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2022 Topgolf Corporate Team Challenge Topgolf Corporate Team Challenge<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​On May 19, 2022, Boys Town Nevada hosted their Topgolf Corporate Team Challenge. It was an evening filled with fun, friendly competition and all six teams played to win. Congratulations to UFC for defending your Championship title and securing back to back wins!</span></p><p>Thank you to all of our teams and sponsors for joining us for an evening of fun in support of Boys Town Nevada. Thank you to our event partners Tito's Handmade Vodka, Dillard's, Fogo de Chao, Christopher Todd Design, and William Carr Gallery for donating some incredible auction packages for our golfers to enjoy.</p><p>This support of Boys Town Nevada directly impacts kids and families in Southern Nevada! Last year, over 6,000 children were impacted by Boys Town Nevada. We're only able to do this with the support of community partners like you. THANK YOU!<br></p><h3 style="text-align:center;">Thank you to our sponsors...<br></h3><p style="text-align:center;">​<img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/2022-Topgolf-Corporate-Team-Challenge/topgolf-sponsors.jpg" alt="topgolf-sponsors.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;width:698px;height:459px;" /></p><p><br></p><br>2022-06-15T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Dillard’s and Boys Town Nevada Partner for Christmas Toy Drive’s-and-Boys-Town-Nevada-Partner-for-Christmas-Toy-Drive.aspxDillard’s and Boys Town Nevada Partner for Christmas Toy Drive<p>​What started as a simple idea of a toy drive has turned into an ongoing creatively motivated partnership between Dillard's and Boys Town Nevada.<br></p><p>The steps were first laid out by one of our own, Mayra Macias, a School Support Specialist Supervisor. Mayra approached Dikeyta Bowser, Dillard's Store Manager at the Galleria at Sunset, with an idea. </p><p>Mayra suggested a toy drive and mentioned Boys Town. Dikeyta took over from there.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“We got our customers to donate toys when they shop," Dikeyta said. “We encouraged customers to buy toys so we could deliver them to a few of the area schools. We also did a shopping event to benefit Boys Town Nevada. We all had a lot of fun as I believe we do have the same mission in mind -- we all want to give back to the community."</p><p>Dikeyta and Dillard's also received a pleasant surprise when Boys Town Nevada Development Director, Charlene Blackstone, connected her to USA, Mrs. Nevada 2022, TrinaMarie Shaw.</p><p>“The store was blown away when she made her grand entrance and donated to the toy drive so that was a huge thing for us," Dikeyta said. “I think it got everyone to want to participate even more."</p><p>Boys Town Nevada is very lucky to have partners and advocates like Dikeyta from Dillard's. We thank her and the Dillard's staff for their labor and dedication to better the lives of children and families in the valley. The surprises will keep coming with Dikeyta at Dillard's. We already have other projects in the works, stay tuned…</p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Dillards-2.jpg" alt="Boys Town Nevada - Dillards" style="margin:5px;" />​<br></p><p>​<br></p>2022-04-11T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Nevada - Dillards" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Dillards-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Nevada Partners with National Hospitality Management to Aid Families Town Nevada Partners with National Hospitality Management to Aid Families<p></p><p>David Johnson learned how important it was to give to those in need at a very young age. Today, thanks to David, Boys Town Nevada and his company, National Hospitality Management, have developed a wonderful partnership.</p><p>This past year, David, manag​​er of the Home2 Suites by Hilton on the south strip in Las Vegas, learned about Boys Town through his father, who was friends with a board member. He heard what Boys Town does for children and families. It moved him to the point where he saw an opportunity to bring joy to local families in need.</p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Home-2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="height:300px;margin:5px;width:400px;" /><p>David's philanthropic history started early on at the age of nine as he watched his mom's efforts in supporting programs to benefit families. One of the precious memories he has is of a holiday season where his mom led an effort to bring a Christmas tree, dinner, and presents to an entire family.</p><p>Remembering what his family did for others helped him approach his company to suggest helping Boys Town Nevada with some of its families. The idea was to provide presents to children and families that might not have a lot under the tree that Christmas.</p><p>“My idea was to sponsor one family per hotel," David said. “We found four families that were all wonderful people. It ended up being a wonderful experience."</p><p>David said the families were very appreciative.</p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Home-3.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="height:300px;margin:5px;width:400px;" /><p>“Seeing the people and seeing the difference that not only we can make in a day, but that Boys Town makes all year long, was great," he said. “As a company, we feel it's important to give back to the community. We wouldn't be here running hotels and running these businesses without the community. We are excited to expand this relationship and keep growing with Boys Town. I can't express that enough."