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
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.
honors men and women who have excelled in their professional careers as well
as having contributed to the enrichment of the community.
Honorees: Senoras of Excellence Award
Dr. Barbara Atkinson, UNLV School of
Dr. Barbara Atkinson - Senora of Excellence Honoree
Yolanda T. King - Senora of Excellence Honoree
King, Clark County, Nevada County Manager
Honoree: Senor of Distinction Award
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
Julie Murray, Moonridge Group
Honoree: Corporation of
Honoree: Corporation of
Sandy Peltyn accepting the many Corporate Donations
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
Ellie Hirschfeld presenting Corporate donation
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
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
Ellie Smith singing God Bless America
Flag presentation while Ellie Smith sang God Bless America
Amazingly real live motionless model
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..
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
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
Crafted Breads & Rolls - Baked at Wynn in Chef Johann’s
own French Bakery Fonte’ Coffees – Iced
Tea – Forte’ Hot Teas.
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:
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
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
Entertainers - These Guys
Cirque Du Soleil acrobatic performer
entertainment was enjoyed as a four man group called
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
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
Party’ continued in another area at the pool and eventually, the fun and
successful evening that was enjoyed by all, ended.