Blockchains Donates $6,000 to CCI Programs

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Blockchains President David Berns and Deputy Director of Athletics for the Nevada Wolf Pack presenting the ceremonial check to Community Chest Executive Director at the Nevada Men’s Basketball Team’s last home game on March 9, 2019.

Before a sold-out and enthusiastic crowd, Blockchains concluded its season-long run of donating $50 for every blocked shot over the course of the Nevada Men’s Basketball Team’s 2018-2019 season. With such a talented and athletic team, the total amount donated by Blockchains to Community Chest for all of its programs came to $6,000.

In addition to the donation, Blockchains and Community Chest were mentioned at halftime of every basketball game. With many games sold out, Nevada set an all-time attendance record with approximately 150,000 people in attendance across all games.

We are so thankful to Blockchains for its support of Community Chest. We would also specifically like to thank Jeff Berns, Blockchains’ CEO, and Sarah Johns, Blockchains’ Director of Public Relations.

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Go Pack!


Rosanne Cash Sold Out & New Sponsors

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With two months still to show time, thanks to all of you we have sold out of tickets to our May 10th show featuring ROSANNE CASH with John Leventhal – She Remembers Everything. For those lucky enough to have tickets, this will be a magical, intimate evening of music, friends, and good times in old Virginia City’s historic Piper’s Opera House at our annual spring benefit concert.

As well, we are excited to announce that in addition to our primary sponsor Charles Schwab Bank, both Eide Bailly and Lumos & Associates have signed on as sponsors of the event. We are so thankful for their support.

This show has been graciously sponsored by Charles Schwab Bank, Eide Bailly, and Lumos & Associates.

We thank them for their generosity and support.



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Join the CCI Team!

We are seeking a half-time bookkeeper / admin assistant (20 hours / week) to help support Amber in our business office! The ideal candidate would perhaps be someone who is semi-retired and/or retired, has experience, and enjoys bookkeeping. If not retired, then someone with experience and joy with bookkeeping who is seeking part-time work only.

We are reaching out to our extended CCI family and friends first for referrals. If you know of someone you think we should reach out to, please contact either Amber or Erik.

Amber, Business Manager:

Erik Schoen, Executive Director:

Construction Completed on Storey County Youth & Community Resource Center!

Thanks to the unwavering support of our funders, donors, partners, and supporters, Phase 2 of the Storey County Youth & Community Resource Center was completed in Spring 2018. The new, completed facility houses youth and family programs, mental health and primary care clinics, case management services, before-and-after school and summer programs, arts and recreation, a technology center, a community kitchen available for use, and the Storey County Community Library. Future plans include a childcare facility — providing a much-needed service for working families in our community.

CCI held the Open House event and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 1st, inviting the public to tour the new facilities and share in the excitement and dreams for the community’s future. Event attendees were awed and impressed by the new facility and the dedication of CCI, Storey County, and the funders, donors, supporters, and volunteers who worked to make this vision a reality.

View the Photo slideshow from the Open House below:


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Click Below to Watch KTVN-Channel 2’s news coverage on the Community Center Open House: 

Thanks to All that Made This Dream Possible

Eternal gratitude to our funders for supporting this decades-long vision:
William N. Pennington Foundation
Marie Crowley Foundation
Thelma B. and Thomas P. Hart Foundation
Steven Nightingale
NV Energy Foundation
E.L. Cord Foundation
Barrick Gold of North America
Terry Lee Wells Foundation
Nell J. Redfield Foundation
Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation
Jon Ben Snow Foundation

Storey County folks for their unwavering support, including county commissioners purchasing and paving the land north of the Center for parking:
Commissioner Marshall McBride
Commissioner Jack McGuffey
Commissioner Lance Gilman and his right-hand man Kris Thompson
County Manager Pat Whitten
Assistant County Manager Austin Osborne
Justice of the Peace Eileen Harrington

Instrumental community leaders and partners:
Nancy Cummings, State Library board
Tammy Westergard, State Library Director
Amy Geddes, Lyon County Library Director
Leslie Thompson and Stacy Giomi, Nevada Health Centers
Edrie LaVoie, Lyon County Human Services Director
Wendy Madson, Healthy Communities Coalition Director
Michele Watkins, Central Lyon Youth Connections Director
Darrin Berger, principal architect with Berger-Hannifan Architects
David Nair, our construction supervisor and all-around good guy

All of our individual donors who stepped up for the kitchen and the library—more
than thirty people who made significant contributions to finish both facilities.

All of the amazing volunteers who’ve helped out including:
Bonnie and Doug Tuggle
Ben and Karen Wesner
Chandra and Sandy (we only have first names)
The Comstock Kids and SOARS Program

As well, our very own CCI board and staff. It was the CCI Board who agreed to step
forward and start Phase Two when we were still short on funds but knew the costs were rising dramatically. This took real risk and today the building is paid for.

From Erik Schoen, CCI Executive Director:

Because I have been living and supporting this dream for 2+ decades, I forget that this place was for so long just words, a collective vision first breathed into life by a hardy band of teenagers, now all adults well into their 30’s, who believed in the power of young people and community. Indeed, it took a visit last week by my and my wife’s parents to gain a new appreciation for what has collectively been accomplished.

Whether it was the new sign out front proudly announcing the arrival of this magnificent space, the nearly-fully operational kitchen which provides so many options for family nights and healthy food prep, or hearing the pride in Sandy’s voice as she described each nook-and-cranny in her new library space, the meaning was clear: together we have collectively made a significant down payment on the future we hold as dear for our youth, families, and youth. A vision that includes all voices, leaves no one behind, and leads with love.

Thank you for your belief in helping us to see this through. And, to what it will become.