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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from June 03, 2013
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE


Señoras of Excellence Señores of Distinction Awards Gala

By Dr. Adele Zorn

The Señoras of Excellence and Señores of Distinction 2013 Awards Gala was held at Wynn’s Latour Ballroom. The magnificent formal Vintage event was co-hosted by Sandy Peltyn, Joe Ripolla and Honorary Chair, Governor Brian Sandoval.

2013 Honorees were:

Honorees: Señoras of Excellence Award: Eloiza B. Martinez, Retired: Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank and The Honorable Jackie Glass Retired: Eight Judicial Court.


Honoree Jackie Glass and husband District Attorney Steve Wolfson

Award Honoree Tony Gladney and wife at Cocktail Reception

Honorees: Señores of Distinction Award: Tony Gladney –Caesars Entertainment Vice President, National Diversity Relations and Dr. Neal Smatresk President, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)

Institute of Excellence Award: Health Care Partners of Nevada: Sherif W. Abdou, M.D.

International Señor of Distinction: Baseball Legend, Sammy Sosa

Special Recognition:LCDO Antonio Leano Reyes – Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, UAG School of Medicine

The Gala honored men and women who have contributed their time and effort for the betterment of the Latin community. The event benefitted: The Latin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund, The Puerto Rican Association Scholarship Fund, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), H.E.A.R.T. For Children with Autism and Nevada State College.


Entertainment at Gala

Sandy Peltyn (white gown) and guests at Cocktail Reception

Cocktail Reception

Acrobat in gold hanging from Chandelier at Cocktail Reception

This year’s Gala theme was Vintage and was amazing from start to finish. A red carpet of distinguished guests was hosted by: Judy Fleischman, Joey Alon and Angelica Maralason. Lavishly dressed guests at the Cocktail Reception were greeted by music and a vast and interesting Silent Auction. Guests enjoyed mingling and each guest had their picture taken, put in a frame and given to the guest as a gift.


Guests at Cocktail Reception with music on left in background

Guests at Cocktail Reception

Silent Auction at Cocktail Reception

Red Carpet Gown entrance and High School Orchestra onstage

As guests entered the Dining Ballroom they walked down a long red carpet. This red carpet was actually an elongated red train of a dress worn by a beautiful model. Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts young ladies lined each side of the red carpet and beautiful music was played onstage by the E.W. Clark High School Orchestra.

The Awards Ceremony M.C.’s were Pia Zadora and R.J. Peltyn.


Pia Zadora Awards M.C. at Podium

On right: R.J. Peltyn officiated as Awards Master of Ceremonies

Each Honoree was presented with their award onstage and gave a short speech before walking through military Honor Guards who raised their swords forming an arch for the Honoree to walk through. The Honor Guards were amazingly stalwart, as they stood motionless in a parallel row for quite some time as each Honoree was presented onstage and made their remarks before walking through the arched row of the colorful uniformed Honor Guards.


Honor Guards presenting Dr. Neal Smatresk

Honor Guards and UNLV students acknowledging Dr. Neal Smatresk

Dinner was served on tables with beautifully appointed linens and decorations.

Each charger plate had the names of the Honorees.

Below is the dinner menu by Chef James Benson:

Salad Caprese

Marinated Heirloom Tomato, Bufala Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Toasted Pinenuts, Balsamic Vinagrette,

Entrée

Petit filet of black cod an Petit Filet

Ruby red grapefruit salad mousseline potato brussel sprouts, sweet and sour cipolin onion

Dessert:

New age hazelnut napoleon

crunchy wafer on hazelnut dacquoise with chocolate mousse and mille fuille

Hand Crafted Breads & Roll - Baked at Wynn in Chef Villalle’s own French Bakery Fonte’ Coffees – Iced Tea – Forte’ Hot Teas


Dining table with Charger Plate Honoree Names

Sandy Peltyn at Podium

The Gala’s Entertainment was performed by: Abdiel and Yadiel Figueroa, Ellie Smith, Ms. Nevada Teen, America, Dallas Fueston, DJ Ricco, DJ CQuel, Angel Rivera, Ariel Sophia Nounna-Holton,

An eye-catching Program Book had beautiful definitions by Sandy Colon Peltyn who once again was responsible for this fantastic Gala.

Some parts of her definitions are:

A Señora Defined: A Señora is loyal to family and friends who expects no more from others than she’s willing to give; she is a woman who is confident in her beliefs, and yet is willing to listen to what others have to say.

A Señor Defined…A señor is a man we admire, a man who raises our spirits and never lets us down. He is a man who young men look up to and hope to someday emulate.

Feathered boas, hats and party shakers were provided to guests by costumed hostesses and the excellent DJ kept the merriment going as guests were dancing and having fun with their party favors.


Pia Zadora and son with Dr. Adele Zorn on dance floor

Seigfreid Fishbacher and Dr. Parvin Jacobs dancing

Guests having a grand time on the dance floor

Fun on the dance floor with Leonard Stone and wife (center)

But there was even more! An ‘After Party’ continued outside near the beautiful Bellagio Pool area. Eventually, the fun and glitzy evening that was enjoyed by all, ended. Accolades go to Sandy Peltyn and Joe Ripoli for co-hosting an exceptional Gala Event and for their relentless dedication to the Latin Community.


Sandy Peltyn (L) and guests at Señoras/ Señores Pre-Gala event

Barbara Lee and Bruce Woolen










Former NV Governor Bob Miller and wife Sandy



The Blumens on the dance floor

Fun wearing party favors on the dance floor



After Party - Red Carpet Photos


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