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Note: This is a past column from November 15, 2013
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Las Vegas - November 15, 2013


David de Alba as Himself by Douglas Fretz

David de Alba as Judy Garland

At The Onyx Theatre on Sunday, November 24th at 2 p.m., Finocchio's legendary performer, David de Alba, will present a special LIVE tribute concert honoring the memory of the late American Icon, Judy Garland. In Dorothy...the Later Years, Mr. de Alba will be singing many of Miss Garland's well-known songs, as well as narrating some Garland-oriented anecdotes, all while wearing many lovely costumes that will add to the visual impact of the performance. David, who performed at the famed Finocchio's in San Francisco until the club closed in November of 1999, sings live, using his own voice, as opposed to lip-synching to recordings by the famous. In a special segment, during Sunday's show, Mr. de Alba will be presented with a special 'Fans Award' from the Miami Hispanic community, in celebration of his 48 years in Show Business. Tickets for Dorothy...the Later Years are $20 for VIP seating (the first two rows at The Onyx Theatre), and $15 for general seating. For reservations, call the theater box office at (702) 732-7225. The Onyx is located at 953 E. Sahara, inside The Rack in Commercial Center. The theater doors will open at 1:30 p.m.
We will have more on David de Alba in next Friday's column.

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Comedian Pam Matteson is suffering from brain cancer. Members of the local entertainment community are conducting a star-filled benefit for her in the showroom at the Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday, November 24th at 4 p.m. Called a Night of Laughter, this fundraiser to help Pam Matteson with her mounting medical bills, is produced by well-known and respected comedian and comedy writer, Cliff Lawrence. Throughout his career, Mr. Lawrence has headlined in casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, as well as toured with such legends as Marty Allen, Rich Little and George Burns. Among those scheduled to perform are Louie Anderson, Gordie Brown, Rich Little, David Gee, Kenny Bob Davis, Budd Friedman, Mike Hammer, Clint Holmes, Carla Rea, Carrie Snow, Fielding West, Cornell Gunters Coasters, Kathleen Dunbar, Max Alexander and The Michael T Band. Tickets are $25. The goal is to sell 600 tickets, with 100% of the proceeds donated going directly to Pam. Call the Plaza Box Office at (702) 386-2507 to purchase. Donations can also be made through http://www.gofundme.com/4v2oi0.


Pam Matteson

Carmine Mandia

This gives us the opportunity to, once again, stress how very important it is to check on the details of, so called, fundraising events...especially around this time of year, when people are feeling most giving. If ANYTHING about the event sounds fishy - being instructed to make out checks to pseudo clubs, not having access to an organizations income and outgo information, or the inability to answer any and all questions regarding the fundraiser - DO NOT contribute in any way...unless you don't care where your money goes. Take the time to see if a 501(c)3, or other legitimate non-profit permit is in place. Unfortunately, because there are some rats in the woodpile, and people have gotten wise to them, needy and deserving members of this community will not get the financial help they need and deserve. Too bad. If you know of, or even suspect that something of this nature is going on, it might be suggested that the person or family in need of assistance, set up a PayPal account at a local bank. Checking with an attorney or financial planner, to protect any charitable income, might also be a good idea. You have been warned.

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Speaking of charity events and benefits, with the tragedy of the typhoon in the Philippines, and the massive number of victims, we would be most surprised if our community didn't band together to help. Las Vegas is home to more than 100,000 Filipinos, many in the entertainment field. Until something legitimate is announced, the Red Cross is a safe way to help.

