Mondays Dark

Mondays Dark? What does that mean? Well, it has nothing to do with the weather! In a city known for its world class entertainment, "dark days" are slow days, or days off, for local entertainers; usually a Monday. If you're a Las Vegan who loves affordable entertainment AND supporting a charitable cause, let us shed some light on Mondays Dark. Mark Shunock, formerly known for his singing performance as Lonny in the ‘Rock of Ages’ show, is the creator and host of Mondays Dark. Mondays Dark began three years ago, with the intention of allowing entertainers to give back to the Las Vegas community. Twice a month, Mark partners with local charities, and enlists an eclectic cast of performers,...


3 Degree Guarantee!

We all know that during Vegas Summer days you could fry an egg on a sidewalk, but our city’s weather also ranges from 90 mph winds, to stormy rains causing flash floods, to scorching triple digit heat, to 8 inches of snow covering the valley. Being a meteorologist in Las Vegas is no easy feat. Luckily for The Cupcake Girls, and all the other amazing non profit organizations that reside in Las Vegas, we have Kevin Janison on our side predicting our weather reports. During the evening weekday broadcasts, Kevin Janison, NBC’s meteorologist for Channel 3 News, predicts the next day's temperature. Every time he is within 3 degrees, Channel 3 along with one of their partners donates $100 to a...


Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This day of remembrance and awareness began in 2003, and The Cupcake Girls want to reaffirm our commitment and support to the sex work community. On Saturday, we will remember those who have lost their lives, or faced trauma at the hands of violent perpetrators. Every life lost, hurt, and threatened is valuable to us, and we stand in solidarity with organizations who are working to end these tragedies. Some facts about violence about sex workers: 45-75% of sex workers globally will experience violent encounters Statistics range from country to country, but 30-80% of these assaults are committed by police officers. This...


2016 Holiday Resource List

We understand that the holiday season is not always a time of joy and celebration for many reasons. Added expenses and expectations can cause feelings of stress, anxiety and and hopelessness. If you are in need of assistance this holiday season, we have compiled a list of resources in Portland, OR and Las Vegas, NV that you may be able to access. Each organization has their own deadlines and criteria, but we hope to make it easier for you to find the assistance you need. As always, if you work in the sex industry and need support or resources, please don’t hesitate to contact us. While we don’t have any holiday specific resources, we can go through our process with you to meet other...


Domestic Violence Awareness Day - October 20th

Domestic violence is pervasive and insidious in our society. While typically associated with physical violence (and statistics show that 15% of all violent crime is domestic violence), this abuse can come in other forms, including psychological, sexual, and financial abuse. Psychological abuse involves trauma to the victim caused by verbal abuse, acts, threats of acts, or coercive tactics. (1) Perpetrators who are physically violent toward their intimate partners are often sexually abusive as well. Victims who are both physically and sexually abused are more likely to be injured or killed than victims who experience one form of abuse. (2) Financial abuse limits access to shared or...


World Suicide Prevention Day - September 10th

September is known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that affect people when they are most vulnerable. You can learn more about spreading awareness at the NAMI website. September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and focuses on raising awareness and helping those with suicidal ideation get connected to treatment...


Summer Self-Care & Wellness Day

For some people, summer is the time for beach vacations, sightseeing, swimming, and BBQs. For others, however, the summer can be a stressful time - kids are home from school and it’s challenging to find events to keep them busy and happy for 3 months. Work can be slow for many industries in the summer months, and the heat itself can be dangerous and stressful for everyone. We rarely make time for self-care in our busy lives, but it's truly essential for having a full and well-rounded life. In the event that you are a primary caregiver (especially to children or elderly adults), if you aren’t taking care of your own needs, you have nothing left to provide to others. It’s essential to...


AVN: Caring for Entertainers at the "Porn Show"

Every January, AVN hosts the largest adult entertainment expo in the world in Las Vegas, NV, attended this year by more than 500 entertainers, 30,000 fans...and 49 staff and volunteers from The Cupcake Girls. While the entertainers are in town to focus on building their business, we’re there for the opportunity to care for them. Now in our fifth year hosting an entertainers-only relaxation suite, we were thrilled this year to offer more than 350 clients compassionate, agenda-less care. Our spa professionals traveled from all over the country to provide hair and makeup services, and this year we added a fresh smoothie bar, provided thousands of snacks and cups of coffee, and hosted a...


2015 Thanksgiving Resources

ccccccccccc In the Las Vegas area: The Convoy of Hope Event, providing free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, meals and much more: Saturday, November 21st, gates open at 10:00 AM. 3900 E. Bonanza Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89110.  http://hopelasvegas.org The Salvation Army provides meals and food baskets for Thanksgiving. For more information, contact: The Salvation Army Family Services, 1581 N. Main Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 (702) 649-8240. North Las Vegas - 651-9550. Henderson- 565-9578. http://www.salvationarmysouthernnevada.org/ BlessFest, providing a warm Thanksgiving meal, shower, clothing, blankets, haircuts, medical and dental services and much more....


Beyond the Bright Lights of Las Vegas

As a Las Vegas native, I grew up surrounded by the sights and sounds of the sex industry. With about 30 strip clubs operating within Las Vegas, and escort services advertised everywhere, I was certain I knew more than the average person about the business. However, I’ve since learned that what I “knew” was based on false assumptions, while turning a blind eye to the need for compassion and support in the adult entertainment community. I feel so fortunate to be able to give back to my city and spread love with The Cupcake Girls. After volunteering on a few different teams, I recently accepted the role of Client Outreach Specialist, which allows me to volunteer my time for our monthly...