Nevada Governor Shares Hope of ‘Others’
People, working together, can make a difference. That was the sentiment shared by more than 80 people gathered at the annual dinner of the Carson City, NV, corps last month. The event was hosted by the Carson City/Douglas County Advisory Board with Lts. John and Lisa Van Cleef, corps officers. Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn gave the keynote address.
Guinn, former Clark County School Superintendent, recalled his experience with The Salvation Army and other community agencies in Southern Nevada. He shared the story of a lady he had known there who had labored tirelessly in the school district. It was assumed she was a woman of little means. After her death, however, it was discovered that the woman’s estate was worth millions of dollars. She left it to charity.
Not all of us can be millionaires, said Guinn, but each person can reach out to help those less fortunate.
“How will you be involved in the harvest?” Guinn asked those attending the dinner. “You see, more than your money, agencies like The Salvation Army need your time and your talents.”
In likening this to his current concerns as governor, Guinn said: “If we’re going to spend $500,000 on a needs assessment survey to discover whether we need another state university in the Las Vegas area, then it’s my responsibility to know that the use of that money won’t affect our services to seniors, children and people in need in this state.”
Two local companies were honored with the “Others” Award for their continuous support of the Army, as well as other community agencies and organizations. Carson-Tahoe Harley-Davidson, owned by Lance Gilman, sponsored the first annual benefit ride for The Salvation Army of Carson City/Douglas County earlier this year. The Nevada Appeal and Publisher Jeff Ackerman have donated display advertising space at Christmas and throughout the year.