ANNUAL ZOMBIE BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE FUNDRAISER

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada hold annual
Zombie Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser


Proceeds will directly support local mentoring programs benefiting youth facing adversity


LAS VEGAS – May 1, 2015 – Zombies. Do they scare you or are you secretly wishing for the zombie apocalypse? If you fall into the latter category, be sure to check out this year’s Zombie Bowl. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada (BBBSN) will hold Zombie Bowl for Kids’ Sake at 12:00p.m., on June 13th, 2015, at Red Rock Lanes, inside of Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Fundraiser is open to the public but advanced registration is required. Zombie attire recommended but optional. Attendees may choose to get “zombified” by professional zombie makeup and costume artists on-site. Bowlers put together teams of 5 and each bowler raises a minimum of $100 to register. Registration includes bowling, shoe rental, Zombie Bowl for Kids’ Sake T-Shirt, refreshments and raffle prizes. Sponsorship packages are available and BBBSN is seeking prizes, silent auction and raffle donations, and sponsorships ranging from $250-$5,000. For more information on registering to bowl or sponsoring the event, visit www.zombiebowl.org. Register by May 15th and receive 10 free raffle tickets. All proceeds benefit the organization’s community-based youth mentoring programs in Southern Nevada.

The Bowl for Kids Sake Zombie Fundraiser provides a way for mentors and their friends and families, as well as community-minded people who might not have time to mentor, to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. BBBSN is supported by donors and volunteers, and seeks funding through events like this to maintain and grow its mentorship program and outreach initiatives throughout Southern Nevada. 

“Every year, the ‘Littles’ of the organization get so excited for this event! It’s a great way to engage the community and local businesses that might not otherwise have time to mentor. Every little bit helps. Fun activities like this are important to create the environment of connectedness,” said Molly Latham, Chief Executive Office for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. 

BBBSN Zombie Bowl for Kids’ Sake sponsorship packages include: Table Sponsor ($250); Lane Sponsor ($1,000); King Pin Refreshment Sponsor ($2,000); Spare Sponsor ($3,000); Big Strike Sponsor ($5,000). All sponsorship packages allow companies to show their support and of the youth mentoring organization and send employees to bowl as a fun team-building activity, or pay for mentors and mentees to bowl at the event. Company names and logos will be displayed prominently in online marketing and social media, as well as at the event. Sponsors may also elect to have a promotional or informational table at the event to engage a new and influential audience. BBBSN is also accepting in-kind donations of silent auction and raffle items such as gift certificates, show tickets, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, weekend travel or spa packages. To sponsor or donate to the Zombie Bowl For Kids’ Sake Fundraiser, please contact Debbie Smith, Chief Development Officer, at 702.853.0868, or email dsmith@bbbsn.org

Official Zombie Bowl after-party will be held at CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar in Downtown Summerlin, beginning at 3:30 p.m., and will feature hosted food and specialty cocktails donated by the restaurant. Must be 21+ to attend after-party. RSVP with Kyle Dunlap, at 774-571-0291, or kdunlap@bbbsn.org

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada:

BBBSN, the region's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships and avoidance of risky behaviors. Youth mentored with BBBSN are over 75% more likely to graduate than their peers. 

Since 1973, BBBSN has provided over 20,000 mentors to local youth. It is the goal of
BBBSN to serve 300 additional local youth in 2015. The non-profit’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. 

For more information about how to donate or volunteer, please visit their website at www.bbbsn.org, or call (702) 222-9000. 

 

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA TO HOST HOLIDAY BIKE AND BOARD BONANZA

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada to Host Holiday Bike & Board Bonanza

Proceeds raised help support important mentoring programs for at-risk kids.

