For Immediate Release
LAS VEGAS – August 9, 2012 – The only Braille resource library in the state, housed at the Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) office, got a much-needed upgrade this week with the addition of three new wooden book carrels, purchased with a generous donation from Timbers Hospitality Group. An unexpected gift of the kid-sized solid wood carrels on wheels helped to better browse, organize and display Braille books.
“We are so grateful to Timbers, one of our long-time sponsors, for giving us this opportunity to improve our library resources,” said Linda Maneen, NBCF’s Director of Operations. “An unexpected gift like this means the world to NBCF
, and allows our children greater access to the Braille books that are available for their enjoyment.”
With resources like pre-reader books with Braille and print words interlined to high school novels like the Harry Potter series, the Braille library at NBCF is open during the week and is free to children who are blind and their parents.
Timbers Hospitality Group has been an advocate for NBCF since its inception in 2006, donating proceeds from its annual Horny Toad Golf Tournament, and supporting the Ladybug Campaign each May by selling paper ladybugs in its many locations in Las Vegas and Henderson.
About Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation is dedicated to providing information and services that enable families, health care professionals, and the community to understand and meet the unique needs of infants and children who are blind or visually impaired. NBCF offers direct services which include education for parents, support services, Braille library, referrals, educational and support services including blind specific technology. These services are offered free of charge to all children who are blind or visually impaired in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit www.nvblindchildren.org.
NEVADA BLIND CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION CHOSEN AS BENEFICIARY OF WINE WEEK
AT HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO
Charitable initiative donates 25% of sales from select wines to benefit children who are blind
LAS VEGAS – July 11, 2012 – Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation will be honored by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino during its program known as Wine Week, a new charity initiative taking place at the restaurant 35 Steaks + Martinis. NBCF has been selected as the recipient for the unique event, and the resort and restaurant is dedicating the week of Sunday, July 22 through Thursday, July 26 to help raise funds for the programs and services offered to children who are blind through NBCF.
During Wine Week, an expansive selection of wines will be offered, giving guests a 25 percent discount, with the equivalent amount to the discount (25%) donated back to Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation. For example: $100 bottle of wine; guests will receive the bottle for $75 (25%) and NBCF will receive $25 from that sale (25% of the value).
“We are so honored to have been chosen as one of the recipients from this very unique and fun event,” said Linda Maneen, NBCF’s Director of Operations. “It’s through programs like this that we get to share the message with the community that Las Vegas needs services for children who are blind here in our state.”
The premier wines on the 35 Steaks + Martinis menu range in price and selection including Ferrari Carano, Jordan Russian River, Cakebread, Far Niente, Flowers Pinot, Chalk Hill, Newton Vineyards, Silver Oak, Rubicon, and Quintessa, allowing all wine enthusiasts to participate and enjoy.
For Immediate Release
NEVADA BLIND CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION TO BENEFIT
FROM WHOLE FOODS MARKET 5% DAY
Henderson location will donate proceeds from sales on Wednesday, July 18
LAS VEGAS – June 26, 2012 – Shoppers at the Henderson Whole Foods Market will be helping to raise money for blind and visually impaired children when they pick up their groceries on Wednesday, July 18. With the yearly charitable program known as Whole Foods Market 5% Day, five percent of the day’s net sales from the Henderson location will be donated to Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF).
“We are so grateful to have been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Whole Foods 5% Day,” explained NBCF Director of Operations Linda Maneen. “What we want is the community to be aware of the resources and services we offer to children with visual impairments. Opportunities like this help us to spread the word to people who might not know that Nevada desperately needs services for children who are blind in our state.”
Established in 2004 by a local couple whose son was born blind, NBCF serves as a resource for families with children who are blind looking to meet their specialized educational needs. With programs like blind-specific technology, children’s therapies, parent support meetings, special sporting events, summer camp, after-school tutoring, and other educational services, NBCF is helping to bridge the gap in services offered through regular education.
Whole Foods Market Henderson is located at 100 South Green Valley Parkway, and is open from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2012
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation Hosts Inaugural Women’s Fashion Show
Event Raises Funds for Children who are blind, and Honors “Women of Inspiration”
LAS VEGAS – In an effort to continue providing services to the families of children who are blind in Las Vegas, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) will host Designing Dreams: Fashion for a Cause, its inaugural fashion show, at 6 p.m. inside Mandalay Bay on Friday, July 20. This fundraising event will raise critical funds needed to help Las Vegas-area children who are blind or visually impaired.
