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EXTREME MAKEOVER — SHADE TREE EDITION: North Las Vegas shelter gets $2.5 million renovation thanks to Wynn Las Vegas and 170 community partners

The Shade Tree shelter for women and children in North Las Vegas has undergone a large-scale renovation worth $2.5 million in recent months, spurred by a $1.5 million investment from Wynn Las Vegas. The greatly refurbished digs look great. They also send an important message to shelter residents: You matter.


ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR NEVADA: Neon is declared ‘official state element’ in glowing tribute

Naming neon an official representative of Nevada seems like a no-brainer in retrospect, given the gas’ long, storied history in the state. “Our neon signs represent some of the real, legendary, maverick personalities that shaped our state,” says Will Durham, a Carson City schoolteacher, neon-sign preserver and director of the nonprofit Nevada Neon Project. says. “Our signs are really Nevada’s contribution to architecture.”

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IT’S RAINING MENTORS: Sports mentorship program, pairing students with marketing pros, graduates first class

The six-month Sports Mentorship Program graduated its first class of 28 students at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center on April 23. Its inaugural success depended on an impressive team of accomplished sports-marketing leaders who served as mentors, including professionals from the Las Vegas Raiders, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Caesars Entertainment Corp., MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas Aces, Vegas Golden Knights and others.