Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada announced a property and land gift valued at nearly $9 million from the Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust. The gift marks the largest single private donation in the history of the Girl Scouts (Pictured: John Mowbray, Girl Scouts and Kimberly Trueba – Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage).
Honoring the memory of Las Vegas philanthropists Charlie and Phyllis Frias, the donation includes personal property and acreage in rural Lincoln County, Nev. located 90 miles north of Las Vegas. The donation of 70 acres of property includes: A Cowboy’s Dream Bed and Breakfast, Windmill Ridge Restaurant and Lodging and undeveloped land.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors, Southern Nevada Girl Scouts, and the thousands of local Girl Scout volunteers and alumnae, I share their infinite gratitude for this transformational gift,” said Kimberly Trueba, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. “This gift will enable us to be a champion for girls and continue the legacy of Phyllis and Charlie Frias. Generations of Girl Scouts will know their story, feel their frontier spirit, and be empowered to make our community and world a better place. This gift was made possible thanks to visionaries like Phyllis and Charlie and the trustees of their charitable trust, John H. Mowbray and Jack Hanifan.”
In early 2019, representatives from Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada will begin a study of potential uses of the land gift that will best provide enriching outdoor experiences for Girls.
The gift announcement was made during a presentation held at the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada’s council office in Las Vegas. The ceremony included remarks by Trueba and Mowbray, and was attended by local representatives from each of the six levels of Girl Scouting.
“As the trustees of The Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust, Jack Hanifan and I are pleased to announce an inaugural $9 million distribution to the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada,” said John H. Mowbray, co-trustee of The Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust and Attorney at Law at Spencer Fane, LLC. “During an extensive discernment process conducted over the past year, the trustees determined that no program has a better history of service to the girls in Southern Nevada than its inaugural recipient. While Phyllis and Charlie’s philanthropic focus during their lifetimes benefited the youth in Clark and Lincoln counties, this inaugural distribution will be expanded to include girls in Nye and Esmeralda counties as well.”