A $1,000 donation by First Independent Bank of Nevada will benefit the Jack C. Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College. Greg Nixon, vice president of First Independent, presented the donation to observatory director Robert Collier, Vice President of External Affairs Helaine Morres, and Western Nevada Astronomical Society president Mike Thomas at the observatory.
Nixon said, "First Independent Bank has always been a benefactor of higher education, and Jack C. Davis was one of the first business associates I met when I came to Nevada. He was also a friend and mentor to me. Furthermore, the dedication of the observatory staff and volunteers is exemplary, so the decision to support this arm of Western Nevada College was easy to make."
The funds will help support enhancements at the observatory, including a project to expand the viewing platform to accommodate more people at the Saturday night lecture and sky-viewing 'Star Parties'. The free events are widely attended. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with a lecture at 8 p.m., following by telescope viewing and tours of the observatory.
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