</p><p>Charlene Blackstone, Development Director for Boys Town Nevada, said the kind giving of National Hospitality Management is just one of many relationships Boys Town is seeing grow in Las Vegas. </p><p>“We look forward to continuing harvesting relationships that not only benefit the families, but also bring opportunities for businesses and corporations to give back," she said. “We thank National Hospitality Management for considering Boys Town and extending a helping hand in advancing our mission."​​​<br></p><p><img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Home-4.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:300px;" /><br></p><p>​</p>2022-04-11T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Nevada - Home's David Johnson" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Home-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Program Spotlight: Behavioral Health Clinic Spotlight: Behavioral Health Clinic<p></p><p>Our Behavioral Health Clinic has been able to help multiple children and families by not only offering treatment, but also offering the necessary understanding and support to help them succeed. </p><p>Our professionals work in the field of specialized behavioral pediatrics, working with children from the age of two to young adult. Some of the disorders they work with are anxiety, trauma, ADHD, LGBT, etc. With toddlers, these clinicians do parent-child interaction therapy to address temper tantrums and meltdowns. </p><p>Since last year, in partnership with the Collaboration Center, clinical assessments have been done that allows for autism evaluation. Parents are guided through the process until they are set up with the services they need. Additionally, families that come in with questions about learning abilities are provided testing. They have been using select neuropsychology assessments for learning, as well as to see the child's executive functioning, how their memory is, and how those interplay with being successful in school. </p><p>To continue serving the need for mental health support in the valley, the clinic is looking to expand. “If individuals are willing to donate, we can expand our training program so we can train quality psychologists. The hope is that the post-docs stay in Nevada because we need more psychologists and more behavioral pediatrics psychologists.</p><p>“A lot of behavioral health providers don't take insurances and that really affects who is able to access the services. What brought me to Boys Town was being able to know that you were giving back and really supporting the community. I think that is valuable and it does give you the reinforcement that you really are doing work that matters". </p><p style="text-align:right;">- Heather Thompson (PHD level student currently working at the clinic). </p><p style="text-align:left;">​<img src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/bhc-2.jpg" alt="Boys Town Nevada - BHC" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p>​</p>2022-04-11T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Nevada - BHC" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/bhc-1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
UFC Raises More Than $70,500 for Boys Town Nevada During UFC 269 Fight Week Raises More Than $70,500 for Boys Town Nevada During UFC 269 Fight Week<p><em>​​This article was originally written by Brian Smith and published on </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em> on December 16, 2021.</em></p><p>UFC recently partnered with longstanding charitable partner <a href="/locations/nevada/about-boys-town-nevada/Pages/default.aspx"><strong>Boys Town Nevada</strong></a> to raise <strong>$70,540</strong> during <a href="" target="_blank"><em>UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier</em></a>, which took place on Saturday, December 11, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.</p><p>UFC partnered with Boys Town Nevada on two charitable campaigns surrounding fight week, including a <a href="" target="_blank">Charity Buzz</a> auction for two tickets to watch UFC 269 from Dana White's VIP seats and a week-long <a href="" target="_blank">50/50</a> raffle for all fans 18 years or older located anywhere within the state of Nevada at time of purchase.</p><p>“This week has been an amazing experience and we love partnering with UFC, one of our longest local partners of over 15 years here in Nevada," said John Etzell, Executive Director of Boys Town Nevada. “We appreciate the opportunity to be able to host UFC athletes at our offices and raise money tonight. The net funds raised will go towards supporting our school-based programs. This event has been a big win for Boys Town Nevada and we can't thank UFC enough."</p><p>Malik Humphries, a longtime UFC fan from Colorado Springs, Colorado, purchased a $100 raffle ticket during UFC 269 and won <strong>$35,270</strong> (50% of the jackpot). Malik flew to Las Vegas to watch his favorite athletes, Amanda Nunes and Dustin Poirier, while attending his first-ever live UFC event.</p><p>“This was my first vacation since the pandemic and with Nunes and Poirier on the card, I had to come to Las Vegas to see them live for my first UFC event," said Humphries. “I saw the raffle while I was walking back to my seat from the concession stand and Boys Town Nevada seemed like a great charity. I bought a $100 ticket and I can't believe it. This money is going to go towards my wife and I making a down payment on our first home. Crazy."</p><p>Earlier in the week, UFC also hosted an athlete meet and greet / Christmas clothing giveaway for all kids who are members of Boys Town Nevada. Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, UFC bantamweight Jessica Rose Clark and UFC middleweight Chris Curtis answered questions, took photos and signed autographs during the event.