Millions of people visit Nevada each year for its world-renowned entertainment. Yet Nevada’s allure does not begin or end with its most popular attractions. Nevada is rich in Wild Western history and natural beauty; from the lush forests and alpine lakes in the north to the stark distinctive contrasts of the deserts in the south. To know Nevada is to love it. Like the Native Americans and explorers who discovered this area for all to experience, Nevadans are adventurous, resilient and fiercely independent.
Behind the spectacular skylines, the State of Nevada is built on community. Since the earliest days of our State’s history, people have worked together to make Nevada great, welcoming citizens of all cultures and beliefs and advocating for the causes that bring us together. The Richard Harris Law Firm stands by its commitment to enrich the communities we serve, and we are proud to present Spirit of Nevada, featuring exceptional people, places, charities and other organizations making Nevada a better place.
Each week, Spirit of Nevada recognizes local heroes, activists and caretakers of our heritage who embody the essence of what it means to be “Battle Born.” From non-profits helping feed the hungry to supporting the arts, healthcare initiatives and our military, there is no shortage of people, places and organizations enriching our lives.
Meet Our Host, Samantha Chian
We’ll explore extraordinary people and places through Spirit of Nevada, with host, Samantha Chian. “What makes me most excited about Spirit of Nevada is that not only do we have the opportunity to share inspiring stories, but we’re also giving the people and organizations a new platform to spread their message,” Samantha said. “My hope is that our local heroes will reach a new audience and encourage the community to come together and support worthy causes.”
Spirit of Nevada Recipients
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.” – Charles Dickens from A Christmas Carol
Less than an hour’s drive from lively Las Vegas is majestic Mt. Charleston, the tallest point in Southern Nevada, with year-round scenic vistas and outdoor activities. It’s the home of the ancient Bristlecone pine, the oldest living thing on the planet.
Nestled in the Bullfrog Hills 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas lies the once booming town, Rhyolite.
Nevada PEP empowers families with children with disabilities through education and encouragement.
Families for Effective Autism Treatment (F.E.A.T.) provides information on treatment resources for families with children diagnosed with autism, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and related conditions. The program consists of 200 volunteers and 18 programs benefiting the autistic community in Nevada.
Following 1 October, Las Vegas proved to the world we are a strong community. Police Wives of America is a remarkable group who support law enforcement families all year long with love, experience, compassion and strength.
Attention: Marvel Fans
The only Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) in the United States is located inside Treasure Island on the Las Vegas Strip.
Across from McCarran International Airport is one of the largest parks in Las Vegas, Sunset Park. This year, the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival returned for the annual three-day event that takes festivalgoers back in time to the medieval era of knights, hand-crafted art and epic jousting battles. Mark your calendars for next fall to join in on the fun!
Just off Dean Martin Drive in Las Vegas is McKee Ranch, a working ranch in a rural setting. This family owned, non-profit foundation is committed to education, ranch preservation, and the adopting and caring of animals. There is no better way to experience fall in the desert with their traditional harvest themed pumpkin patch.
In the midst of the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting and in the hours and days following, incredible stories of heroism and selflessness emerged. Lines of donors formed at UMC and United Blood Services. It was all hands on deck, coming together to provide compassion and help.
Nevada is constantly evolving. The pioneers and trailblazers of yesterday are gone, replaced with tourists and adventuresome locals. Join us as we seek the Spirit of Nevada among the ruins of a lost city, St. Thomas, which reemerged on the receded shores of Lake Mead.
Jump in and buckle up! Head out to Valley of Fire as we tag along with a Southern Nevada car club for some scenic fun in the desert sun. On the highway or off the beaten path, let Spirit of Nevada take you where you want to be!
While it’s true not all heroes wear capes, we found one in Las Vegas who actually does. Join Sam, our own Wonder Woman with Nathan, the “Caped Crusader” on a mission to bring smiles to patients and their families at the Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC.
Lying on the outskirts of Northwest Las Vegas you’ll find Tule Springs, a place where Southern Nevada’s history, both prehistoric and modern, are intertwined with the surrounding oasis and wildlife.
Tucked between the towering sandstone cliffs of Red Rock Canyon and the bustling neon-lit Las Vegas Strip lies the small village of Blue Diamond. This important desert oasis has quenched the thirst of ancient Native Americans, Spanish explorers, pioneers, miners as well as today’s travelers seeking to re-connect with the Spirit Of Nevada.
Southern Nevada is the fast lane – with lights, gambling and all that comes with it – the exception is just beyond the valley: Boulder City.
Oh, the cool places we have been, the great people we have met! Our greatest hits, this week on Spirit of Nevada!