Individual tickets are priced in four levels: Silver seats are $100, Gold seats are $150, Platinum seats are $175, and Diamond seats are $200. For more information about Designing Dreams, or to purchase tickets, visit www.nvblindchildren.org or call 702.735.6223.
Designing Dreams will feature a silent auction and cocktail reception, followed by a women’s fashion show with fashions provided by designers Alexis Carballosa, Tadashi Shoji, Elizabeth Calderon, Dayana Rueda, and Francisco Azucar.
“We are thrilled to have the incredible talent represented by these visionary fashion designers, and local women of distinction,” said Fran Mansfield, NBCF Vice-President. “It is our distinct privilege to showcase their cutting-edge fashions, and to honor the “Women of Inspiration” who have contributed so much to our community.
The event also honors local Las Vegas women who have proudly represented and supported the community with their work in many many different areas. These “Women of Inspiration” include:
- Tibi Ellis, Strategist and Author
- Terri Janison, Unitel Way
- Phyllis James, EVP SP Counsel/Chief Diversity Officer, MGM Resort Intl
- Michelle DiTondo, SVP HR, MGM Resorts Intl
- Monterey Brookman, Independent Public Relations and Communications Professional
- Paulina Biggs, General Counsel, Chile
- Carrie Henderson, Founder/President BESTagency
- Nina Radetich, Channel 13 Anchor
- Kay Chaundry
- Amy Hooks, Founder/Spiderweb Club
- Kathleen Von Schaefer, Consular Chamber of Commence
“It is my honor to be named a “Women of Inspiration” by Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation,” explained Tibi Ellis. “What I think is most inspirational is the work that happens inside NBCF, and the ability that the Foundation has on a daily basis to change the lives of children who are desperately in need of educational support.”
Proceeds from Designing Dreams will benefit services provided by NBCF and directly enhance the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired.
For Immediate Release
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation Holds Third Annual Ladybug Ball
at Aria Resort and Casino Saturday, May 19
Tickets Now On Sale
LAS VEGAS – In an effort to continue providing services to the families of children who are blind and visually impaired in Las Vegas, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) will host the Ladybug Ball in the Pinyon Ballroom at Aria Resort and Casino on Saturday, May 19 at 6 p.m. The annual fundraising event will raise critical funds needed to help Las Vegas-area children who are blind and visually impaired.
Individual tickets are priced at $200 and tables of 10 are $2,000. Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nvblindchildren.org or call 702.735.6223.
“The Ladybug Ball is our most important event and provides essential funds to make a difference in the educational support of the children we help each year,” said Linda Maneen, NBCF’s Director of Operations. “With dinner and dancing, the Ladybug Ball always stands out as a fun event for a great cause. You won’t want to miss it.”
Hosted by Kim and Dana Wagner from “Wake Up with the Wagners” on KSNV My News 3, the evening begins with the sounds of the Liberace Scholars String Quartet as guests indulge in exquisite wines and spirits, and hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail reception. Guests have the opportunity to bid on more than 100 luxury items and packages featured in the silent auction. Live music will keep the energy alive throughout the program as renowned chefs Shawn McClain of Sage (Aria), Akira Black of Yellowtail (Bellagio), and Megan Romano of Chocolate and Spice Bakery prepare an amazing gourmet dinner. Spirits and wine will be provided throughout the entire evening by Southern Wine & Spirits.
Event sponsors and partners include Epicurean Charitable Foundation (ECF), Southern Wine & Spirits, United Healthcare, UMR, Wynn Resorts, OptumRX, INFOR, and Liberty Dental. Proceeds from the Ladybug Ball will benefit services provided by NBCF and directly enhance the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired.
About Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation is dedicated to providing information and services that enable families, health care professionals, and the community to understand and meet the unique needs of infants and children who are blind or visually impaired. NBCF offers direct services which include education for parents, support services, Braille library, referrals, educational and support services including blind specific technology. These services are offered free of charge to all children who are blind or visually impaired in Southern Nevada.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2012
Stephanie Stallworth, 545-1003
Program Administrator, Cox Charities
Cox Charities awards $190,000 in grant monies to 42 local non-profit organizations
On Wednesday, March 7, Cox Charities awarded $190,000 in grants to 42 local non-profit organizations that support Southern Nevada’s children, families and/or education, including programs focused on S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.
“Our employees consistently show their generosity to our community through their donations to Cox Charities,” said Steve Schorr, vice president of public and government affairs for Cox Las Vegas. “We are tremendously proud to support these diverse Southern Nevada organizations and the very important programs each offer.”
