraid or in pain. The hospice also is home to The Center for Compassionate Care, a non-profit counseling agency providing individual, group and family counseling services to address grief, loss and issues related to surviving life-threatening illnesses. For more information, visit

Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation To Honor Supporters And Children With Critical Illnesses At “22nd Annual Profiles Of Courage Gala” Saturday, Nov. 21

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The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation invites the community to join in support of critically ill children and adults touched by cancer in Southern Nevada

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LAS VEGAS (Oct. 29, 2015) – The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) presents its 22nd Annual Profiles of Courage Dinner Gala and auction proudly honoring the children they serve and supporters of the foundation. The gala will be held at Bellagio Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 6p.m. All proceeds benefit NCCF’s Project ARK (Aids & Resources for Kids), the psychological, emotional, educational and financial support services for families of children suffering from cancer and life threatening illnesses, as well as NCCF’s adult services program, The Caring Place, providing healing arts and wellness programs for adults touched by cancer.

“We look forward to this event which highlights the people and companies who support our efforts in this community year after year,” said Jeff Gordon, NCCF president and CEO.  “We are fortunate to provide more than 22 years of service in our community to critically ill children and adults touched by cancer who embody courage and hope as they fight a daily battle against disease. We are proud to honor and serve them.”

NCCF will honor several “heroes,” children who are in the NCCF programs, for their strength and courage. Awards include:

  • “The Special Angel:” Given to the family of Luis Margarito whose spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of all those that he touched before losing his battle against cancer.
  • “Children of Courage:” Dace Davis, age five, and Victoria Godkin, age 15, will both receive this award for demonstrating bravery and courage through the challenges of battling critical illnesses and providing strength to those around them.
  • “Student of the Year:” Demetrio DiSalvo, age seven, will receive this honor for his commitment, perseverance and dedication to his education during his fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
  • “Sibling of the Year:” Douglas Compson, age 16, is brother to Steven who was diagnosed as a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since then, Douglas has become Steven’s partner in dealing with the challenges he has faced with his diagnosis. Douglas is active in NCCF events, workshops and volunteering.
  • “Family of Courage:” Paul Moran Family – Paul Moran and his family will receive this award together for their strength, resilience and courage in their fight against the cancer with which Paul was diagnosed.

Other awards for the evening include:

  • “Community Angels:” Chart-topping pop artist Britney Spears in partnership with and Tony Hsieh will be honored for their continued support and donations to fund a future building site in the Southern Nevada community to encompass both the pediatric and adult services provided by Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
  • “Volunteers of the Year:” Justin Cook will be honored for his service to NCCF and Camp Cartwheel. Meagan Henderson will also be honored for her service to developing and participating in NCCF teen programs and activities.  Also, Lucinda Hoye will be honored for her support of adults touched by cancer and her volunteer efforts at The Caring Place.
  • “Healthcare Professional of Year:” Toni Mullan, RN, will be honored for her service, care and time she shares as a member of the medical staff at NCCF’s Camp Cartwheel each year.

Major sponsors for the event include PENTA Building Group, Southwest Specialty Contractors, Component West, Bombard Electric, ValleyCrest Landscape Companies, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada and Scientific Games.

Tickets for the 22nd Annual Profiles of Courage Gala are $250 per person.  For more information, please call the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702-735-8434 or visit You can also follow the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @NVCCF.

About the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation:

Servicing the Southern Nevada community for more than 22 years, the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1993, which offers over 45 programs and services including a variety of educational services, financial support and counseling for critically-ill children and their families living in Southern Nevada. The foundation’s mission is to work side by side with the medical community to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs to families of ALL children diagnosed with a life threatening or critical illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders and other immunologic diseases as well as to adults touched by cancer. Contact the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at 702-735-8434 or visit them at for pediatric services and for services for adults touched by cancer.