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Vegas - 2015 - Issue 7 - November - Natalie Dormer

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Page 94 of 115  93 BarBara Molas y Educating thE nExt gEnEration Philanthropic powerhouse Barbara Molasky has devoted herself to raising awareness for a diverse lineup of homegrown nonproft organizations. For the past three years, though, her focus has been squarely on CORE Academy (formerly the I Have a Dream Foundation), which was formed to address Nevada's worryingly low education rank- ing (50th in the country) and national statistics that show only 9 percent of children from low-income families will receive a bachelor's degree. "The CORE Academy model provides academic enrichment and character education that children need to reach their full potential," Molasky says. The organization furnishes underserved scholars with resources like lunches, tutoring, career development training, mentorships, and fnancial assistance for college. "Because the organization works with kids over a long period of time," she adds, "supporters have the opportunity to see the scholars grow and become well-rounded, community-minded leaders." on barbara molasky: Blouse, Sophia Kar ($990). Lace skirt, Givenchy ($1,075). Earrings, Stazia Loren Estate Collection ($1,050). Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; barneys. com. Bracelet and pumps, Molasky's own ristin Conte Stopping aSSault BEforE it happEnS Formerly the director of marketing at Tao Group, Kristin Conte used her position as a representative of one of Vegas's most recog- nizable nightlife brands to raise awareness of sexual assault. After launching Tao Cares, the company's primary philanthropic arm, in 2011, Conte focused her attention on spearheading Party Smart, a public education campaign designed in partnership with The Rape Crisis Center to help guests stay safe on the Strip. The success of the initiative later inspired her to pursue a spot on The Rape Crisis Center's board, a position she has held since January 2014. "There are so many services that the Rape Crisis Center provides for both men and women, whether it's advocacy for victims or just help with counseling," Conte says. "People will call the center to talk about a sexual assault that happened 30 years ago—it's just such a process to deal with something like that." on kristin conte: Dress, Alaïa ($3,695). Bangles ($1,900) and rings ($7,000), Spinelli Kilcollin. Pink leather bracelet, Baleen ($245). Clutch, Christian Louboutin ($995). Barneys New York, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-629-4200; Pumps, Conte's own

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