MGM Resorts Foundation Grants $50,000 to Spread the Word Nevada

For Immediate Release

MGM Resorts Foundation Grants $50,000 to Spread the Word Nevada
Grant to benefit the Organization’s Breakfast with Books Program

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (June 28, 2017) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) has been selected by MGM Resorts Foundation’s Community Grant Council as the recipient of a $50,000 grant to fund the nonprofit’s Family Literacy Program – Breakfast with Books.

“Breakfast with Books is an excellent example of the MGM Resorts Foundation’s commitment to strengthening families,” said Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. “Our program fosters positive parenting by providing the tools and support to help parents guide their children to literacy, while simultaneously engaging the children in activities which create a life long love of reading that will broaden their academic and economic opportunities. Reading together as a family activity can be a bonding experience. When parents are involved in their children’s education, both children and parents will benefit.”

The goal of Breakfast with Books is to enable at-risk students to improve their reading skills to the point where they can succeed in school and develop the abilities that will prepare them for high school and post secondary education. Studies have shown that poor readers, who are behind in reading a grade level or more, are more likely to be disruptive in the classroom, truant from school, and at risk of dropping out of high school. (The Literacy Company, Enhanced Reading & Literacy Research).

The MGM Resorts Foundation, a Nevada non-profit corporation receives donations through MGM employee charitable contributions, which supports other non-profit agencies and community organizations to fulfill its mission of “Building a Stronger Community.”

“Reading at a young age is critical to a child’s long-term success,” says Shelley Gitomer, MGM Resorts’ vice president of philanthropy and community engagement. “Studies show that children who read do better in school; they have higher retention rates and make better grades than children who don’t read. Education is a critical need in Nevada, so we think it’s important to support Spread the Word Nevada.”

About Spread the Word Nevada
Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 3.9 million gently used and new books to approximately 467,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About The MGM Resorts Foundation
The purpose of The MGM Resorts Foundation is to collect and distribute monies and assets donated by employees of MGM Resorts (NYSE: MGM) for the aid and support of qualified community nonprofit programs, agencies or organizations designated exclusively by
MGM Resorts employees. In addition, the Foundation collects and distributes donations to the Foundation by third-party non-employees to support charitable, scientific, literary, and educational activities approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and organized by
MGM Resorts employees to benefit qualified non-profit charitable organizations designated by the Foundation’s Board.

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Media Contact
Vicki Soares (702) 203-0002
Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

Habit Burger Teams up with Spread the Word Nevada

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The Habit Burger Grill Teams Up With Spread the Word Nevada
During Nevada’s Big Give Day

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (March 21, 2017) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) teams up with the Habit Burger Grill to make reading a habit during Nevada’s Big Give, a 24-hour online crowdfunding event created to rally community support for Nevada’s charitable causes.

On March 23, 2017 our community will come together for 24 hours of giving and The Habit Burger Grill is throwing in a tasty deal for supporting Spread the Word Nevada across all four of its Southern Nevada locations. For every $2 or more donation made to STWN on March 23rd donors will receive a certificate for a free Charburger with Cheese to use on the next visit.

“This is our community’s biggest day of giving annually and we are so excited that The Habit Burger Grill chose to support us in such a generous and creative way,” said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Co-Founder and Executive Director. “Partnerships like this go a very long way in changing lives…one book at time.”

This one-day fundraiser was created by NevadaGIVES and is powered by NevadaGIVES and United Way of Southern Nevada. It will be held on March 23rd from 12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

“It is a great opportunity to help needed kids and giving back to the community that support our business from day one,” said Xiaoming Hu, Operating Partner of 12 Ventures LLC, A Habit Burger Grill franchisee.

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About Spread the Word Nevada
Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 3.9 million gently used and new books to approximately 456,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contact
Vicki Soares (702) 203-0002 Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

United Way WLC Press Release

For Immediate Release

United Way Women’s Leadership Council Grants $50,000 to Spread the Word Nevada

Las Vegas – Henderson, NV (January, 2016) – Spread the Word Nevada (STWN) receives $50,000 from the United Way Women’s Leadership Council to support the nonprofit’s literacy services at several elementary schools during the 2016-2017 school year.

