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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from June 09, 2014
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE

Senoras of Excellence Senores of Distinction Awards Gala and Pre-Gala Party

By Dr. Adele Zorn

Pre-Gala Party

The Señoras of Excellence Señores of Distinction hosted a Pre-Party prior to their magnificent Awards Ball. This event gave guests an opportunity to meet, toast and congratulate the Honorees who would be presented at the Awards Ball Gala.

The Pre-Party was held at LVH and had very interesting catering. A woman chef made tortillas and filled them personally for each guest with many available choices. Other tables were delightfully designed and offered many choices.

Sandy and R.J. Peltyn

Sandy Peltyn and M.C.’s Pia Zadora and Joey Galon

Chef making individual choices for guests


Hosts of the event, Sandy and R.J. Peltyn called upon several guests and gave them awards for their support, sponsorship and cooperation for the success of The Señoras of Excellence Señores of Distinction 2014 Awards Gala.

Some of the recipients were:

Award to George Harris

Award to Chaz Green

Award to The Cashmans

George Harris
Maggie Arias Petrel
Judy Fleishman
Angelica Maralson
Karen Cashman
Jenny Rosado
Chaz Green
Joey Columbo

Entertainers - Miss Nevada, singer,
Ellie Smith and Dancers M&M

Although this was a Pre-Party, it was in itself a gala event. But, the big one was yet to come.

Senoras of Excellence Senores of Distinction Awards Gala

The Senoras of Excellence and Senores of Distinction 2014 Awards Gala was held at The Mirage Grand Ballroom. The magnificent formal event was co-hosted by Sandy Peltyn, Karen Cashman, Ellie Hirschfeld and Honorary Chair, Governor Brian Sandoval.

The Gala honors men and women who have excelled in their professional careers as well as having contributed to the enrichment of the community. The event benefitted: The Latin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund, The Puerto Rican Association Scholarship Fund, The UNLV Foundation, Nevada State College, Nevada Hospital Association, CAEO at UNLV, College of Southern Nevada, City Impact Center and H.E.A.R.T. for Children with Autism. More than 450 scholarships have been awarded since the inception of Senoras of Excellence Senores of Distinction Awards Gala events.

Scholarship Awardees

An eye-catching Program Book had beautiful definitions by Sandy Colon Peltyn.

Some parts of her definitions are:

A Señora Defined: A Senora 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 Senor 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.

This year’s Gala was amazing from start to finish. Starting with a red carpet of distinguished guests hosted by Judy Fleischman, Joey Alon and Angelica Maralason, lavishly dressed guests entered the outer ballroom to the Cocktail Reception. They were greeted by music and a vast and exquisite Silent Auction. Guests were having a great time mingling and each guest had their picture taken, put in a frame and given to the guest as a gift.

Governor Sandoval with Dr. Adele Zorn

Former NV Governor and U.S. Senator Richard Bryan and wife Bonnie

Laurie Travis, Dr. Adele and Annee Nounee

Sandy, Producer, Papote Varez, Elizabeth and Bandleader, Pierre Jovan

Cocktails were enjoyed as well as passed Hors D’oeuvres of Cold: Mushroom Polenta, Roasted Pepper Mascarpone Cheese, Smoked Salmon on a Thick Potato Chip with Sour Cream and Dill, Mini Chicken Salpicon Tacos. Hot: Antipasto Pizza - Artichokes, Sundried Tomato, Olive, Parmesan Cheese, Mini Short Rib Sope, Quesco, Fresco Crema, Avacado Coulis, Pork Camita Spring Rolls, Habaneor Salsa.

After the Cocktail Reception, guests entered the Dining Ballroom where beautiful
music was being played onstage by the orchestra of the E.W. Clark High School.

As well as eye candy on platforms
dispersed around the room.

The Awards Ceremony was conducted by M.C.’s: Fred Keeton and R.J. Peltyn

Prominent people introduced their individual honoree along with a video about them. Each Honoree was presented with their award onstage and gave a short speech before walking through parallel Marine Honor Guards who raised their swords forming an arch for the Honoree to walk through. The Marine Honor Guards were amazingly stalwart, as they stood motionless in a 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 Marine Honor Guards.

Honorees: Senoras of Excellence Award:

Phyllis A. James - Exec VP Special Counsel-Litigation,

Chief Diversity Officer, MGM Resorts International

Elizabeth Gallagher -Founder and CEO

Gallagher Group International

Elizabeth Gallagher on right- at Silent Auction Table

Honorees: Senores of Distinction Award:

Rossi Ralenkotter

President, CEO Las Vegas Convention and Vistor’s Authority

Honoree Rossi Ralenkotter

Peter Guzman: President and Owner Opa Group

Jack Weinstein: President and Owner Tower of Jewels

Jack Weinstein and Family

Vicki and Bryan Green at Jack Weinstein’s Table

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Parvin Modaber Jacobs, M.D.

Philanthropic Ambassador, Xseed

Dr. Parvin Modaber Jacobs

Honoree Dr.Parvin Jacobs

Waldo DeCastroverde: Attorney at Law

DeCastroverde Law Group

Corporation of Distinction: Nevada Energy

NV Energy gave an additional donation

And so did Caesars Entertainment

International Senor of Distinction: Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson receiving award

Honoree Mike Tyson

Dinner was served and each guest received a gift in beautifully appointed gold and rhinestone type packaging and another gift in a gold box.

The dinner menu by Chef Christian Schmydt:

Roasted Cauliflower Soup in a tear drop soup cup

Parmesan Crisp, Garlic Crouton

Spring Salad with Fresh Berries and Goat Cheese

White Balsamic Dressing


Grilled Beef Filet, Spring Onion Pesto

Roasted Baby Eggplant, Chili Peppers and Paprika

Mushroom Cardamon Basmati Rice


Amaretto Caramel Cheesecake

Amaretto Cream, Morello Cherry Gelee, Caramel Cheesecake, Butter Cookie Crust

The Gala’s Entertainment was performed by:

Rock Center for Dance

Abdiel and Yodiel Figueroa Dancers

Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts Dancers

Ellie Smith, Ms. NV Teen America - who gloriously sang the Star Spangled Banner

M & M (Michael Kessler and Melinda Jackson did an amazing tribute dance to Parvin Jacobs that tore the house down.

DJ’s – Ricco and CQuel and Dallas Fueston

and to top it all off - the Grammy Award winning R&B superstar group Boyz 11 Men performed.

Boyz II Men performing

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

But there was even more! An ‘After Party’ continued in the St. Croix Ballroom and eventually the fun and glitzy evening that was enjoyed by all ended. Once again as in years past, accolades go to Sandy Peltyn and her co-hosts for an exceptional Señoras of Excellence Señores of DistinctionGala event.

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