Archive | April 2012

Wish Day

How many of you knew that April 29, 2012 was National World Wish Day?  I didn’t until I read the Reno Gazette-Journal on the front page was this story. It was such a wonderful story but all their stories from the Make-A-Wish Foundation are amazing. Below I included the link to the story if you didn’t get a chance to read it.

 Did you know that we have Make-A-Wish Foundation in Northern Nevada? We do have one and they do grant many of wishes for children. This is an amazing foundation that I have privilege to work with.  They have done so many wonderful things for these children, that these children would have never been able to do.

 I was lucky enough back in 2010, to make a little boy’s dream come true. His dream was to ride the rail road in Nevada, well I heard the story and I told the Governor about him.  He was able to meet the Governor, have a one-one talk with him, , tour the Capitol, and the Governor presented him with a copy of a proclamation, one of the rail roads that he visited happen to be celebrating a milestone and they received a proclamation for it. That was the best feeling; to be able to make someone wishes come true.  I still have the thank you that he sent us.

 Here the link to the RGJ story on World Wish Day:|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

 “Make-A-Wish will celebrate the third annual World Wish Day on 29 April 2012 with thousands of people across 48 countries the Foundation serves around the globe.

 World Wish Day commemorates the anniversary of the wish that inspired the creation of what is now the world’s leading wish-granting organization. Seven year old Chris Greicius’ wish to be a police officer was granted in Phoenix, Arizona by volunteers on 29 April 1980. To celebrate Chris’ wish and the work of the Foundation, Make-A-Wish affiliates, chapters and supporters from all over the world will be joining in the celebration through wishgranting events in their communities.

 This year, a special group of celebrity wishgranters came together to craft a Public Service Announcement to raise awareness about World Wish Day® and the Make-A-Wish® mission: :

  Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, among other celebrities, have lent their voices to the World Wish Day campaign. In supporting this important cause, Miley Cyrus granted the wishes of eight children from Australia, Canada, Spain and the US with a private meet and greet. Other celebrities have joined in, including WWE superstar John Cena who granted wishes to children across Europe throughout April, including wish children Aaron from Ireland and Mark & Alex from the UK.

 Several Make-A-Wish International sponsors are helping us celebrate World Wish Day this year, including Mattel, Disney Stores Worldwide, CNN International, Hard Rock International and Ringo Starr’s Lotus Foundation – as well as clothiers Brooks Brothers, who are proud to announce their ten day fundraising initiative, starting on World Wish Day itself, 29th April.

 Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.”

This information was taken from:

 Our Local Chapter: Mission Statement

 “We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

 Our chapter volunteers are part of a nationwide network of nearly 25,000 caring people dedicated to making wishes come true. This page is about some of the great people at our chapters who are brightening the lives of wish kids. Although it has become one of the world’s most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special event assistants and in other numerous capacities.”

 This can be found at:


Denim Day

Last Wednesday April 25 was Denim Day, which represents prevention sexual violence.
Here in our State of Nevada, the First Lady Kathleen Sandoval urged everyone to wear denim. She had a press conference at Old Navy to talk about sexual assault and how to prevent it.

The whole month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Governor signed a proclamation declaring the whole month to its awareness. Having the awareness about it and how to stop it is the first step.

It’s sad to know that we know one or two women or men that have been sexual assaulted. The statistics of sexual assault is so high. There are so many people that have been sexual assault that have never report it or even worst never told anyone. Never having a voice and feeling like it was their fault. Having this month and day is giving both women and men a voice to speak out and stop this from happening.

“Denim Day is a campaign to prevent sexual violence through education and public awareness.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Denim Day is a call to action for all people to come together by wearing denim as a visible sign of protest against sexual violence. By participating in Denim Day this April, you can play a role in the prevention of sexual violence. Every year we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion and on April 25th to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.”

Italy, 1997
A teenage girl was picked up by her 45-year-old old driving instructor for her first lesson. He took her to an isolated location, pulled her out of the car and forcefully raped her. Despite threats that she would be killed if she told anyone, the girl reported the incident, and the case is prosecuted. The driving instructor was convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.
Months later, the perpetrator appealed the sentence, and the case made it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. The case against the driving instructor was overturned, and the perpetrator was released.
In a statement released by the Head Judge, he stated, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans, it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”
Outraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament began what started out as a protest against the court case by wearing jeans to work. It began an annual international demonstration known as Denim Day. The wearing of jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
We encourage the people in our community to show their support by wearing jeans  to work on April 25. It will serve as a visible means of protest against myths that surround sexual assault. Together, we can stamp out ignorance by awareness.
When you participate in Denim Day you:
1. Make it possible for more sexual assault survivors to reach out and find help.
2. Promote prevention through education so sexual violence doesn’t occur.
3. Encourage institutional and societal change.
4. Make a powerful statement without ever saying a word.”
This information is from this website: 2012 DVSAC

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Earth Day

This weekend was a time to celebrate our beautiful earth and learn how to save it.  What a beautiful weekend that the Truckee Meadows had for this weekend of fun event for Earth Day.  There were many of fun events for Earth Day, all the way in Lake Tahoe to Reno.  You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing something about Earth Day.