  • $25,000 is being allocated for ongoing support of five Breakfast with Books family literacy programs at Dean Petersen, J.W. Jeffers, Paradise, Robert L. Taylor and Whitney Elementary Schools – serving more than 4,000 students and families.
  • $25,000 is being allocated for a new sponsorship at Robert L. Taylor Elementary School for the creation of a new Books & Buddies Mentor Center: One-on-one mentoring for struggling readers.

“We’re beyond grateful for the generosity of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council,” said Lisa Habighorst, STWN Executive Director. “This donation will help us continue our literacy focused programs and services reaching thousands of students across six elementary schools.”

Spread the Word Nevada’s literacy programs are an avenue to reach at-risk children and their families to strengthen the place we call home and open up boundless possibilities for their future.

About Spread the Word Nevada
Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 3.8 million gently used and new books to approximately 435,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contact
Vicki Soares
(702) 203-0002
Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org

Wynn Las Vegas Media Alert

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MEDIA ALERT

Sinatra Executive Chef Theo Schoenegger and Sinatra’s Granddaughter AJ Lambert Host Afternoon of Food and Stories to Support Spread the Word Nevada

WHAT:    Executive Chef, Theo Schoenegger, of Wynn Las Vegas’ Sinatra restaurant, along with Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, AJ Lambert, will spend the afternoon with students of Dean Petersen Elementary School sharing stories and serving Sinatra’s favorite Italian fare.

Chef Theo, who used to cook at San Domenico for Sinatra after his New York shows, will provide the students with a pasta lunch which will be followed by AJ Lambert reading the children’s book “Frankie Liked to Sing.” After the reading the students will receive their own copy of the inspirational tale of Sinatra’s childhood.

WHEN:     Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016
                   Lunch: 12:30 p.m.
                   Story Reading: 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:     Dean Petersen Elementary
                    3650 Cambridge St.
                    Las Vegas, NV 89169
                    Enter through the front office

ABOUT:    Wynn Las Vegas has partnered with Dean Petersen Elementary School to help the school continue to accomplish great things in a traditionally underprivileged area of Las Vegas. Through its partnership with Clark County School District’s “Reinventing Schools” initiative, Wynn has committed to provide support and coordinate services from other nonprofits to help the students at Petersen Elementary succeed in their education.

INTERVIEWS:    AJ Lambert and Chef Theo Schoenegger will be available for interviews.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Aleksandra Koryzno
Wynn Las Vegas
702-770-2099
Aleksandra.koryzno@wynnlasvegas.com

Nevada Reading Week and the Australian Bee Gees Press Release

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Spread the Word Nevada’s Nevada Reading Week Efforts to Kick Off with the Australian Bee Gees

Who:    Spread the Word Nevada leading Southern Nevada in Nevada Reading Week participation. In 1987, the Nevada Department of Education began a statewide initiative for teachers and librarians to celebrate reading through shared thematic activities. And for the past decade, the literacy nonprofit has been instrumental in securing guest readers to participate by visiting its adopted elementary schools, reading to classrooms and talk about the relevance of books and career choices.

What:    Local celebrities and members from Win-Win Entertainment, community leaders, political dignitaries and members of the community are joining Spread the Word Nevada to participate in the week-long observance of Nevada Reading Week – February 29 – March 4, 2016. This tremendous week will be kicked off by the Australian Bee Gees visiting Wynn Elementary. They will read to several classrooms, entertain the students with their musical wonders and talk about the importance of literacy and the exciting world of musicians.

When:    11am – Noon on February 29th, 2016

Where:    Elaine Wynn ES
5655 Edna Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146

About Spread the Word Nevada
Spread the Word Nevada, Inc., is a children’s literacy nonprofit, 501(c) (3) corporation, dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books into the hands and homes of children within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities. While developing a love of reading, these libraries promote future academic achievement and self-confidence, which impacts lifelong success. Since 2001, Spread the Word Nevada has distributed more than 3 million gently used and new books to approximately 387,000 low-income youth in Southern Nevada. Please visit www.SpreadTheWordNevada.org to learn more about program details or call at (702) 564-7809. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Media Contact

Vicki Soares

(702) 203-0002

Vicki@spreadthewordnevada.org