Dollar Loan Center matched its 2010 donation of $15,000 to Opportunity Village even though this summer was one of the coolest on record in Southern Nevada. Charles Brennan, CEO of Dollar Loan Center, presented the donation to Opportunity Village executive director Ed Guthrie.
“We weren’t going to let unseasonably cool weather stand in the way of a healthy donation to Opportunity Village,” said Dollar Loan Center CEO Charles Brennan. “This is the second year we have hosted the Heat Is On’ campaign and it has been really fun”¦it has even been emulated by other organizations in Nevada this year. It makes it a lot more fun to watch the daily forecast when you know a deserving organization benefits from the high temperatures.”
The National Weather Service recorded a cooler than average summer with only 73 total days of triple-digit heat so far in 2011. Normally Las Vegas experiences about 120 days of highs over 100 every year, according to the NWS data.
Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest not-for-profit organization serving citizens with intellectual disabilities. It provides job training, employment and other important programs and services that enable its clients to live productive, engaged lives.
“Mother Nature may have blessed us with only 73 days of triple digits so far this year,” said Linda Smith, chief development officer and foundation associate executive director for Opportunity Village. “But Dollar Loan Center really came through for our clients. It matched last year’s $15,000 donation with another $15,000 donation this year. We really appreciate that.”
Brennan is a well-known philanthropist in addition to serving as CEO Dollar Loan Center. Loan Shack, his company that provides online short-term loans, is in the process of expanding nationwide and is currently operating in 17 U.S. states.
“Opportunity Village is one of our favorite charities and does great work in Southern Nevada,” said Brennan. “It is a pleasure to help organizations like Opportunity Village that care so much about their clients and our community.”
Brennan’s giving in Las Vegas has included the Henderson Little League, which was able to resume operations for the 2011 season with a $10,000 donation from Brennan. More than 600 children participate in Henderson Little League, the city’s largest baseball organization. Brennan also hosted a food and donation drive to benefit Three Square in December.
Fox 5’s “Heat Is On” program was broadcast on KVVU Fox 5 news every evening at 5 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. and posted on its website.
Dollar Loan Center is a premier provider of signature loans in 48 locations throughout Nevada, South Dakota and Utah. The company and its employees give to dozens of organizations in Nevada.
Dollar Loan Center is also the largest provider of short term credit services in South Dakota and Clark County (Las Vegas) Nevada. In 2007, Entrepreneur Magazine listed the company among its “Hot 500″ Fastest Growing Businesses and Entrepreneurs.”