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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from July 07, 2014
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE



by Dr. Adele (Z.Z.) Zorn

What an incredible event was held by The Nevada Opera Theatre Guild at their 2ndannual “Vintage Vegas” event. The luncheon, reception and program was held at The Italian American Club. Denny Weddle (President of (NOTA) NV Opera Theatre Association) and Tony Sacca served as M.C.’s. Tony performed and showed some videos of his interviews with many well-known Las Vegas performers (i.e.: David Brenner). Founder of NOTA Eileen Hayes was the event Co-coordinator and Karen Scherer was the Chairwoman of an exceptional Silent Auction.

Joe Darro and Friends and Bill Fayne provided great music and accompaniment for performers.

President of Nevada Opera Theatre Association and Co-M.C. Denny Weddle wearing his uniform and medals (including Bronze Star) as Airforce Lieutenant Colonel (retired) and Councilman Stavros Anthony proclaiming the day as Nevada Opera Theatre Association Day

Nevada Opera Founder Eileen Hayes and Chairwoman, Karen Scherer

Honoree of the 2014 “Vintage Vegas” was Cindy Doumani, Showgirl, Dancer, Cowgirl, Las Vegas Humanitarian and Community Leader. Cindy told about her early days prior to becoming a Showgirl. She grew up on a ranch as a cowgirl who rode horses and also took dance classes. Cindy loved both, but being a dancer won out. However, she is now still very much an animal rights advocate.

Cindy’s experience as a dancer included being in Gypsy Rose Lee’s show and headlining as a Showgirl in Las Vegas at the Thunderbird. She told some fascinating stories of her experiences with many famous celebrities when she was a showgirl.

NOTA Honoree Cindy Doumani (center) with Tony Sacca and Denny Weddle

Cindy Doumaini as a Showgirl

Other awardees were: Beverly and Mike Mykisen – devoted opera patrons of
NOTA since 1986 and Karen Fallon, Virginia Schlipp for 10 years of service to NOTA

Mike and Beverly Mykisen (center)

Karen Fallon and Virginia Schilpp (L) Denny Weddle (R) Tony Sacca

NOTA Soloists performed: Sheronda McKee, Dr. Morton Hyson and Elaine Casale

Dr. Morton Hyson singing Aria of Drinking Song from Merry Wives of Windsor
Opera reaching a very low note as only he can.

The Hyson’s and The Werner’s (bearded is NV Opera singer Dr. Morton Hyson)

Special guests who attended were: Adam West (original Batman) and
Tempest Storm, Burlesque Queen, with Showgirl.

Other well-known performers attending were:

Clint Holmes (center) Karen and Tony Ruivivar (Society of Seven founder)

Las Vegas vintage singer Dondino and Z.Z. standing

Longtime LV Show Producer Dick Feeney on right. Pete Barbutti on left.
Each table centerpiece had framed pictures of vintage celebrities or vintage places.

An amazing amount of vintage and current Las Vegas Performers and Showgirls were in attendance and were recognized.
Some even performed such as: Pete Barbutti, Pia Zadora, Magnificent Mafalda and
Carmine Mandi as well as tribute artists: Elvis (Brad Collins), Dean Martin (Robert Ensler), Frank Sinatra (Doug Starks), Louis Armstrong (Anthony Brady) and others.

Brad Collins (Elvis) and Pia Zadora at silent auction table

Pia Zadora performing and Bill Fayne on keyboard

Magnificent Mafalda vintage Las Vegas Pianist with her hairdresser on left

Robert Ensler as Dean Martin with Z.Z.

Many public figures such as Senators Mark Manendo, David Parks, Ruben Kihuen,
Ray Ralston and Nevada Arts Advocates Angie Wallin and Randy Soard attended.

Senators are in black suits

Senator Mark Manendo with Showgirl

Peggy King (the late Sonny King’s wife) was Entertainment Director and responsible for many of the performers attending.
Peggy donated and conducted a live auction of an important limited edition Giclée artwork of a self portrait by Frank Sinatra.

Peggy King auctioning a limited edition Giclée Frank Sinatra self-portrait

Two of Las Vegas earliest residents were acknowledged. Don Hill, great saxophonist with
The Treniers, who is still playing at age 92. Don Hill moved to LV in 1947 and
Bernie Sindler who moved to LV in 1946.

Gloria and Don Hill (Treniers and longest Las Vegas resident) with entertainer Pete Barbutti.

Angelo Cassaro – President of the Italian American Club spoke onstage. He and wife Nancy were multiple winners of the many raffles that were drawn.
Will and Tarri Berber also won a Starbucks Coffee package.

Multiple raffle winners –Nancy and Angelo Cassero sipping his winning flask

Raffle winners – Will and Terri Berberich

The venue was packed to the hilt.

The Vegas Vintage program was quite long, but guests stayed on even after the program ended.
Many had not seen each other for so long and were delighted that they had this opportunity to mingle and take pictures.

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