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2017 RCL

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
5:30 - 8:30 PM

Sky Room

Hosted at the
Fred W. Smith Penthouse in the
Nevada Museum of Art

160 W. Liberty, Downtown Reno

Toast the season with holiday beverages, signature appetizers by Mark Estee of Chez Louie, join in the holiday spirit with Dickens-style Great Basin Carolers, and special bagpipe performance featuring Ray Palmer, Major Piper for the Sierra Highlanders.

Holiday Attire
Featured Galleries Will Be Open
Valet Parking Available

2017 RCL

Benefiting Veterans Guest House

Veterans Guest House Logo

Veterans Guest House provides United States military service veterans and their families temporary overnight accommodations when receiving treatment at a medical facility in the Reno-Sparks area.

For more than two decades Veterans Guest House has served thousands of people, housing everyone from newborns, to 90-year olds. It came into being in the early 1990s when the founders noticed that car windows in the parking lot of the VA hospital were fogged up in the morning. This could only mean that someone had slept in the car. After talking with a woman who was exiting one of those vehicles, they learned that she and her children had spent the night in their car. Her husband was in the ICU at the VA hospital. They were from Bishop, CA and did not have the means to stay anywhere else. The founders said at that time, “Never again on our watch will this occur.” Today, Veterans Guest House gives our veterans and their family members more than just a warm bed. It gives them peace of mind.

2017 EXPANSION PLANS

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Over the years, the Guest House has expanded from four beds to 17 and from serving 800 guests each year to nearly 6,000. Since veterans should never be turned away, plans for meeting the future needs of our veterans are underway. A 12,000 sq. ft. building is under construction adjacent to the existing Guest House. This will increase the 17-bed capacity to 33 and the annual lodging nights to 12,000 while providing better amenities to guests. This expanded Guest House is scheduled to open in May of 2018.

THIS “HOME AWAY FROM HOME” FOR VETERANS IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN THE COUNTY. IT RECEIVES NO GOVERNMENT FUNDING. IT IS PRIVATELY SUPPORTED BY COMPANIES, FOUNDATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS.

10

Years Giving

$125,000

Donated

Reno City Lights

History of Giving

  • December 5, 2017

    Benefiting Veterans Guest House

    Hosted at the: Fred W. Smith Penthouse in the Nevada Museum of Art
    160 W. Liberty Street, Downtown Reno

  • December 2015

    Benefiting HSI | WARC

    All proceeds donated in the amount of $25,000 benefited High Sierra Industries (HSI) and Washoe Ability Resource Center (WARC) for classroom furniture in the new 10,000 square-foot addition completed in 2016.

  • December 2013

    Benefiting Washoe County Child Advocacy Center

    This year's event raised $30,000 to decorate and furnish the new Washoe County Child Advocacy Center reception area inside the Charles M. McGee Center. It was designed as a warm non-threatening, child-friendly place to assist in beginning the process of healing.

  • December 2012

    Benefiting Assistance League® Reno-Sparks

    The $12,000 was designated for the Food Pantry Program to assist in equipping their new food pantry building.

  • December 2010

    Benefiting Renown Childrens Hospital

    The $15,000 benefited the Renown Ronald McDonald Pediatric Family Room in the new PICU 5th floor addition.

  • December 2009

    Benefiting Crisis Call Center

    The $10,000 raised was used to implement a new text messaging system at the Crisis Call Center.

  • December 2008

    Benefiting The Childrens Cabinet

    This event raised over $10,000 which was donated to The Childrens Cabinet to assist in furnishing their new office in the Reno Shelter.