COMMUNITY

First Ladies First
Dawn Gibbons was proud to be a part of First Ladies First, an afternoon conversation among the public with five former First Ladies of Nevada. Hosted by Women of Diversity Productions, the evening aimed to recognize women’s roles in Nevada’s history during the Sesquicentennial.

Along with Dawn, the first ladies speaking at the event included Kathryn List, Bonnie Bryan, Sandy Miller, and Dema Guinn.


Helping those who live with autism
Meeting with some of the many passionate leaders in southern Nevada that are dedicated to helping those living with autism – Shannon Crozier of the UNLV Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dr. Temple Grandin of Colorado State University, Jan Crandy of the Nevada State Autism Treatment Assistance Program and Lynda Tache of the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities.


What is the Circle of Red?
The Circle of Red is a passionate group of women committed to educating other women about the prevention of heart disease in a fun, heart-healthy way. Members have the influence and resources to significantly impact the community by providing a personal commitment to help find a cure for the number one killer of women.

grant a gift autism foundation

Grant a  Gift is a charity helping children on the Autism Spectrum and their families fight Autism through the Diagnostic, Support Service, and Community Outreach Connection…by providing direct scholarships, funding partnership projects with local service providers and other gifts of support.  Our goal is to assist in enhancing each child’s development while supporting the family unit and promoting a lifetime of inclusion in the community in hopes of improving each family’s quality of life.


Dawn has championed fundraising and public awareness for many important causes, including: autism, domestic violence, human trafficking, drug addiction, and the military. She helped propel the popular Crystal Darkness campaign worldwide and co-chairs the Organ Donor and Tissue Task Force at the University of Nevada Medical School..


Dawn Gibbons,  instrumental in propelling the Crystal Darkness Campaign – a Worldwide program to fight Methamphetamine

The Gift Of Life Donor Program was founded by Nevada First Lady Dawn Gibbons and former State Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa. She co-chairs the Organ Donor and Tissue Task Force at the University of Nevada Medical School as a result of her legislation in 2001.

DAWN MADE HISTORY… TWICE as the first and only state legislator to win a legislative seat and was named “Legislator of the Year” by the Nevada State Police and Protective Association. She twice changed the Nevada Constitution through petitions and voter approval: The Gibbons Tax Restraint Initiative, and the Education First initiative


1988-1989 Reno Business and Professional Woman of the Year Award; Sierra Bank Founding Board Member, 1992; Washoe County Airport Authority Board Trustee, 1993-1997; Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority Board Trustee, 1995-1996; Desert Research Foundation Board Trustee; Chairwoman, Children’s Cabinet; Committee to Aid Abused Women Board Member; American Red Cross Board Member; Founding Member of Northern Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence; Toastmasters; French Ambassador, Nevada Opera Association, 1991; March of Dimes Member; Who’s Who in Business;

Who’s Who of Women; Assemblywoman of the Year, 2001, Peace Officers’ Association of Nevada; 2002 Nevada Women’s Role Model Award by Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa; 2002 Honoree, Nevada Diabetes Association; 

2001 Honoree, Nevada Organ and Tissue Network; 1999 American Lung Association Honoree; Co-authored the constitutional enactment of the Gibbons Tax Restraint and Education First Initiatives; National Co-Chair, Youth Challenge-National Guard Youth Foundation:; Nevada Chairwoman, “I Keep Safe”; Spearheaded National/International campaign against Methamphetamine use called Crystal Darkness.; Honorary Chair Nevada Volunteers; Americorp honorary member; Gold Star of Honor Recipient from The Achievement Academy in Las Vegas 

October 2008; Founder and Co-Chair of Nevada’s Organ and Tissue Donation Task Force at the University of Nevada Medical School; F.A.S. T. Finding Autistic Solutions For Tomorrow Honoree October 2008; Humanitarian of the Year Award – Hispanic and Lupus Foundation June 2009; Nevada Women’s Lobby Hall of Fame legislative honoree November 2009; National Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free – Board Member; Westcare National Celebrity Advisory Council, Positively Kids – Board Member; Nevada Heart Association 2011-12 Fundraising Chair, Grant a Gift Foundation – Honorary Chair; 2012 Women to Watch VEGAS INC. magazine; 2012 Distinguished Women and Men in Nevada for the past 25 years – Distinguished Publishing.