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NEVADA WOMEN’S FUND AWARDS $50,000 TO NEVADA YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT AND DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Published by Christina on September 26, 2019, in Charitable Giving, Fundraising, Uncategorized

Nevada Women’s Fund, with a mission of inspiring achievement
in women and families, awards funding to Nevada Youth Empowerment Project to provide self sufficiency housing for homeless girls and to Dress for Success empowering women to achieve economic independence.

Grants are annually awarded to community organizations or programs providing assistance to women and children.
These dollars have assisted a wide range of groups including the prevention of violence against women and children, adolescent pregnancy prevention, support services for the disabled, childcare, education and mentoring programs, English as a second language, health care and medical assistance to low income, minority families and/or senior citizens.

About Nevada Youth Empowerment Project (NYEP):

Nevada Youth Empowerment Project or NYEP, a local nonprofit, that has created a self‐sufficiency housing model to teach independency to homeless girls unprepared to live on their own. The Community Living Program is a standardized training curriculum facilitated daily that teaches life skills and tracks indicators of youth outcomes such as high school completion, skilled wage certificate and making homes of their own.

Nevada Women’s Fund funding will be used to facilitate NYEP’s Community Living Program to at least 15 at risk older female youth residents for up to a year.

Visit nyep.org for more information.

About Dress For Success Reno‐Northern Nevada:

The mission of Dress for Success Reno – Northern Nevada is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life The vision of DFSNN is world where women do not live in poverty; are treated with dignity and respect; and are strengthening their families and shaping theircommunities. The Nevada Women’s Fund grant will strengthen this mission and vision by improving the foundation and capacity of DFSRNN to better serve women in the great Reno area.

NWF funds will support the following services:
1. Suiting Services: The suiting services provide dignity in the form clothing for women wishing to confidently enter the workforce and remain confident in their new job with a new wardrobe.
2. Career Center: This is a self‐serve kiosk with resources including a computer and printer. Also offered is the opportunity receive one‐on‐one support, feedback and instruction from volunteers about job searching and career development.
3. Professional Women’s Group – This group offers support and guidance with a series of 12 monthly workshops followed by a graduation ceremony.

Visit https://reno.dressforsuccess.org for more information.

Dress for Success and Nevada Youth Empowerment Project, each a $25,000 grant recipient

About the Nevada Women’s Fund: Established in 1982 by concerned women who wanted the best for women and families of northern Nevada, the Nevada Women’s Fund was formed to inspire achievement in Northern Nevada women and families. The Nevada Women’s Fund is a 501(c)3 non‐profit organization, dedicated to strengthening our community by empowering women to uplift their lives and those of their families. Over 37 years, the NWF has awarded raised and awarded more than $7.7 million to Northern Nevada women, families and non‐profit community organizations. Visit NevadaWomensFund.org for more information.

2019 Scholarship Reception, Christina with Recipients at Table 20
Patti, Dress for Success Founder of Northern Nevada Location
Lynn Atcheson, Founder of Nevada Women’s Fund and Christina Stoever Young
2019 Scholarship Recipient with her Mother who flew out from the midwest to support her daughter on this special evening.
Nevada Women’s Fund Board Members Ronele Dotson, Kristen Chinvarasopak and Christina Stoever Young at 2019 Scholarship Reception

Raise the River 2019

Published by Christina on June 12, 2019, in Charitable Giving, Fundraising, General, Uncategorized

KTMB Announces 4th Annual Event: KTMB’s Raise the River 2019

Join KTMB, Title Sponsor Renown Health and celebrity Chef Mark Estee for an evening of culinary delight in the Sensory Garden

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) invites residents and visitors of the Truckee Meadows to ignite their senses for a good cause at KTMB’s 4th annual Raise the River fundraiser. Title Sponsor Renown Health presents this year’s event. Guests will enjoy culinary delights by celebrity Chef, Mark Estee of Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, local craft libations, entertainment, and sensory activities at the Sensory Garden in Idlewild Park, Reno on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Tickets are now on sale! 

