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WHEREAS, Raymond 'Skip' Avansino Jr. is an outstanding citizen of the State of Nevada; and

WHEREAS, he has served with distinction as Chairman of the Board and Chief Investment Officer of the E.L. Wiegand Foundation, a private charitable trust, and as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Investment Officer for The Edwin L. Weigand Trust, and through his dedicated work, many organizations throughout Northern Nevada have benefited; and

WHEREAS, he has worked to share his knowledge and experience through his work as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco, School of Law; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Avansino has shown an unwavering commitment to the community he serves and was named a Distinguished Nevadan in 1992 by the University of Nevada, Reno; he has also been awarded the Cavaliere Ufficiale in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy in 2000; and

WHEREAS, throughout his career Mr. Avansino has served on a variety of Boards and Commissions including the Nevada Gaming Commission which he was appointed to by Governor Robert List in 1981, the Nevada Commission on Ethics which he was appointed to by the Legislative Commission in 2002, and the Nevada State Athletic Commission which he has served on since his appointment by Governor Kenny Guinn in 2002; and

WHEREAS, he has served on the Board of Directors of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and was the quiet force behind the State of Nevada's acquisition of three historic ranch properties which are now part of the Nevada state park system, unlocking an unprecedented 12,000 acres for the public to enjoy; and

WHEREAS, through his generosity, goodwill and benevolence to his community Mr. Avansino has touched the lives of countless children and families, yet because of his humility and nature rarely accepts the public recognition his actions merit; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Avansino and his wife, Kristen, have helped to sponsor the expansion of arts and culture in Nevada for decades and both played an instrumental role in the creation of Arte Italia in 2008, a charitable organization dedicated to the commemoration and perpetuation of Italian Culture through the exploration and conservation of culinary and visual arts; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada commends Raymond 'Skip' Avansino Jr.for his service to the Silver State, and joins all those at the Nevada Athletic Commission in extending sincere appreciation for his dedication with best wishes for the future;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  do hereby recognize

 Raymond 'Skip' Avansino

 

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