This is the fifth grant cycle for Cox Charities, which has awarded nearly $600,000 to local organizations since 2007. Cox Charities is funded primarily by Cox employee contributions and a variety of fundraisers including an annual Cox Employee Golf Tournament.
Cox Charities Grant Recipients include:
Assistance League of Las Vegas – Pocket Books Program; Blindconnect, Inc., — Transitions Program; Children’s Heart Foundation – Camp Mend-A-Heart; Cultural Diversity Foundation, Inc. – Winning Scholarships for College Online; EDG Robotics, FRC Team 987 at Cimarron-Memorial High School – Mobile Robotics Machine Shop; Horses4Heroes – 8*9*10: Ride to Win! Program; I Have a Dream Foundation, Las Vegas – Dreamer Services; Las Vegas Natural History Museum – Mobile Museum; Lied Discovery Children’s Museum – House Calls Program; MIND Research Institute – Las Vegas Math Initiative; Miracle Flights for Kids – Flights for sick children; Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation – Camp Mariposa; Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation – After-School Program; Nevada Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation – Camp Independence; Nevada Child Seekers – radKIDs Basic Safety Skills Classes; Nevada Community Associates, Inc. – I Excel After School Tutorial Program; Project REAL – Your Day in Court Program; Special Olympics Nevada – School Partnership Program; Spread the Word Nevada – Kids to Kids Literacy Program; The Center, Gay and Lesbian Community Center of SN – Youth Activity Center; The Public Education Foundation – Reach Out and Read Program; The Salvation Army Clark County – SAY (Salvation Army Youth) Klub Afterschool and Together We Can – Tonopah Community Garden; 100 Black Men of Las Vegas, Inc., $4,000 for Mentoring the 100 Way; American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter, $3,000 for Family Wellness Initiative; Anthony L. Pollard Foundation, $4,500 for Study Island program; Baby’s Bounty, $2,905 for the Baby Car-Go Program; Best Buddies Nevada, $3,000 for Best Buddies program in middle and high schools; Blind Center of Nevada, Inc., $2,500 for a Computer Training Center; Club Christ Ministries, $3,500 for CCM youth centers;Corner4Success Charitable Foundation, $3,000 for the C4S G.I.R.L.S. Club; Easter Seals of Southern Nevada, $4,500 for Social Skills for middle schoolers with autism; Family and Child Treatment of Southern Nevada (FACT), $3,500 Teen Crisis Intervention Program (TCIP); Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Inc., $4,950 for the Hometown Heroes Program; Las Vegas Rescue Mission, $4,200 for the Family Food Pantry program; Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, $4,320 for the Patient/Sibling Sickle Cell Support Group & Teen Council; Nevada Diabetes Association, $3,000 for Injection Connection for diabetic teens; Olive Crest, $3,500 in Flex Funds Emergency Relief; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas, $3,000 for the Lunch Is On Us program; Southern Nevada Center for Independent Living, $4,825 for Disability Awareness Day; The Shade Tree, $3,000 for its literacy program and computers and Women’s Development Center, $1,800 for Life Skills Workshops for adults and children.
For more information or to request a Cox Charities grant, please go to www.cox.com/lasvegas/coxcharities.
For Immediate Release
December 2, 2011
NEVADA BLIND CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE BOARD MEMBERS, SELECTS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
LAS VEGAS – November 9, 2011 –Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) proudly announces the recent selection of new Executive Committee members for the Board of Directors and the addition of a Director of Development.
Robert Anderson, Esq., replaces Kevin Spilsbury as the new president of the board. A partner with the law firm Holland & Hart, Mr. Anderson joined the NBCF board in early 2011.
Fran Mansfield, Executive Director HRIT with MGM Resorts International, retains her position of Vice President. Ms. Mansfield has been a member of the board since 2010.
Replacing Leslie Jones as Secretary is Kelley Jones, CEO of Trust3 Hospitality. Mr. Jones has been a board member since 2010.
Ty Anderson, a Certified Public Accountant with Swarts & Swarts, maintains the Treasurer position, one he has held for four years.
Along with the changes to the board comes the addition of a new staff position. Leslie Jones, former secretary of the board, has been appointed as the new Director of Development. Mrs. Jones will be responsible for executing the Foundation’s annual fundraising plan.
For Immediate Release
November 2, 2o11
THREE NEW MEMBERS ADDED TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
NEVADA BLIND CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
LAS VEGAS – November 2, 2011 –The Board of Directors of Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) has expanded with the addition of three new members.
