23rd ANNUAL LAS VEGAS OLD-TIME REUNION PARTY
Dr. Adele Zorn
The Old Time Reunion Party has
been a tradition worth keeping and this year’s celebration was the annual 23rd
Old-Time Reunion Party. It’s hard to realize that 23
years have passed since the first Old-Time Reunion Party. This great idea took
hold twenty-three years ago when a group of long-time Las Vegans would get
together for breakfast at Bagel Mania and decided it would be great to share
their kind of nostalgia with others who had lived in Las Vegas for at least 30
years. This started the annual party that grew and grew each year. We must never forget the founders,
unfortunately all gone, and their legacy of the annual Old-Time Reunion
Parties. They are: Thalia Dondaro, Claudine Williams, Art Lurie, Davey and Lou
Pearl, Ken Johann, Abe Fox, Ruth Deskin, Jack
Kogan and Paul Endy.
Fred Dumaini Jr. with wife and friends
Randy Soard on left with Ron Dumaini, wife and friend
The first Old-Time Reunion
Party was held with 500 people attending. The event was not even
advertised, but somehow the word got out, and each year, the gathering got
bigger and bigger. The first Old-Time Reunion Party was held at ARIZONA
CHARLIES. Then, for awhile it was held at THE STARDUST. Since the demise of
the Stardust the event has been held at THE ORLEANS. I don’t know how many guests were at this year’s
event, but the ORLEANS Mardi Gras Ballroom was packed to the hilt. Guests pay
$55 to attend which includes dinner, entertainment, and two drinks.
Standing - Mike Schaefer Seated - Janet Barnbrook, Adriana Martinez and Robin
John Pacheco and friends
NV friends having a great time with Susan Houston wearing kooky hat
The annual Old Time Reunion
celebration now includes newer than 30 year residents of Las Vegas. The event
brings about nostalgia and camaraderie for Las Vegas movers and shakers and
everyday people by the fact that they live here and realize how wonderful this
town. Many long-time residents and
those who are Las Vegas natives have experienced living in an atmosphere of
Las Vegas as a small town, where everyone knew one another. They had witnessed
the phenomenal growth of Las Vegas becoming a big city metropolis and bemoan
the fact that now most neighbors do not seem to even
know each other. Although the town has grown so much, and many long-
time Las Vegans complain about the growth, celebrants have so much fun and
excitement in seeing one another and reminiscing.
Rollie Givvs, Naomi Givvs, and Laura Ungaro
Rochelle Hornsby and friends with Monte Rock wearing hat with Debbie Gold
Amy and Danny Tarkanian
The 23nd Annual Old-Time Reunion Party started as guests
mingled and enjoyed meeting each other.
I spoke to many who were here for the first
time and were having a great time.
This year upon signing names on cards to be worn, a flashing colorful
Las Vegas magnetic light saying Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas was given to be
worn by each guest. Among the guests seen mingling were: Richard Bryan, Linda
Givens (lives in Las Vegas since 1958), Laura Ungaro, Mark and Gloria Fine, Rollie and Naomi Givvs, Dr.
Lonnie and Sandy Hammargren, Debbie Gold, Pamela
and Bert Brown, Jim Marsh, Robin Munier, Susan
Houston, Adelle and Ray Eicher and Amy and Danny Tarkanian.
Chairperson of the event,
Kevin Buckley was unable to attend and Co-Chair Julie Gilday-Shaffer welcomed all to the event
Co-chair of event - Julie Gilday-Shaffer welcoming guests
Former Las Vegas Governor and NV State Senator Richard Bryan and Friends
Cindy Doumani standing behind Mickey Silver and Ken Baker
Dinner and entertainment
Orleans Salad: A delicate blend of Butter Leaf, Spinach
Leaf and Red Leaf Lettuce with Dried Cranberries, Candied Walnuts and Crumbled
Bleu Cheese with a Champagne Vinaigrette.
Entrée: Filet Mignon
with Pinot Noir Sauce and Grilled Salmon, Chef’s Selection of Fresh Vegetables
and Scalloped Potatoes Napoleon – Rolls and Butter
Dessert: Triple Mousse
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffinated Coffee, Tea or Iced Tea
Videos that were part of Las
Vegas’ heritage of long-gone hotels, historical places and events were
continuously screened on the walls such as:
’s - First Entrance
FIRST POST OFFICE - 1915 on the GOLDEN NUGGET
CLUB BINGO - 1947 – became the SAHARA in
SAHARA – closed May 16, 2011 now open as SLS.
HELDORADO DAYS - 1951
DUNES, RIVIERA, AND TROPICANA – 1955-57
CASTAWAYS – 1963 became THE MIRAGE
CIRCUS CIRCUS -
SILVERBIRD 1977 – became El RANCHO
SILVER SLIPPER 1950 – 1988
The Michael T Band
with vocalist Elisa Fiorillo played
throughout the evening.
Michael T Band with vocalist Elisa Fiorillo
Former NV Senator and Governor Richard Bryan with Dr. Adele Zorn
I was so busy running around
mingling and taking pictures, that I was unable to spend time getting some
interesting stories that were being told.
However, one was from Naomi Little Givvs
who was the original Miss Rodeo 1954.
Her husband Rollie Givvs original Mormon family moved to Las Vegas in 1840.
Some of the other guests
enjoying the party were:
Barbara Cegavske (NV Secretary of State) and friends
Dr. Lonnie Hammargren on (Left) and wife Sandy Hammargren on (Right)
Susan Shlisky hugging husband Matt and friends
Beverly and Mike Mykissen, Cindy Doumani,
Cindy’s sons Fred Doumani Jr. and wife and Ron
Doumani and wife, Dondino and wife Donna, Rochelle Hornsby, Ed and Carol
Lee Swindle, Tony and Karen Ruviviar, Sonya Ross,
Don Kemp, Sam Lieberman, Barbara Cegavske (NV
Secretary of State), Susan and Ronald Shlisky
(Susan and I had performed in shows together in the past) Jim Marsh, Fran
Nelson, Cindy Joseph, John Pacheco, Dr. Lonnie and Sandy Hammargren, Bert and Deanne Brown and so many other
wonderful guests too many to name.
Mickey Silver, Ken and Marilyn Baker and Kat Ray
Denny Weddle between Karen and Tony Ruivivar (Society of Seven founder)
Everyone enjoyed this annual
event and said they will be looking forward to the next annual Old-Time