They used to be the heart of the community – barber shops were the place to debate politics, trade a few jokes and get a real haircut and the closest shave of your life. In Las Vegas, they are few and far between but the good ones are doing just fine.
In springtime, Red Rock comes alive with wildflowers. But in the summertime, Red Rock comes alive with music. It’s a Las Vegas tradition.
Discover what it means to be “Battle Born!” It was a day to remember for the five winning students who submitted their most creative work describing what it takes to embody the Spirit of Nevada. Our host, Sam, shines a spotlight on the Students with a Cause Scholarship event.
Find it hard to believe that world-class grapes can thrive in the desert? Believe it! Our host, Sam, explores the award-winning Pahrump Valley Winery, Nevada’s winery in the desert.
Celebrate the Wild West frontier history of Las Vegas! Our host, Sam, visits the cowboys and cowgirls of Helldorado Days, our town’s longest-running civic event.
Day tripping! Less than 45 minutes from Las Vegas, you can step back in time to the Pioneer Saloon, where miners threw down a cold one more than 100 years ago and Clark Gable waited for news of his wife Carole Lombard’s missing plane. Haunted? Probably!
It’s a vivid burst of colors amid a scenic desert backdrop that will catch your eye and capture your imagination. Our host, Sam, checks out Seven Magic Mountains, the larger-than-life outdoor art exhibit south of Las Vegas.
With flowing natural springs, sandstone cliffs and spectacular desert scenery, it’s an exquisite sanctuary right outside Las Vegas. Our host, Sam, visits Calico Basin in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
The mission of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation is to preserve and foster public accessibility to the history associated with the Nevada Test Site and the nation’s nuclear weapons program. The NTS Historical Foundation promotes and supports cultural, educational, and scientific programming to encourage the development and public exchange of views regarding the Nevada Test Site and its impact on the nation. The major program of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation is the National Atomic Testing Museum.
Three Square’s mission is to provide wholesome food to hungry people, while passionately pursuing a hunger-free community. The non-profit organization combines food banking (warehousing canned and boxed goods), food rescue (obtaining surplus or unused meats, bread, dairy and produce from hospitality and grocery outlets), and ready-to-eat meals to be the most complete food solution for Southern Nevada.
The Pinball Hall of Fame is an attempt by the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club to house and display the world’s largest pinball collection, open to the public.
That Others May Live Foundation has a crucial mission: providing scholarships and other support to the families of military members who are killed or severely wounded.
The Clark County Wetlands Park includes 2,900 acres of water, trails, and trees along the Las Vegas Wash. The Wetlands Park includes walking and biking trails in designated areas, plentiful opportunities for wildlife viewing, photography, and simply escaping to a unique natural environment.
Ivy’s Hope provides support, education and assistance to Cerebral Palsy families to enrich the lives of children affected by the disability.
The Goodie Two Shoes Foundation provides disadvantaged children and children in crisis with new shoes and socks, as well as other items deemed essential for good health and positive development.
Toys 4 Smiles’ mission is to provide a toy to children of all ages in need of a smile, while providing a sense of purpose, caring, and community to the volunteers of Toys 4 Smiles.
These toys are not simply playthings, but tools that help unlock a child’s ability to think, to be creative, and to cope with the world around them.
By the St. Baldrick’s Foundation working closely with leading pediatric oncologists, they determine the most promising research to fund and create funding priorities to make the greatest impact for children with cancer. Here are some creative ways they’re doing just that:
- Providing hospitals the funds to open high-impact clinical trials for rare disease types, placing more children on studies to increase the rate of progress, while also increasing the likelihood for a child to receive the best treatment plan in a hospital near home.
- Funding researchers to work together, so that research currently underway by the best and brightest investigators is shared between institutions, and even across continents, giving all children with cancer the best chance for a cure.
- Training the next generation of researchers—in 2005, a shortage of pediatric oncologists was predicted, and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation stepped in to ensure that every child with cancer will have a doctor and tomorrow’s research will not be interrupted.
- Funding supportive care research to improve the quality of life for patients and survivors. Supportive care research addresses the side effects of treatment, long-term effects faced by survivors, psychosocial aspects of childhood cancer and more.
Nevada School of the Arts provides world-class music instruction and a life-changing experience to students of all ages and backgrounds for generations to come. Our mission is to ignite a lifelong passion for the arts by inspiring, enlightening and nurturing an appreciation of music.
For nearly 40 years, the Nevada School of the Arts has offered arts education to residents of the Las Vegas valley. A non-profit 501(c)(3) educational institution, we are the state’s only member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and hold “Certified Member” status.
Their students are recognized locally, regionally and nationally for the excellence of their work. Their faculty includes many of southern Nevada’s most gifted music and art educators. Community leaders, parents and faculty serve on their Board of Trustees.