Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada Announces their 23rd Annual BOO-A-THON Fundraiser

LAS VEGAS (September 17, 2019) – Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada will host their 23rd annual     Boo-A-Thon bowling tournament fundraiser on Saturday, October 19, 12pm-2pm and Sunday, October 20, 9am-11am and 12pm-2pm, at Sam’s Town Bowling Center. The annual event is intended to help support the financial literacy programs that Junior Achievement offers to students in Clark County. 

Southern Nevada community members are invited to join in the festivities and form five-person bowling teams to raise at least $100 per person. Junior Achievement will provide all the fundraising tools necessary to aid with team fundraising efforts. There is a $10 registration fee for all bowlers, which provides them with unlimited bowling for 2 hours including shoes and a chance to win fabulous prizes!

JASN Boo-A-Thon is filled with fun festivities where you can show off your bowling tricks and treats for a great cause. “With your support, we will continue to partner with educators, volunteers and business community leaders to encourage over 20,000 students in 2019-2020 to dream big and reach their potential,” said Michelle Jackson, president of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.


Junior Achievement is in its 100th year of operation (100 years, 100% ready) nationwide. Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Inc. was founded locally in 1996. The current local programs span grades K-12, with age-appropriate curricula. At the elementary level, students learn about their roles as individuals, workers and consumers while focusing on key life skills like the importance of saving and the difference between wants and needs. Middle and high school students learn about key economic principals, workforce issues they will face, personal budgeting and credit. Junior Achievement’s office is located at 1921 N Rainbow Blvd. on the second floor of Nevada State Bank. For more information visit JASNV.org. Like Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Adam’s Place Announces National Children’s Grief Awareness Month Throughout November 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 17, 2019) – Adam’s Place, a local nonprofit organization announces National Children’s Grief Awareness throughout the month of November. The Adam’s Place Teddy Bear and Scholarship Drive starts on November 1, 2019. Small new teddy bear donations will be included in when children participate in Children’s Coping Skills program, they are gifted with their very own backpacks filled with healthy coping tools and a new teddy bear.

The finale for Adam’s Place Teddy Bear Drive and Scholarship fundraiser is November 21st from 11am to 1:00pm at Jaguar Land Rover Las Vegas 6425 Roy Horn Way Las Vegas 89118. Guests will be treated to snacks, soft drinks and live remote music and Stephanie McKenzie of 97.1 of Lotus Broadcasting.

Throughout November, Teddy bears may be dropped off at the following locations:

Adam’s Place, Sierra Air Conditioning & Heating, Jaguar Land Rover, AMS, LV Pharmacy & 8 LienRx Pharmacies. See attached flier for drop-off addresses.

Adam’s Place Camp Cope program supports children (5-18) and families suffering from the loss of a loved one. It is structured into 8 sessions over 16 weeks. The program is designed to create a safe place for children and families to feel less isolated, make connections, build confidence and learn healthy copy skills during these rough times. Camp Cope program utilizes evidence-based methods and activities facilitated in a peer group setting conducted by professionally trained volunteers.

Adams Place provides additional programs:

  • Grief & Loss Peer Group Programs
  • In-School Grief & Loss Peer Group Programs
  • Work Site Support Group Programs
  • Facilitator Training programs

“Our programs are focused on coping and communications skills education. Our goal is to help participants gain skills, decrease isolation and stigma by increasing self-esteem and self-reliance, Adam’s Place exists thanks to support from our community businesses, private donations and our volunteers. Whether you choose to sponsor one child or two, or a whole classroom, your donation will help cover costs of materials, art supplies, snacks and peer activities,” said Kelly Thomas-Boyers, executive director of Adam’s Place.

Everyone is encouraged to donate $100 to sponsor 1 child, $500 to sponsor 5 children or $1000 to sponsor 10 children to Adam’s Place Camp Cope program.

