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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.

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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.

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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.

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Local chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities gifts $270k to local organizations

Speeding to the financial rescue, the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) will distribute more than $270,000 to nearly 60 local charities as the culmination of its year of fund-raising.

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GIVIN’ LARGE:  Wynn Resorts’ new ‘Giving Week’ program to raise money for charities

During Giving Week, a new initiative running Dec. 1-7, Wynn Resorts, which operates Wynn Las Vegas and Encore on the Strip, Wynn Boston Harbor in Everett, Mass., and a pair of properties in Macau, will have more than 12,000 employees aiding charities. Giving Week was inspired by Giving Tuesday, the international philanthropy day on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

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THIRST DATE: Walk for Water raises awareness of global water issues — and $120k — at eighth annual Springs Preserve event

More than a thousand walkers, plus volunteers and one mayor gathered in the local desert Sept. 21 to raise awareness of worldwide water issues.

“Who ordered the perfect day?” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman asked the cheerful crowd about to embark on a three-mile trek in the mild morning sunshine at Springs Preserve.

One Drop, an international foundation created in 2007 by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté and dedicated to providing access to safe water in the world’s most vulnerable communities, hosts the annual Walk for Water.

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GUNS ‘N’ HOSES: Police and firefighters produce hits and runs for multiple charities at Las Vegas Ballpark

Representatives of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue took the field Aug. 25 in the annual “Guns ’n’ Hoses” charity game. It was the first time Las Vegas Ballpark, new home of the Las Vegas Aviators, has hosted the game, which had been played at Cashman Field since the early 1990s. The greatest pregame ovation was for the Fire team’s honorary manager, Vegas Golden Knight Deryk Engelland, who threw one of the ceremonial first pitches. 

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Raiders players bowl Strikes for Kids at Red Rock fund-raiser

The Strikes for Kids fund-raiser aimed to raise money to provide 350 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.

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SHADES OF BLUE MAN: Special sensory-friendly show benefits Grant a Gift Autism Foundation

Since 2015, the Blue Man Group has been staging sensory-friendly performances for children, adults and families affected by autism spectrum disorder, the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States.

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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.

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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.

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Backstreet Boys donate to Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada

The Backstreet Boys put philanthropy front and center — and their handprints in cement — at a recent ceremony at Planet Hollywood resort-casino.

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SPACE FOR THE DISPLACED: Sands Cares, Jon Bon Jovi join Nevada nonprofit in effort to house more homeless youth

The fundraising campaign came in direct response to the Southern Nevada Plan to End Youth Homelessness, unveiled at November’s Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit.

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Translating military jargon into civilian speak

Though the Cosmopolitan regularly stages career mixers, workshops to teach interviewing skills and community job fairs, uniting vets and potential employers has several hurdles to …

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MGM Resorts delivers 700 lunches to TSA workers

On Jan. 25, chefs from Mandalay Bay/MGM Resorts International motored up to the ticketing curb at McCarran International Airport to unload 350 boxed lunches, with another 350 scheduled for afternoon delivery.

Their intended diners: Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers toiling without pay in the midst of the partial U.S. government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, 2018.

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Local businesses step up for workers during shutdown

Many Las Vegas businesses, companies, schools and airlines have donated goods and services to help boost government workers who have been furloughed or are working without pay since the partial U.S. government shutdown began.

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THE SOLE OF LAS VEGAS: Ex-NFL player and wife distribute footwear to kids in need

Heads up — the Feet Fleet’s in. “Layla, how are you, honey? You ready for new shoes? Alright!” says volunteer Rick Lefever to the grade …

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A student has the fit of his Star Wars themed shoes checked during the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation event at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School Thursday, December 20, 2018. CREDIT: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau
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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 …

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‘Godfather of Sustainability’ helps Three Square combat senior hunger

Food had an extra added pinch of celebrity flavor when famed Chef Rick Moonen helped serve meals recently as part of Three Square food bank’s …

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Players and special fans at Opportunity Village bond over the Bowl

Timeouts couldn’t possibly be more fun than this one. And no one cared how many minutes were left on the clock because time just flew …

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A MID-AUTUMN NIGHT’S ‘DREAM’: ‘Le Reve’ devotes a performance to benefit Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southern Nevada

On this night, compassionate souls will combat a medical reality with an artistic fantasy. That night is Nov. 4, when the spectacle of aquatic acrobatics …

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GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Convention donations a bonanza for Opportunity Village

Where did all the wares go? Right there, that’s where – those thrift store aisles blossoming into a veritable lair of superior wares, proving that …

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IMAGINE THERE’S NO CANCER: Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons aid pediatric cancer families

“The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell.” So much hope clung to 10 haunting words. “He had that lyric written on a …

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THROWING A PIFFY FIT: Mission HS benefits from Piff’s Ping-Pong Pifftacular

Choosy players choose Piff.  Even when he goes on a (comic) trash-talk tear. Yes, a recent celebrity-stuffed table-tennis tourney at the Flamingo’s Beach Club Pool …

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THEY’RE ACES: Players from Vegas’ WNBA team inspire local kids

Hugs don’t get ­any huggier than this, even if the hugger only comes up to the huggee’s waist. This is the warm — if amusingly …

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