20 March 2017
Helping Children’s Wishes Come True

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Nevada State Bank presented a check for $10,000 to Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada® during the final home game for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball team. For every free throw made by a Rebel during the 2016-2017 season, Nevada State Bank had pledged to donate $25 to help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“With core values that include a commitment to community, Nevada State Bank was delighted to support the Swish-for-a-Wish campaign as a way of backing not only the UNLV athletics programs, but also supporting the very meaningful work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Micah Phillips, Nevada State Bank executive vice president and marketing director, who helped present the $10,000 check to children representing the organization. Rich Justiana, vice president/private banking officer for Nevada State Bank, is on the board of Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada, currently serving as its treasurer.

“Swish for a Wish symbolizes Nevada State Bank’s commitment to our community. It’s a great way to support our mission and the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels,” said Caroline Ciocca, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada. “Our kids were thrilled to represent Make-A-Wish on the basketball court. It’s a moment they will remember and cherish forever. Being a Wish Ambassador is an important role for our Wish kids to play once they have received their wish. It’s a way of giving back. Not only is Nevada State Bank helping grant more wishes, but they also helped create an opportunity to share their giving with our Wish kids.”  

 The Southern Nevada chapter is part of Make-A-Wish America, which has granted more than 254,000 wishes since 1980 to strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions. Children may wish to visit a famous place, meet a celebrity, try out their dream job for a day, or any other experience that will bring them joy and hope and encourage them to fight harder against their illness. The average wish costs $8,500, so the organization and its local chapters reach out to individuals and businesses like Nevada State Bank to help make wishes come true for children and their families.

Founded in 1996, Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada has granted more than 1,700 wishes to children in Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln and Nye counties. Additionally, each year the chapter hosts nearly 40 children from other states and countries who wish to visit Las Vegas or meet celebrities performing in Las Vegas, meaning its staff and volunteers are involved in granting a wish nearly every three days.

For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation, contact www.wish.org.


Micah Phillips, executive vice president/marketing for Nevada State Bank

Rich Justiana, vice president/private banking officer for Nevada State Bank

Caroline Ciocca, president and CEO Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada

Genie Moya, marketing specialist for Nevada State Bank

Ryan Foytik, marketing project manager for Nevada State Bank

Kids from Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada


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