To donate to the Camp Cope Scholarship, please visit: https://adamsplacelv.org/support-us/donate

 ABOUT ADAM’S PLACE:                                      

Founded in 2009 by Kelly Thomas-Boyers, Adam’s Place was established in memory of Adam Gregory Thomas to provide a safe and confidential peer support group setting for children, teens and families experiencing the loss of a loved one.  Adam’s Place has served more than 2000 families.  Adam’s Place is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located 2820 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 40., Las Vegas, NV 89102 www.adamsplacelv.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and by phone: 702-202-3891

Adam’s Place Offers Adult Group Therapy Sessions with Las Vegas Therapist Steven Kalas Starting October 14th

LAS VEGAS, NV (October 14, 2019) – Adam’s Place, a local nonprofit organization, will be offering a clinical, adult group therapy program lead by therapist, Steven Kalas. The theme will be Recovering from Loss and Moving Forward.

Steven Kalas is a therapist, speaker, published author, and philosopher. He works as an individual, marriage and family counselor. Kalas is also a pastoral counselor in Las Vegas, Nevada. He travels nationally as a public speaker and provides consultation to a myriad of organizations. “Human Matters,” Kala’s twice-weekly column written for the Las Vegas Review Journal, from 2007-2015, answered readers’ questions. Kalas added his musings about life, love, family, ethics, sex, culture, art, philosophy, religion, celebration, and suffering. Since 2015, his articles routinely appear each week in community newspapers.

“We are excited to partner with Kalas to offer an adult group therapy on site at Adam’s Place,” said Kelly Thomas-Boyers, executive director of Adam’s Place.

The program fee is $50 per person and includes four sessions. The dates are October 14th and 21st, November 11th and 25th. All sessions will be held at Adam’s Place 2820 West Charleston, Suite 40, Las Vegas, NV 89102 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

To register or ask any questions, send an email to: adamsplacetrainingcenter@gmail.com

ABOUT ADAM’S PLACE:                                                                                                                                                     Founded 2009 by Kelly Thomas-Boyers, Adam’s Place was established in memory of Adam Gregory Thomas to provide a safe and confidential peer support group setting for children, teens and families experiencing the loss of a loved one.  Adam’s Place has served more than 2000 families.  Adam’s Place is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located 2820 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 40., Las Vegas, NV 89102 www.adamsplacelv.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and by phone: 702-202-389

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Best Buddies Nevada Hosts 10th Annual Champion of the Year Gala


LAS VEGAS (October 2, 2019) – Best Buddies Nevada, a local non-profit organization will host their 10TH annual Champion of the Year Gala starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday November 9, 2019, at Caesars Palace.

The highlights of the evening will include, an award ceremony to recognize and honor 11 community champion nominees. Best Buddies proudly announces the names of the champions, Anna Billings, Cristina Paris, Daryl Sprague, Nicole Davis, Paul Brooks Jr., Cliff Miller, Heidi Glassman, Isabella McGinnis, Kaylah Harris, Nicole Huerta and Jamie Philips. These Champions will compete over an 8-week period to raise funds and awareness for Best Buddies Nevada. At the conclusion of the campaign, Best Buddies will celebrate each other’s collective impact at the Gala and name the ultimate Champion of the Year. “Our champions’ support assists us in expanding our program to new schools and communities, bringing us one step closer to making sure that every student and adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) experiences true friendship,“ said Charlene Blackstone, state director of Best Buddies Nevada.

Guests will enjoy a fun interactive evening with exciting photo booths and live entertainment by DJ Jack Stylez from e320 entertainment group. Happy hour starts with appetizers, fine wine and craft beer. Guests will delight in a gourmet dinner and a silent auction with special experiences for guests to bid on. Jeff Kurkjian, host of Jeff and Aimee on The Coyote 102.7 FM will be the master of ceremonies.

Proceeds from the event will support Best Buddies programs that allow students and adults with IDD to take part in age-appropriate social activities through one-to-one friendships with their peers, as well as create opportunities for integrated employment for people as adults.

Local Community partners include Caesars Entertainment, Anne Fontaine Las Vegas,
MJ Christensen Diamonds, Wells Fargo, Findlay Toyota, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Golden Knights Foundation and MGM Resorts International.

This year, Best Buddies celebrates 30 years of inclusion for people with intellectual & developmental disabilities. “Together we can help end the social and economic isolation that exists for thousands of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said, Marnie Gambit, 2019 gala event committee chair.

For more information about Best Buddies or to RSVP to attend the event, please visit – www.bestbuddieschampion.org/nevada

Best Buddies International is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs help people with IDD form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.