DANCIN’ IN THE FRIEND ZONE: The Raiders’ altruistic game plan has already woven the silver and black into the fabric of Las Vegas
Hut. hut, help …
The newly arrived Las Vegas Raiders have thrown no passes, made no tackles nor moved the chains even a yard yet. No fan has had a ticket scanned or a beer spilled. But for months, the Raiders have been all over the Las Vegas Valley, Zelig-like, planting figurative silver-and-black stakes in the community with donations and personal appearances.
THE HIRO OF THIS STORY: Mandalay Bay carpenter Hiro Kajiyama builds ‘special spaces’ for ailing children
About a year after her 7-year-old son was diagnosed with stage-four brain cancer, Amy Schildknecht’s family was introduced to a hero. Or, in this case, a Hiro.
“His name says it all,” Schildknecht says of Hiro Kajiyama, a Mandalay Bay carpenter who came into her life about four years ago. “Hiro truly is a hero.”
Kajiyama wanted to transform a room in Schildknecht’s home into a haven for her son, James. A place where the little boy could spend time away from the grownup challenges of his very serious illness. James would pick the room’s theme. It could be anything he wanted.
HEARTS DOWN UNDER: Aussie members of Venetian headliners Human Nature band together to aid relief efforts toward fires ravaging their homeland
When the boys from Human Nature were back home in Australia in late November and early December, the smoke was everywhere.