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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Downtown Runaround Corporate Team Scavenger Hunt https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/dt-runaround-corp-team-scavenger-hunt.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Downtown Runaround Corporate Team Scavenger Hunt <h2>​Is your company up to the challenge?</h2><p>Are you looking for a way to beat employee burnout, build a positive company culture and compete against other companies? <a href="https://attend.boystown.org/Nevada/DowntownRunaround/" target="_blank">Sign-up  for the "Downtown Runaround"</a>, a scavenger hunt in downtown Las Vegas presented by Boys Town Nevada and Zappos.</p><p>This is a competitive team-building activity you and your coworkers won't soon forget. Now is the time to show that your company's team can beat your competitors' teams any day of the week… especially on September 8, 2018.</p><p>How it works: We gather at Zappos and split into teams; each team designates a team captain. Then captains will receive challenges on their smart phones. There will be 30 to 35 stops; each time a team completes a challenge, it earns points. As a participant, you can check our real-time leaderboard, chat with other teams and help your team win. The hunt ends back at Zappos and then we'll get the party started with awards, food and entertainment.</p><p>Form your teams and <a href="https://attend.boystown.org/Nevada/DowntownRunaround/" target="_blank">register now</a>. </p><ul><li>Create as many teams as you like – compete against departments!</li><li>Challenge your competitors</li><li>Wear your team t-shirt to show your spirit and win a trophy</li><li>Scavenger Hunt lasts between 1½ to 2 hours, covering about 1.5 miles </li></ul><p>Team Sponsors: (up to 10 persons per team) - $3,000 per team</p><p></p><ul><li>Opportunity for team building and challenging other companies</li><li>Includes Goodie Bag, a chance for a team trophy and bragging rights</li><li>Admission to after-event celebration (food, drink and entertainment included)</li></ul><p>*Don't have a team? Sign up for $300 individual tickets and we will form a team for you.<br>If you have any questions, contact Donna Pacella at <a>702-724-8406</a> or <a href="mailto:Donna.Pacella@boystown.org">Donna.Pacella@boystown.org</a><br></p><h4>Location: </h4><p>Downtown Las Vegas<br></p><h4>Date:</h4><p> September 8, 2018, </p><p></p><p></p><h4>Time:</h4><p>1 to 6 PM </p><p></p><p> <br> </p>Event<img alt="Zappos for good logo" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Zappos-for-Good.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#

 

 

Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada and Community “Saddle Up” for Kids https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/BoysTownNevadaandCommunitySaddleUpforKids.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada and Community “Saddle Up” for Kids <p>​On February 28, 2018, Boys Town Nevada held "Saddle Up and Help Our Kids", an event at Stoney's Rockin' Country in support of the Latin School Initiative. During the evening, guests were able to participate in a fun-filled western theme with great music, line-dancing lessons, western dinner and a mechanical bull.</p><p>While the event was a way for the Nevada and Boys Town community to have a special night out, it was also a chance for the Nevada site to share with friends new and old, about how important donations are for the youth and what still needs to be done. "People often don't understand raising money for In-Home Family Services or Care Coordination, but they understand that when things aren't stable at home, kids cannot fully benefit from what they're learning in school," said Executive Director, Denise Biben.</p><p>Creating a healthy environment for the youth and giving them the support they need to excel is crucial for learning in the classroom and Boys Town Nevada hopes that the more awareness they bring to the community, the more lives they can help. Last year, the school initiative served 750 children through fundraising alone, which is just under one-third of the entire number of kids served at the site.</p><p>The donations and support "Saddle up and Help Our Kids" received from the generous attendees, is one more step in making a difference for children and families. "In total, we raised just under $9,000, but more importantly we made new friends who will hopefully become ambassadors for the work we do," said Biben.</p><img alt=""Saddle Up " for Kids Event" src="/news/PublishingImages/saddleup_3.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Holds Community Appreciation Awards Event Honoring Long-Time Supporters https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Boys-Town-Nevada-Holds-Community-Appreciation-Awards-Event-Honoring-Long-Time-Supporters.