The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will present the fourth annual Laps for Charity event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. NASCAR fans and car enthusiasts will have the unique opportunity to drive their personal vehicle around the 1.5-mile superspeedway at speeds up to 75 miles per hour (behind a pace car), all in the name of charity.
Fans are invited to experience the drive of a lifetime, throttling their personal vehicle on the same track that the superstars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race on in the KOBALT 400 on March 9. Laps for Charity is open to all licensed drivers 18 years of age and older and the entry fee is $30 per vehicle for three laps (and you can buy three more laps for just $20).
All occupants of the car must be at least 6 years of age or older. The vehicle must be street legal. Drivers must have valid license and proof of insurance. Car clubs and company fleets are welcome to participate. Drivers may have their picture taken in LVMS’s victory lane for an additional donation of only $10.
The event will be held rain or shine. Laps for Charity is sponsored by Las Vegas Motor Speedway, The CW/MY LVTV, Lotus Broadcasting and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. All proceeds from Laps for Charity will benefit the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. More than 840 cars (including a limo) were entered in last year’s event and $32,000 was raised for local children’s causes. Participants may register online at www.scclasvegas.org.
For more information, please call Paulette Anderson at (702) 632-8242 or e-mail SCC LV at firstname.lastname@example.org. Making a difference in a child’s life is the focus of Speedway Children’s Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations it supports nationwide. Individually, SCC’s local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. Since its inception in 1999, Speedway Children’s Charities has granted more than $2.5 million to local children’s causes.
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GetEQUAL Nevada responds to attorney general’s anti-gay remarks In a brief filed earlier this week, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto urged the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. In that brief, Masto makes her case by likening same-sex marriage to bigamy and incest.
GetEQUAL Nevada lead organizer Derek Washington, a friend of Attorney General Masto’s, issued the following statement in response to her brief: “I count Attorney General Cortez Masto as one of my very first mentors, having met her at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. I am deeply disappointed that she would take the positions she has in her vigorous defense of a law that I find discriminatory and against the ideals of equality this great country was founded on. For the Attorney General to equate marriage equality with bigamy and incest is not only jaw dropping, but it is also a personal affront from someone I thought understood that we, LGBTQ Nevadans, are just the same as all other Nevadans. We work hard, send our children to school and contribute to the health of our communities. To be lumped in with bigamists and sexual criminals by a friend is, to say the very least, heartbreaking.”
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City of Las Vegas partners with Moonridge Group for City Hall donation station Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Councilman Bob Coffin and Julie Murray, principal of the Moonridge Group, unveiled a new Donation Station meter at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at City Hall, 495 S. Main St. The meter is the first Donation Station to be a part of the city’s new $1,000 sponsorship program. Money collected by the meter goes toward regional homeless services.
Launched in 2010, the program has raised more than $10,000. Companies, organizations or individuals can sponsor a meter for a $1,000 annual fee. The sponsored meter will be wrapped in the organization’s logo and the city will provide maintenance and collection services. The new meter was unveiled on the steps in front of City Hall, and then installed across Main Street near the front of the City Hall Garage, 500 S. Main St.
The Moonridge Group Philanthropy Advisors assists individuals, foundations, corporations and nonprofits in developing and executing their charitable investments. For more information on how to sponsor a Donation Station meter call the city of Las Vegas at 702-229-2330 or e-mail donationstation @lasvegasnevada.gov.
The city of Las Vegas is a proud partner and active participant with the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition effort to end homelessness.
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2013 marked most successful year yet for RTC’s Club Ride program Club Ride Commuter Services, a free program sponsored by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) that promotes cleaner, greener modes of getting to work, experienced its most successful year yet in 2013 for recruiting new partners, reporting of round-trip clean commutes, and overall positive environmental impact. “Club Ride is successfully changing the valley’s perception of alternative modes of transportation by making them more accessible and appealing to commuters,” said Tina Quigley, RTC general manager. “With greater participation, we are reducing traffic, improving our air quality and saving commuters money. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
In 2013, Club Ride added more than 20 new employer partners, including some of Southern Nevada’s leading employers, such as Cirque du Soleil, Mandarin Oriental, ITT Technical Institute, Nevada State College, and Costco stores throughout the valley. In total, Club Ride works with over 250 employers in the Las Vegas Valley and has more than 5,600 new commuters in 2013.
The growing participation in Club Ride led to 967,844 clean commutes being recorded by program participants. These commutes removed more than 5.8 million vehicle miles from our valley roads — an amount equal to an astounding 236 trips around the Earth. Some record-breaking statistics achieved by Club Ride and its participants in 2013: –Commuters saved over $1.5 million –CO2 emissions were reduced by 58.56 tons –5,978 gallons of gas were saved –Greenhouse gases were reduced by 2,285 tons In 2013, Club Ride also utilized new technologies to make recording commutes even easier for participants.
In the beginning of the year, Club Ride began installing touch screen kiosks onsite at partner worksites. There are currently 42 installed at 36 different workplaces and these kiosks have increased reporting among employees by as much as 350 percent. In August 2013, Club Ride introduced its smartphone app for iPhone and Android devices. More than 770 participants have downloaded the new Club Ride Rewards App since it launched.
The Club Ride Rewards App and touch screen kiosks offer Club Ride commuters two more easy ways to log their commutes, in addition to submission via VeriFone, text, phone and online at www.rtcsnv.com/Club_Ride. At the end of the year, Club Ride honored the outstanding efforts of local employers that support commuter programs with the Club Ride Star Awards in four categories. –Star Rookie- Recognized a new employer partner (18 months or less with the Club Ride program) that has quickly achieved success and demonstrated a strong or creative strategy for continued program growth.
Recipient: Sands Expo Convention Center –Marketing Star- Recognized an employer partner that went above and beyond to dedicate resources and market commute options and Club Ride to employees.
Recipient: Aria Resort & Casino –Star Transportation Coordinator- Recognized an individual Transportation Coordinator (TC) at an employer partner site for his/her dedication, creativity and resourcefulness in promoting Club Ride and assisting employees in finding carpool companions or transit options.
Recipient: Cheri Dahl, Eastside Cannery –Star Employer Partners — Recognized employer partners who demonstrated exceptional efforts that encouraged employees to use commute options and participate in Club Ride. –Gaming sector — Recipient: Bellagio Resort and Casino –Non-gaming sector — Recipient: International Academy of Design and Technology, IADT
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