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Nevada Wild Fest underway at the Rio

Daniel Gutierrez

Photo: Video by ktnv.com

Nevada Wild Fest underway at the Rio

CREATED Sep. 17, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- You've probably seen the advertisements on Channel 13 for the Nevada Wild Fest. It's a family-friendly carnival with rides, food and celebrities.

The event benefits the Lili Claire Foundation, which was founded by Keith Resnick. He named the foundation after his daughter. At just five months old, she lost her battle with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects growth and mental capability.

Since 2005, the Lili Claire Foundation has given local families the tools they need in order to cope.

It's all done free of charge, helping parents diagnose their kids with Williams Syndrome, autism and other genetic defects.

"The only way we're able to fund ourselves and keep our doors open is by doing large scale events like fundraisers, like the Nevada Wild Fest," said Resnick.

This year, the foundation is hoping to attract other non-profit organizations by helping them earn some extra cash.

Organizations just have to register before the event. Click here to register

Then when someone with their group buys a ticket (just make sure they have a joint fundraiser flyer), 50 percent of that particular ticket sale will go back to that organization.

"Over the past couple years, we've given tens of thousands of dollars back to Clark County schools, and we're now expanding the program. Anybody who wants to fundraise with their organization is welcome to call us. It's so easy," said Resnick.

Wild Fest is happening Sept. 20-22 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Admission is $10.

Several Action News anchors and reporters will be making appearances at the festival.

Sept. 20
3-7 p.m. Casey Smith and Mike Tsolinas

Sept. 21
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Beth Fisher and Micah Manalo
3-7 p.m. Steve Wolford and Tricia Kean

Sept. 22
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jessica Janner, Micah Manalo and Megan Telles
3-6 p.m. Bryan Scofield and Rikki Cheese

Click here for a full Wild Fest schedule

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