</p><p>“Coming and speaking to these kids and delivering a positive message was very important to me," said Arlovski. “I had a lot of hardships growing up and now, as a fighter and a father, it's important for these kids to know that no matter what obstacles they face, they can't give up. They have to stay positive and motivated and they will succeed.</p><p>Boys Town Nevada brings an innovative approach to child and family care to those in need in the Las Vegas area. The site's array of services includes family-based services, such as In-Home Family Services<sup>SM</sup> and Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup> classes, which help to prevent disruption in the home and facilitate reunification by ensuring families have the supports and skills they need to create and maintain a safe, stable environment for their children.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Read the full article and see photos from the meet and greet here.</a><br><br></p><p>​<br><br></p>2022-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Nevada - UFC Meet and Greet" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/UFC-meet-and-greet-night.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
And the Winner is… the Winner is…<p>​After an exciting evening and raffle, we have a winner! Congratulations to Malik, the winner of the 50/50 raffle! </p><p>Last week, Boys Town Nevada partnered with UFC and launched a combined online and in-venue 50/50 raffle campaign leading up to UFC 269: Oliveira vs. Poirier on Saturday, December 11 at T-Mobile Arena.</p><p>Starting last Wednesday and until the 11<sup>th</sup>, fans and supporters located in the state of Nevada at the time of purchase were able to buy raffle tickets online and then on site at T-Mobile Arena, day-of.</p><p>We are so grateful for those that participated and proud to announce that the total pot raised was $70,540! The winner of the raffle, Malik, will receive 50 percent of the total 50/50 ticket sales, while the remaining 50 percent will go to Boys Town Nevada.</p><p>John Etzell, Boys Town Nevadam Executive Director, said “It was amazing to see his excitement when he realized he was the winner! When I asked why he bought tickets, he stated "It was for a good cause!"</p><p>Boys Town Nevada continues to enjoy a lasting relationship with UFC, over 15 years! Thank you again to UFC for their partnership and to all who participated!<br></p><p>​<br><br></p>2021-12-17T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town - Raffle Winner" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Nevada-5050-Raffle-Winner.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town helped local mother get son, life back Town helped local mother get son, life back<p></p><p><em>This article was written by Mick Akers and originally posted on </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em></em></a><em> on November 30, 2021</em></p><p>After struggling with being a single parent and dealing with mental illness, one Las Vegas mother reached a breaking point.</p><p>Bianca Stephens, 34, had had enough of the pressures of everyday life and had stopped taking her prescribed 21 pills a day to treat her borderline personality disorder, anxiety and depression. As the pressure mounted, she attempted to take her own life, an act her 12-year-old son Tate Wright II happened to witness.</p><p>“The stress of being a single mom, with COVID and trying to maintain school and grades and work by myself … I felt like a water barrel that was ready to burst," Stephens said recently.</p><p>So one day, while standing in the kitchen, Stephens picked up a paring knife and started slashing her left wrist. “My son came in and he was really freaked out because there was blood everywhere."</p><p>After the incident, Stephens spent six days in Summerlin Hospital under psychiatric watch. When she was released from care, she connected with Boys Town Nevada, a nonprofit that's been in operation in Las Vegas since 1991.</p><p>Boys Town provides classes that prevent disruption in the home and lead to the reunification of families by ensuring they have the support and skills needed to create and maintain a safe, stable environment for their children. Boys Town Nevada is headquartered in Las Vegas and serves more than 2,000 children each year.</p><p>Boys Town helped Stephens learn how to be a successful parent, giving her the support and advice she needed during situations she didn't know how to handle.</p><p>“They actually gave me support that I didn't have anywhere else," Stephens said. “It almost felt like having my parents back."</p><p>Now Stephens is using the techniques and tips Boys Town taught her for parenting in other aspects of life, including work. It also helped her simplify her daily pill intake by asking her doctor if the amount of medication could be reduced; she went from taking 21 pills a day to just three.</p><p>Boys Town also helped her learn to set more boundaries with her son, thus mitigating potential conflicts. Now, she says, “I'm up front with him about what I'm expecting so there is no guessing."<br>Stephens said she's grateful for the help Boys Town provided her and she looks forward to being in contact with them and recommending them to others.<br>“Because of the attention they gave me in such a loving way, I was able to learn to love myself," Stephens said. “Through this I learned that if you make mistakes you can always get back up, there's never a time when you can't get back up."<br><em>This story was produced in partnership with the United Way of Southern Nevada as part of the </em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>“Everyone Deserves Hope"</em></a><em> effort to assist local families this holiday season. To contribute, visit</em>​<br></p><p>​</p>2021-12-02T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town" src="/locations/nevada/news-and-events/PublishingImages/15875358_web1_hope_boystown_web.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent