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Cass’ Corner | November 2014


November is here, as evidenced by the shock of cool weather we have just experienced, the deconstruction of pumpkin lawn decorations, and the wrap up of the World Series.
We have seen many of you out and about, picking apples at Gilcrease, cleaning up at Dynamo Day, on the rooftop at Drai’s, or using your good energy to assemble dental hygiene kits with us a few weeks back.

We were thrilled to see so many of you at our Community in Blue celebration on October 23. If you haven’t already, check out the photos from that day of collective impact and passion. Check out the award winners!

This time of year makes us feel a palpable surge in goodwill towards man (and earth) as folks center on family, being outside, and what is truly important.

As I said, we have seen many of our friends, volunteers, donors and staff out in the community and we will continue to do so with some exciting events coming up.
Tonight, we will see our YPS friends at TPC. Come join us for some sharing, great views and meet some members of TPC and other newcomers.
And, we will join hundreds of folks and our WLC members this tomorrow for our 7th Suit Drive, held at the NV Energy parking lot from 7a-2p. Please bring professional items and see how lives can be impacted right away.

On November 20th, we hope to see many community faces at the Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at Texas Station. This event is an inspiring gathering of community leaders and students. The annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was founded more than 50 years ago after Las Vegas Mayor Oran Gragson attended a President’s Prayer Breakfast hosted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Cities around the country continue to honor this tradition.

On November 29th, we look forward to seeing you at the Neon Bazaar Luxury Pop-Up Market at Tower of Jewels at Tower of Jewels on Sahara. Roughly 15 luxury retailers will come together for a surprising pop-up shopping experience like none other. Enjoy champagne and get your holiday shopping started!

Soon after, we are very excited to see many of you on December 2nd at our Holi “day” of Giving, a full day of holiday giving back volunteering opportunities in the areas of Education, Health and Financial Stability. Get your good on and join us at one of three various activities throughout the day.

This past week I was excited to visit United Way of Salt Lake City to see their accomplished work in the community. Focusing on family stability, this United Way has developed centers around which the community has rallied to offer struggling families complete wraparound services to bolster every dimension of the family. There are lessons to be learned here, as we share our successes with them as well. We are so appreciative to have such a strong network. United Ways around the country are doing extraordinary work in the community.

This week also marks the election. We are proud to see one of our own elected to Assemblyman! Congratulations to Nelson Araujo, we know you will continue to do great things in our community.

From all of us to you, thank you for what you do to empower our community to grow, change and improve. Happy Fall to All.

In friendship,


On the Campaign Trail | November 2014

The Campaign Trail has been well traveled in the past month or so. We are in the midst of some great energy with our campaigns. NV Energy, Enterprise Holdings and Las Vegas Metro are all in full swing with some key campaigns winding down like Cox Communications and Boyd Gaming. Every campaign is incredibly different and infused…More

Community Calendar | November 2014

11.7.14 WLC’s Women’s Fall Suit Drive Please donate your women’s professional attire to the WLC’s Women’s Fall Suit Drive held on Friday, November 7, 7am – 2pm at 6226 W. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89151. Hosted by the United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council, the annual one-day suit drive collects suits and…More

Loyal Contributor | Jeff Rodefer

For Jeff Rodefer public service has been a way of life from an early age. His father was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent in Northern Nevada, his mother also served with the FBI and Jeff served with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office for 13 years. His parents met in Portland, Oregon while…More

Me & My Recipe | Baked Cider Mill Donuts

Baked Cider Mill Donuts Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 25 Minutes Ingredients DONUTS: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup white sugar 2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp apple pie spice 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup apple cider ¼ cup milk 2 eggs, beaten 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tbsp. butter, melted CINNAMON…More

Tocqueville Spotlight | Tom Kovach and Matt McCarthy

Born thousands of miles apart, Las Vegas brought together Tom Kovach and Matt McCarthy to make a difference in southern Nevada. Both are incredibly active in the community that they call home. Matt was born in New York but spent almost his entire life in southern Nevada. Studying for his master’s degree in public administration,…More

Bring on the Turkey! | 10 Unique Thanksgiving Ideas

Fall is in the air, days are getting chilly and the leaves are changing colors from golden yellow to burnt orange and fiery red. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and whether you are hosting your own celebration or just planning on sitting on the sidelines, we thought we would share some unique ideas to…More

A Super Saturday “Smile” Kit Assembly

On Saturday, October 4, 2014 an amazing group of volunteers came together at United Way of Southern Nevada to help families lead healthier lives through good oral health. There were 8 year olds to 81 year olds who created cards with positive messages, assembled over 4,000 dental hygiene kits and helped to clean up and…More

Me & My Recipe | Holly LaMontagne

Holly LaMontagne was born and raised in south Detroit in the small, waterfront suburb of Wyandotte, Michigan, which is about 50 yards across the Detroit River from Ontario, Canada. As an only child to a mom who’s a high school librarian and a dad who works in insurance, Holly basically grew up on a stage,…More

United Way of Southern Nevada Announces the Women’s Leadership Council Fall Suit Drive, Nov. 7

United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) will host its 7th Annual “Women’s Fall Suit Drive” from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, November 7 at the NV Energy parking lot at 6226 W. Sahara Ave. WLC is collecting new and gently-used, clean professional attire including suits, dresses, pants and tops on…More

Elizabeth’s Life is Changed Through the WLC Suit Drive

Sometimes all it takes is a boost of confidence to get back on your feet and begin making strides towards a new future. For many women like Elizabeth, receiving a new suit provides inspiration and assurance to help them during critical job interviews and court appearances. Young and energetic Elizabeth received an outfit from the Women’s Leadership…More

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Holi “DAY” of Giving – Tuesday, December 2

Share the generous spirit of the holidays and get involved three ways this year. Spend an hour or the day experiencing giving back through the building blocks of a good life, Education, Health and Financial Stability. Education Holiday Volunteer Opportunity FA-LA-LA: ELVES AT PRESCHOOL Register here Join us at two of our partner preschool centers in…More