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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from July 12, 2017
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE

Senoras of Excellence Senores of Distinction Awards Gala

By Dr. Adele Zorn

The Senoras of Excellence and Senores of Distinction 2017Awards Gala was held in Wynn’s Latour Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. This was an outstanding event and was chaired by Sandy Peltyn, Fred Keeton, Karen Cashman, Ellie Hirschfeld, Elaine Sanchez 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.

2017 Honorees were:

Honorees: Senoras of Excellence Award
Dr. Barbara Atkinson, UNLV School of Medicine

Dr. Barbara Atkinson - Senora of Excellence Honoree

Yolanda T. King - Senora of Excellence Honoree

Yolanda T. King, Clark County, Nevada County Manager

Honoree: Senor of Distinction Award
Brad Friedmutter, Friedmutter Group

Brad Friedmutter - Senor of Distinction honoree

Lifetime Achievement Award -Governor Bob Miller with Sandy Miller

Julie Murray - Humanitarian of the Year Honoree

Honoree: Lifetime Achievement Award
Honorable Governor Bob Miller

Honoree: Humanitarian of the Year Award
Julie Murray, Moonridge Group

Honoree: Corporation of Excellence
Las Vegas Sands

Honoree: Corporation of Distinction
Encore Productions

Sandy Peltyn accepting the many Corporate Donations

The event benefitted: The Latin Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund, The Puerto Rican Association Scholarship Fund, The UNLV Foundation, Nevada State College, Casa de Luz, College of Southern Nevada, Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization, Career Threads, and Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach at UNLV. In addition to the monetary proceeds from the gala, many monetary donation checks were given onstage to benefit these organizations.

Ellie Hirschfeld presenting Corporate donation

This year’s Gala was amazing from start to finish. Starting with a red carpet and interviews with distinguished guests dressed to the hilt, guests entered the outer ballroom to the Cocktail Reception where they enjoyed wines and hors d’ouvres. They were greeted by music and a vast and exquisite Silent Auction while mingling and having their pictures taken.

Model wearing elongated red train where guests entered.

E.W. Clark High School Orchestra playing onstage as guests entered ballroom

Then, guests entered the Dining Ballroom as they walked on a red carpet that was actually an elongated red train of the red gown worn by a stunning model. Beautiful music was played onstage by the orchestra of the E.W. Clark High School. After, all stood at attention for the flag presentation while the lovely Ellie Smith was singing “God Bless America.”

Ellie Smith singing God Bless America

Flag presentation while Ellie Smith sang God Bless America

Amazingly real live motionless model

The Awards Ceremony M.C.’s were: Fred Keeton, R.J. Peltyn and Tony Sanchez. Prior to being introduced, a video by each honoree’s admirers, mostly-well known, extolled the honoree’s attributes. Then each Honoree was introduced and presented with their award onstage. Thanking all, 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..

Dinner was served on tables with beautifully appointed linens and decorations and was specially prepared by Chef Kelly Bianchi and Special Events Culinary Team.





Butter lettuce and red endive Salad with Candied walnuts, chives, shaved French radish, and citrus crème fraiche dressing

Cucumber Lime and Basil Sorbetto

Petit Filet and butter poached jumbo lump crab with Yukon potato galette, Asparagus, Sauce Bearnaise and Fine Herbs

Café Mocha Gateau with espresso mousse and carmel crunch

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.

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 Senor 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.

Entertainers - These Guys

Cirque Du Soleil acrobatic performer

Wonderful entertainment was enjoyed as a four man group called These Guys sang so beautifully. And, there was a breathtaking performance of a marvelous pole acrobatic from Cirque du Soleil.

A few silent auction items

Silent auction items

Silent auction

So much was going on. There was a very successful live auction. In addition to entertainment 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.

Honorable Governor Bob Miller and family

Bob and Sandy Miller and Dr. Adele Zorn

An ‘After Party’ continued in another area at the pool and eventually, the fun and successful evening that was enjoyed by all, ended.



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