#174 support local small businesses

29 Jul

This is another modified deed for two reasons: (1) I actually did it last night and (2) its not so much a business but rather a non-profit organization. One of my best friends Megan is moving to CO to teach at a charter school, where she will be awesome! She leaves Friday right after she is done teaching (what a trooper right!) and so a few of us went out last night in her honor. We went to our usual hot spot: Blue Martini. Scored a table and my free drink because of this little fancy Lady Blue card ( Palm Beacher Martini, yum!) and settled in for an enjoyable evening.

Not long after we sat, a lady came up and began telling us about this event that was simultaneously occuring: it was a Martinis for a Cause (maybe the title, maybe not haha) event. For a $20 dollar donation, you would get a wristband that would allow you free drinks with Van Gogh Vodka (hello mango martini!) or Heinenken. Or, you could donate for raffle tickets to win a cabana at Wet Republic (for you non-Las Vegas folks thats the pool club at MGM). As it just so happened, I had went to the bank prior and took out 20 bucks in cash. It seemed like it was meant to be so I donated the 20 bucks and got my little wristband. For me, it wasn’t even about the drinks but rather what the organization stood for.

Now where exactly was this donation going? It was going to support a non-profit organization that just started in Las Vegas: Kaleidoscope Family Solutuon (KFS). KFS introduces several approaches to emotional supports for children and their family. Their initial segment is “Equines (horses) as Therapists”, which involves therapy horses who have been trained and have the innate ability to sense strengths and areas of need for each individual. Participants also receive a team of professionals that help the participant cope with his/her individual life issues.

The cool thing about KFS is that they want EVERY Nevadan to have the opportunity to experience this program. The basic six-week course is funded exclusively by donations and are open to any family, regardless of income-level. What are the types of disabilities or challenges that can be treated?

  • physical disabilities
  • emotional disabilities
  • individuals in transition and recovery
  • families facing challenges
  • at-risk youth
  • veterans
  • disability related to anxiety and stress

KFS plans to develop other 6-8 week programs that build “relationship” wellness. They plan to offer programs involving art expression, music appreciation and expression, sensory awareness/desensitization, and pet-facilitated learning with other animals. My donation went towards the funding of the program for a child. A  six-week program costs $900…hopefully they collected enough for at least one child to go to the program!

If you are interested in checking out the program, or know someone who would benefit, their website is www.kaleidoscopefamilysolutions.org. Until tomorrow…

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong.”

-George Washington Carver

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2 Responses to “#174 support local small businesses”

  1. carinne July 30, 2010 at 1:32 am #

    I’ve actually heard a lot about the program with horses. It’s big here in NJ. I think it might be autism they focus on in my area. I’d never heard of it before moving here, but it’s very interesting. When I was at the retirement home my coworker would sometimes bring her very energetic puppy to the home, but when it was around the patients it was quite calm and relaxed and gentle with them. Their sixth sense is amazing! I’m looking for a dog.

    I love local businesses. Especially breakfast.

    Oh and that Shaq post a few weeks back, apparently they’ve started advertising his TV show. I’ll look for that episode (it was a TV show right?).

    • pangedoes1001 July 30, 2010 at 4:09 am #

      I know it is so interesting about animals and how they make people feel better instantly! In college, I remember reading an article about dolphin therapy and children with Autism.

      Agree with comment about the local breakfast scene.

      And thanks for the reminder about the Shaq episode…I think I was so distraught and traumatized I forgot hahaha. 🙂

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