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Carmine Mandia informs us that tonight and tomorrow night, he will be singing at the Rampart Casino's Addison Lounge, with a Big Band made up of Ned Mills on piano, John Plows on drums, Bill King on trumpet, Steve Golden on sax, Steve Myers on trombone, and Ken Seiffert and Dick Jones on bass. Calling the program Come Dance With Me, you can enjoy Carmine and the fellows from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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We were most saddened to learn that the much respected musician, Bobby Rozario, had passed away on October 2nd. We have read nothing about this. If his name isn't familiar to you, what we can tell you is that Mr. Rozario was the longtime piano accompanist for Bobby Darin. He also worked, at length, with Tony Orlando, Vic Damone and Louis Prima. Bobby was a regular pianist in the Desert Inn's Starlight Lounge for a number of years. In October of 2010, in a case of art imitating life, Bobby Rozario was at the piano for a tribute to Bobby Darin in the Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV. Among the singers who paid homage to Mr. Darin in Dream Lover that afternoon, were Bobby Black, Carmine Mandia, Frankie Moreno, Denise Clemente and Dennis Bono. We hope to get a little more information about the life and career of the late Bobby Rozario. When we do, we will share it with our readers. Sympathies to the family and friends.


Bobby Rozario

Huguette Clark

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Mimi Williams, VegasJazz PR lady, invites the public to join them at the next VegasJazz event, 60 on the 88s - 6 pianists, 60 fingers, 88 keys = Great Jazz. This event will take place 2 p.m., next Saturday, November 23rd, at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Drive (just north of Desert Inn). This piano concert will feature Alex Clements, Jason Corpuz, Otto Ehling, Uli Geissendoerfer, Matt Green, and Dave Richardson, with Jeff Davis on bass and Santo Savino on drums. Tickets at $12 for VegasJazz members, and $15 for non-members, are available at the Winchester Cultural Center theater door. It promises to be a very special afternoon. Thanks for helping keep jazz alive in Las Vegas.

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Nevada State Museum debuts Empty Mansions, the mysterious story of the Clark heiress linked to Las Vegas. Clark County's namesake, William Andrews Clark, left behind a lasting legacy following his construction of the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. He also left a wealthy daughter, Huguette, who once lived in the largest home in New York overlooking Central Park, but spurned it to live with caregivers in an Upper East Side hospital, for nearly 20 years, though she was perfectly healthy. Huguette Clark is the subject of a new exhibit at the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas opening tomorrow, Saturday, November 16th. Author and Pulitzer prize-winning NBC journalist, Bill Dedman, has chronicled the woman's story and followed her through a bitter custody fight that reached a possible settlement in the summer of this year. Dedman will be at the museum to speak and autograph "Empty Mansions" from 1 to 3 p.m., together with his co-author, Paul Clark Newell Jr., a cousin of Huguette. "Empty Mansions," available in the museum store, details the young woman's journey from opulence to seclusion, the extravagant places she left behind and the people who cared for her before her death in 2011 at the age of 104. Several dozen photos of the Clark family, featuring the heiress, her copper magnate father, and the mansions they owned from coast to coast, are displayed in the exhibit that runs through December. Along with intimate family photos, included in the collection is a photo of William Clark at the auction of what would become the Las Vegas town site. He also gave a building to the University of Nevada to honor his first wife. Huguette lived in Reno for three months in 1930, in order to finalize her divorce. After returning to New York, she rarely left her home, but once made an exception for a fashion show for the House of Dior, to see new trends and how to make dresses for her beloved doll collection. She designed elaborate dollhouses in German and Japanese styles, and had them built to meticulous standards. Steve Wynn bought "The Roses," a painting by Renoir, from Huguette for $23.5 million. When she died, she left all her fortune to her longtime nurse, her accountant and her attorney. Her family's court case at last shed light on the heiress to a fortune won in the development of the American West. The "Empty Mansions" program is included in regular museum admission which is $9.95 for Nevada residents and free for members of the museum, the Springs Preserve and those 17 and younger. The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, is at 309 S. Valley View Blvd. in Las Vegas on the grounds of the Springs Preserve, and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. For more information, visit museums.nevadaculture.org, or call (702) 486-5205.
Photo of Huguette Clark, supplied by The Estate of Huguette M. Clark, from the book "Empty Mansions."

