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UNLV coach set to host the first event for the Dave Rice Foundation

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Coaches Dave Rice and Heath Schroyer talk during practice before their second round NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at The Pit in Albuquerque. The Runnin’ Rebels will take on Pac 12 champions Colorado on Thursday.

The inaugural event for the Dave Rice Foundation is one day away, with the UNLV basketball coach set to host “An Evening with Dave Rice” at the Palms on Friday night.

The event, which includes a VIP cocktail reception, silent auction and the presentation of a community-service award, will benefit the Dave Rice Foundation and the UNLV Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. UNLV assistant and former player Stacey Augmon will serve as an honorary chairman and special guests include former Nevada Governor Bob Miller, among others.

Rice announced the formation of his foundation in February. While it will reach out to several different causes, the first focus is on autism, which is close to Dave and his wife, Mindy. Their youngest son, Dylan, has autism. Assistant coach Heath Schroyer and the foundation’s vice chairman, D.J. Allen, also have children with autism.

In addition to raising funds for autism research, the goal, Mindy said in February, is to help provide a road map for families who have children with autism.

Only a few individual tickets remain for the event, which will welcome more than 400 people, but donations can be made at davericefoundation.org.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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