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Note: This is a past article from August 05, 2015
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE

The Señoras of Excellence Señores of Distinction
10th Anniversary Awards Gala
by Dr. Adele Zorn

Sandy Peltyn, Gala Chair and her Co- chairs

RJ Peltyn, M.C.

The 10th annual Señoras of Excellence and Señores of Distinction2015 Awards Gala was held at Wynn’s Latour Ballroom. The magnificent black tie event was co-hosted by Sandy Peltyn, Fred Keeton, Daren Cashman, Ellie Hirschfeld and Honorary Chair, Governor Brian Sandoval.

Honoree Angelica Quiroz-Maralason and husband

Senoras of Excellence, Tina Quigley at podium

Senores of Distinction, K. Warren Volker, M.D., PhD.

This year the Gala Honorees were:

Honorees of the Senoras of Excellence Award:
Angelica Quiroz- Maralason - Public Information/Special Event, Southern Nevada Water Authority- Spring Preserve
Tina Quigley – General Manager Regional Transportation Commission So. NV.

Honorees of the Senores of Distinction Award:
K. Warren Volker, M.D. PhD. – CEO of WellHealth Quality Care
Bart Patterson – President of Nevada State College

Honoree for Lifetime Achievement Award:
Nancy Houssels – Co-Founder, Nevada Ballet theatre – Founder of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

Corporation of Excellence:
Cirque Du Soleil, Diamond Award

Corporation of Distinction:
MGM Resorts International, Gold Award

Humanitarian of the Year:
Wayne Newton – Entertainer, “Mr. Las Vegas”

Senores of Distinction, Bart Patterson

Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree - Nancy Houssels

MGM VP, Tony Gladney (center) with his MGM staff Honored as Corporation of Distinction

Honoree Wayne Newton talking about education with a group of students

The event honored men and women who have contributed their time and effort for the betterment of the community. An amazing amount of large contributions were given for education by organizations that were honored and others.

Tony Gladney, Vice President, MGM donates MGM check to Gala

Dr. Adele Zorn with Humanitarian Honoree Wayne Newton and wife Kathleen

The event benefitted: The UNLV Foundation, College of Southern Nevada, CAEO at UNLV, Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization, Puerto Rican Association Scholarship Fund, Nevada State College, Nevada Hospital Association, City Impact Center, H.E.A.R.T. for children with AUTISM and the Latin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund.

This year’s Gala was amazing from start to finish. A red carpet of distinguished guests was hosted by Popote Varez . Lavishly dressed guests at the Cocktail Reception were greeted by music, fun characters, 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.

Fun character at cocktail reception



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 Sandy and R.J. Peltyn and Fred Keeton.

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.

Dinner was served on tables with elaborately appointed linens and decorations with the 10th Anniversary Menu specially prepared by Chef James Benson and Special Events Culinary Team.

Bouquet of baby lettuces with apple chip, cranberry, goat cheese ricotta mousse, candied hazelnuts and acacia honey vinaigrette
Pink Grapefruit Sorbet with a “Splash” of Segura Viudas Champagne
Petit filet of black Cod and braised Beef Shortrib
Potato mousseline, sautéed shishito peppers, honshimeji mushrooms,
aji Amarillo sauce
10th Anniversary Sphere, milk chocolate mousse, molton warms chocolate sauce.
Hand Crafted Breads & Roll - Baked at Wynn in Chef Johann’s own French Bakery Fonte’ Coffees – Iced Tea – Forte’ Hot Teas

Miss Nevada America Ellie Smith singing ‘God Bless America’ with E.W. Clark High School Orchestra

Artist, Jean Francois, painting of Wayne Newton

Cirque du Soleil Performance

The Gala’s Entertainment was ongoing and excellent by:
Ellie Smith, Miss Nevada America who sang “God Bless America”superbly; Dance acts by Fern Adair Conservatory of the Arts; Jean Francois, Artist who in a matter of minutes painted a large portrait of Wayne Newton and, the ‘piece de resistance’ was a magnificent Cirque Du Soleil performance.

An eye- catching program book had wonderful definitions by Sandy Colon Peltyn who once again was the chair for this fantastic Gala. Some parts of her definitions are:

A Senora 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 Senior 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.

After Award ceremonies and Dinner, 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. Eventually, the fun and glitzy evening that was enjoyed by all, ended.


Guests with Ellie Hirschfeld co-host on right

Prior to the date of the Gala, Sandy Peltyn, Fred Keeton, Karen Cashman and Ellie Hirschfeld held a Pre-Awards Gala Cocktail VIP Press Party to recognize the very important and deserving honorees. This in itself was both inspirational and a most festive celebration.




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