Gaming pioneer and Three Square board member Diana Bennett along with her friends and colleagues raised $528,325 for the children, seniors and families struggling with hunger in Southern Nevada last night. The event, held at Bennett’s home in Dragon Ridge, featured exclusive Zac Posen fashion designs from his Spring/Fall 2012 collection hosted by Neiman Marcus. Guests were also treated to a personal appearance by the designer himself and four-star cuisine of chef Gustav Mauler. Funds raised benefit Three Square.
Southern Nevada’s only food bank works with 650 partners to feed nearly 100,000 people monthly. A recent study by Feeding America found that one in six Southern Nevada families struggle with hunger, the equivalent of more than 300,000 people. The evening helped raise awareness about Southern Nevada’s hunger problem and the vital role Three Square Food Bank plays in the solution.
“As a longtime Las Vegan, I’ve seen this community grow and change tremendously over the years,” said Bennett, President of Paragon Gaming LLC. “My family and I have been very blessed in Las Vegas and I know that’s not that case for a lot of families here right now. As a concerned member of this community and a Three Square board member I wanted to do something; provide a hand-up for struggling Las Vegans during these tough times.”
Guests had the opportunity to support hunger relief in a variety of ways including donations to specific nutrition programs: “BackPack for Kids,” Senior Share and the Food Bank/Food Rescue Program. They also had the chance to bid on a trip to Fall Fashion Week that included hotel, airfare, two tickets to view Posen’s Spring 2013 line and a personal tour of his design studio in New York City.
Friends and supporters of the event include: Neiman Marcus, Zac Posen, Gustav Mauler, Coomi and Southern Wine & Spirits among others.
With the funds raised through this event, Three Square was able to meet the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation $5 million Community Challenge Grant. Currently, Three Square has an annual cash operating budget $12 million and distributed more than $42 million worth of food into the community last year.
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