Note: This is a past article from October 15, 2018
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE
23rd Annual BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION
HALL OF FAME GALA
Dr. Adele Zorn
Mitch Fox - President, Nevada Broadcasters Assn.
Eric Bonnici NVBA Vice President and Dr. Adele Zorn
Kristine Anderson (on right) on 2018 NVBA Foundation Board of Directors
The 23rd Annual Nevada Broadcasters Association
and Foundation (NVBA and NVBF)
Hall of Fame Gala was a momentous
celebration. The Gala that was
held at the Four Seasons Hotel recognizes and showcases excellence in Nevada's radio
and television industry.
An amazing amount of Broadcasters from different areas of Nevada
attended and were recognized.
Silent Auction - in Outer Ballroom
Fiddle Group played in outer ballroom
The evening started with a reception and a silent auction in
the outer Ballroom.
Guests then entered the main Ballroom and SFC Rob Diehl and
the Nevada National Guard presented the National Anthem. Mitch Fox, President of NVBA welcomed
everyone to the event and introduced NVBA Board Chair Viola Cody who is Senior
VP and General Manager Entavison Reno. Both spoke of the important roles the NVBA
honoring those receiving special awards were:
Hank Thornley - honoree - Lifetime Achievement Award
Achievement Award – Hank Thornley
Hank Thornley, age
101 was a broadcasting pioneer
Don Logan - Honoree - Community Achievement Award
Achievement Award – Don Logan
President and COO Las Vegas 51s Baseball
Rossi Ralenkotter - Honoree - President's Award
Award – Rosssie Ralenkotter –
CEO of Las Vegas Convention and Visitors
Tony and Linda Bonnici - Founders of NVBA Foundation
NVBA Foundation Scholarship Recipients with Linda and Tony Bonnici
of Scholar Recipients: Tony and Linda Bonnici
This year there were 23 returning scholarship
students and 9 new scholarships students. Of these 5 special scholarships were
awarded to: Mike Geary, Dan Lea, Sheryl Lea, Deanne Sheehan and Colin Cowherd.
In the past eight years this brings
a total of 145 scholarship recipients to the Tony and Linda Scholarship
Foundation. Tony and Linda Bonnici presented these
32 Scholars onstage.
Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2018
Chris "Bozo" Anguay (Hall of Fame inductee) on left at dinner
Kelly Sheehan (Hall of Fame Inductee) on right - celebrating with family
Hall of Fame
Inductees: Class of 2018 filled the stage as 37 Nevada Broadcasters were inducted into the 2018
Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Each inductee has served in
broadcasting a minimum of 20 years to over 50 years (54 years, Jack F. Abell).
The Hall of Fame Gala had a packed house
Guests - North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee with wife Marilyn and friend
Guests - Jim Marsh and Sandra Tiffany
and Awards started and continued between dinner courses of:
Salad Mixed Berry,
tuscan Kale and Frisee Salad, Goat Cheese
Champagne Vanilla Vinaigrette Dressing
Entrée: Slow Braised Short Rib with Creamed
and Pesto Crusted Sea Bass with Carrot Puree
Asiago Potato Gratin and Seasonal Vegetable
Dessert: Caramelized Limoncello Semifreddo Lemon
Live Auction in main ballroom - this one is auctioneer taking bids for puppy
Guests - Alan Stock - Talk show host and wife
Cara and Norm Clarke and Dr. Adele Zorn
A terrific live auction including two adorable puppies kept
the audience excited and bidding higher and higher. Both the
silent and live auctions went very well and all money raised through the auctions
goes to the Tony & Linda Bonnici
Broadcast/Communications Scholarships. The Tony and Linda Bonnici Broadcasting Scholarship Fund Foundation
provides full tuition scholarships to students attending Nevada’s Colleges and
Universities. Tony & Linda Bonnici Scholarship
Fund finds the very best broadcasting and journalism students in Nevada and
empowers them to pursue their dream by awarding scholarships. The Foundation
awards full tuition scholarships to the next generation of
Nevada’s broadcasters. This scholarship is unique in that it is a scholarship by
broadcasters for broadcasters.
To date: in
the past eight years, 145 scholarships have been awarded to talented and
dedicated students of Broadcasting in Nevada.
Videos were shown honoring past Broadcasters who passed away this year.
Unfortunately there were many. (note: I had written this article, however it was not
published until after the Gala. The
event was on Saturday and just a few days later on Wednesday, Hank Thornley, Life Achievement honoree passed away.)
Beautiful Ms. Senior Pageant Winners
Barbara Cegavske (L) NV Secretary of State and Cara Clarke (Norm Clarke's
wife) on R
The mission of
the NVBA is to promote and advocate for the Broadcasters of Nevada while
serving the public. NVBA helps improve and preserve, on a national and
statewide basis, an economic, legal and regulatory environment that best
enhances the ability of each Station to be financially strong, to remain free
from governmental control of programming, and to excel in the public service
roles that each Station plays in Nevada.
people and organizations were honored and
Tom Warden and Dr. Adele Zorn - excited to connect with Tom Warden after so
Debra March - (in Pink) Mayor of Henderson (Chuck Baker on right)
Broadcasters and guests enjoyed seeing each other from far and near.
I also saw many who I had worked and
been involved with in the past and many others who I admired.
Tom Warden’s name was mentioned by one of the speakers and that
brought back memories of an experience I had with him many years ago. Tom Warden is now Senior Vice President of
Community and Government. When he was an anchor on Chanel 8 and I was teaching
at the college, he was interested in the subject and wanted to show my class
on TV. The school said no as it was against the privacy issue and didn’t allow it to
happen. So,Tom Warden came to my home and did an interview
with me about the class.
was persistent and didn’t take no for an answer. He kept after the school and got them to accept the idea that
the classmates who wanted to be on TV would move to one side of the room and
those who didn’t want to be seen to move to the other side. This enabled Tom
to show a very interesting TV experience about this class.
Eric Bonnici - Delivering closing statement at Gala
After all the
presentations and awards were given out, Eric Bonnici came onstage to close the gala. Eric Bonnici
is the executive director of the Tony and Linda Scholarship Fund Foundation
and he said, “Upwards of $288,000 pays for tuition funding and tonight we are
humbled that the silent and live auctions helped to put a dent in that tuition
And so ended the wonderful 23rd Annual NVBA Hall of Fame