Las Vegas Couple Supports Future of the Arts with Planned Giving

Krista and Rick Darnold

Krista and Rick Darnold

Krista and Rick Darnold started to focus on estate planning when they were just 35 and 45 years old. The Las Vegas couple made certain to include planned giving donations in this process.

“I have always been inspired by my parents,” explains Krista, adding that her parents were passionate community supporters in her hometown of Wichita.

Rick attributes his appreciation for the importance of community support to Boyd Gaming executives Bill Boyd and Don Snyder — also chairman of The Smith Center board — who he considers his mentors.

“I worked for Mr. Boyd for almost 30 years, and for Don Snyder during his time at Boyd Gaming,” says Rick, senior vice president for Boyd Gaming. “Giving back to the community was ingrained in our company, and I came to realize how important it was to support the community.”

It’s for these same reasons that Krista and Rick are pursuing planned giving with The Smith Center.

Planned giving — any charitable contribution that involves financial planning — is essential for nonprofits like The Smith Center to sustain operations far into the future.

People can pursue planned giving in many forms, including leaving donations in a will, or donating stock or real estate.

Individuals can plan for these gifts at any age, as demonstrated by the Darnolds.

For Rick and Krista, a Las Vegas native and a 17-year resident, respectively, pursuing planned giving with The Smith Center was an obvious choice.

“We want future generations to be influenced by the arts and culture The Smith Center delivers,” Krista says. “That’s why we are including The Smith Center in our estate plans.”

Supporting The Smith Center’s Future

Krista and Rick are excited to continue their support of The Smith Center to ensure the shows and programs they love will exist for future Southern Nevadans to enjoy.

“It’s such a beautiful facility that offers our community such a variety of entertainment and experiences, along with such amazing arts education programs,” says Krista, senior director of industry relations at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Krista is not only a former Smith Center employee, but also an advisor of the center’s Fanfare! affinity group. She also serves on the center’s President’s Advisory Council.

For Rick, The Smith Center has continued to introduce the couple to dazzling theater, music and dance shows.

Their favorites span musicals in the Broadway Las Vegas Series, Las Vegas headliners like Brody Dolyniuk and his Symphonic Rock Show, and even the PBS filming of Postmodern Jukebox in Myron’s Cabaret Jazz.

“The Smith Center exposes me to a lot of things I wouldn’t otherwise experience,” Rick says.

Joining the Encore Society

By contributing a planned gift, the Darnolds join the Encore Society at The Smith Center, which includes a variety of lifetime benefits.

Their planned gift also allows them to play a direct role in providing the arts to Southern Nevadans for many years to come.

“The Smith Center is a legacy project,” Krista says.

Learn More

To learn more about supporting The Smith Center with planned giving, contact The Encore Society at 702-749-2354 or


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