SOURCE: Stanley Tomchin Philanthropist

Stanley Tomchin Philanthropist

April 02, 2014 15:55 ET

Stanley Tomchin Donates to Teach for America Las Vegas

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2014) - Most people think of Las Vegas as a city of casinos, a paradise for gamblers and a set for many movies. But only a couple of blocks away from the Strip, Las Vegas is a tight-knit community that is at times struggling with the ups and downs of the economy, because the majority of incomes in the city are tied to the casinos, which are more susceptible to economic volatilities than most other businesses. In an effort to support children from low-income families, a fund set up by the avid philanthropist and Las Vegas enthusiast, Stanley Tomchin, made a considerable donation of $125,000 to Communities In Schools of Nevada and Teach for America Las Vegas.

Tomchin's fund is a non-profit organization, which aims at addressing basic human needs, health care, education, arts and athletics in the Las Vegas community. The fund was set up by Stanley with the goal to improve the lives of less fortunate children and their families. The donation will be used to expand the CIS Academy program in collaboration with Teach for America Las Vegas in order to implement the CIS curriculum. Terri Clark, the CEO of Communities In Schools of Nevada said that "Students face a variety of challenges that can hinder their success in school, and it is our mission to help them overcome these barriers so they can achieve in life."

Teach for America recruits teachers and prepares them with intensive training and support. After completing their special training, the teachers are sent on two-year assignments to low-income communities to provide children from poor backgrounds with quality education. In Las Vegas, Teach for America teachers work hand in hand with the CIS Academy to implement an elective course in which students can learn skills to prepare them for life after high school. Skills include goal setting, college preparation, and career exploration. As a part-time resident of Las Vegas, Stanley Tomchin is aware that in a countrywide comparison Nevada has the lowest number of children registered in early childhood programs. Realizing how important education is for kids, he relentlessly supports organizations in the community that focus on the wellbeing of underserved children. Teach for America's executive director, Victor Wakefield, has made his statement of gratitude to Mr. Tomchin saying, "This generous gift ... will support our collaboration with Communities In Schools of Nevada to ensure that all students have the educational opportunities they deserve."

Aside from this fund, Stanley Tomchin supports multiple other causes to help the community. Stanley is known as the most successful professional games player of all time. He can look back at an outstanding career in chess, bridge, and backgammon as well as the rest of gaming industry. Today, Stan is dedicating his life to philanthropy. Similarly to his sister Joy Tomchin, he has been supporting local charities for almost twenty years and is happy that he found a way to share his luck with other, less fortunate families.

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