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Holds Community Appreciation Awards Event Honoring Long-Time Supporters <p>​At Boys Town, success is not achieved through the work of one person, but through the selfless acts of many people. Every generous act that occurs never goes unnoticed and this year, Boys Town Nevada wanted to show all the people who have dedicated their time to Boys Town, how much their contributions matter to the site's success.</p><p>On January 31, 2018, Boys Town Nevada held their very first Community Appreciation Awards event, where board members, volunteers, foundations and employees were honored and recognized for their contributions. The 2017 year was incredibly successful in many areas for the Nevada site and Executive Director, Denise Biben and Board of Directors Chair, Tony Sgro, wanted to celebrate all of those who are long-time friends and supporters of the site.</p><p>During the evening, honorees and their guests were able to attend a social hour and buffet dinner, followed by the awards ceremony, and listen to a first-hand experience about a woman becoming a better parent through the help of Boys Town. As the first Community Appreciation Awards celebration, Boys Town Nevada wanted to honor those whom the awards were named after and those who received the awards.</p><p>"Many of our Former Board Members, for whom awards were named, were very honored and touched by the recognition and I believe that it helped show our appreciation, as well as, tie our history to our future," said Biben.</p><p>Seven awards were presented to the following recipients during the ceremony, for their efforts in going above and beyond every single day:</p><ul> <li>The Norman Jenkins Strategist Award: To be recognized in 2019</li><li>The Winnie Schulman Philanthropist Award: Paul Huygens</li><li>The Dave Courvoisier Ambassador Award: Kevin Buckley</li><li>The Houssels Family Foundation Award: Engelstad Family Foundation, Irvin Stern Foundation, Binion Family Foundation, Dutton Family Foundation, Keyser Family Foundation</li><li>The Volunteers Award: MGM Working Mothers, Golden Nugget, Steelhead Productions, Wyndham Vacation Ownership</li><li>Employee of the Year (Program): Yoly Smith</li><li>Employee of the Year (Administrator): Donna Pacella</li></ul><p>Each award honoree received proclamations recognizing their contributions, while recipients of the awards received certificates of recognition, the "two brothers" statue or a framed picture of Boys Town youths at the Festival of Hope.</p><p>While the awards were a way for Boys Town Nevada to express their appreciation toward those who dedicate their time to the organization, it was also a way to connect the board and community together, showing them how the site wouldn't be where it is today without all their work. "Boys Town is very blessed with many people who support the work we do every day with their time, talent and treasure, and like we teach our kids, we should express our gratitude and thankfulness for all they do," said Biben.</p><div class="hidden-gal"> <a title="Boys Town Nevada Long-Time Supporter Awards" class="image-group cboxElement" href="/news/PublishingImages/awards_3b.jpg">image 1</a> </div>News<img alt="Boys Town Nevada Long-Time Supporters Award" src="/news/PublishingImages/awards_3a.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic Makes Official Debut at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/boys-town-nevada-behavioral-health-clinic-makes-official-debut.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic Makes Official Debut at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony <p>After opening back in February 2017, the Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic had their official ribbon cutting ceremony on September 7,<sup> </sup>2017 to introduce the facility to the community.</p><p>With more than 30 people in attendance, the clinic held an open house where members of the community could get a first-hand look at the building and resources that it has to offer for families. Some of those that made an appearance for the clinic's opening included well-known members of the Nevada area such as Assemblyman Steve Yeager and representatives from the offices of: Governor Sandoval, Senator Heller, Senator Cortez Masto, Congresswoman Rosen, and Congressman Kihuen.</p><p>For the Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Clinic, the open house was more than a peek inside the new building. "It was an opportunity to further introduce Boys Town Nevada to our community, further some key relationships with donors and decision makers, and build relationships with referring agents," said Dr. Tara Borsh, Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic Director.