On Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, Olive Crest hosted an evening cocktail reception, fundraiser and auction at the Discovery Children’s Museum in Las Vegas, NV – entitled “Champions of Children.” Gaming giant Caesars Entertainment was the presenting sponsor, donating $20K to the event along with a $5,000 luxury weekend getaway at a Las Vegas Caesars resort for the auction. The event raised $140K and offered attendees the opportunity to learn more about Olive Crest and its mission to end child abuse and neglect.
“It’s truly an honor to be taking a leadership role in the community for the benefit of our youth,” said Olive Crest Trustee and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Caesars Entertainment, Mario Heidke. “Being afforded the opportunity to prevent physical or emotional pain for our kids is a true privilege for a company like ours.”
Olive Crest’s model of strengthening, equipping, and restoring children in crisis has proven to be extremely effective in stopping the cycle of abuse and neglect and empowering strong families to become healthy and productive in their communities. The organization tackles these challenges head-on with intervention, training, counseling, education, and residential programs.
Caesars joined other prominent event sponsors dedicated to the cause, including Wynn Resorts, Bank of America, Nevada State Bank, Dollar Loan Center, Huntington Jewelers, Osaka Japanese Bistro, Raintree Real Estate, Canyon Ridge Christian Church, and former Bank of Nevada CEO, John Guedry and his wife Debbie, who have been community fixtures promoting equal access to education for all students.
“We are just overwhelmed by the success of this event and what it means to our efforts to end child abuse and neglect in our community,” said Jimmy Monaghan, Executive Director at Olive Crest in Nevada. “We are so grateful to our title sponsor Caesars Entertainment, as they have truly increased awareness of our efforts. Their outpouring of support and investment in the lives of kids and families we serve is priceless for us.”