Miracle Flights, a national nonprofit based in Las Vegas for 36 years that provides free air transportation to children and adults who need help reaching specialty medical care not available in their home communities, announces the launch of “Lights for Flights” this holiday season at Downtown Summerlin®. The interactive holiday family photo opportunity includes six oversized illuminated words – LOVE, JOY, HOPE, PEACE, SOAR and MIRACLE – that infuse the mission of Miracle Flights, light up the holiday season and provide an opportunity for our community to come together.
The lighted signs, placed at high-traffic locations throughout Downtown Summerlin, will be illuminated Nov. 19 – Dec. 31 from dusk to dawn. Each sign provides the perfect holiday background for all your Instagram-worthy holiday moments. Sponsored by local companies and businesses, the signs generate awareness and help raise funds for Miracle Flights by providing visitors with a QR code that takes them to a landing page to encourage donations to the nonprofit.
To encourage participation, Miracle Flights has partnered with Downtown Summerlin to create a “flight path” that promotes visitors to check-in at each of the six signs throughout the property.
In addition to providing donation opportunities, guests who check in via the QR code at each sign will be entered into a weekly contest to win a $250 Downtown Summerlin gift card! The more times guests visit and scan the code, the better their chance of winning. The best part, at the end of the season on Dec. 23, one lucky guest will have a chance to win the grand prize — a $2,500 Downtown Summerlin gift card! A perfect way to finishing your holiday gifting.
“Lights for Flights is a beautiful symbol of the holiday season and a terrific way to bring the community together and educate them about our organization while raising funds for families and children who are facing difficult health challenges,” said Mark Brown, CEO, Miracle Flights. “We appreciate this special partnership with Downtown Summerlin.”
In addition to the weekly Downtown Summerlin gift card giveaways, on Fridays and Saturdays starting Nov. 19 through the end of the year from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Miracle Flights volunteers will be on hand in Dillard’s Court near the HOPE sign, where patrons can donate $20 to receive a limited Miracle Flights plush bear named “Miles.” All proceeds from these donations will go directly towards flights for sick children.
“Downtown Summerlin is thrilled to partner with Miracle Flights on this unique and interactive holiday family experience,” stated Halee Harczynski, marketing director, Downtown Summerlin. “The holidays are all about helping those in need. We can’t think of a better way than through this fun and cheerful experience that gives back while enhancing the holidays at Downtown Summerlin.”
For additional information on Miracle Flights and a complete list of details pertaining to Lights for Flights and the corresponding giveaways, visit miracleflights.org.
Miracle Flights is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides free air transportation to children and adults who need help reaching specialty medical care only available far from home. The organization, founded in 1985, has provided 142,000 flights and typically books more than six hundred flights per month on commercial airlines across the United States. To request a flight, learn more or donate, call 800-359-1711 or visit miracleflights.org. Like us on Facebook and Instagram.
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Beginning Nov. 29, Exotics Racing’s elite supercar driving experience will join forces with SPEEDVEGAS to create the world’s most exhilarating destination for motorsports enthusiasts, SPEEDVEGAS Motorsports Park, offering three major activities: Exotics Racing, Vegas Off-Road Experience and Vegas Superkarts.
With a newly redesigned and renovated supercar racetrack optimized to offer the most exciting and safe driving experience possible, the 100-acre SPEEDVEGAS Motorsports Park will be home to Exotics Racing’s expert team of driving instructors and supercar fleet, a freshly enhanced Vegas Off-Road track, and the brand-new Vegas Superkarts outdoor go-kart track.
An award-winning industry leader since 2009, Exotics Racing offers more than 40 exotic cars to drive and/ or ride, including models by Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes and more. Professional racing drivers optimized the SPEEDVEGAS racetrack to highlight the supercars’ most acclaimed performance capabilities, providing an exhilarating as well as safe driving experience. The 1.2-mile track features seven turns, a 2,000-foot straightaway and Formula One safety barriers. Guests can also choose to go for the unforgettable signature drifting ride-along in a 700-horsepower police Dodge Charger.
SPEEDVEGAS opened its facility in 2015 on Las Vegas Boulevard South, 15 minutes from the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign (exit 25 on Interstate 15). Its 20,000-square-foot, two-story welcome center features indoor and outdoor observation decks and meetings and event space for up to 500 guests.
