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Leadership Henderson Class of 2023 Raises $133,000 to Support Positively Arts

Empower and Enrich Las Vegas Youth Through Art

The Henderson Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Leadership Henderson Class of 2023 presents a check for a total of $133,000 to Pilita Simpson, founder and CEO of Positively Arts, for the cash and in-kind donations raised during the eight-month program on June 17, 2023. Photo credit: Mikel's Photography & Design

The Henderson Chamber Foundation announces its Leadership Henderson Class of 2023 has raised $133,000 in cash and in-kind donations for Positively Arts, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that empowers kids by building confidence through performance and artistic discovery. Since founded in 2014, Positively Arts has served over 20,000 students through arts-learning empowerment and mentorship programs.

The Henderson Leadership Class of 2023, who nicknamed themselves "Fireballs", is comprised of 33 business professionals and Chamber members from across the Las Vegas valley representing various industries. During the eight-month program, the Class assisted Positively Arts with building out and professionalizing its newly constructed black box theater, recording studios, and class rooms through financial aid, in-kind donations, and hands-on support. In addition, the class provided strategic planning, business consultation, and guidance to support the organization's ongoing operations and marketing efforts.

"Our youth were most empowered by the knowledge that 33 leaders and pillars in our community took the time to get to know them, hear their stories, and make an investment in their futures. You can't imagine what that does for a child who often feels alone and forgotten," said Pilita Simpson, founder and CEO of Positively Arts.