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2013 - Issue 7 - November

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AMY ROSSETTI: SURROUNDING KIDS WITH COMMUNITY In her 16 years in Las Vegas, it would be impossible to describe Amy Rossetti as anything less than fully engaged. She facilitated restaurant openings at Bellagio, Wynn, and Encore before stepping in to launch Cosmopolitan. Name a chef or restaurateur in the world and they're likely a friend. And although she has lived in the city a long time by Vegas standards, she says, the day she joined Communities in Schools Nevada, three years ago, "was the day I committed to Las Vegas." CISN addresses one of Nevada's toughest problems: one of the highest school dropout rates in the country. By bringing community volunteers into the classroom, Rossetti explains, "we create one-to-one relationships with students to understand their needs, ranging from 104 getting access to food, clothing, counseling, tutoring, medical attention, legal issues, and more." When she joined CISN, 12 schools were involved with the program; now there are 40. A firm believer in mentorship, she has had some strong mentors of her own, including Elaine Wynn, Susie Lee, and Elizabeth Blau. This year, with her launch of The Community, a way for newer philanthropists to meet likeminded people and benefit CISN through Cosmopolitan-sponsored events, Rossetti is helping to expand the organization in a new way. "We have a long way to go" with Nevada's dropout crisis, she says. "Creating advocacy is the first step, and The Community is a good example of how we move the needle." VEGASMAGAZINE.COM 096-105_V_F_VegasGives_Nov13.indd 104 10/23/13 10:59 AM

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