LAS VEGAS – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada (BBBSN) will host their annual Holiday Bike & Board Bonanza, a holiday promotion that will provide a brand new bicycle or skateboard for all “Littles” in BBBSN mentoring programs. The bicycles and skateboards will be given to the “Littles” at a special one day event on Saturday, Dec, 6, from 1 – 4 p.m., at Element Las Vegas Summerlin, 10555 Discovery Drive. Sponsorship for a bike or skateboard begins at $500. Other individual donor opportunities as well as bike shop locations with direct donation opportunities are available at bbbsn.org/bike. For the past three years, BBBSN and their corporate sponsors have given away over 180 bicycles and skateboards.

“Holiday Bike & Board Bonanza is a fun way to provide joy to at risk children in our community,” said Molly Latham, CEO at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada.  “We’re inspired by the support we receive from our sponsors.” 

All funds raised from the promotion will support mentoring programs provided by BBBSN to the Southern Nevada Community. BBBSN programs are continually evaluated and participant outcomes are consistently measured. After one year in a BBBSN supported match relationship, site-based mentees reported score improvements in social acceptance, scholastic competency, and educational expectations.   

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada serves an ethnically diverse population which includes 30% African American, 2% Asian American, 26% Caucasian, 1% Native American, 30% Latino/Hispanic, and 11% multicultural. Over 90% come from low-income families. 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada:

BBBSN provides mentors to more than 400 youth annually. Since 1973, BBBSN has provided tens of thousands of mentors to at-risk youth. The non-profit’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

For more information about how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at www.bbbsn.org, or call (702) 731-2227. 

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WOW WITH ZAPPOS

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada provides work experience to local children through partnership

A new collaboration with Zappos.com provides exposure to a fun, creative work environment

LAS VEGAS – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada (BBBSN) has collaborated with Zappos.com to re-launch Welcome to our Workplace (WOW), a mentoring program for at risk students from Hollingsworth Elementary School. Since Sept. 8 Zappos employees have welcomed and been matched with 25 – 30 students, ages 7 – 11, on site at their campus at 400 E. Stewart Avenue.  After school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the Zappos bus picks up and transports the students to Zappos for one hour of mentoring. Zappos provides a snack for the “Littles” while the Zappos “Bigs” spend 30 minutes helping “Littles” with their homework and school projects. The remaining time is spent on relationship building activities or just hanging out and talking.

“We started the WOW program with Zappos during the spring school semester and the Littles really enjoyed their experience,” said Molly Latham, CEO at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. “This year we wanted to take it a step further.  WOW truly enhances our traditional mentoring programs and offers children exposure to not only a positive workplace, but an award-winning company culture that celebrates being intelligent, unique, fun and creative.”  

WOW is the first community collaboration of its kind in Las Vegas that ties in schools and businesses to increase academic excellence. The program, completely funded by Zappos, will run throughout the 2014 -2015 academic year and will be managed by a BBBSN Match Support Specialist. 

Mentoring programs provided by BBBSN are continually evaluated and participant outcomes are consistently measured. After one year in a BBBSN supported match relationship, site-based mentees reported score improvements in social acceptance, scholastic competency, and educational expectations.   

“The Zappos family is excited to mentor and provide a tool for children to forge positive pathways and exceptional futures, regardless of circumstance,” said Steven Bautista engagement engineer at Zappos.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada serves an ethnically diverse population which includes 30% African American, 2% Asian American, 26% Caucasian, 1% Native American, 30% Latino/Hispanic, and 11% multicultural. Over 90% come from low-income families. 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada

BBBSN provides mentors to more than 400 youth annually. Since 1973, BBBSN has provided tens of thousands of mentors to at-risk youth. The non-profit’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Learn more at www.bbbsn.org or call (702) 731-2227.

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ANNUAL ZOMBIE BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada hold annual Zombie Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser

Proceeds go to mentorship programs for at risk youth.