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Off-Strip Productions & Twocan Productions proudly present Ladies In Waiting at The Onyx Theatre in Las Vegas. Written by Peter De Anda, and directed by Audrei-Kairen, Ladies In Waiting tells the story of an inexperienced young white student who finds herself an inmate at the very same prison where she was arrested for picketing inhumane conditions. Now she gets to experience those conditions firsthand alongside her cellmates: an African-American lesbian, a prostitute and a religious zealot. Each of these women is struggling to survive not only their incarceration, but also the difficult pasts that brought them to jail in the first place -- and all are suffering under the rule of an oppressive prison matron. Ladies In Waiting features Kim Russell, Amanda Kraft, Rachale Marie Roach, Lisa Illia and Martha Watson. Show times are tonight, Friday, November 15th, the 16th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, November 17th. Tickets are $20 (discounts may be available for performances on the 15th, 16th and 17th, so ask when making reservations). The Onyx Theatre is located at 953 E. Sahara in the Commercial Center. Call the Onyx Box Office at (702) 732-7225 for tickets.


Audrei-Kairen

Patty Ascher

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If you missed Brazilian vocalist, Patty Ascher's local debut at Sun City Summerlin's Starbright Theatre in September, you will have the opportunity to see and hear her when she performs When Jazz Meets Samba at the beautiful Palazzo Hotel's Zebra Lounge, beginning at 8 p.m., next Saturday, November 23rd. After her celebrated performances at Feinstein's Supper Jazz club and the Blue Note in Manhattan, and fresh off her national tour around the US and abroad with the award winning composer, director, arranger, Michel Legrand, Patty Ascher will be singing selections from her best selling album Bacharach Bossa Club. The evening of music performed by Ms. Ascher, who will be backed by a three-piece band directed by Michael Tramonta, will feature songs by Legrand, Bacharach, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Henry Mancini, such as "One Note Samba," "The Look of Love," "Night and Day," "Satin Doll," "Masquenada," "Close To You," and "The Girl From Ipanema," just to name a few. There will be no cover charge for this one show only performance.

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Wes Davis has a special offer for the holidays...his popular Davis Dust at reduced prices for his customers (even those who have not yet tried the "Dust." Normally $5.99 per bottle, for a limited time the price is only $3, with a minimum order of three bottles. With orders of 10 or more, the price is reduced to $2.50 per bottle. This includes free delivery in the Las Vegas metro area (less than a Hallmark card and a stamp!). Davis Dust would make a great addition to gift baskets for Thanksgiving, Christmas and any other upcoming holidays (or non-holidays), especially for those who like to cook. For more information, e-mail Mr. Davis at [email protected] Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Bethany Owen Goes Country

Bethany Owen, a two-time recipient for "Best Female Voice Impressionist in Las Vegas," will be starring in Country Queens at The Attic Community Theater in Santa Ana, California, on Thanksgiving weekend. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday, November 29th, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the 30th. The show, Country Queens, is a 90-minute one-woman stage production, starring voice impressionist Bethany Owen, aka "The Woman of 1001 Voices & Faces." This unique production celebrates the traditional, zany and fun side of country celebrity personalities through the use of comedic parody and vocal singing tributes to some of the world's most legendary female country superstars of our time, not to mention, a few country wanna-be divas from the stage and screen as well. Owen continues to amaze audiences night after night, with her incredible talent to mimic the human voice, as she portrays her chosen celebrity character impressions, as well as, takes on their look, body language and facial expressions. Her voice talent, then combined with stage wardrobe, wigs, props, lighting, visual effects and musical production, produces the full theatrical show version of Country Queens. Dolly Parton was quoted as saying, "Bethany does my voice better than I do my own." In one performance, audience members will experience tributes to some of the world's greatest female country music artists of our time, like Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette, Reba McEntire, Minnie Pearl, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson, Shania Twain, Patsy Cline, June Carter Cash, Loretta Lynn, Jeannie C. Riley, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker and, of course, Parton, to even some wanna-be country legends, like Cher, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Liza Minnelli, in this non-stop, foot-stompin' comedy and musical voice impressions stage show designed for all ages. In addition to recent performances at the Palms and Rio in Las Vegas, the national Fox Theater chain, Horizon Casino in Lake Tahoe, and Estrel Festival Resort in Berlin, Germany, Bethany is the voice of Audrey Hepburn in the new IGT Breakfast at Tiffany's gaming machine. Country Queens, created and produced by Jim Whirlow and Ms. Owen, and directed by Whirlow, is an evening of pure entertainment for the family to enjoy, and a journey into the world of an extraordinary entertainer and voice impressionist... Bethany Owen! General admission is $20 (seniors and students pay $15). The Attic Community Theater is located at 2834 S. Fairview (GPS address: 2995 W. Segerstrom). For more information, call (714) 662-2525, or go to www.ocat.com.

