Monday, September 26, 2016

Las Vegans Honored For Giving Back To Our Community At VEGAS Angel Awards

Tifferney White, CEO & pres of DISCOVERY Children's Museum 
Shelley Gitomer of MGM Resorts International speaks with a guest 
Southern Nevada’s most prolific nonprofit groups, volunteers and advocates of all charitable activity in the community were recognized at VEGAS INC’s 2016 Angel Awards at Fresh Wata Las Vegas on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Throughout the event, guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and Pinches Tacos and indulged in passed appetizers provided by Pinches Tacos while enjoying the company of the city’s most influential philanthropists in one of the most creative event and design spaces in the city. During the awards portion of the reception, Greenspun Media Group Publisher Gordon Prouty took to the stage as emcee to introduce the sponsors and congratulate this year’s honorees. Honorees were each presented with a certificate from Congressman Joe Heck.                                                                                                                                          
The award for Humanitarian of the Year was presented to Eva Martin, owner & operator of Martin’s Grand McDonald’s. Martin’s sister, Cynthia Scott, accepted the award on her behalf. Easter Seals Nevada received the award for Nonprofit of the Year. Vice President of Development Dan Stock accepted the award. The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Meghan Borbon for her volunteerism with Children’s Hospital of Nevada at University Medical Center. Erica Nansen, volunteer program and community relations supervisor at UMC accepted the award on her behalf. Two awards were given in the category of Philanthropic Business of the Year (private sector). Daniel Espino, senior vice president of people for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, accepted the award on behalf of the property. Michael Bolognini accepted the same award for Cox Communications, Las Vegas as each were honored in this category. DISCOVERY Children’s Museum was awarded Cultural Advocate of the Year, and Tifferney White, CEO and president, accepted the award. Nevada Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) received the award for Foundation of the Year. Representing the organization was Tammi Hance, president of NWP.

Presenting sponsors Caesars Foundation and MGM Resorts International were represented respectively by Executive Director Reilly and Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Shelley Gitomer. Sponsors Bailey Kennedy, represented by Managing Partner John Bailey and Senior Partner Dennis Kennedy; Bank of America, represented by Dan Giraldo, senior vice president, enterprise business and community engagement market; and Cox Communications, represented by Vice President and Market Leader Bolognini, were all recognized throughout the awards presentation.

More information about the honorees, as well as information about giving, fundraising and volunteer opportunities, is available in the Sunday, Sept. 18 edition of Greenspun Media Group’s Giving Guide - www.ifoldsflip.com/t/58985-gmg-vegas-inc-giving-guide.

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