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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from November 02, 2015
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE


20th ANNUAL LAS VEGANS OLD-TIME REUNION PARTY

by Dr. Adele Zorn

This year was a special event as it was the 20th Old-Time Reunion Party. It’s hard to realize that 20 years have passed since the first Old-Time Reunion Party. This great idea took hold twenty years ago when a group of long-time Las Vegans would get together for breakfast at Bagel Mania. Thalia Dondero, Claudine Williams, Ron and Art Lurie, Davey and Lou Pearl, Ken Johann, Abe Fox, Ruthe Deskin, Jack Kogan and Paul Endy had so much fun talking about old times, they decided it would be great to share this kind of nostalgia with others who had lived in Las Vegas for at least 30 years. Unfortunately, many of the founders are gone, but they left a legacy that has become an annual celebration. The first Old-Time Reunion Party was held at ARIZONA CHARLIES with 500 people attending. The event is 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 event, but the ORLEANS GRAND BALLROOM was packed to the hilt. Guests pay $45 to attend which includes dinner, entertainment, and two drinks.

The 20th annual celebration for Las Vegas residents who have lived here 30 years or more brought about nostalgia and camaraderie for Las Vegas movers and shakers and everyday people by the fact that they have been here long enough to realize how wonderful this town is (or was). Long-time residents had experienced living in an atmosphere of 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 neighbors do not seem to even know each other. Although the town has grown so much, and most long-time Las Vegans complain about the growth, celebrants had so much fun and excitement in seeing one another and reminiscing.


Seated at center - Thalia Dondero

Chairman OTP Kevin Buckley (r) with Richard and Bonnie Bryan

Chairman of OTParty Kevin Buckley’s sisters


The 20th Annual Old-Time Reunion Party started with a Cocktail Reception in the outer ballroom with a combo playing music while old friends were able to greet and enjoy meeting each other. Among the guests were original founders Thalia Dondaro and Ken Johann and current Chairman of the event, Kevin Buckley. Seen mingling were: Former Senator Richard Bryan and wife Bonnie, Peter Anthony, Denny Weddle, Angie Wallin, Julie Gilday Shaffer, Tony Sacca, Nelson Sardelli, Rosita Kanes, Susan Houston and Lou Toomin. Some others were: Dr. Lonnie and Sandy Hammargren , Senator Mark Manendo, Former Judge Bill Jansen and wife, Nora, Barbara Cegavske, Jim Marsh and Bob Anderson.


Angie Wallin, Tony Sacca, Josette,
Karen and Tony (Society of 7) - see video on wall

Nelson Sardelli, Josette and Tony Sacca

Jim Marsh and Bob Anderson

After the Cocktail Reception, guests entered the Mardi Gras Ballroom for dinner and entertainment. During the evening Videos that were part of Las Vegas’ heritage of long-gone hotels, historical places and events were screened on the walls such as:
McCarren AIRPORT’s - First Entrance
FIRST POST OFFICE - 1915 on the GOLDEN NUGGET site
CLUB BINGO - 1947 – became the SAHARA in 1952
SAHARA – closed May 16, 2011 now opened as SLS.
HELDORADO DAYS - 1951
DUNES, RIVIERA, AND TROPICANA – 1955- 57
CASTAWAYS – 1963 became THE MIRAGE
CIRCUS CIRCUS - 1968
SILVERBIRD 1977 – became El RANCHO
SILVER SLIPPER 1950 – 1988


Musical Combo played during Cocktail Reception

Bob Anderson performing with Michael T orchestra

Bob Anderson and Dr. Adele Zorn (Z.Z.)

The Michael T Band with vocalist Corrie Sachs played throughout the evening. A special surprise was the great impressionist/singer Bob Anderson who certainly has been a longtime resident except for the time he was entertaining elsewhere. Bob Anderson has been the star of Frank The Man The Music at The Palazzo all year and he was at home with so many in the audience. Michael T introduced entertainment by Bob Anderson who sang in his own special way many of the tunes that the audience knew and loved.


Cindy Doumani's Sons and Wives

Dondino and wife Donna with Ed and Carol Lee Swindell.

Guests with red-haired Tempest Storm - see background of old time videos that were played around walls

Dinner was served:
Dinner menu: 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 Chicken Breast, Chef’s Selection of Fresh Vegetables and Scalloped Potatoes Napoleon – Rolls and Butter
Dessert: New York Cheesecake with a Fresh Berry Coulis


Former Congressmand James Bilbray and family

Former Senator Richard Bryan & wife, Bonnie (left and right) Annee Nouna and Lynette Chappell (center)

Joni Sailon and Cindy Doumani

Some of the guests enjoying the party were:
Beverly and Mike Mykissen, John O’Reilly, William Boyd, Cindy Doumani, Cindy’s sons Ron and Freddy Jr and their wives, Fred Doumani, Joni Sailon. Dondino and wife Donna, Annee, Araiella and Clare Nouna, Maureen Kane, Ginger Magelby, Rochelle Hornsby, Sheryl Leeland, Tempest Storm, Ed and Carol Lee Swindell, Virginia Valentine, Ron and Iris Parraguire, Janey Resnick, Tony and Karen Ruviviar, Honor Lia Roberts, Lynette Chappel, Bob Goodman, Eileen Hayes, Mel and Marilyn Larson, George Levine, Lena and Ken Walther, Helen Mortensen, Phyllis Swartz and Sonya Ross.


Guests

Guests - and see an oldtime video on wall

Guests

Everyone enjoyed this annual event and said they will be looking forward to the next annual Old-Time Reunion Party.


Guests - M&M Dancers

Guests

Guests


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