Donors help after tragedy

Students gather at a campus vigil for victims of the Oct. 1 tragedy.

Apr. 24, 2018


UNLV donors rose to the occasion to provide support in many ways after the mass shooting on the Strip on Oct. 1. In an effort to help the community, they donated to UNLV’s emergency medical training and counseling programs, as well as to scholarships for hospitality students whose careers must include emergency response planning.

“UNLV is uniquely situated to help Las Vegas heal in a variety of areas, and donors saw that immediately,” said Scott M. Roberts, President of the UNLV Foundation and Vice President for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement.

MGM Resorts Foundation donated more than $100,000 to UNLV School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

NASCAR Foundation Chairman Mike Helton also contributed to the Emergency Medicine Residency Fund. Helton donated a limited edition 2016 Jeep Wranger Red Rock Edition, which raised $100,000 at the 10th Annual Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson Auction.

The gifts will make a significant difference for medical students, said Dr. Dale Carrison, Chair of the UNLV Department of Emergency Medicine. “These gifts will help us offer outstanding training to physicians who are specializing in Emergency Medicine, many of whom were involved in caring for patients during the recent tragedy in Las Vegas.”

Expedia, Inc. put their $100,000 into student scholarships for those who were affected, and those whose careers in hospitality event planning includes safety for mass emergency scenarios.

“It was important for Expedia, as a member of the travel community, to honor the victims of Oct. 1, and also to show our support of Las Vegas and our longstanding partners here,” said Daniel Wathen, Director of Market Management for the Gaming Region. “We wanted to create a meaningful gift that will positively impact the Las Vegas hospitality community, and our intent is that this scholarship and endowment fund for UNLV, in honor of the fallen victims, will serve as a legacy tribute.”

Another donor, Charles Schwab Bank, focused on the ongoing mental health challenges that such a tragedy creates. The bank donated $20,000 to the College of Liberal Arts’ community mental health training clinic. The PRACTICE – the Partnership for Research, Assessment, Counseling, Therapy and Innovative Clinical Education -- will apply the funds to provide services to victims, and to support graduate student clinicians so they may continue working through the summer months with ongoing case work.

“We admire and support the important work of the UNLV PRACTICE team as they serve our friends and neighbors, and we are grateful for the opportunity to help as the community continues to recover from this tragedy,” said Brian Cook, president of the Charles Schwab Trust Company in Henderson.

“This gift will make a lasting impact in serving the needs of our community,” said Michelle Paul, Director of The PRACTICE. “Not only will it help to ensure that people who were impacted by the October 1 tragedy receive the mental and emotional support they need now, it will allow us to train a future generation of mental health providers. We are deeply grateful and committed to making this donation matter.”

Other donors continue to give in a variety of ways to help the victims, their families, and the community heal.