This year, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is celebrating 30 years of being a voice for beautification through education and active community involvement. With the help and support of the City of Reno Parks and Recreation, KTMB broke ground on the Sensory Garden in 2012 turning it into a permanent fixture in Reno to teach children about local ecosystems, watersheds, and pollinators through their five sense. 

“This event is always a wonderful evening in the beautiful Sensory Garden,” said Christi Cakiroglu, KTMB’s Executive Director. “To see local artists, businesses, entertainers, and individuals in the Truckee Meadows community come together for this event truly embodies what Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is all about.” This event serves as the primary fundraiser to support KTMB’s education of local students as well as cleanup efforts to make our community a cleaner, healthier, more beautiful region for years to come. 

The event will have sensory stations that are themed for taste, touch, smell, sight sound, a sit-down family style meal, dessert and fun sensory surprises! Guests will also have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes by making a donation to support KTMB at the event. 

KTMB’s Raise the River is made possible by our gracious 2019 sponsors: Renown Health, NV Energy, Dolan Auto Group, Wells Fargo, Grand Sierra Resort, Moana Nursery, Nevada Mining Association, NOW Foods, Ormat, AGC, and Liberty Food and Wine Exchange.

This event is an annual sell-out. Tickets and tables are on sale now, and can be purchased at ktmb.org/raisetheriver

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Christmas Tree Recycling Program Results

Published by Christina on January 29, 2019, in Charitable Giving, Fundraising, General, Recent Projects, Uncategorized

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) just finished hosting its 25th annual Christmas Tree Recycling program. “This year we recycled over 10,000 trees with the help of over 324 volunteers. This program allows each resident who recycles their tree to have a meaningful impact at our local parks” said Christi Cakiroglu, Executive Director at KTMB. “Each tree is not only recycled to be kept out of the landfill and our open spaces, but it is given a second life, being turned into mulch and reused within our community and in our parks.” NV Energy Foundation has been supporting this program since 2011.

Residents can now pick up the mulch at the following parks for use in your yards or gardens.

  • Rancho San Rafael Regional Park – 1595 N. Sierra St, Reno, NV 89503 (east entrance off of Coleman Dr.)
  • Bartley Ranch Regional Park – 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno, NV 89511 (Please call the Rangers at (775) 828-6612 before pick-up)

Though KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling program has ended, residents are still able to take their trees to RT Donovan Company, Inc. We encourage residents to call ahead regarding drop off times and fees. 775-425-3015.

KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling is coordinated by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and is made possible by the NV Energy Foundation, Washoe County Health District, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, City of Reno, City of Sparks, Washoe County, Nature’s Bakery, and Tholl Fence.

Reno, NV (Jan 24, 2019)

KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program is open now through January 7, 2019

Published by Christina on December 28, 2018, in Fundraising, General, Recent Projects, Uncategorized


Reno, NV (December 28, 2018) — As residents of the Truckee Meadows buy Christmas trees and begin decorating their holiday centerpiece, local nonprofit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is spreading the word about what to do with the trees when it’s time to take them down. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) will be hosting its 25th annual Christmas Tree Recycling program, now through Monday, January 7. 


“This is a really fun and festive way to volunteer after the holidays,” says Christi Cakiroglu, Executive Director. “Since this program started 25 years ago, we have diverted 150,000 trees from the landfill and turned them into mulch for weed abatement and landscaping projects in our parks. We have so many wonderful partners and supporters of this program, including the NV Energy Foundation, which has been providing a cash match for every dollar donated, nearly $100,000 over the last eight years to help cover the costs of the program!” In addition to creating mulch to be used for park beautification and projects, Christmas Tree Recycling helps prevent old trees from being left in open spaces or around homes where they pose an unsightly risk for fire danger. 


