Life Long Dreams (LLD) is a place of acceptance where children and young adults with special needs and developmental challenges are being consistently provided with training to build confidence and self-respect through arts, performance and technology. With the goal of achieving a strong skill set of their choice which will help them to create a more positive end engaging attitude, every year Life Long Dreams gathers a few hundreds of people from the community and businesses from Las Vegas, NV to celebrates the effort of their students with their annual gala where the students are some of the main stars.
This year as an exciting part of our gala “This Is Us”, we want to tribute Jim Henson (the creator of “The Muppets”) so Kermit the Frog will lead the audience in an attempt to break the world record of the most amateur puppeteers performing at once and an application has been submitted to the Guinness World Records Book for verification, to learn more about this surprise read “Act Of Kindness Walk”. We will as a special guest Nate Tannenbaum, and a special performance by The Life Long Dreams Stars.
For five consecutive years Sam’s Town has been the home of our gala providing the right accommodation by donating their space, time and technology to make this dream happen. Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino is located at 5111 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas, NV 89122 and tickets are available at www.samstownlv.com. Encourage your family, friends and coworker and lets share this great time together.
These organizations came together after Genevieve Dew, (LLD Board President) and Robert F. Smith, became friends. Genevieve invited Robert and a few of his friends to come to Las Vegas for the premiere of a documentary by Vegas PBS highlighting Life Long Dreams. After viewing Our Chest of Dreams, Robert knew he needed to align himself with LLD and work together to help kick-start them to another level. As a result, Robert is bringing high-level energy and creativity to enhance the “This Is Us” gala, which allows him to continue his passion to do intentional acts of kindness.
As an exciting part of This Is Us, Kermit the Frog will lead the audience in an attempt to break the world record of the most amateur puppeteers performing at once. An application has been submitted to the Guinness World Book of Records for verification. Two weeks later, Robert will begin the 450 mile Kindness Walk from Long Beach to Las Vegas between October 19, 2018 to November 20th. As part of the Walk, Robert will stop to honor Veterans in every city along the way.
The Kindness Walk is part of the Little Green Apples Project that was created by Robert F. Smith a few years ago. (www.LittleGreenApplesProject.com) This non-profit’s mission is to do intentional acts of kindness throughout the country, with a special focus on veterans and children with life-threatening challenges. To this date, he has helped other non-profits through donations of products and services. Examples of this are: The Ronald McDonald House; Boys & Girls Club; Children’s Miracle Network, and he helped raise funds that saved the home of a gentleman who could not work because of stomach cancer. Robert is currently assisting Tyler Renfro, a boy who has severe autism and diabetes, to secure a support dog that is specifically trained for Tyler’s challenges. The Kindness Walk is also the platform to help make that happen.
For more information about Robert’s and Little Green Apples Project please visit:
Our Summer Media Arts Workshop will be open from June 12th to July 19th of 2018. Class days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30am-1:30pm. This course will be oriented for high functioning special needs students.. In Life Long Dreams Summer Media Arts Workshop they will have the experience to learn and understand how to visually tell a story. This course will include: HD camera operation, Sound recording, video editing, lightning, Graphics , video publishing for the web and DVD production. Don’t ,miss this great opportunity and call us today to get enrolled.
It is well know that the men and women of law enforcement have done an amazing job at protecting and serving our community.
Now we see more and more a positive and viral interaction within our communities. We have seen street basketball games, mentorship programs for at risk-youth and special needs children and adults are not an exception.
In collaboration with the Southern Texas Lighthouse for the Blind, The Corpus Christi Bomb Squad used their special skill set to create a device for kids who are visually impaired. The devices are placed inside brightly colored eggs, making them easy to identify and hear since it transmits a beeping sound that helps the kids to find the eggs.
For 5 years this inspiring fun event has brought many smiles and inspiration to those children and their families by creating an opportunity that many would not have.
As many of you know Life Long Dreams participated in the Sunshine Nevada organizations 4th annual Hop and Bop Easter Egg Hunt providing the parents and children of our special needs community a unique experience to fellowship with each other and explore the resources available to them.
It is my hope that this article will inspire our readers who would like to attend and participate next year.
Life Long Dreams and Southwest Airlines Employees will be working very hard this year to continue to raise much needed funds for Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation and Life long Dreams Charities. Las year $20, 000 was raised for our local charities.
We are requesting prizes to be used for distribution to the 144 golfers that will be playig in this year’s event. Any donations you can provide would be greatly appreciated. If you can find it in your hearts to be part of this worthwhile event we are accepting gift cards, gift certificates and items to create gift baskets.
Southwest’s Spring Swing is celebrating their 20th annual golf tournament. This year Southwest is celebrating going to Hawaii so come with your best Hawaiian look. Also this year Southwest will benefit Life Long Dreams as one of Las Vegas local charities. After the tournament there will be a raffles and other activities, don’t miss this.
If you are planning on playing or bringing your team, here is the registration link. Sign Up Today!
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Sunshine Nevada Organization is celebrating their 4th annual Hop & Bop Easter Egg Hunt and Life Long Dreams will be there. Please stop by our booth, say hi and get to know us. Hop & Bop is an event that exist to provide children with special needs and their families a fun celebration in a safe and accepting environment. The admission for this even is free too all children with special needs and their families.
You can always give by being there with us assisting us in any task needed in order to achieve this evetnt.
In the first episode, Julia experiences a bit of a glitch while meeting Big Bird. When the two are introduced by their pals Abby and Elmo, Julia is hesitant to shake Big Bird's hand. He us sad and worried that Julie doesn't like him , but Elmo explains that Julia has autism so she "does things a little differently" and that is O.K.
Life Long Dreams wish to congratulate PBS Las Vegas for their recent accomplishment with their documentary ” Our Chest of Dreams” where our only special students were there the main stars. We are grateful beyond words for all the support that PBS put into this project. This documentary has impacted in such of positive way the life of those in the documentary as well as the life of so many parents, organization and more importantly more Special Needs with a Dream. We have help to creates awareness,. inclusion, and education about how far a talented special needs individuals can go and how how important is for us as well as for the families and friends to provide our students with all of the tools they need for their development. You can find the link here. To learn more about this you can visit the link below.