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Developing Future Philanthropists

Dawn LaBonte and Emerlinda Castillejo get up every morning thrilled to serve. LaBonte, senior vice president for neighborhood relations and senior supervisor, and Castillejo, vice president/ neighborhood relations consultant, have been sharing their dedication and passion around social work as part of the Wells Fargo Social Responsibility Group for more than Twenty Years.

Part of their functions, says LaBonte, is “to assist students, staff member, and volunteers discover their inner benefactor.”

“We help people connect with compassion and supply them opportunities to see the world through another lens,” she states.

“Once that lens expands, each people sees our place in humanity in a different way and with a deeper empathy. It allows us to more fully serve our clients, our nonprofits, our neighborhoods, and ideally, the world.”

“And if we’re doing our jobs right, we’re assisting to develop the next generation of benefactors,” includes Castillejo.

At UNLV, this vision is being understood through the Wells Fargo First Generation Scholarship program, began nearly 20 years ago to promote academic achievement for low- and moderate-income trainees and families. The scholarship needs that receivers perform 40 hours of social work each term.

“Everybody must do it,” Wells Fargo Scholar Nicole Trujillo shows.

“Offering at 3 Square and the Shade Tree ladies’s shelter made me realize that my needs are really different from other individuals’s requirements. It provides me a much different point of view.”

Trujillo was born in Las Vegas and raised by a mommy who operates in housekeeping at a Strip resort. After graduating with AP honors from East Profession Technical Academy, she registered at UNLV unsure of where her educational journey would lead, but with a conviction that she wished to help individuals.

She thought that indicated a career in social services, but getting a job as an usher at Caesars Colosseum showed to be a surprise.

“I realized that assisting others is central to hospitality,” she says. “I never would have recognized that had it not been for UNLV.” She is now a junior in the Harrah College of Hospitality. “Individuals spend their hard-earned money to come to Las Vegas. I feel that my job is to help surpass their expectations. I wish to give back to the neighborhood.”

“Because of the Wells Fargo Scholarship, I can see graduation in my future. I’ll have a degree from one of the very best hospitality programs in the nation. It is so rewarding for me, and a huge offer for my household.”

Find out more about UNLV Foundation giving programs.

Developing the School

A gift from Estelle and Howard Wilbourn in 1955 netted Nevada Southern the very first 60 acres of its campus along Maryland Parkway, however there was a catch. The nascent school had to come up with an additional $35,000 (about $320,000 today) for an adjacent 20 acres if it was going to pocket the 60.

The state authorized $200,000 to help fund development of the school with the specification that Las Vegans themselves develop the funds for the land, and not Nevada taxpayers at big. And they had a due date. If Las Vegas couldn’t do it by June 1956 that $200,000 wouldn’t be launched.

No pressure.

Regional business and neighborhood leaders formed the Nevada Southern Campus Fund to raise that money and more. The group intended to raise $135,000– enough to cover the land purchase, with plenty left over for supplies, equipment, landscaping and other requirements.

The fundraising activities fixated the Porchlight Drive. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Might 24, KLAS and KLRJ jointly broadcast an hour-long telethon leaning into Las Vegas’ greatest natural deposit: Strip resort performers.

Barney Rawlings, a former World War II bomber pilot turned Thunderbird showroom vocalist and host (and ultimate head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority) served as master of ceremonies. Actor Jeff Chandler (Broken Arrow, Go Back To Peyton Location) took part, as did the comedy group Davis & & Reese, musical act Martha Davis and Spouse (yep, that’s what they were called), the Billy Williams Quartet, vocalist David Swain, and others.

At 7 p.m., present college student, high school juniors and elders, and Nevada Southern fans, equipped with identification badges and receipt books, went door-to-door intending to collect contributions from 10,000 individuals. The campaign, which stretched until 10 p.m., asked ready donors to leave their patio lights on.

They handled to collect $13,000 in pledges. Early champs of Nevada Southern like Archie C. Grant and Spencer Butterfield went into business neighborhood to aim to close the gap. James Dickinson, the school’s very first administrator and instructor, attempted an all-night radio broadcast to drum up assistance. Through pressure, force of will, and ruthless pursuit of regional business leaders, the School Fund scratched together $50,000.

That $50,000 spent for the 20 acres of land, and more importantly, it secured the $200,000 in state financing. The money for books and supplies would have to wait. There sufficed cash to trigger the powder and begin building of campus’s first structure, Maude Frazier Hall. However the north-south divide that caused the $35,000 requirement in the very first place would foreshadow the spending plan fights to come.