Acclaimed television personality and Las Vegas native, Jimmy Kimmel, will host the third annual ‘An Evening with Dave Rice’ fundraiser to benefit the Dave Rice Foundation beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, inside the MGM Grand.
“We’re beyond excited to have Jimmy Kimmel as the host of this year’s event, and we expect it to be the biggest and best yet,” said Dave Rice, head coach for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels basketball team. “This is a cause near and dear to both of our hearts.”
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The Dave Rice Foundation was founded by Coach Rice and his wife, Mindy, in an effort to raise support and awareness for several Autism-related organizations throughout Southern Nevada. Kimmel, the host and executive producer of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” is a lifelong UNLV hoops fan and serves on the board of directors for the Foundation.
“What the Dave Rice Foundation is doing for families affected by Autism is immeasurable,” said Kimmel. “As a Las Vegas native, I am proud to assist Coach Rice in these meaningful efforts.”
‘An Evening with Dave Rice, Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel’ will begin with a VIP cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a gourmet sit-down dinner with a live auction and entertainment. Coach Rice will also present the Kenny Guinn Award for Commitment to Community to the 2014 recipient, which will be announced prior to May 17.
Auction items will include autographed memorabilia from celebrities including Kimmel, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali and others, as well as show tickets, dinners at some of Las Vegas’ top restaurants and more. Last year’s event helped the Dave Rice Foundation award more than $250,000 in grants to local organizations including: The UNLV Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Torino Foundation, Grant A Gift Autism Foundation, Touro University Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Southern Nevada, Nevada Partnership for Inclusive Education and Peoples Autism Foundation.
Individual tickets and donation information may be found by visiting www.davericefoundation.org or calling 702-586-4180.