 On Saturday April 21, 2012, there was the Picnic for the Planet, in Reno at the McKinley Arts Center. This event was to celebrate Earth Day and the Truckee River.  The event was put on was The Nature Conservancy in Nevada sponsored by REI and Caesars Entertainment Northern Nevada.  This event had music, food and people on hand to teach different ways to save our plant and the keep the Truckee River beautiful. Here the link to their website

 Sunday April 22, 2012 was Earth Day.  Just like everyone else in the world, Reno was celebrating it too.  There were so many events going on for Earth Day.  In Downtown Reno, Idlewild park have an event going on to help raise awareness how to preserve our beautiful earth. There were many local businesses and charities on hand for this event.  Here the link to their website:

 What is Earth Day? “Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

 The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

 At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

 Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.”   This information was provided by

For more information about Earth Day please visit:

Red Shoe Gala

Northern Nevada’s Ronald McDonald House is having a Red Shoe Gala on July 19, 2012 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa at 6:00 p.m.  This is their first gala, so come out and support them and let make their first gala a success!!

 The Ronald McDonald Houses have been around for 38 years.  It was started in 1974, by a Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill.  Fred’s daughter at the age of 3 was battling cancer.  Fred and his wife spent many nights at the hospital.  Fred and his wife knew they had to change this and get a place where family could get some sleep and be very close to their children.  The Philadelphia Eagles organization jumped on board and then they listed the help of McDonald. 

Here a link to their website:

 Today there are 305 Ronald McDonald Houses in the world.  Northern Nevada is has had The Ronald McDonald House since 1987.  They do some amazing work for these families. If you work 30 miles away from your hospital and we all know Nevada has very rural areas.  The Ronald McDonald House is a gem in Reno, especially for the family who need it. Let keep this house up and running.  Come to their Red Shoe Gala and support a wonderful cause.  When you put on your red shoes, just put yourself in their shoes.

 Here a link to the Northern Nevada’s Ronald McDonald House website:

 The Red Shoe Gala

 Celebrating today. Building for tomorrow.

The Red Shoe Gala will be held on Thursday, July 19 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in the Grand Ballroom, with special guests Maury Povich and Connie Chung.

 Black tie (optional), Red Shoes preferred.

Tables of ten can be purchased for $1,500, and sponsorship opportunities are available for this first inaugural event.

Sponsorship Opportunities.

 The cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and the program at 7:00 p.m.

 Here a link to the events website:

Suits N Sneakers

On May 12, 2012 American Cancer Society will be putting on their fifth annual Suits N Sneakers Ball at the Peppermill Casino and Resort at 6:00pm.  The University of Nevada, Reno Men’s Basketball Coach David Carter will be hosting this event.Every one of us, has someone or knows someone that has cancer.  My grandmother and grandfather both died of cancer.  I have friends that are in their 20’s and 30’s fighting off cancer.  Cancer can hit anyone of us or our love one at any time.  Let not let it win, the more that we can raise the more research can be done.  We have come such a long way since my grandparents had cancer in late 80’s early 90’s.  I believe we will one day beat this disease.

Suits N Sneaker’s is very special to me.  This year is my first time to serve as the Auction Donation Chair.  I have been sending out letters, e-mails and calling everyone that I know to help out with this event!! Please come and help us find a way to beat cancer.  Let not let cancer take any more of our love ones.   

  Our University of Nevada, Reno Men’s Basketball and Cheerleaders will be on hand to help us raise money to beat cancer. If don’t have the money for a ticket or table, come and volunteer, it another way to give back.  Don’t miss this event.

 Here’s the website to get tickets:

 “The University of Nevada, Reno Men’s Basketball program has established a strong relationship with the American Cancer Society’s annual “Suits N Sneakers” Ball and Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament. Coach David Carter will serve as the honorary chair for both events.

Continue reading on Coach David Carter and American Cancer Society team up to beat cancer – Reno Cancer |”

National Autism Awareness Month

 April is national Autism Awareness Month.  Autism disorder has hit the country and our state pretty hard. While I was an undergraduate at University of Nevada Reno, one of my major was Psychology and I was very lucky to have met and worked with our Behavior Analysis Program.  Did you know that we have some of the top Ph.D. professors here for Autism?