Vegas Superkarts offers a distinctive go-kart racing experience, where guests drive a four-stroke gas-powered SODIKART SR5 270cc on Las Vegas’ longest, widest and fastest go-kart track, complete with hairpin turns, a fast-acceleration straightaway and professional safety barriers. Vegas Superkarts offers the only track in Las Vegas to participate in the Soda World Series (SWS), which hosts go-kart races throughout the year and around the world within the SWS’ network of tracks. An enormously popular off-Strip activity for visitors and locals alike, Vegas Superkarts welcomes more than 50,000 guests per year. Prices start at $25 per race for locals.
Vegas Off-Road features the only off-road track experience in Las Vegas. This 1-mile course consists of nine challenging turns, three massive jumps, ramps, and top speed capabilities. Guests can pilot specialized, custom-built high-performance Baja race trucks designed with huge travel suspension to absorb large bumps, dips and jumps while drivers travel at high speeds and soar up to 10 feet in the air on the private dirt track. Guests who want to compare their racing line with a pro, or who simply don’t want to drive, can experience the full adrenaline potential of this thrilling experience as the passengers of a pro racer.
“The combination of Exotics Racing and SPEEDVEGAS is the realization of a dream: the creation of a truly unique complex dedicated to motorsports and adrenaline,” Romain Thievin, chief executive officer, SPEEDVEGAS Motorsports Park. “With our three major activities, there is something for everyone and every budget. We are immensely proud and excited to offer a racing afficionado heaven to the Las Vegas market at such an attractive and convenient location.”
Boyd Gaming is celebrating the season of giving with its seventh annual holiday competition, “Wreaths of Hope.” A total of 34 local charities will compete in one of Las Vegas’ favorite holiday traditions, as Boyd Gaming awards a prize pool of nearly $65,000 to non-profit organizations across the Valley.
Local non-profit organizations will decorate wreaths in the spirit of their organization that will be displayed at seven Boyd Gaming destinations: Aliante, The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Sam’s Town, Cannery and Main Street Station. For the first time, the competition will also welcome some of Las Vegas’ favorite sports teams to participate in Wreaths of Hope, including the Las Vegas Aviators, Henderson Silver Knights, Las Vegas Raiders and UNLV Athletics. The sports teams will compete at The Orleans and prizes will benefit their respective charitable foundations.
Beginning Monday, November 22 through Friday, December 17, the public is invited to vote for their favorite charity’s decorated wreath at each participating property, or online via Boyd Gaming social media platforms or by visiting BoydGaming.com/Wreaths-of-Hope. The seven Las Vegas properties will each award an $8,500 prize pool to participating charities with a first-place prize of $3,000 and a guaranteed minimum cash prize of $1,000 for all participants. Winners will be decided by public vote at each destination. A B Connected player’s card account is required to vote on property.
The citywide competition will also include a social media contest that will award an additional prize pool of $5,000 to southern Nevada’s top three performing charities with a $2,500 first-place prize, $1,500 second-place prize, and $1,000 third-place prize.
“Banachek’s Mind Games Live,” at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, headlined by world-famous mentalist, Banachek, is honoring the holiday shopping season with half-priced tickets, available now through Friday, Dec. 10.
Guests can take advantage of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and holiday shopping promotions with the extended cyber sale by purchasing tickets online at www.thestrat.com and using the promotional code CYBER50 at check-out. The specially priced tickets are available for show dates now through Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.
Recently debuted on the Las Vegas Strip, “Banachek’s Mind Games Live” elevates mind reading to new heights with jaw-dropping illusions and death-defying stunts. Banachek, two-time “Mentalist of the Year” recipient, stuns night-after-night with his mind-blowing talent, taking audiences on a heart-pounding journey throughout the exhilarating production.
“Banachek’s Mind Games Live” is part of a collection of top productions among SPI Entertainment’s world-class shows at the STRAT Theater. Show times are scheduled for 4 p.m. six days per week, dark Fridays. Non-discounted ticket prices begin at $29 and are available by visiting thestrat.com/BanacheksMindGames.
Called “The Greatest Mentalist Alive” by Criss Angel, Banachek headlines his own Las Vegas Strip production for the first time with “Banachek’s Mind Games Live.” Demonstrating why he is known as “the world’s greatest mind reader,” the show, produced by entertainment leader, SPI Entertainment, will take the audience on a nonstop heart-pounding journey. Show times for Banachek’s Mind Games Live are at 4 p.m. six days per week, dark Friday, in the 600-seat STRAT Theater. Tickets are available at tickets.thestrat.com. More information about Banachek can be found on his website at banachek.com.
Well, gang, that’s about it for this issue. Have a wonderful Turkey Day.