Sheriff named Governor’s Philanthropist of the Year
Olympia Cos. Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization, has announced that the 2018 recipient of its Governor’s Philanthropist of the Year award is Sheriff Joseph M. Lombardo. Lombardo is being recognized for his three decades of public service in Las Vegas and exemplary leadership following Oct. 1, including the co-creation of the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, which raised over $31 million dollars. Lombardo will be honored at the 18th Annual Governor’s Black-Tie Grand Bash event April 13 at the M Resort.
The evening will be headlined by country music legend Keith Urban and includes a live auction featuring a Range Rover Autobiography, VIP Raiders Fly-Away Experience and one of Urban’s autographed guitars. Funds raised will support eight local children’s charities. Tickets to attend the event are available. For more information, contact [email protected].
“This year, in partnership with Gov. Brian Sandoval, we selected Sheriff Lombardo as the Governor’s Philanthropist of the Year because of his unparalleled courage and outstanding leadership that guided our community through an extraordinarily difficult time,” said GarryGoett, founder of Olympia Cos. Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation and founder and CEO of Olympia Cos., developer of Skye Canyon and Southern Highlands. “He brought our city together in a time of crisis and created an atmosphere of unity that made the spirit of Las Vegas stronger than ever.”
Lombardo started his career in Las Vegas law enforcement in 1988, and during his tenure at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department rose through the ranks to assistant sheriff. In 2014, he was elected to his current leadership role of sheriff. His charitable work in Las Vegas includes serving as a board member of After-School-All-Stars, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Nevada Child Seekers.
The Governor’s Black-Tie Invitational is held annually in April and is supported and endorsed by Nevada’s governor. The fundraising initiative includes a three-day golf tournament that kicks off on April 12 at Southern Highlands Golf Club, followed by a black-tie dinner and reception, featuring Sandoval. The golf tournament continues Friday followed by the exclusive Governor’s Grand Bash concert. Then, the tournament concludes on Saturday with a cocktail reception. Also, on Saturday, the Foundation hosts a ladies luncheon featuring a pop-up shop by Saks Fifth Avenue, make-up artists and foot rejuvenation stations.
Past recipients of the Governor’s Philanthropist of the Year include: Wolfgang Puck (2017), Las Vegas Sands & Rob Goldstein (2015), Jeffrey R. Gordon and Edward R. Guthrie (2014), Donald D. Snyder(2013), The Fletcher Jones Family (2012), Charles Mathewson (2011), Joan and Jim Hammer (2010), William S. Boyd (2009), Claudine Williams and Kitty Rodman (2008), Andre Agassi (2007), The Greenspun Family (2006), Elaine Wynn (2005), Larry Ruvo (2004) and J. Terrence Lanni (2003). AmeriFirst Financial, Inc. Named Among Top 3