 Our Behavior Analysis Program is very well known.  The Early Childhood Autism Program was founded by Drs. Patrick M. Ghezzi and Sidney W. Bijou in the early 90’s.  I was introduced to Dr. Ghezzi and his program for Autism when I was a junior going into my senior. I wasn’t able to be to in it because he wanted freshman that were going to be with the families for at least four years. I have many of friends who have or are currently enrolled in this program as undergraduates and graduate students. They just put their heart and soul into this program.

 The program works with these children and proves them with the right tools.  Some of the students keep working with the families or stays in contact with them after their time is up with them.  This is such a wonderful program.

 What is Autism? “Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills.

 Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Autism is a physical condition linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain. The exact causes of these abnormalities remain unknown, but this is a very active area of research. There are probably combinations of factors that lead to autism.

 Genetic factors seem to be important. For example, identical twins are much more likely than fraternal twins or siblings to both have autism. Similarly, language abnormalities are more common in relatives of autistic children. Chromosomal abnormalities and other nervous system (neurological) problems are also more common in families with autism.

 A number of other possible causes have been suspected, but not proven. They involve:


 •Digestive tract changes

 •Mercury poisoning

 •The body’s inability to properly use vitamins and minerals

 •Vaccine sensitivity

* This information came from

 The UNR Early Childhood Autism Program

 Our Mission

“The UNR Early Childhood Autism Program is dedicated to improving the lives of young children with autism and their families. The scientific principles and established practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are at the core of the program. The practice of behavior analysis is complemented and extended by research that contributes to the knowledge base of behavior science. Whether practice, research, or both, the focus is always on the individual child and family, emphasizing the progressive development, refinement, and elaboration of meaningful skills and abilities. As a university-based program, it is also a training site for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in behavior analysis and for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in psychology or a related field.

 The Program

The UNR Early Childhood Autism Program is primarily home-based. This means that intervention takes place in the comfort, safety, and privacy of the child’s home. Highly trained and closely supervised graduate and undergraduate student tutors comprise the child’s intervention team. In most cases, 30 hours of one-to-one intervention is provided each week throughout the year for a minimum of two years.

 A child may also receive school-based services. These services are provided by tutors that work in the home of the child and that are also trained to apply the methods of behavior analysis in the regular education classroom.

 The program requires parents to learn how to manage their child’s behavior in the home and how to integrate their child’s education and treatment into the family routine. Siblings, close relatives, and family friends must also learn how to interact with the child in a positive and productive manner.

 Participation in the program is preceded by an intake and evaluation procedure. If the parent’s and senior staff agree that it is the appropriate service for the child, then preparations are made first, to begin parent training, and second, to gradually fade the child’s team of tutors into the home.” *This information is from UNR Early Childhood Autism Program which can be at

 Please check out The UNR Early Childhood Autism Program website and see how you too can give back!!


Pampered for a Purposed

Who wants to get for gets pampered for a day??  Habitat for Humanity of Northern Nevada is having a Pampered for a Purposed event on April 26th at 5-7 at the famous SOAK.  If you haven’t been to SOAK this is a great reason to check it out and get back to a wonderful cause, Habitat for Humanity!!

 Habitat for Humanity helps out so many people in Northern Nevada.  This wonderful organization gives people a chance of owning a home that would never get the opportunity to own one. It takes up to 18 months to build one and it is all based off of volunteers and donations to build one of these houses.

 Come down to SOAK on April 28, 2012 and get pampered and give back.  This is an amazing gift to back to.  I know I like to give back and get a pedicure, you can bet I’ll be there.  Come and join me for this fun event.  And no ands ifs or buts from the guys, if you have never been pampered you’ll love it!!  

 “Pampered for a Purposed, April 26th 5-7:30PM at SOAK. Habitat is partnered with Soak to bring you an evening of Pampering, Fabulous Cocktails, Appetizers & Silent Auction. Pampering services available that evening are: Hand Massage, Mini Soak Treatment, Eye Brow Styling and Nail Art. Tickets Purchased in advance are $50. Please call Andrea at 323-5511 or stop by Soak at 628 West 2nd st. In Reno. Proceeds to benefit Habitat. Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of your Community.

Habitat for Humanity Northern Nevada

 “We are a hand up, not a hand out.”

This is a non-profit, volunteer based organization that believes that

“All People deserve a decent place to live.”

 How Can I Help?

 Truckee Meadows Habitat for Humanity is always in need of your help.  You can contribute to your Habitat affiliate by volunteering, purchasing from our discount supply store or by donating. Please give us a call at (775)323-5511, download a volunteer form from the links at the bottom or side margin on this page, or stop by to pick up a volunteer packet.”

*This information was proved by Habitat for Humanity Northern Nevada website which can be found at