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The Notes: Philanthropy, Sept. 7, 2020

Project 150 received a $20,000 grant from the ISA Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on healthy nutrition and support for underserved children, wellness education for all, aid for those affected by natural disasters and the pursuit of racial equality. The grant will be used to provide assistance to homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students and their families.

The Rogers Foundation awarded $75,000 in grants to three local arts and education programs. The Gift of Imagination was awarded to the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation; the Gift of Assurance was presented to ProjectHEAL in conjunction with Lee Antonello Elementary School; and the Gift of Knowledge was awarded to Reading in Motion. Following a competitive application and review process performed in conjunction with Grantwell, a program within the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs at UNLV, this year’s grant winners each received $25,000.

Adam Kutner & Associates donated $1,000 each to Las Vegas Fashion Council Mask Task Force, Serving Our Kids Foundation and Project Marilyn to provide protective safety masks to the community, fight childhood hunger and end period poverty.

The Folded Flag Foundation, a nonprofit committed to honoring America’s fallen heroes by providing their families with financial support for education, awarded more than $1.5 million in scholarships to 356 recipients for the 2020-21 school year. These scholarships help Gold Star spouses and children fund their educational needs.

Create a Change received a $5,000 donation from U.S. Bank Foundation and a $10,000 donation from Gard Jameson, with a match from State Restaurant Equipment Co. This funding will provide Create a Change health and wellness programming and activities for 6,000 students for the 2020-21 school year.

The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada invites the public to join the fight against cancer with the annual Candlelighters Superhero 5K. The organization’s largest fundraiser will be held virtually this year due to COVID-19. Participants can gather family, friends and co-workers to form a team to race or walk during the weeklong event kicking off virtually via Facebook Live on September 19.

JDRF, which funds Type 1 diabetes research, has partnered with Shell for the Community Pump Program to help aid their fundraising efforts. Green Valley Grocery, at Fort Apache Road and Hacienda Avenue, features two gasoline pumps branded with JDRF’s imagery. A donation of three cents per gallon will be donated from each of those pumps to JDRF. In addition, Nevada State Bank’s president and CEO, Terry Shirey, will chair the 2020 JDRF One Walk event, to be held virtually November 1.

HomeAid Southern Nevada, in partnership with CARE Complex, distributed nearly 300 backpacks with essential items to those experiencing homelessness. Each backpack includes socks, protein bars, shampoo, body wash, a toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, lotion, sunscreen packets and water bottles.

Las Vegas Sands announced the recipients of the Mr. Sheldon G. and Dr. Miriam Adelson Citizenship Awards, presented by Sands Cares. The award recognizes team members across all the company’s business regions who have demonstrated a dedication to giving back to local communities and important causes. This year’s Las Vegas honorees and “Sands Cares Heroes” include Taisacan Hall, resort services agent; Joshua Robinson, SOX and control initiatives director (corporate accounting) and Brandee Wade, vice president of finance operations.

Tyler Robinson Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting children battling childhood cancer, was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Engelstad Foundation, an organization focused on education, health care and childhood issues. TRT also received an Encompass rating of 100/100 from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator. The rating system is a comprehensive evaluation tool that analyzes nonprofit performance based on finance and accountability, impact and results, leadership and adaptability, and culture and community.

Sisters Caroline and Lauren Edgeworth, co-chairs of Hope Means Nevada Teen Committee, helped organize teens to paint more than 100 river rocks with colorful messages of hope, friendship, love and acceptance to raise awareness of mental health issues exacerbated during the pandemic. In honor of International Friendship Day on August 4, teens hosted their Hope Rocks activation, starting at Lorenzi Park.

Desert Radiology donated three ultrasound units to Radiologists Without Borders, a nonprofit organization that provides diagnostic imaging equipment, services, training and support to medically underserved communities around the world. The nonprofit will send Desert Radiology’s ultrasound units to health facilities across Ukraine.

This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.