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Walker Furniture launches program to aid vets

Walker Furniture has launched a program designed to help wounded U.S. military personnel and veterans in Clark County who are in need of specialized items not generally available through the Veterans Administration. The new program, titled Help for Heroes, will run through July 1 and rely on letters from the community, written on behalf of prospective recipients.

According to CEO Larry Alterwitz, Walker Furniture created the Help for Heroes program to “help make day-to-day living a little easier for a segment of the community that is often overlooked.” He said Walker Furniture will provide 10 military individuals and families with a variety of necessary items that may include lift chairs, adjustable beds, new mattresses and dining sets, among other possibilities. Each delivery will be specific to the needs of each recipient.

Letters received by Walker Furniture will be reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel headed by Cmdr. John Rupe of the American Legion Paradise Post 149. The post commander will personally visit each prospective recipient to evaluate their individual needs.

Letters can hand-delivered; mailed to Larry Alterwitz, CEO, Walker Furniture, 301 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89106; faxed to 702-384-7772; or emailed to Letters can also be submitted online by visiting

Letters must be received by June 27 to be reviewed.

Alterwitz said several local nonprofit organizations have come forward to offer assistance toward Help for Heroes, including the Las Vegas Rescue Mission and Famous Dave’s, which will provide dinners for the veterans and their families and hold a food drive at all valley locations.

Roger Thomas to speak at June 18 IDS event

The Interior Design Society Las Vegas Chapter and Las Vegas Design Center will host The Hotel as a Luxury Residence, presented by Roger Thomas. The event will be June 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Las Vegas Design Center, Building A Atrium, 495 S. Grand Central Parkway.

Thomas is executive vice president of design for Wynn Design and Development, and has more than 30 years in the hospitality industry.

The cost is $35 to attend the presentation and silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Nevada Ballet Theatre. Entertainment will be provided by Midnight Muse in collaboration with vocalist Ronnie Fabre and pianist Coche Arbe.

Sponsors for this event are Las Vegas Design Center, Christopher Guy, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Studio A, Veneman Collections and the Interior Design Society Las Vegas Chapter.

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