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Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust donates 70-acre ranch valued at nearly $9 million to Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada 

Donation is Largest Single Private Gift in Girl Scout History

LAS VEGAS, NV (Dec 18, 2018) – Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada CEO, Kimberly Trueba, announced today that the Las Vegas based Girl Scout council received a property and land gift valued at nearly $9 million. The gift marks the largest single private donation in the history of the girl-focused leadership development organization.   

The Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust, named for the late Las Vegas philanthropists Charlie and Phyllis Frias, donated personal property and acreage in rural Lincoln County, Nevada located 90 miles north of Las Vegas. Included in the donation: A Cowboy’s Dream Bed and Breakfast, Windmill Ridge Restaurant and Lodging, and undeveloped acreage all totaling nearly 70 acres.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, Southern Nevada Girl Scouts, and the thousands of local Girl Scout volunteers and alumnae, I share their infinite gratitude for this transformational gift,” said Kimberly Trueba, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada CEO. “This gift will allow us to be a champion for girls and continue the legacy of Phyllis and Charlie Frias. Generations of Girl Scouts will know their story, feel their frontier spirit, and be empowered to make our community and our world a better place. This gift was made possible thanks to visionaries like Phyllis and Charlie and the trustees of The Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust, John H. Mowbray and Jack Hanifan.”

In early 2019, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada will begin a study of potential uses of the land gift that will best address the needs of today’s campers.  

The gift announcement was made during a special presentation held today at the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada council office, located in the central Las Vegas valley. The ceremony included special remarks by Kimberly Trueba and John Mowbray and included local Girl Scout representatives from each of the six levels of Girl Scouting. 

“As the trustees of The Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust, Jack Hanifan and I are pleased to announce an inaugural $9 million distribution to the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada,” said John H. Mowbray, co-trustee of The Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust and Attorney at Law at Spencer Fane, LLC. “During an extensive discernment process conducted over the past year, the trustees determined that no program has a better history of service to the girls in Southern Nevada than its inaugural recipient. While Phyllis and Charlie’s philanthropic focus during their lifetimes benefited the youth in Clark and Lincoln counties, this inaugural distribution will be expanded to include girls in Nye and Esmeralda counties as well.

About Charlie and Phyllis Frias

Charlie and Phyllis Frias did not have any children. During their lifetimes, Charlie and Phyllis were actively engaged as philanthropists in Southern Nevada, supporting children, education and the less fortunate members of society. After Phyllis passed away on October 31, 2016, the Charles and Phyllis M. Frias Charitable Trust was established to continue their legacy of giving to the community they so cherished.

About Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada

Founded on April 14, 1932 in Boulder City, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. GSSNV focuses on four key pillars: STEAM, Outdoor Experiences, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship. GSSNV serves the four Southern-most counties in Nevada: Clark, Lincoln, Nye, & Esmeralda, as well as the Southern California counties of Inyo and San Bernardino (eastern border) and has 4,300 girl and adult members.


Aimee Romero

Chief Communications Officer



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