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My Home Town Heroes


Battle Born in Reno, NV, My Hometown Heroes is a 501(c)3 organization designed to provide scholarships for young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 39.  Our mission is to financially assist and recognize these amazing individuals who are pursuing a college education.  Through community outreach, collaboration, and creativity we inspire with stories of hope and progress.

In August of 2009, founder, Danny Heinsohn decided to register to compete in Ironman Canada 2010 to celebrate his 10th year of brain cancer remission. In May 1999 through July 2000, Danny's friends, family, and medical team were his heroes as he battled through three craniotomies, followed by twelve months of chemotherapy to the brain. They were his hope and inspiration through the tough times.

Not long after he registered for Ironman Canada, Danny wanted to raise $10,000 to symbolize 10 years of remission as he trained for the big race. He brought together a few of his trusted colleagues and it was decided that My Hometown Heroes would be a scholarship fund for young cancer survivors.

Every year there are over 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 years old who are diagnosed with cancer.  Between the years 2016 and 2020, the cumulative student debt among this college bound population will be over $5 billion dollars.  Join us in our effort to award $1,000,000 in scholarships by 2020.


You're invited; to join in with us on Heroes Night Out: 

My Hometown Heroes is hosting “Heroes Night Out” on May 22, 2019 in Victorian Square in Sparks, Nev. For $35 attendees will receive a commemorative branded cup and a passport to participating venues. Custom label wines available for $100 each.

We are stoked to partner with Engine 8 Urban Winery, as the headquarters for our event. At each participating venue, attendees will receive a complimentary food sample. Participating venues will also be encouraged to have specials/discounts for participants if they choose to purchase additional food or beverage.

There will also be a silent auction and raffle that guests can bid on, or enter for a chance to win several amazing prizes.

Guests can drop off their completed passports at Engine 8 Urban Winery for a chance to win a grand prize.

Proceeds from Heroes Night Out will fund scholarships for college bound cancer survivors for the Fall 2019 semester.

The adventure begins at Engine 8 Urban Winery in Victorian Square on Wednesday, May 22 @ 4pm.  Grab your Heroes Night Out passport today for an evening that's certain to please your palette and inspire your imagination.  Passports are just $35 or purchase a VIP Passport for $100 and receive a Heroes Night Out labeled bottle of wine, a stainless steel Heroes Night Out cup, and much more.  Click here for tickets.

Contact Person:

Danny Heinsohn
My Hometown Heroes, Inc.
Founder/Executive Director


For Kids Foundation

For Kids Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial aid and assistance to children in Northern Nevada.  We fund children’s specific, unmet needs such as medical, dental, mental health, or educational services for which other resources are insufficient or nonexistent.

The Foundation serves as a safety net for children who have “fallen through the cracks” of existing agencies and charitable organizations. Through a network of community service providers and contacts, we look for those children who have a genuine need but who do not qualify for assistance from other resources.  Bottom Line: We help those kids no one else does.

For example, in 2018 we funded greater than $123,000 of awards for children such as medical consultations, dental care, eye exams/contact lenses, psychological/grief counseling, travel for out-of-state medical care, clothes/shoes, school supplies, tutors, laptop computers, summer school, and more.

You can support our mission by participating in our 16th Annual Wine & Cheese Event, Saturday, June 1, 2019, 5-8 p.m. at The Grove, Reno.

We are also hosting our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, Friday, September 20, 2019, noon, at beautiful Lakeridge, Reno.

Contact Annie for sponsorship info: or call 775-741-5231.

Annie Goni-Stewart, Executive Director
834 Willow Street, Reno, NV 89502
Phone: (775) 741-5231
Federal Tax ID: 75-3093964


The Rotary Club of Reno Midtown

Rotary Club of Reno Midtown Runs Ragnar to Help End Polio

The Rotary Club of Reno Midtown is a local 501 c(4) service organization of young professionals with a passion for helping others, especially our youth population. Their projects range from supporting their adopted middle school, Vaughn Middle School, with their garden and outdoor learning space, to cleaning up hiking trails and managing their Little Free Libraries throughout Reno, which supply free books to kids.