James Cohill was the first of the new members to join the board, beginning his term in August. Mr. Cohill recently moved to Las Vegas from San Francisco to take on the role of Regional Vice President West of UMR.
Also joining the board is Virginia Valentine, currently serving as president of Nevada Resort Association (NRA). Prior to her position with the NRA, Mrs. Valentine was the Clark County Manager.
The most recent addition to the board is Linda Rheinberger who is the owner of Broker One Source Realty and Management. Highly involved in the Las Vegas community, Mrs. Rheinberger is the president of the Nevada Association of Realtors, and is an active member of the National Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors, Certified Residential Specialists, and National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.
For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 25, 2011
Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation hosts Beeper Baseball game for blind
and visually-impaired children at Miracle League Field
What: Beeper Baseball game, a revised version of regular baseball, complete with two beeping bases, and a “T-ball” set-up with a beeping ball
Where: Miracle League Field, 101 South Rancho Drive
Why: A chance for blind and visually-impaired children to play a sport that, until now, has been difficult to revise for children with visual impairments
Who: Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation, a privately-funded non-profit organization dedicated to providing information and services that enable families, healthcare professionals, and the community to understand and meet the unique needs of infants and children who are blind or visually impaired.
When: Saturday, October 15 from 3-5 p.m.
Visual camera opportunities include:
- Clients of Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation going head-to-head against a blindfolded team of peers and friends
For more information:For Immediate Release September 1, 2011
THIRD ANNUAL WHITE CANE DAY WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER CELEBRATES BLIND CHILDREN’ SYMBOL OF INDEPENDENCE, RAISES MONEY FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and raffle prizes featured at annual event
LAS VEGAS – The third annual White Cane Day Wine Tasting event, benefiting Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF), will be held on Thursday, October 20, to raise funds for educational programs for blind and visually impaired children in Las Vegas. Hosted at Cili Restaurant at Bali Hai Golf Course from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., this annual event will feature wines provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, LLC., explained by master sommeliers led by Jay James. Hors d’oeuvres designed to enhance each wine will be created by Cili Executive Chef Stan Carroll. Entrance to the event is $80 per person and reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com. Additional information can be found by calling (702) 735-6223 or visiting www.nvblindchildren.org.
The event commemorates White Cane Safety Day, a national day of observance held every year on October 15 since its inception in 1964, to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired.
“The white cane represents a tool of independence, making it easier for blind and visually impaired children to further explore their world,” explains Lori Moroz-White, NBCF’s Executive Director. “We want to continue to promote self-reliance and confidence in the children we work with.”
Since the inaugural event in 2009, the White Cane Day Wine Tasting helps to raise money needed to provide educational services such as Braille tutoring, blind-specific technology assistance, and other programs that directly benefit the blind and visually impaired children and their families living in the Las Vegas area.
“With no school for the blind in the state of Nevada, NBCF provides the educational support these children need, and offers a support base for their parents,” explains NBCF Director of Operations Linda Maneen. “Raising funds through events like the White Cane Day Wine Tasting help ensure that each blind child’s educational future is secure.”
For Immediate Release
July 19, 2011
DISCOVERY DAY CAMP AT NEVADA BLIND CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION OFFERS VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND SUMMER CAMP
Four-day camp combines fun and education with practical skills
LAS VEGAS – July 19, 2011 – Blind and visually impaired children can now participate in summer camp like their sighted peers with “Discovery Day Camp” at Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF). Hosted at the Foundation (3811 W. Charleston Blvd., Ste. 208), “Discovery Day Camp” runs Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28, 2011 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The camp is free of charge.
“Children with visual impairments often don’t have options when it comes to summer camps,” explains NBCF Director of Operations Linda Maneen. “They can’t just go to the YMCA or sleep-away camp to join in the fun with other kids. There has to be activities that are designed specifically for them.”
Recognizing that many of the blind and visually impaired children that NBCF serves during the school year are not able to join their sighted peers at a regular camp, “Discovery Day Camp” was born. This four-day camp offers children with visual impairments the chance to interact with other blind children their age and learn practical skills in an environment that encourages independence, wholesome activity and education.
“We believe in helping our blind and visually impaired children develop confidence and skills by combining fun and education into one experience,” explains Lori Moroz-White, NBCF’s Executive Director. “Even playing Braille Twister gets our kids moving around and recalling Braille alphabet letters, all in one fun activity.”
