The Softer Side of Sin City

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Although Las Vegas has a reputation as an “anything goes” sort of place, that’s not all there is to the city. There are plenty of organizations around town that work tirelessly to assist people in need. Over the course of the year those groups raise millions of dollars to help make life easier for residents of all walks of life.

Opportunity Village, for example, helps thousands of Las Vegas residents with intellectual disabilities find jobs, gain independence in their lives, and realize their creative dreams. Food bank Three Square works to ensure that Las Vegas residents have access to three square meals a day, distributing more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery products in 2013.

But without the assistance of Las Vegas businesses and trade groups, many of these organizations would find it difficult or even impossible to accomplish their mission.

In July 2013 One Queensridge Place hosted its Gatsby Gamble event to benefit Three Square, raising $15,000 for the food bank, or enough to provide 45,000 meals. The event, held in the luxurious Crown Penthouse atop the OQP’s two 18-story towers, featured cuisine prepared by celebrity chef Carla Pellingrino and entertainment by Frankie Moreno, the Shaun DeGraf Trio and DJ Baby Chino.

And the following November, the Las Vegas chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) held the first of what promises to be an annual black tie charity auction to raise money for Jillian’s Army and St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Jillian’s Army is dedicated to helping 4-year-old Las Vegas resident Jillian Moore win her fight against Stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer, while St. Baldrick’s is a volunteer organization working to fund research to find cures for childhood cancers. Supporters of St. Baldrick’s often shave their heads in support of the foundation as well as to show solidarity with those who have lost their hair as a result of chemotherapy treatments.

Whatever your interest or concern, whether it be supporting soldiers returning from the battlefield to caring for unwanted pets to making sure that no child goes hungry, there is a charity in the Las Vegas area that needs your support.

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