Every year, Giving Tuesday is a special occasion for Skye Canyon when we make a donation to a local nonprofit. This year, Skye Canyon joined forces with our Skye Pass partner Lee Canyon for a two-week Spread the Warmth winter coat drive benefitting Project 150, a local nonprofit that provides disadvantaged high school students with life and school necessities. The drive kicked off at Lee Canyon’s Pray for Snow party at Skye Center on Saturday, Nov. 3 where party-goers arrived with warm coats to start filling the collection bin.
And since Las Vegas is a generous community, the donations didn’t stop there.
Partners like REI Boca Park, Powder & Sun, and Burton Snowboards Outlet Store in DTLV joined in and placed Spread with Warmth collection bins in their stores. By Giving Tuesday, more than 300 new and gently used coats, jackets and zip-up hooded sweaters were collected.
In the spirit of teamwork and giving, Skye Canyon gifted $25 per item donated, making our presentation to Project 150 for $5,000. The presentation to Project 150 took place on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Skye Center.
Project 150 assists more than 6,000 high school students in Las Vegas Valley by providing food, clothing, hygiene products, school supplies and college scholarships. Many of the teens that utilize Project 150’s services don’t have a place to sleep at night, while others have been head of household since before they were 10 years old. Since Project 150 believes that education is key for teens to build a productive life once they reach adulthood, the nonprofit stipulates that teens receiving Project 150 assistance must have a valid high school student ID.
“Lee Canyon has a long history of giving back to those in need, so it was a natural fit to combine efforts on our 2018 Skye Serves Giving Tuesday initiative,” said Chris Armstrong, senior vice president for Olympia Companies, developer of Skye Canyon. “Project 150 has transformed these students’ lives, providing necessary assistance and a sense of safety after school, and many of the kids that benefit from Project 150 return as adults to volunteer with them and that says a lot about the organization.”
Skye Canyon’s Skye Serves program has donated more than $60,000 to 15 local nonprofits since 2016.