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Conventions, local benefactors show their shoe support

When it comes to footwear philanthropy, the Las Vegas tourism industry is keeping step.

“Typically with conventions, with the folks coming in from out of town, we shy away from shoe drives because it’s cumbersome with all the changes with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) rules to bring shoes, so we do monetary drives with them,” says Nikki Berti, co-founder of the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation. “It’s great to have people come in and want to do a give-back opportunity while they’re here, so we create a format where they do a fund-raiser or a challenge to contribute to something locally and make a difference.”

Several local and visiting organizations have even gone beyond those formats. “We’ve had a few groups even come and volunteer with this,” Berti adds. “It’s difficult because it’s a four-hour commitment and most conventions don’t have that window of opportunity, but we are certainly open to that if it’s a smaller group that coordinates ahead of time. We’ve worked with a lot of the concierge groups, and basketball teams when they’re here for tournaments. They do a lot of great things for us when they’re here visiting.” (Click here for main story The Sole of Las Vegas: Ex-NFL player and wife distribute footwear to kids in need.)

Groups and conventions that have donated to and/or volunteered with the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation recently include:

  • DaVita Medical Group conferences at the M Resort
  • Design Build Institute of America convention at the Mirage
  • MGM Resorts Collaboration Day at Park MGM
  • International Market Centers Las Vegas
  • PGA Tour at TPC Summerlin
  • Mountain West Championship at Thomas & Mack Center
  • Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium

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