LAS VEGAS – April 23, 2014 – Dress up as your favorite Zombie and dust off the bowling ball as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada (BBBSN) will hold Zombie Bowl for Kids’ Sake at 12:00 p.m., on June 14th, 2014, at Suncoast Bowling Center, 9090 Alta Drive. Fundraiser is open to the public. Zombie attire recommended but optional. Bowlers put together teams of 5 and each bowler raises a minimum of $100 to register. Registration includes bowling, shoe rental, Zombie Bowl for Kids’ Sake T-Shirt, refreshments and prizes. Sponsorship packages are available and BBBSN is seeking prizes, silent auction and raffle donations, and sponsorships ranging from $1,000-$5,000.  For more information on registering or sponsoring the event, visit www.bbbsn.org/bfk2014. All proceeds benefit the organization’s community-based mentoring programs in Southern Nevada.

The Bowl for Kids Sake Zombie Fundraiser provides a way for mentors and their friends and families, as well as caring people who might not have time to mentor, to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. BBBSN is supported by volunteers, and seeks funding through events like this to maintain and grow its mentorship program and outreach initiatives throughout Southern Nevada. 

“Every year, the “Littles” of the organization get so excited for this event! It’s a great way to engage the community and local businesses that might not otherwise have time to mentor. Every little bit helps. Fun activities like this are important to create the environment of connectedness,” said Molly Latham, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. 

BBBSN Zombie Bowl for Kids’ Sake sponsorship packages include Lane Sponsor ($1,000); King Pin Refreshment Sponsor ($2,000); Spare Sponsor ($3,000); Big Strike Sponsor ($5,000). BBBSN is also accepting prizes and donations of silent auction and raffle items such as gift certificates, show tickets, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, weekend travel or spa packages. To sponsor or donate to the Zombie Bowl For Kids’ Sake Fundraiser, please contact Angela Harlan, development officer, at 702.853.0860 or email aharlan@bbbsn.org 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada:

BBBSN provides mentors to more than 400 youth annually. Since 1973, BBBSN has provided tens of thousands of mentors to at-risk youth. The non-profit’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

For more information about how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at www.bbbsn.org, or call (702) 731-2227. 

 

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THIRD ANNUAL HOLIDAY BIKE & BOARD BONANZA

Start Something Big this holiday season! Sponsor the gift of a bicycle or skateboard for a little brother or sister. All proceeds go to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada.

WHAT: The Holiday Bike & Board Bonanza is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada’s newest, mission driven event. For the past two years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada, along with sponsors, have given away over 130 bicycles and skateboards to Little's in our programs. Funds raised from our corporate and individual sponsors go directly to purchase a Little a bicycle or skateboard and help raise funds to support our mentoring programs.

The bicycles and skateboards are presented to our Littles, Bigs, families, and sponsors at a one-day event hosted by our generous sponsor, the Element Summerlin Las Vegas. During the event, our guests are invited to take part in match activities; lunch is served, followed by safety training for bicycle and skateboard recipients.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada is actively seeking individuals and corporations to sponsor bikes and skateboards for children in need this holiday season.

WHO: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada

WHEN & WHERE: 
Saturday, December 7th, 2013; 12:00PM to 3:00PM
Element Las Vegas Summerlin
10555 Discovery Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89135

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada:
Since 1973, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada (BBBSN) has been providing children and youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBSN hopes to surpass its present capacity of over 400 mentoring matches this year. Volunteer-driven and donor-supported, BBBSN is a local nonprofit agency offering three programs: site-based mentoring, community-based mentoring and the DREAMR Project providing specialized mentoring to teenagers in foster care. For more information about how to donate, volunteer or become a sponsor, please visit our website at www.bbbsn.org, contact kdunlap@bbbsn.org or call (702) 853-0872.

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OFFICE DEPOT FOUNDATION TO DONATE 3,000 NEW SACKPACKS

OFFICE DEPOT FOUNDATION TO DONATE 3,000 NEW SACKPACKS
TO HELP LAS VEGAS-AREA CHILDREN GET READY FOR SCHOOL

National Backpack Program Has Helped More Than Three Million Kids Since 2001

LAS VEGAS, NEV., AUGUST 12, 2013  With the beginning of the new school year just a few weeks away, the Office Depot Foundation is preparing to donate 3,000 colorful new sackpacks containing essential school supplies to kids served by nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies in the Las Vegas area.  The Foundation – the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot® (NYSE:ODP) – will make the donations during a special Back-to-School Celebration beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14 (8/14) at the Office Depot store located at 3890 Blue Diamond Road in Las Vegas. 