KTMB encourages residents to recycle their Christmas trees (ornament, flocking and tinsel-free) at one of their six community drop-off locations. KTMB is collaborating with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District to include additional drop-off locations in the outlying communities of Lemmon Valley, Washoe Valley and Spanish Springs. KTMB will also be posting social medial updates throughout the program with #KTMBeautiful.

Local Boy Scouts of Nevada are also offering pickup of trees to be recycled. For residents who would like to pay to have their tree picked up curbside to be taken for recycling, please visit www.nevadabsa.org for more information. 


What: KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program

When: Every day from December 26, 2018 – January 7, 2019. Drop-off sites are open 9am – 4:30pm

Where: Drop-off locations include:

1.      Bartley Ranch Regional Park: 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno

2.      Reno Sports Complex @ North Rancho San Rafael Park: 2975 N. Virginia Street, Reno

3.      Shadow Mt. Sports Complex:  3300 Sparks Blvd, Sparks

4.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station – Spanish Springs: 500 Rockwell Blvd

5.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station – Lemmon Valley: 130 Nectar Street

6.      Truckee Meadows Fire Station – Washoe Valley: 1240 East Lake Blvd

Suggested Donation: $3 suggested donation to help cover the cost of the program and for every dollar donated NV Energy will match it.
How: This program is for residents only. Commercial tree lots can take their trees to RT Donovan in Sparks. Tree must be free of stands, nails, tinsel, lights, and all other decorations. Flocked trees will not be accepted.
Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help at the Bartley, Reno Sports Complex and Shadow Mountain locations. Sign up to volunteer at ktmb.org/volunteer or (775) 851-5185.


KTMB’s Christmas Tree Recycling is coordinated by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and is made possible by the NV Energy Foundation, Washoe County Health District, City of Reno, City of Sparks, Nevada Division of Forestry, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Washoe County, Nature’s Bakery, and Tholl Fence.

KTMB’s 3rd Annual Raise the River, August 16, 2018

Published by Christina on June 21, 2018, in Charitable Giving, Fundraising, General, Recent Projects, Uncategorized

Post Event Update: A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS! ALMOST 500 GUESTS ENJOYED A UNIQUE AND ENGAGING GARDEN PARTY IN AN EFFORT TO RAISE FUNDING FOR KTMB EDUCATION PROGRAMMING, SHAPING THE FUTURE STEWARDS OF OUR BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY.

Join KTMB, Title Sponsor NV Energy and celebrity Chef Mark Estee for an evening of culinary delight in the Sensory Garden

Kent Young of Spin Games and Christina Stoever-Young and their guests enjoying a beautiful night in the garden.

KTMB invites residents and visitors of the Truckee Meadows to experience their senses for a good cause at KTMB’s 3rd annual Raise the River fundraiser. This year’s event is presented by Title Sponsor NV Energy. Guests will enjoy culinary delights by celebrity Chef, Mark Estee of Liberty Food & Wine Exchange, local craft libations, entertainment, and sensory activities at the Sensory Garden in Idlewild Park, Reno on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful has been a voice for beautification through education and active community involvement for over 25 years. With the help and support of the City of Reno Parks and Recreation, KTMB broke ground on the Sensory Garden in 2012 turning it into a permanent fixture in Reno to teach children about local ecosystems, watersheds, and pollinators through their five sense.

“This event is always a wonderful evening in the beautiful Sensory Garden,” said Christi Cakiroglu, KTMB’s Executive Director. “To see local artists, businesses, entertainers, and individuals in the Truckee Meadows community come together for this event truly embodies what Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is all about.”

Board Member Christina Stoever Young and Chef Mark Estee at Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful fundraiser August 18, 2016 at Idlewild Park Sensory Garden in Reno. Photo by Tim Dunn/Tim Dunn Photography

The event will have sensory stations that are themed for taste, touch, smell, sight sound, a sit-down family style meal, dessert and fun sensory surprises.

KTMB’s Raise the River is made possible by our amazing sponsors: NV Energy, Dolan Auto Group, Wells Fargo, Moana Nursery, Grand Sierra Resort, Nevada Mining Association and The Grove.