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A night of culinary tastes from top Las Vegas restaurants, beautiful and heart-warming children’s art, great silent and live auction prizes, and good friends gathering for a good cause is planned to help children with cancer. An Evening of Hope will be Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the World Market Center, located at 495 S. Grand Central Pkwy, Ste. #2203.
The epicurean-style experience and cocktail reception fundraiser will raise money for the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada. The nonprofit provides support, education, hope and advocacy through programs and services for children and adolescents with cancer and their families in Southern Nevada.
An Evening of Hope features complimentary cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres. To date, participating restaurants and specialty food providers include: Sprinkles Cupcakes (featured on national television including Ellen!), Capital Grille, Culinary Creations, Dom DeMarco’s, DW Bistro, Great American Cookie, Hash House a Go Go, Rollin Smoke BBQ, Lightning Freeze, Mundo, Paymon’s Mediterranean Grill, Popcorn Girl, Simon and Top of the World. Wirtz Beverage is the alcohol sponsor.
One of the evening’s highlights is the Children’s Art Gallery, which features photography and modern art for sale by Candlelighters beneficiaries. Guests also are invited to bring a bottle of wine, valued at $25 or more, to contribute to a wine package for the live auction.
Live entertainment will be provided by DJ C01 and John Colombo, and several Candlelighters kids will perform.
Three Candlelighters beneficiaries will be recognized for their courage, strength and hope exhibited throughout the challenges of their life with cancer. Ray of Hope honorees are: Karon, 13, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma; Ryan Pak, 5, who has B-cell lymphoma; and Zoe, 14, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Don Jean, a Candlelighters board member who also serves on several event committees, will be honored as Volunteer of the Year. Principal and creative director of BRANDHAUS Creative, he has developed initiatives to increase the nonprofit's brand awareness and design elements and strategies for special events, fundraisers and community programs. Jean also volunteers as a counselor at Camp Independent Firefly, a medically supervised summer camp for children affected by cancer or hemophilia.
Southwest Gas Corporation will receive the Founders Award for its Fuel for Life Campaign, generating more than $100,000 of employee giving dollars; event participation, including having the largest team at the 2013 5K & 1 Mile Race for our Kids; fiscal contributions; and advocacy efforts increasing childhood cancer awareness in the community.
Tickets are available now for $125 per person until May 1, and will be $150 per person after that. For more information, tickets or sponsorship opportunities, visit http://bit.ly/1cvDl8n or contact Kelly Webb at 702-737-1919 or [email protected].
Centennial Toyota is the Evening of Hope's Diamond Partner. Other sponsors include: World Market Center, Credit One Bank, Southwest Gas Corporation, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, Cragin & Pike, Collier’s International, Palm Mortuary, Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican, Republic Services, Glen Lerner, Bank of America, The Revolution, Purdue Marion & Associates, Las Vegas Review Journal, Lamar Advertising, Freeman AV, Czarnowski, BRANDHAUS Creative, Las Vegas Parking, Medic West, Pepsi, Running Bull Productions, English Garden Florist, Ralph Jones, Dre 5 Productions and NACE.
About Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada is a non-profit agency that provides support and services for families of children, birth to 21 years old, diagnosed with cancer. Through its many programs, Candlelighters provides assistance for quality-of-life issues that are a large part of the childhood cancer experience, including disease-specific education and emotional support. Programs include: patient advocacy, emergency assistance, travel for treatment, family counseling, survivor scholarships, and other programs and services such as hospital visits, toy boxes for out-patient clinics, financial aid guidance, bereavement support and much more. In certain circumstances, Candlelighters also offers financial support. For information, visit www.candlelightersnv.org.