On Saturday, May 31, United Way of Southern Nevada, in partnership with the City of Las Vegas, celebrated “Flip Through Summer” at Lorenzi Park, an event that encouraged children to continue reading during the summer months.
Pictured above: Clara Westfall as Dora The Explorer, VictorKan from Starbucks Coffee Company as Clifford The Big Red Dog, Monica Habart as Fern Arable from Charlotte’s Web, Ira Koplow as Stuart Little, BMX Pro Ricardo Laguna, Luke Smith as Harry Potter, Marilyn Provost as Cat in The Hat, Chet Buchanan from KLUC Radio, City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, United Way President & CEO Cass Palmer, and Joseph Mitchell, representing the office of City of Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Barlow.
City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and United Way President and CEO Cass Palmer hosted the opening ceremony and welcomed nearly 400 people and children who pledged to read 3,285 books throughout the summer.
“This event brought to life the magic of reading and provided an opportunity for children to get excited about reading during the summer,” said Cass Palmer, United Way of Southern Nevada President and CEO. “We had many children who were inspired to make reading pledges that were displayed prominently and collectively creating a life-size book.”
The event encouraged summer reading, since children can lose as much as three months of reading comprehension during the summer. As part of the event, eight brand new bicycles were given away. Families also participated in our book swap where each individual could bring two books and swap them for two new books.
This event was sponsored by Caesars Entertainment, Nevada State Bank, Aristocrat Technologies, Caring Nurses, Southwest Gas Corporation and Young Philanthropists Society. The in-kind sponsors include Balloons with a Twist, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Boston Scientific, CPR Tent & Events, Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, Kohl’s, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Raising Cane’s, BMX Pro Ricardo Laguna, Sky Zone, Starbucks Coffee Company, Tebella Promotions, Three Square Food Bank, Wet’n’Wild and Windy Farms.