Some of the Summer Day Camp activities scheduled include:
- Goalball at Opportunity Village (a blind specific Paralympics sport)
- Yoga with Aileen Epstein-Ignadiou internationally Certified Yoga Instructor
- Pottery wheel with art therapist Valerie McKenzie
- Showdown a blind persons version of table tennis
For Immediate Release
July 14, 2011
NEVADA BLIND CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH REGAL CINEMAS AT RED ROCK CASINO TO PROVIDE DESCRIPTIVE VIDEO SERVICE FOR UPCOMING HARRY POTTER SEQUEL
“Movie-Night” outing for blind and visually impaired children planned to celebrate
What: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be offered in Descriptive Video (DV) for blind and visually impaired children, allowing them the same chance to “view” the summer’s most-anticipated blockbuster as their sighted peers. Previously offered in all movie theatres in Las Vegas, DV was canceled in 2009 because of technology changes. Over the past two years, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation has been working closely with Regal Cinemas to bring descriptive video technology for movies back to the valley. Regal Cinemas at Red Rock Casino will be the first theatre in Las Vegas to offer DV* service once again, starting with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
*For additional information about DV services, please visit http://www.nvblindchildren.org/tag/descriptive-audio-movie/
Who: Blind and visually impaired children (very excited Harry Potter fans!), parents and executives from Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation
When: Friday, July 15 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Regal Cinemas at Red Rock Stadium 16
11011 West Charleston Blvd.
Media Contact: Leslie Jones – (702) 575-9880
For Immediate Release
June 10, 2011
NEVADA BLIND CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION RECEIVES FREE TICKETS TO
PAUL MCCARTNEY’S ‘UP AND COMING’ TOUR
Ticket donation offered to valley blind and visually impaired children
For Immediate Release
LAS VEGAS – June 10, 2011 – A generous donation from Sir Paul McCartney afforded local blind and visually impaired children an opportunity to experience the legendary musician live in concert during his June 10 stop in Las Vegas on his ‘Up and Coming’ tour.
Sponsored by Sir Paul McCartney, forty seats for the sold-out show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena were given to Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF), as well as special parking spots for the companions of blind and visually impaired children ranging in age from five – 25. The tour director met the group at the entrance to the arena and provided an escort to the specially-reserved seats.
“Everyone involved with the entire experience was so accommodating for our group,” explained NBCF Executive Director Lori Moroz-White. “We were even told beforehand that explosions would occur during the “Live and Let Die” song, so we could warn the kids. That kind of thoughtfulness means a lot of a group like ours.”
The Paul McCartney concert is just one of the many experiences that NBCF seeks to provide for blind and visually impaired children. The Foundation hosts blind-specific events throughout the year that expose children with visual impairments to adaptive activities like baseball, yoga, bicycling, and Easter egg hunts.
For Immediate Release
April 19, 2011
NEVADA BLIND CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ANNUAL LADYBUG BALL TO BE HELD
AT BELLAGIO RESORT & CASINO SATURDAY, MAY 14
LAS VEGAS – In an effort to continue providing services to the families of blind and visually impaired children in Las Vegas, Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation (NBCF) will host the Ladybug Ball at Bellagio Resort & Casino on Saturday, May 14 at 6 p.m. Co-hosted by Kim and Dana Wagner from KSNV News 3’s “Wake Up with the Wagners,” the annual fundraising event will raise critical funds needed to support programs offered by Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation to Las Vegas-area blind and visually impaired children.
Individual tickets priced at $200 and tables of 10 are $2,000. Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.nvblindchildren.org or call Linda Maneen at (702) 735-6223.
“What a joy it is to have the ability to educate and assist children who are blind and visually impaired,” said Linda Maneen, director of operations of Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation. “Ladybug Ball provides our Foundation with the necessary resources to carry out plans and initiatives that are so important to the fundamental growth of each child that walks through our doors.”
Held in the Bellagio Ballroom, the evening will begin as guests experience an exquisite cocktail reception and silent auction that includes more than 100 luxury items and packages. Kellie Wright and her All Star Swing Band will keep the energy alive throughout the program as renowned chefs Martin Heierling of Sensi at Bellagio, Rick Moonen of RM seafood at Mandalay Bay and Megan Romano of Aureole at Mandalay Bay prepare a multi-course gourmet dinner.
Event sponsors and partners include Epicurean Charitable Foundation, United Healthcare, UMR, Mercer, Resort Gaming Group, Barrick Gold of North America, Shepherd Eye Center, Enwisen, Southern Wine & Spirits, Wendoh Media, and Wynn Resorts. Proceeds from the Ladybug Ball will benefit services provided by NBCF and directly enhance the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired.