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Note: This is a past article from June 06, 2011
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE



The Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas (ECFLV) celebrated its 10-year anniversary dinner in the Juniper Ballroom at Aria with a very elegant gala. Founded in May 2001 by Rino Armeni, the Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas is comprised of more than 40 top food and beverage executives who are dedicated to making a difference in the hospitality industry, and the community through support of the local education system, hospitality and culinary related organizations, charities and associations. The Foundation’s primary charitable endeavour is the establishment of annual scholarship awards for local students seeking careers in the hospitality industry. Every May, ECFLV gathers supporters, members and beneficiaries to celebrate the formation of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation through an event that honors members of the community who have made substantial contributions toward education for the hospitality industry. In this, its tenth year, the event honored Bill McBeath, president and COO of Aria Resort Hotel and Casino, and Sandy Peltyn, a leader in philanthropic initiatives throughout the Las Vegas community.McBeath and Peltyn were selected for their unwavering support and many accomplishments in the industry. As students and education are the backbone of the ECFLV, scholarship recipients joined attendees at the reception, exquisitely served dinner and induction ceremony honoring members and students.

Dinner was served in an exceptional fashion by extremely capable servers.The lighted dessert was unusually beautiful, but impossible to describe.

Table CenterpieceSteve Beyer Trio entertained

The induction ceremony honored Sandy Peltyn and Bill McBeath. Sandy Peltyn was called onstage early for the induction ceremony as she had been invited to the

White House by President Obama and had to leave to catch a plane for that event.

Sandy Peltyn with son RJ Peltyn

Sandy is a Las Vegas socialite and community philanthropist who has been a

notable figure in Las Vegas for nearly 30 years. An event planner by trade, she has donated her skills to a variety of charitable organizations including the National Jewish Medical Research Center, Foundation of an Independent Tomorrow (FIT) and the Nevada Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Selected as the “Most Generous Las Vegan” in 2005 by the Las Vegas Review-Journal in the annual “Best of Las Vegas” poll, Peltyn has made waves in Las Vegas’ charitable community and social scene.

Bill McBeath exemplifies the goal of the foundation as he is a wonderful role model for the students. Bill was a UNLV graduate from the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and kept his talents in Las Vegas by working his way up through the hospitality industry. He has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and became president of Treasure Island at 33 years of age.

Bill McBeath

The ECFLV’s primary charitable endeavor is the establishment of annual scholarship awards for Clark County high school students seeking careers in the hospitality industry. This year there were a record number of applicants for scholarship monies, and the competition was stiff. The Epicurean Charitable Foundation selected 10 extraordinary Clark County high school students as scholarship recipients for their 2011 class. The students included Alexandra Fiala, Ciro Fodera, Emily Hewett, Sevasti Paschalis, Wendy Pimentel, Beatriz Portillo, Melissa Reyna, Jeremy Sabine, Merecedes Sanchez and Erika Sandoval. These ten students were acknowledged and called onstage.

Also acknowledged were ECFLV members, students and graduate students.

With more than 40 of Las Vegas’ top food and beverage executives, the Epicurean Charitable Foundation not only awards students with scholarship funds to attend any four-year accredited university of their choice, it also provides mentorship throughout each student’s college career and helps to place the students in internships and jobs. 2011 marks the tenth year of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation and in its tenure the foundation has provided nearly a million dollars to local scholars and also over a million in charitable community grants to such organizations as Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, UNLV Rebel Athletic Foundation, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Nevada Cancer Institute.


Congratulations to all the honorees and scholarship recipients. And congratulations for the very important work that the Epicurean Charitable Foundations accomplishes.


This worthwhile elegant gala was enjoyed by all.

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