</p><p>While the Behavioral Health Clinic has only been open for 7 months at Boys Town, several establishments have assisted in the development through their incredibly generous donations and contributions. </p><p>The Golden Nugget, a local casino that has worked with Boys Town Nevada for several years, has put in great efforts to support the clinic by donating all of the toys needed for the facility. The University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the Nevada Psychological Association (NPA) have also been involved with the clinic through their active promoting and patient referrals. Local schools and pediatricians lend their support by referring patients, as well.</p><p>Dr. Borsh has already set major goals for the progression of the clinic. "We plan to continue adding psychologists to meet the needs of the community for behavioral health services, and co-locate from the pediatrician offices," she said. With only two employees so far, Dr. Borsh and Clinic Services Representative Heather Parker, the clinic is looking to add a staff psychologist position. Not only is the staff expanding, but Dr. Borsh hopes to see an increase in families coming to the Behavioral Clinic, and is projected to work with 90 families in 2017.</p><img alt="Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic Makes Official Debut at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony" src="/news/PublishingImages/100517_OpenHouse.jpg?RenditionID=2" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Backpack Drive Community Has Their Back https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/by-nevada-backpack-drive-community-has-their-back-.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town Nevada Backpack Drive Community Has Their Back <p>For a family living in poverty, buying their child a backpack for school is one of the last things on their mind. After learning about this ​need in the community MDL Group, a Nevada commercial real estate group, challenged nine other commercial real estate groups to give back by competing in a backpack drive for Boys Town Nevada. </p><p>Wanting to impact their community, MDL Group met with Boys Town Nevada to plan Originally the groups were challenged to collect 2,500 backpacks for youth that Boys Town Nevada serves, but this goal was easily surpassed. When all was said and done, the nine commercial real estate groups collected 9,365 to donate to youth that Boys Town Nevada supports. Seven thousand backpacks were distributed to eight schools served by Boys Town Nevada's School Initiative Program and the rest will be distributed to the families being served through the In-Home Family Services program.</p><p>"It was fun, exciting, challenging, inspiring and frustrating at times, but that's what makes the end result even sweeter," said Hayim Mizrachi, Chief Executive Officer of MDL Group. "How cool is it that we were able to give every single child in eight schools a brand new backpack for the school year? Our friends at Boys Town Nevada could not have imagined what the commercial real estate industry is capable of." </p><p>In Las Vegas one in four children live in poverty, which is why events like this backpack drive are so important for the site. "The children attending the schools we serve all get free lunches due to income," said Donna Pacella, Boys Town Nevada Development Director. "Many parents have trouble putting food on the table and have no money to provide backpacks or school supplies. These nine companies made a huge difference."</p><p>Along with the backpack drive, Metro Diner, a local Nevada establishment, will be providing free meals on July 15 and will be asking patrons to make a donation to Boys Town Nevada. </p><p>Thank you to all who were involved with this project and for positively impacting the community one backpack at a time. </p><p> <em>"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world." – Margaret Mead   </em></p>News<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/071217_Backpack-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | The Rogers Foundation Gives $100,000 to Boys Town Nevada https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/the-rogers-foundation-gives-100000-to-boys-town-nevada.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | The Rogers Foundation Gives $100,000 to Boys Town Nevada <p>​Dedicated to transforming lives through arts and education in Southern Nevada, The Rogers Foundation recently awarded a total of $240,600 in grants to three local programs, including $100,000 to Boys Town Nevada. </p><p>"Our mission at The Rogers Foundation is to transform lives through arts and education," said Beverly Rogers, Chairman of the Board for The Rogers Foundation. "The $100,000 Gift of Assurance to Boys Town Nevada will support a program that puts family counselors in schools to work with educators to identify early signs of family instability.  We put a lot of focus on Clark County's under-resourced student population—we know that when kids are hungry, have troubles at home, and can't concentrate for any number of personal reasons, learning is not a priority.  