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Holiday Event Provides Twelve Days of Joy for Nevada Youth

From UFC fighters to ​firefighters to an improvisational comedy show, the Las Vegas community rallied around Boys Town Nevada’s Twelve Days of Christmas to make the holidays a joyful time for youth and families.

Running from Nov. 30 – Dec. 11, Boys Town Nevada had a special visit or activity each day to help celebrate the season. Activities were planned by the Friends of Boys Town, an all-volunteer committee chaired by Tony and Ivette Sgro.

The event kicked off with children, youth and their families laughing along as Jest Serendipity performed their unique improvisational comedy sketches. The guests were able to participate in the show by contributing scenarios for the actors to use as part of their performance. In the days that followed, youth in the Family Home Program were treated to visits from local firefighters, police officers and lawyers. The firefighters showed youth their gear and truck while the police officers and lawyers spoke about the legal system and how they are always available to help. One youth said that the evening inspired her to someday study criminal justice. Thanks to the lawyers, each youth was given a new pair of pajamas.

In addition, Clear Channel donated tickets to Glittering Lights at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, while Bank of America provided gift cards for each youth to use to buy a gift for their “Secret Santa”. During the second week, Boys Town Nevada received a special visit from UFC fighters Forrest Griffin and Miesha Tate. Griffin spoke about bullying and how to rise above the negativity, while Tate explained how she’s overcome the adversity of being a woman in a male-dominated sport. Volunteers from Panda Express joined in on the festivities, donating meals for all of the children and families in attendance.

The twelve days continued with a night out at P.F. Chang’s thanks to an anonymous donor, who also gifted new sneakers and Nike accessories to each youth. Another generous Boys Town supporter treated the youth and their family teachers to a pizza night.

The Twelve Days of Christmas concluded on Thursday, Dec. 11, with the annual Festival of Hope open house on the Boys Town Nevada campus. The previous weekend, volunteers had decked the campus from end to end with lights and decorations to celebrate the season. During the festival, guests met youth, toured homes and indulged in homemade cookies and cocoa. Guests were able to see how Boys Town is making a difference in their community.

The Festival of Hope showcased the magic and wonder of the season with a tree lighting ceremony, a miniature pony from Horses 4 Heroes, carolers from Sin City Opera and a visit from Santa Claus. Photos with Santa were available compliments of Cashman Photo. Special thanks to Operation Fire Heat for providing our 15-ft Christmas tree and bringing Santa to Boys Town.

“It is so wonderful to see the support from our community to ensure our kids and families have a memorable holiday season” said Howard Olshansky, Executive Director for Boys Town Nevada.

Thanks to many donors and community members, the Twelve Days of Christmas was a huge success and brought to life one of the most important things Boys Town teaches its youth — giving back to others!