In 2013, the Foundation will donate 300,000 sackpacks to deserving children in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and a number of other countries through its National Backpack Program, which is now in its 13th year.  During the past six years alone, nearly 15,000 Las Vegas-area kids have benefitted from this award-winning initiative.  

By the end of this year, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation will have given away more than three million backpacks and sackpacks since the National Backpack Program began in 2001.  If you put all three million children of those children together, they would fill Sam Boyd Stadium more than 81 times!  

The nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies scheduled to receive sackpacks on August 14 include:

• After-School All-Stars Las Vegas
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada
• Child Focus
• Clark County School District
• Communities In Schools of Southern Nevada
• Nevada Children’s Center
• Nevada Youth Alliance
• The Shade Tree
• Sunrise Children’s Foundation 

Special guests expected to participate include:
• State Senator Michael Roberson
• Stephen Paredes, Field Representative for Congressman Joseph Heck
• Aga M. Pinkerton, Regional Representative for United States Senator Harry Reid

Also scheduled to participate are representatives from one of the Office Depot Foundation’s national nonprofit partners, the Kids In Need Foundation, which will be represented by the Teacher EXCHANGE.

“In keeping with our mission – Listen Learn Care – we are committed to making a difference in children’s lives by giving them tools to help them succeed in school and, ultimately, in life,” says Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong.  “We are thrilled to know that we will reach our three millionth child this year, and grateful to Office Depot and our many supporters for giving us the opportunity to continue this program for its 13th year.”

The specially designed sackpacks come in six different color combinations with kid-friendly graphics. Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler and four crayons. They do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings.

To place the sackpacks into children’s hands, the Foundation is hosting 25 Back-to-School Celebrations in cities across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico.  Five of these events – in Los Angeles, Charlotte, San Diego, Fort Lauderdale and New York - are featuring appearances by award-winning actor, comedian and host of “America's Got Talent” Nick Cannon.  

Thousands of sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with 10 nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and internationally. The Foundation is collaborating with the AARP Experience Corps, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, Feed The Children, Food For The Poor, the Kids In Need Foundation, Zach Bonner’s Little Red Wagon Foundation, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Operation Homefront and Samaritan’s Feet International. 

Thousands more are being donated through Office Depot stores in hundreds of local communities and in partnership with Office Depot’s Business Solutions Division in select cities. For the sixth consecutive year, children of the Navajo Nation in Arizona will receive sackpacks. 

More information about the National Backpack Program can be found on the Office Depot Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officedepotfoundation. To learn more about the Office Depot Foundation and its initiatives, go to www.officedepotfoundation.org/. You can follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.twitter.com/officedepotfndn; the National Backpack Program’s hashtag is #OfficeDepotFndnKids.

About the Office Depot Foundation 
The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation − tax exempt under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3) − that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the Foundation supports a variety of programs that give children tools to succeed in school and in life; build the capacity of non-profit organizations through collaboration and innovation; and help communities prepare for disasters, as well as recovering and rebuilding afterwards.  For more information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org. 

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HARDCORE PARKOUR TO HOST BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA'S MEN IN MENTORING PROGRAM

WHAT: HKPK will open its doors to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada
WHERE: 3680 North 5th Street, Suite #130, North Las Vegas, NV, 89032
WHEN: Sunday, May 19th from 12:30pm to 3:30pm


Hardkore Parkour is helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada get the word out about the need for more male mentors by supporting its Men in Mentoring initiative.  The event will be held at HKPK on Sunday, May 19th from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm at 3680 North 5th Street, Suite #130, North Las Vegas, NV, 89032.  

Men in Mentoring is a male centered program that provides support for current mentors and recruits new Bigs.  It’s an opportunity for men of all ages to come together to encourage and support young men facing adversity.  “80% of the referrals that we receive are for boys in need of Big Brothers,” states Athena Gould, Program Manager, “We’ve got some really great kids that simply need a positive male role model to spend time with them.  We are so excited that HKPK and Canes are helping us to get the word out!”

Parkour is the non-competitive sport originating in France of traversing mainly urban landscapes through running, climbing, jumping, vaulting, rolling and other physical movements using the most efficient way possible.

Event participants can conquer customized obstacle courses, jump in foam pits and even walk on walls.  “We are excited to participate in such a great event to promote a great cause,” states Rich Hopkins, Marketing Director at HKPK and former Big Brother. “This will be a fun event for current Big & Littles in the program, as well as a chance for new members to join the program!”

Raising Cane’s will be providing their tasty Chicken Fingers, Texas Toast, and Cole Slaw for the hungry participants. Special thanks to Justin Micatrotto, Chief Marketing Officer of Raising Cane’s for your support 

ABOUT HKPK:
Hardkore Parkour is proud to be the largest Parkour Facility in the United States. We offer a state of the art 20,000 sq ft “Specialty Gym” with Aerial Points for Cirque Style Training, Double Trampoline Walls, Springboard Floors, Tricking Floor, Dozens of “Modular” Parkour obstacles, Huge Foam Pit, Leche’ Bars, even a Kids “Mini Parkour” Area (for 2-6 year olds). HKPK offers professional training in all levels of Parkour, Trampoline Wall, Acrobatics, Velocity Stilt Aerobics, Detour Fitness (Cross-Core) Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, Film & TV Stunt Training, Tricking Classes, Kids Summers Camps, and more!

ABOUT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA:
Since 1973, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has provided children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The organization supports more than 400 mentoring relationships across three programs: site-based mentoring, community-based mentoring and the DREAMR Project, mentoring teens in foster care.

HKPK Contact:
Rich Hopkins
Brand & Marketing Director
(702) 637-HKPK (4575)
Rich@HKPKLV.com
www.HKPKLV.com 
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Contact:
Molly Latham
CEO
702-731-2227
mlatham@bbbsn.org 
www.BBBSN.org

CREDIT ONE DONATES $20,000 TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHERN

(Las Vegas, NV). Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has received a $20,000 donation from Credit One Bank in support of its site-based mentoring program at eight targeted Clark County Elementary Schools and four Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas locations.

"We are so grateful and proud of Credit One’s unwavering support of our site-based mentoring program" said Molly Latham, Chief Executive Officer. "Our referrals from teachers and school principals continue to grow and we are always looking for more volunteers to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The need is great and just keeps growing. Credit One’s donation really makes a difference."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada hopes to surpass its present capacity of 408 mentoring matches this year. Since 1973, the nonprofit agency is volunteer-driven and donor-supported. We offer three programs: site-based mentoring, community-based mentoring and our new DREAMR Project providing specialized mentoring to teens in foster care. For more information about how to donate, volunteer or advocate, please contact info@bbbsn.org or call (702) 731-2227.

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AND DARDEN RESTAURANTS PARTNER TO ADVANCE MENTORING

Big Brothers Big Sisters & Darden Restaurants Partner to
Advance Mentoring 

Grant is one of more than 850 awarded through Darden’s 2nd annual Restaurant Community Grants program

Las Vegas, Nevada  – April  1, 2013 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern NV today announced it has been selected to receive a $3,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Foundation, the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants Inc. The grants program, now in its second year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable [organization]’s project to [description of project funded by grant, number/demographic of individuals reached or expected impact].

Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille and Eddie V’s brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community.  The restaurants will award more than $1.9 million to more than 850 exceptional nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources and hunger.

“This generous grant from Darden Restaurants will directly support our site-based mentoring programs at eight Clark County elementary schools and four Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas locations,” said Molly Latham, Big Brothers Big Sisters chief executive officer.  “Our after-school mentoring programs serve to support youth towards successful high school graduation.  We are very proud to be a Darden Restaurant Community Grant recipient.” 
 
