Lee Canyon kicks off Labor Day weekend with the launch of its 4th annual Spread the Warmth Coat & Sock Drive, benefitting Project 150, a local nonprofit that assists homeless, displaced, and disadvantaged high school students in Clark County. Starting Friday, Sept. 3, people can drop donations of new socks and gently used or new coats in donation bins at Lee Canyon. Donations can also be made at partner locations, including REI Boca Park, REI Henderson, and Powder and Sun (4555 S Fort Apache Rd.) through Saturday, Nov. 20.

In celebration of Labor Day, Lee Canyon will be open Monday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The resort’s fall operations start Friday, Sept. 10, and will run through mid-October, weather permitting. Hours will be Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fall activities include scenic chairlift rides on the Sherwood chair, disc golf, archery, axe-throwing, and hiking. The Bighorn Grill and Brewin Burro will offer seasonal menu items, and guests can enjoy the Aspen trees’ changing from Hillside Lodge’s deck. Details are available at www.leecanyon.com.

“Kids should have the security and comfort of warm clothing; they shouldn’t have to worry about basic needs. This drive is about giving local kids tools to achieve,” said Jim Seely, Lee Canyon’s director of marketing. “Project 150 is doing vital work for youth, and they are a valued partner in our Play Forever, Play It Forward community initiatives.” In 2019, Nevada had the second-highest percentage of unaccompanied youth who were unsheltered. California ranked first but only by a tenth of a percent. And according to Project 150’s Executive Director Kelli Kristo, today the problem in Clark County is even worse. “This year, the need for support is greater than ever,” says Kristo. “We are coming off a very challenging year, and with so many families experiencing financial shortfalls and uncertainty this upcoming winter season, we want to ensure a level of comfort and security for these students.”

In 2020, with parent company POWDR, Lee Canyon launched the “Play It Forward Fund.” In partnership with the Nevada Community Foundation, the fund supports local nonprofit organizations that provide community assistance. Along with Project 150, other Play It Forward initiatives include the Chris Ruby Cup supporting the Nevada Donor Network and Feel Good Fridays supporting the Hi-Fives Foundation.

For information on summer activities and winter season pass options, visit www.leecanyonlv.com.  



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