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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from June 07, 2016
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE

Senoras of Excellence Senores of Distinction Awards Gala

By Dr. Adele Zorn

Event Chair - Sandy Peltyn and guest

Gala Chair Sandy Peltyn,Co-Chairs Ellie Hirschfeld, Karen Cashman, Fred Keeton

The Senoras of Excellence and Senores of Distinction 2016 Awards Gala was held at Wynn’s Latour Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. The magnificent formal event was chaired by Sandy Peltyn and co-hosted by Fred Keeton, Karen Cashman, Ellie Hirschfeld and Honorary Chair, Governor Brian Sandoval.

2016 Honorees were:

Honorees: Senoras of Excellence Award: Elaine Sanchez
Community Philanthropist

Honorees: Senores of Distinction Award:
Senator Richard H. Bryan

Honoree Richard Bryan

Honoree - Former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan and Dr. Adele Zorn

Honoree Award

Michael J. Brown
President, Barrick Gold USA

Corporation of Excellence
WellHealth Quality Care

One of the Honoree Presentation walkways

Honoree Award

Humanitarian of the Year
Diana Bennett
CEO, Paragon Gaming

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Jan Jones Blackhurst
Executive Vice President, Government Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment

Honoree Jan Jones Blackhurst and husband

Honoree Roy Horn (of Siegfried & Roy)

Honorees Siegfried & Roy

Special Salute to Living Legends
Siegfried & Roy

All Honorees were applauded and appreciated. It was especially heartwarming to see Siegfried and Roy with Roy standing and speaking.

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, Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization.
Many monetary donation checks were given onstage to benefit these organizations.

One of the many monetary donations given

Entertainment at reception

Quite a delicious dish at reception

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

Some of the many silent auction items

Cindy Dumani at Silent Auction in front of her silent auction donation

Guests at reception in front of silent auction items

As guests entered the Dining Ballroom they experienced beautiful music being played onstage by the orchestra of the E.W. Clark High School. They walked in on a red carpet that was actually an elongated red train of the red gown worn by a beautiful model.

E.W. Clark High School Orchestra

County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and guests

Joel Bergman and wife Valentina

The Awards Ceremony M.C.’s were: Fred Keeton, R.J. Peltyn and Tony Sanchez. Each Honoree was introduced along with a video about them and presented with their award onstage. They each 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.

Event M.C. - R.J. Peltyn (second from right) with guests

R.J. Peltyn at podium

Guests - Joe Cortez (boxing referee) and wife

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

The Dinner menu was specially prepared by Chef James Benson:
Bouquet of spring lettuces, root vegetable chips, herbed lavosh. Limoncello
and aged balsamic

Ruby red grapefruit sorbetto with spring blossoms and Champagne

Roasted petit filet with fine herbs and tomato compote,
potato gallette and red wine sauce, jumbo shrimp scampi, creamed spinach

Milk chocolate mousse and caramel peanut crunchy “donut”

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

An eye- catching Program Book for each guest had inspiring definitions by Sandy Colon Peltyn who chaired this fantastic Gala. In addition, each guest received a gift in a beautiful gift bag.

Morgan and Karen Cashman with guest

Andrew and Janet Blumen

Chaz Green with Dr. Adele Zorn at reception

Some parts of Sandy’s 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. A man who bases his life on principles and is willing to sacrifice something today for future generations without any expectations of Thanks.

Guests with Randy Soard on right

Guests - Bryan and Vicky Green


So much was going on. There was a very successful live auction. Excellent Entertainment was provide and enjoyed by all. Feathered boas, hats and party shakers were given to guests by costumed hostesses and the excellent DJ kept the merriment going as guests were dancing and having fun with their party favors. An ‘After Party’ continued and eventually, the fun and successful evening that was enjoyed by all, ended.

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