Communities In Schools (CIS) of Nevada held their highly-anticipated fall benefit gala Today for Tomorrow on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Belmont Ballroom inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This year’s theme was “Greg & Dana’s Carnival,” or “GDC,” in honor of philanthropists Greg and Dana Lee and their dedication to bettering education in Nevada. Ticket proceeds, live and silent auctions, and in-kind donations allowed 525 attendees to raise over $580,000 for the state affiliate of the nation’s leading dropout prevention program.
The electrifying gala kicked off with bumping dance music, followed by a lively performance by Lee Loo, the gravity-defying bubble performer from Opium, Spiegelworld’s Sci-Fi comedy show at The Cosmopolitan. Guests sipped on signature “P.L.U.R.” cocktails while enjoying a mouth-watering lineup of specially-made small plates from The Cosmopolitan’s collection of restaurants. With the electric charge of EDM filling the ballroom, brightly-dressed attendees rode seesaws, hoola hooped, and posed for neon photo opportunities.
CIS of Nevada CEO Dr. Tiffany Tyler thanked the attendees for investing in Nevada’s underserved students before introducing Whitney Cole, a CIS of Southern Nevada Alum who recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has enlisted to join the Army’s Officer Candidate School. Whitney thanked the organization and Site Coordinator Miranda Tribiani for mentoring and believing in her. Congresswoman-elect and CIS of Nevada Board Member Susie Lee introduced the evening’s honorees, Greg and Dana Lee. The Lees were surprised with a “Behind the Music” style tribute video that featured cameos from prominent DJ Steve Aoki and KSNV News 3 Anchor and CIS of Nevada supporter Krystal Allan. CIS of Nevada, thanking the Lees for their generosity and guidance, announced a “Little Community Library” would be donated to students in their honor at a CIS of Southern Nevada Elementary School.
Greg and Dana’s Carnival was a huge success made possible by the generous donations from event sponsors, including The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, PSAV, Destinations by Design, Breakthru Beverage, The Bennett Family Foundation, The Shulman Family Foundation, Eureka Casinos, Sands Cares and Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation. All proceeds will support the integrated student services CIS of Nevada provides schools statewide.