UNLV Foundation announces honorees for annual dinner 

Sheldon Adelson, chairman of the Las Vegas Sands, and Kitty Rodman, a philanthropist who donated to UNLV throughout her lifetime, will be honored at the UNLV Foundation Annual Dinner on Oct. 13.

Traditionally, the UNLV Foundation honors those whose cumulative donations exceed $1 million. Together, the Las Vegas Sands and Rodman estate has helped the foundation raise over $61 million in gifts and gift commitments for the 2014 fiscal year.

Adelson contributed $7 million this year to help finance the construction of a new academic building for the hotel college and a Center for Professional and Leadership Studies.

Rodman’s most recognizable donation is the Kitty Rodman Residence Hall. She is also responsible for co-founding the Jean Nidetch Women’s Center, supporting scholarships, and establishing UNLV’s physical therapy program.

Rodman served as a dedicated member of the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees for 25 years before she passed away in February. Although her recognition comes posthumously, UNLV will celebrate her legacy of donating during the dinner that includes the announcement of her estate gift to the university.

“Our donors have made countless contributions to the university and the annual event is our opportunity to recognize their philanthropy and highlight the impact their giving has on UNLV and its students and programs,” said Michael Yackira, UNLV Foundation Board chairman. “UNLV’s long term success hinges on private support from people and organizations in our community. We couldn’t be as successful without them.”

The UNLV Foundation has accrued more than $1 billion in gifts and gift commitments for the university since 1981. These benefactions have allowed UNLV to provide student scholarship, academic programming, faculty endowments, and research equipment and facilities.

A large percentage of the donated funds go directly to the students in the form of scholarship money. The Foundation has allocated close to $44 million in scholarship support within the past five years.

The keynote speaker for this year’s dinner will be former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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