Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) July 1, 2009
Approximately 1,000 volunteer leaders from across Nevada, North America, and the world will be converging on Las Vegas for training, recognition and celebration of the past year's community service accomplishments. The delegates of the 89th Civitan International Convention represent almost 40,000 volunteers in 28 countries, who work in local clubs to meet needs in their communities.
The mission of local Civitan clubs, like the Accelerated, Due North, Henderson, Lovely Ladies, and Red Rock clubs in the Las Vegas area, is to serve their communities by conducting a wide variety of service projects - like building wheelchair ramps, feeding the homeless and honoring community leaders. Each club chooses their own focus, and Civitan members enjoy the fellowship of their club as they come together in service.
During the convention, Civitan members will also participate in the Civitan International Golf Benefit at the Anthem Country Club on Monday, July 6. This charity tournament, which is celebrating its 15th year, regularly raises over $300,000 for the UAB Civitan International Research Center in Birmingham, Alabama. These funds are part of a $20 million commitment to the Research Center, which brings together top scientific minds and the latest technology to create innovative therapies and treatments for people with developmental disabilities. The Center provides services for a national clientele of individuals with special needs, while researchers and therapists from around the world come to learn and train in the newest breakthroughs.
Since its founding in Birmingham in 1917, Civitan has grown to approximately 1,300 local clubs in 28 countries. Civitan clubs meet a wide variety of needs in their communities, with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. For more information about Civitan International or our programs, please visit us on the web at Civitan_convention_International, or call us at 1-800-CIVITAN.