Group gets money for past event

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By David Giuliani

The North-South All-Star Games got $2,000 from the city recently to help with promoting this year’s competition.

The trouble: The games happened in July.

Organizers of the games, which are competitions between high school athletes from the north and south parts of the state, said they had requested money from the city Lodgers Tax Board a couple of times earlier this year. But they said the board didn’t act on their request.

The board received $200,000 in requests for help in promoting events, but it had only $35,000 to give.

“I don’t think anyone will dispute the value the games bring to the town,” Connie Trujillo, chairman of the North-South games, told the City Council recently.

Trujillo said the games had healthy reserves before this year’s games, but the event’s coffers are dwindling. He said the group needed the city money to help it continue until next year. Otherwise, he said, Las Vegas may not have the money to keep the games.  

“They (coaches association) did hold off awarding next year’s All-Star North-South Games,” Trujillo said, adding that Las Vegas will get the games if it wants them.

Trujillo was seeking the $2,000 from another pot of money under the control of the city administration.