We are thrilled to get behind Boys Town's endeavor to break the cycle of poverty by making a learning environment possible."</p>News<img alt="" height="196" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/060817_RogersFoundation.jpg?RenditionID=2" width="320" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Golden Nugget Donates to Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Golden-Nugget-Donates-to-Boys-Town-Nevada-Behavioral-Health-Clinic.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Golden Nugget Donates to Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic <p>Boys Town Nevada's new Behavioral Health Clinic received a surprising donation last month in the form of a fully stocked toy room. Golden Nugget Casino employees have partnered with Boys Town Nevada for the past several years through their employee volunteer program. After already being a strong donor in the yearly Christmas toy drive, Golden Nugget employees banded together once again to gather toys and gift cards to fill the new toy room located in the Behavioral Health Clinic. </p><p>The toy room will allow children to have a safe place where they can interact and play while their parents utilize the services offered through the clinic. Toys have proven to be an important resource when used in different therapies such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. In these types of therapies, toys serve as an outlet for children to express themselves and build relationships with the clinicians in a comfortable setting. </p><p>The new Behavioral Health Clinic is projected to see 50-80 children this year.  This growth is due to the increase of referrals since its opening in mid-February. Boys Town Nevada hopes to employ another psychologist in the fall of 2017 in order to reach more children and families in need within the community. </p><p>Boys Town Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic extends a thank you to Karla Roberts and Golden Nugget employees for their generosity in furnishing the toy room at our new Behavioral Health Clinic.​</p>​ News<img alt="Golden Nugget" src="/news/PublishingImages/GoldenNugget_Photo.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Stolen Christmas Gifts Can’t Rob Holiday Joy of Nevada Family https://www.boystown.org/locations/nevada/news-and-events/Pages/Stolen-Christmas-Gifts-Can’t-Rob-Holiday-Joy-of-Nevada-Family.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Stolen Christmas Gifts Can’t Rob Holiday Joy of Nevada Family <p>Lorena Acevedo and her husband Jesus Montero have seven children – Ariel, Carlos, Elvis, Lorena, Ashley, Michelle and Marvin – ranging in ages from one to twelve years. That makes Christmastime and gift-buying a year-round and busy affair. Last year, the couple decided to get a jump on the holidays and buy their children’s Christmas gifts early. Once purchased, the presents were hidden in the family’s home so the kids wouldn’t find them. </p><p>Sadly, just before Christmas, their house was burglarized; the thieves made off with many of their belongings and most of the kids’ gifts. </p><p>“This was heartbreaking and an enormous financial hardship for Lorena and Jesus,” said Donna Pacella, Development Director for Boys Town Nevada. “They simply couldn’t afford to replace the gifts they had so diligently saved for and picked out for their children.” </p><p>Lorena and Jesus were crestfallen that their kids wouldn’t have the joyful family celebration they had planned. But after a few days, they resolved to find a way to save Christmas and not let the burglary define their family’s holiday season. </p><p>That’s when they reached out to the Boys Town Nevada Care Coordination Services program. There, they found compassionate professionals who could identify helpful community resources and services. </p><p>Lorena met with a Boys Town Consultant who worked with her to reach out to others in the community for holiday assistance. She contacted the local police station and was told her family would receive a full holiday dinner. Next, a local recreation center provided toys to replace the gifts that had been stolen. </p><p>When the children’s school heard about the family’s dilemma, staff members donated shoes and more toys. </p><p>In addition, Boys Town gave Lorena and Jesus a Wal-Mart gift card that allowed them to buy what they needed for their family’s holiday celebration. </p><p>“Lorena and Jesus were so surprised and very thankful for all the assistance,” Pacella said. “It was more than they had ever imagined.”</p><p>Thanks to two parents’ perseverance and Boys Town Nevada’s support, what could have been a holiday spoiled by Grinches turned into one filled with joy and shining examples of the goodwill of others. </p>News<img alt="Lorena, Jesus and their family" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Acevedo-family.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Nevada;#