Eradicating polio worldwide was a B-HAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) set by Rotary International back in the 1980’s. With the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this goal has nearly been met. To get across the finish line, continued financial support is needed.

Reno Midtown, along with clubs across the globe, raise money every year to help finish the fight against polio and this year marks their second annual Ragnar relay race. Ragnar is a unique relay where a team of eight runners, run three loops each (124 total miles) over 24 hours. It’s an arduous adventure but well worth it, as donors can support the team with a contribution of 60 cents - the cost to immunize one child against polio for like - per mile. Support one runner or all 8, it’s up to you!

They will be posting on Facebook throughout the race, while also managing two water stations on the course, to showcase our runners and their progress. The campaign is lovingly known as the 24 Hours of Change event.

To make a donation, please visit Donation information is at the bottom of the homepage. You can also check out the calendar of events to stay on top of all the happenings of the club.


Veteran’s Guest House

The Veterans Guest House provides United States military service veterans and their families temporary lodging while receiving treatment at a medical facility in the Reno-Sparks area. Typically, our guests reside at least 30 miles away and are able to care of themselves or have a caregiver with them. The House is located at 880 Locust Street in Reno, just north of the VA Medical Center and centrally located to all healthcare facilities in the Reno-Sparks area.

The newly expanded Guest House has 33 beds and can provide over 12,000 nights of lodging annually. The 16,000 square foot expanded space also includes two kitchens, a very comfortable dining room, and two living room area where guests can gather for movies, Monday Night Football or quiet conversation. The majority of the rooms are semi-private however there are a few single rooms for guests with special needs. A number of the rooms are also fully ADA accessible.

Over the past 24 years, the Guest House has provided over 80,000 guest nights of lodging for veterans and family members. The Guest House is a Nevada 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported entirely by private donations. Guests are asked to donate to defray operating expenses, but no one is ever turned away for inability to contribute.

We are pleased to announce that the Veterans Guest House is holding our 16th Annual Radiothon on Friday, March 8, 2019! Newstalk 780 KKOH Radio will broadcast live from noon to 6 pm from the Atrium of the Atlantis Casino Resort. We invite you to participate in this exciting event and show your support for our Veterans and our community. We are collecting Auction Items ($100+ value) through March 1st. The Radiothon Auction helps us raise $10,00 towards our $45,000 goal. If you or someone you know is interested in donation an auction item please contact Melissa Davis, Development Manager, at or 775-324-6958 ext. 11.

Stay up to date on all the exciting Veterans Guest House Happenings through facebook, website and newsletter (signup on website homepage).


The Solace Tree for Grieving Children, Teens, and Adults

The Solace Tree is a local non-profit based in Reno, Nevada. The Solace Tree believes that all children, teens, and adults should have the freedom to express their feelings associated with loss in a safe and loving environment. Through our peer support programs, services, and educational opportunities for schools and the community, children, teens, and adults will learn to cope and adjust to the changes in their lives. One of our key services is The Good Grief Project and is held on location at participating schools. The Good Grief Project believes that healing from grief is not just important for the bereaved, it is important for the entire community. The Good Grief Project serves as a preventative program, working with children and teens to explore, experience and verbalize the hard feelings and thoughts that they are coping with. By providing a safe and healthy outlet for these feelings and thoughts, participants will be able to address unresolved issues of loss, with the end result being that they will become healthy and thriving members of their community.

Our next upcoming charity event is the 2019 Golf Tournament sponsored by Southwest Airlines and the Reno/Tahoe Airport Authority on Saturday, August 17th at Wolf Run Golf Club, 1400 Wolf Run Rd., Reno, NV 89511.

Emilio Parga, Executive Director
Phone: 775.324.7723