Nonprofit recalls Kerkorian’s generosity By John L. Smith, Las Vegas Review-Journal June 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm Gratitude never goes out of style. Officials at Nevada Partners, Inc. are taking time this week to pay tribute to the quiet generosity of the late casino developer Kirk Kerkorian, who died Monday in Los Angeles at age 98. Nevada Partners, a nonprofit job training program, was created following the civil unrest in the wake of the 1992 Rodney King verdict. It found a major benefactor in the lion of the MGM Grand. “We are so grateful to Mr. Kerkorian for his significant contribution to our organization,” Nevada Partners President and CEO Monica Ford said in a news release. With Kerkorian’s backing, she said, the program has trained many locals for the workforce and has administered more than $20 million in educational services. “His legacy will live on as we continue to steadily expand our programming in response to community needs,” Ford said. Nevada Partners serves approximately 1,200 residents a year with 75 percent finding work following their training. The nonprofit has been recognized by the White House as a model for programs of its kind.