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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from October 19, 2017
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE


by Dr. Adele Zorn

The Old Time Reunion Party has been a tradition worth keeping and this year’s celebration was the annual 22nd Old-Time Reunion Party. It’s hard to realize that 22 years have passed since the first Old-Time Reunion Party. This great idea took hold twenty-two years ago when a group of long-time Las Vegans would get together for breakfast at Bagel Mania and decided it would be great to share their kind of nostalgia with others who had lived in Las Vegas for at least 30 years. This started the annual party that grew and grew each year. We must never forget the founders, unfortunately all gone, and their legacy of the annual Old-Time Reunion Parties. They are: Thalia Dondaro, Claudine Williams, Art Lurie, Davey and Lou Pearl, Ken Johann, Abe Fox, Ruth Deskin, Jack Kogan and Paul Endy.

The first Old-Time Reunion Party was held with 500 people attending. The event was 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 year’s event, but the ORLEANS Mardi Gras Ballroom was packed to the hilt. Guests pay $55 to attend which includes dinner, entertainment, and two drinks.

Dr. Adele Zorn with Cindy Joseph,
Rochelle Hornsby, Janey Resnick and friend

Beverly Mykisen, Sondra Lynch and friend

Gayle Anderson and Julie

The annual Old Time Reunion celebration for Las Vegas residents who have lived here 30 years or more brings 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 have 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 most neighbors do not seem to even know each other. Although the town has grown so much, and many long-time Las Vegans complain about the growth, celebrants have so much fun and excitement in seeing one another and reminiscing.

Phyllis Schwartz and Lois Tarkanian with Kat Ray peeking thru

Lois Tarkanian (center) with Robin Munier and Michael Schaefer

Cathy and Bob (Bobbie G) Gronauer

The 22nd Annual Old-Time Reunion Party started with a Cocktail Reception where old friends were able to greet and enjoy meeting each other. Among the guests seen mingling were: Richard Bryan, Dr. Lonnie and Sandy Hammargren, Angelo and Nancy Cassaro, Pamela and Bert Brown, Jim Marsh, Bob and Cathy Gronauer, Lois Tarkanian, Robin Munier, Susan Houston, Barbara and Les Bawden,, Monica Buckley, Edea Trapletti, George Beres, Adelle and Ray Eicher, and Jack and Phyllis Binnion.

Sandy Hammargren (L) with Nancy and Angelo Cassaro

Jim Marsh

Dr. Russell Gollard, Lisa Gollard, Edea Trapletti and George Beres

Dinner and entertainment followed.

C.C. Snyder - hosting

Chairperson of the event, Kevin Buckley with Dr. Adele Zorn

Chairperson of the event, Kevin Buckley, welcomed all guests and introduced J.J. Snyder from the TV Morning Blend to host. Father Gerry Frupezynski made a eulogy for those injured and killed at the horrific Massacre and all stood silently honoring them with head bowed for 58 minutes.

Dinner was then served along with red or white wine and rolls and butter:
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 Salmon, Chef’s Selection of Fresh Vegetables and Scalloped Potatoes Napoleon – Rolls and Butter
Dessert: delicious Peach Melba with
Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffinated Coffee, Tea or Iced Tea

Barbara Cegavske (Nevada’s Secretary of State)

(center) Karen Ruivivar and Carolee Swindle

Sonya Ross, Rochelle Hornsby, Donna and Shane Starlazzi

Videos that were part of Las Vegas’ heritage of long-gone hotels, historical places and events were continuously screened on the walls such as:
McCarren AIRPORT’s - First Entrance
CLUB BINGO - 1947 – became the SAHARA in 1952
SAHARA – closed May 16, 2011 now open as SLS.
SILVERBIRD 1977 – became El RANCHO
SILVER SLIPPER 1950 – 1988
(notice more on walls with pictures of individuals)

One of the videos continuously screening
old time events on walls around ballroom

(center) Ken and Lena Walther

Susan Houston (front left) and friends

The Michael T Band with vocalist Lisa Smith played throughout the evening. The Vintage Vegas Tenors Ben Litvinoff, Raphael Erardi and Larry Wayne performed and sang beautiful harmony. A special surprise was Las Vegas headliner Frankie Scinta who sang, delivered hilarious jokes and impressions.

Michael T Band with Lisa Smith

Vintage Vegas Tenors performing

Frankie Scinta performing

Five “young” ladies who have been living in Las Vegas for many, many years were:
Wilma Littleford lives in Las Vegas since 1946
Flo Perry lives in Las Vegas since 1954
Linda Givens lives in Las Vegas since 1958
Mary Williams lives in Vegas for 57 years
Yvonne DuPlain lives in Las Vegas for 56 years.
I’ve only been living in Las Vegas since 1982.

Wilma Littleford came to Vegas in 1946

"young ladies" who have lived in Vegas for a very long time.

Cindy Doumani and Dr. Adele Zorn

Some of the other guests enjoying the party were:
Beverly and Mike Mykissen, Cindy Doumani, Cindy’s son Freddy Jr. and wife, Fred Doumani, Joni Sailon. Dondino and wife Donna, Annee, Araiella and Clare Nouna, Rochelle Hornsby, Sheryl Leeland, Ed and Carol Lee Swindle, Janey Resnick, Tony and Karen Ruviviar, Lynette Chappel, Walter Shatwell, Lena and Ken Walther, Phyllis Schwartz, Sonya Ross, Dr. Russell and Lisa Gollard, Don Kemp, Mary Gafford, Judge Bill and Nora Jansen and so many other wonderful guests too many to name.

Fred Doumani Jr and wife and Fred Doumani Sr.
- Mariko Kamizato Adolf and husband in back

Kat Ray ® and friends

Mafalda on ®

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

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