“Our employees are incredibly passionate about the communities where they live, and our restaurant teams are in a position to understand and help address the needs of their communities,” said Drew Madsen, Darden Restaurants’ president and chief operating officer. “We’re all proud to build on that passion through the grants program and bring real, local citizenship to life by enabling each restaurant to make a difference in their backyard.” 

For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com. For additional information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada please visit www.bbbsn.org.


About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada 
Since 1973, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has provided children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We support more than 400 volunteer mentors across three programs: site-based mentoring, community-based mentoring and the DREAMR Project, mentoring teens in foster care. 

About Darden Restaurants 
Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), the world’s largest full-service restaurant company, owns and operates more than 2,000 restaurants that generate over $8.0 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 190,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2013, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the third year in a row and is the only full-service restaurant company to ever appear on the list. Our restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit, www.darden.com.

 
The Darden Foundation 
The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy as defining characteristics of Darden Restaurants. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $60 million in grants, with $7.2 million given in fiscal year 2012. The Darden Foundation carries out its mission by focusing philanthropic efforts and resources on the following program areas: Access to Postsecondary Education, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor Grants. For more information, please visit, www.dardenfoundation.com.

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USAA BANK DONATES $20,000 TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

(Las Vegas, NV). Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has received a $20,000 grant from USAA Savings Bank in support of its three expanding mentoring programs across the Las Vegas valley.

"This school year, we have expanded our afternoon and after-school site-based mentoring programs and we continue to receive applications for our community-based and specialized foster youth programs,” according to Molly Latham, Chief Executive Officer. "As we grow, our need for mentors increases and our need for strong corporate support also increases. The need is great and just keeps growing. Kids are waiting. USAA Savings Bank’s generous grant builds our capacity to be more successful. We are so thankful for this generous support."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada hopes to surpass its present capacity of 408 mentoring matches this year. Volunteer-driven and donor-supported, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit agency offering three programs: site-based mentoring, community-based mentoring and the new DREAMR Project providing specialized mentoring to teenagers in foster care.

For more information about how to donate, volunteer or advocate, please contact info@bbbsn.org or call Ed at (702) 731-2227.

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REDD FOUNDATION DONATES $1,500 TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

(Las Vegas, NV).  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has received a $1,500 donation from The Si Redd and Tamara Redd Charitable Foundation to support its expanding site-based mentoring services at eight targeted Clark County Elementary Schools and four Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas locations.  

"This school year, we have grown our structured and supervised afternoon and after-school mentoring to include  Walter Bracken Elementary School and Ruby Thomas Elementary School," said Molly Latham, Chief Executive Officer.  "We continue to grow and to serve more children.  During these challenging economic times, every gift helps. The Foundation’s is so very much appreciated."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada hopes to surpass its present capacity of 408 mentoring matches this year.   Volunteer-driven and donor-supported, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit  agency offering  three programs:  site-based mentoring, community-based mentoring and the DREAMR Project providing specialized mentoring to teenagers in foster care.   For more information about how to donate, volunteer or advocate, please contact info@bbbsn.org or call Ed at (702) 731-2227.

Contact Molly Latham. mlatham@bbbsn.org or 702.731.2227

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS HOSTS HOLIDAY BONANZA

Las Vegas – (December 10, 2012). Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada hosted its annual Bike and Board Bonanza at the Element by Westin Las Vegas Hotel on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Gerry Shear, Board Chairman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada, greeted 58 Little Brothers and Sisters who received a new bicycle or skateboard along with a helmet and backpack from Santa Claus.

“Their smiles say it all,” said Molly Latham, Chief Executive Officer. “We are so very fortunate to be able to give so many special gifts to our ‘Littles’ this year. Our generous sponsors and supporters really make the difference.”

While waiting for Santa to arrive, youth, with their Big Brothers and Sisters and their parents enjoyed complimentary lunch and made thank you holiday cards for each event supporter.

The holiday event was sponsored by Credit One Bank, Element by Westin Las Vegas, GENCO ATC Product Lifecycle Logistics and IGT.

