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Las Vegas (February 14th, 2020) –  The 11th annual Vintage & Vines, slated for April 22nd from 5:30-8:00PM at Red Rock Country Club, will feature a roaring 20’s theme bash & fundraiser with an added NFL tailgate twist! This event will raise much needed funds to sustain and scale up our programs and services aimed at helping children and their families, across Southern Nevada, cope with loss.

Among some of our amazing event partners this year are Jaguar Land Rover Las Vegas, Sierra Air Conditioning & Heating , Mark and Anne Wayman, and Windermere Prestige Properties. Guests attending Vintage & Vines will enjoy an amazing night of live dancing to the music of Naomi Mauro Band, while sipping fine wine and craft beers. They will also get to enjoy delicious cuisine and exciting entertainment, including a football theme tailgate party on the patio to coincide with the NFL draft happening that week on the Las Vegas Strip!  The evening will include a 1920’s attire costume contest and guests will get a chance to bid on fabulous items and experiences during our silent and live auctions. Our mistress of the ceremonies will be local media personality & Emmy Award winning broadcaster, Patranya Bhoolsuwan.

“Vintage and Vines is our only annual fundraiser in its 11th year. With the help of local businesses we will have new experiences this year to add to our food, wine and beer tastes fun!” said Adam’s Place founder, Kelly Thomas-Boyers  “They include contests for best costumes (male/female/couple!), psychic, fortune teller, patio tailgate etc. Our event will be memorable and something you won’t want to miss!”

Adams Place relies on community support to fund ongoing programs and new projects like “MUSIC U”, a collaboration with local musical mentors to give children a chance to expand their coping skills in a healthy way.  Our other services include Junior Camp Cope, Adult Parenting Skills Programs, In-School Camp Cope Programs, Quarterly Healthy Coping Workshops, Quarterly Family Connections Events, Spring Well Corporate Employee training and On-Site Support Group Facilitation, along with Motivational Guest Speaker Engagements.

Adam’s Place has been providing services in Southern Nevada for 11 years. We appreciate all the local support that makes our program and growth possible.

Vintage & Vines 2020 event sponsors include: UnitedHealthcare, Chef Rick Giffen (Food & Beverage Director with OYO Hotel & Casino), Red Rock Country Club, Born and Raised Bar, and Tony Goitia.

Tickets are $75 until February 15th, then they go up to $100. The event will be at Red Rock Country Club located at 2250 Red Springs Drive, Las Vegas NV 89135. 


Adam’s Place, a local non-profit, was founded in 2009 to fill a gap in community services for children, teens, and families coping with loss. Adam’s Place has provided services for over two thousands local children since its inception. Our programs include: Junior Camp Cope, Adult Parenting Skills Programs, In-School Camp Cope Programs, Music U Mentors, Quarterly Healthy Coping Workshops, Quarterly Family Connections Events, Spring Well Corporate Corporate Training, Guest Speakers and On-Site Support Group Facilitation and Training.

Peyton’s Story

Peyton's Story

Peyton and her brother

My name is Peyton and I am 14 years old. My story is sad but not unique. My father died suddenly when I was 9 years old and my entire world was turned upside down. I went from being a happy, popular child excelling in school, music, and sports, to a withdrawn, deeply sad child who could no longer focus on school or playing. Instead, I spent all my energy on trying to not cry and on trying to fit in with kids that I now felt I had nothing in common with. My home life went from that of an average child to constant stress, lack of stability and what seemed to be and unending stream of tears. I lost my dad that dreadful day, but I also lost the mom that I had known all my life. She was destroyed by his death and struggled to handle her own grief and all the new responsibilities of now being solely responsible for 2 small kids. She tried her best, but in the early days following his death, she simply could not be the support system my brother and I needed to deal with our grief.

I tried to turn to my friends but they alienated me because they didn’t know how to handle what I was going through. I also tried to turn to my teachers, but they were not trained in how to deal with children who have lost a parent and were no help at all in my grief journey. My grades dropped and I no longer found joy in any aspect of my life. My brother, who was 5 and in his first year of school, was being bullied for not having a dad. He was so little and vulnerable and turned to me for help but I was only 9 and didn’t know what to do. I cannot adequately describe how much my world changed that dreadful day and how incredibly distraught and overwhelmed I was during those months following.

Peyton's Story

Peyton, Rob and Alex Barsel

My mother knew how difficult my dad’s death was on us and put my brother and me into counseling within the first week. We saw a child psychologist for 5 months but our work with him did not help us much. Fortunately, my mother found an organization called Adam’s Place that helped me realize that I was not the only child who has gone through a profound loss. The three of us started attending meetings 6 weeks after he died. We went there every other week for 2 years (my brother for 3). The healing that comes from being able to share your sorrows with your peers and knowing that you have the support of other kids who understand your pain is immense. I learned coping skills and felt “normal” again by going to Adam’s Place. Having the support of my peers at Adam’s Place helped me tremendously and gave me the courage to eventually rejoin life.

After benefiting so much from Adam’s Place, I knew that I had to give back to my community (the community of kids who were grieving) and 3 years ago, I went through the facilitator training to become their first Youth Volunteer Facilitator. I have since been working with the 5-8 year olds every other Tuesday.


Anna’s Story

"This picture was taken at her dance recital last year. She is an amazing dancer and I love this picture of us." - Anna

Hello, my name is Anna and I would like to share my experience with Adam’s Place. My daughter Grace lost her father due to tragic circumstances during the summer of 2016. His sudden death was a shock to his family and friends. But for my 6 year old daughter, his death has impacted her life on a daily basis.

My daughter’s school counselor referred me to Adam’s Place after her father’s death. Upon meeting the founder Kelly, I felt confident with allowing my daughter to attend the bi-weekly meetings for her age group. Grace immediately felt a bond with the other children who shared their stories of losing a loved one. She has learned to share and talk about the loss of her father in a way that is comforting and normal in a group setting.

"This is one my favorite photos of Grace and her father. He surprised us and showed up for her first dance recital and made her so happy" - Grace's Mommy

The group is led by trained volunteers who give the children support through games or activities that promote dealing with feelings. Grace looks forward to talking and playing games with the other children in her group every other Tuesday.

The first birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Father or Mother’s Day, graduation, or dance recital after the loss of a parent is so hard for the child and surviving parent. I experienced all of these after the death of my daughter’s father, and Adam’s Place gave me support and the tools to handle the situations in a positive way for my daughter. Adam’s Place offers group meetings for the adults and that has been a life saver for me as a single working mom who has struggled with daily issues on my own. After the death, I felt anger, sadness, frustration, shock, and struggled with the mess her father left me to figure out and make right for our daughter. Adam’s Place gave me the support and resources to handle financial, legal, and emotional issues in a positive and effective way to benefit me and my daughter.

The gratitude I feel in my heart for Adam’s Place and the volunteers is endless and has changed the life of my daughter in a positive way. After a tragic situation, Adam’s Place has given my 7 year old daughter Grace a positive and happy place to learn how to heal from a great loss and just be happy child with a happy mommy. Please give Adam’s Place the opportunity to receive funding to continue the positive and generous work that is changing the lives of children. Thank you for your time and reading about my experience with Adam’s Place.