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2013 - Issue 7 - November

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SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY Charity Regist er OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE. EVENING OF CABARET Event: This jazzy affair, hosted by singers Marilyn McCoo (PICTURED) and Billy Davis Jr., raises funds for Aid for AIDS of Nevada. Golden Gaming's charity golf tournament to benefit the Shane Victorino Foundation will take place on November 14 at Spanish Trail Country Club. The Shane Victorino Foundation Toy Drive happens in December. Shane brings youngsters from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to Fenway Park through his Flyin' Hawaiian All-Stars program. continued from page 56 including prominent athletes and other professionals. Among the previous participants have been Washing ton Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, UFC fighter Roy Nelson, Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller, and former Governor Bob Miller. To donate or for more Come December, Victorino will hold his information, visit shane sixth annual toy drive, which in the past five years has collected thousands of toys for needy Las Vegas children. "Having three kids, you want to give as much as you can to the less fortunate, especially around the holidays," Victorino says. "I didn't come from a family that was poor; my parents had jobs. But we weren't wealthy by any means, and I always saw how they made the plight of the people around us a high priority. It was baked into our mind-sets, and it's something that my family has to continue, especially being as fortunate as we are." In its first act as a charitable organization, when Victorino was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Shane Victorino Foundation spent close to $1 million to renovate the 100-year-old Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia (the club was renamed the Shane Victorino Foundation Nicetown Boys & Girls Club). The foundation also hosts an annual golf event in Maui and runs the Flyin' Hawaiian All-Stars charity ticket program in Boston, which brings local children's groups to Fenway Park. But Las Vegas is home, and Victorino is humble enough to admit he's been strongly influenced by some other notably philanthropic athletes in the city. "Andre Agassi, for example, and the work that he's done for kids with his amazing schools and other programs has for sure been a huge inspiration," says Victorino, who frequently runs into the former tennis star at events and sees him around town from time to time. "I just hope that we can set an example for others, too, and help the less fortunate ones around us keep a winning spirit as best as possible. That would be the biggest victory." V 58 CAMELOT AT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE Event: This magical fundraiser benefits Opportunity Village, an organization that provides the intellectually disabled with jobs, training, and support. Details: November 7, Opportunity Village; BIKE MS: VEGAS CHALLENGE Event: Take part in Nevada's premier cycling event, with route options ranging from 30 to 150 miles, then celebrate your finish at a Saturday festival, with music, food, a massage tent, and games. Details: November 9 and 10, start and finish at 888 W. Bonneville Ave.; ROCK 'N' ROLL MARATHON LAS VEGAS Event: Train with official charity partner Team Challenge and help raise funds and awareness for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Details: November 17; GIRL SCOUTS' GREEN FRIDAY Event: This online auction starts one week before Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, and supports leadership and membership programs for girls in Southern Nevada. Details: November 22; THE DIRTY DASH Event: This 3.1-mile mud-run obstacle course benefits local charities through registration fees, water balloon sales, and donations. Details: November 23, Boulder Ranch Quarry, Boulder City; PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRYAN SCHNITZER (TOY DRIVE); RICHARD HOCKETT/SUNRIDGE PHOTO (BIKE MS); DAVID LIVINGSTON/GETTY IMAGES (MCCOO); GETTY IMAGES (GIRL SCOUT); COURTESY OF THE BOSTON RED SOX (FENWAY) GET INVOLVED Details: November 7, Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center; VEGASMAGAZINE.COM 056-058_V_SP_SofG_Nov13.indd 58 10/22/13 11:37 AM

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