The event was supported by Al & Lauren Barbarich, American Family Insurance, Copper Mountain Solar, Elan Office Systems, Ernst & Young, National Security Technologies, NStec, Pelican-Case Sales of Nevada, Penske, Paul Rheinberger, Southwest Gas and United Coin. Photos were generously provided by Joan Fuller Photography.

Since 1973, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has provided youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The agency currently supports more than 400 matches throughout the Las Vegas valley. For more information, please visit www.bbbsn.org.

For further info, please contact Molly Latham, CEO at mlatham@bbbsn.org or 702.731.2227.

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KIDS ARE WAITING!

(Las Vegas, NV). Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada continues to need more volunteer mentors to serve as positive role models for the Valley’s children and teenagers.

For 39 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has provided mentoring to thousands of youth who need attention, support and an adult friend to listen to them. The nonprofit agency is growing and needs help now.

“Kids are waiting. Now, more than ever, we need mentors who are willing to volunteer to be Big Brothers and Sisters” said Molly Latham, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern NV. “The need is now. As we expand to help more youth, we need more mentors.”

“For as little as an hour a week or four hours a month, our Little Brothers and Sisters are eager for more attention, homework help and guidance,” Latham said. “We are interviewing men, women and couples of all races, colors, backgrounds, sexual orientations and beliefs. High school and college students can also volunteer to help make that difference.”

For further information or to schedule an interview, contact info@bbbsn.org or call 702.731.2227.

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CARMAX FOUNDATION DONATES $10,000 TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

(Las Vegas, NV). Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has received a $10,000 donation from Carmax Foundation in support of its expanding site-based mentoring services at eight targeted Clark County Elementary Schools and four Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas locations.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada provides 408 mentors to area youth facing adversity. All mentors are carefully screened and professionally trained to provide supported one-to-one relationships toward developing a child’s confidence, educational success and positive peer behaviors.

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BANK OF AMERICA DONATION $15,000 TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF

(Las Vegas, NV). Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada has received a $15,000 donation from Bank of America in support of its expanding site-based mentoring services at eight targeted Clark County Elementary Schools and four Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas locations.

“This school year, structured and supervised afternoon and after-school mentoring is now being provided at Walter Bracken Elementary School and at Ruby Thomas Elementary School,” according to Athena Jones-Gould, Program Manager. “We continue to get referrals from school principals, counselors, social workers and teachers and we continue to actively recruit more mentors. The need is great and just keeps growing.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada hopes to surpass its present capacity of 408 mentoring matches this year. “Its only October, Ms. Jones-Gould said, “We have two more months to interview more adult volunteers to be mentors. This gift from Bank of America came at the perfect time to serve more kids.”

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ENGELSTAD FAMILY FOUNDATION DONATES $100,000 TO BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada (BBBSN) has received a $100,000 donation from the Engelstad Family Foundation in support of its services to grow and sustain its site-based mentoring program in Las Vegas.

Site-based mentoring matches adult volunteers with elementary school children at targeted Clark County elementary schools and area Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas locations. “Mentoring works,” said Molly Latham, Chief Executive Officer of BBBSN. “This generous contribution from the Engelstad Family Foundation not only endorses our work but also expands our capacity to provide more children with more mentors at Ruby Thomas Elementary School and the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Clubhouse.“
BBBSN provides mentors to more than 400 youth annually. Since 1973, BBBSN has provided tens of thousands of mentors to at-risk youth. The non-profit’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

“By partnering with our parents and guardians, our volunteers and community supporters like the Engelstad Family Foundation, we are able to further our efforts of assuring that each child in our program achieves higher aspirations, greater self-confidence and healthier relationships. Mentoring helps youth avoid risky behaviors and is a key strategy toward educational success,” Latham said. “We are proud of our youth and the strong commitments of their Big Brothers and Big Sisters. We are also proud that the Engelstad Family Foundation chose to support our work. We are so grateful for their donation.”

For further information, contact Molly Latham at mlatham@bbbsn.org or 702.731.2227

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