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Join vocalist, Windy Karigianes, this coming weekend, along with Billy Nunn on keys, Randy Hall on guitar, and Billy Wade on drums, at Brendan's Pub in The Orleans Hotel, 4500 West Tropicana, tonight, November 15th, and tomorrow, Saturday the 16th, from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight, for an evening of Eclectic Jazz. If you miss Windy at Brendan's this go-round, you can catch her between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., Saturday, November 23rd at The Dispensary Lounge, 2451 E. Tropicana at Eastern. November 29th and 30th, again from 9 to midnight, Windy is back to sing at Brendan's Pub inside The Orleans.

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There was an exciting Veterans Day-related story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal last Sunday, telling how Don Harter (USAF Fighter Pilot) survived a Mid-Air collision between two B-52s on the first Arc Light strike in Vietnam in 1965. The presidents of F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) non-club club, of which Mr. Harter is one, are proud to have him as a member and a friend. Please read the story, and give this hero a special salute. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/miracle-survival.

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Lee Roy Reams with Penny Fuller & Len Cariou at 54 Below

Song and dance man, Lee Roy Reams (Roger DiBris in the Las Vegas production of The Producers), had a sell-out crowd for his 40th Birthday Party (about which he was reminiscing) at 54 Below. Among those in attendance for the November 10th soiree, were Bebe Neuwirth, Tony Danza (who Mr. Reams worked with in The Producers here), Anita Gillette, Len Cariou, Penny Fuller, Arlene Dahl, KT Sullivan, Jeff Harnar, Sandy Duncan, Ron Raines, Lewis Stadlin, Tom Meehan and Martin Charnin. Lee Roy just choreographed Charnin's revue, Something Funny's Going On, which has a final date of November 17th at 54 Below. Liza Minnelli had booked a table for the party, but was a no show, as she was under the weather. The concept of Mr. Reams' 40th Birthday performance was to reflect on his party of that year, when he sang with Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Jule Styne and Jerry Herman at the piano! Lee Roy will be doing an encore performance at 54 Below, on December 1st. Maybe Liza will be better by then. If you are in the area...


J. Mark McVey with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

This past summer, vocalist J. Mark McVey joined Ernie Haase and Signature Sound to preview their new collaboration, The Inspiration of Broadway. We were very impressed with McVey (Valjean in Les Miserables, both on Broadway and in London's West End) when we first saw and heard him while he was touring as a guest star with the late Marvin Hamlisch. On November 21st, the Ernie Haase & Signature Sound group will be in Hackettstown, New Jersey, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 213 Main St. On that date, Mark will join them for a number of songs. Anyone who may be in the area on Thursday the 21st, should try and get there and be one of the first to see them together. Featuring music from Broadway, the show will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but you do need a ticket, which you can get by calling (908) 850-6836. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity, if you can possibly attend!

And, while we are on that coast, the masterful, magical, married, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, have a few things coming up that they are very excited about. Their concert at Café Sabarsky on November 7th was a complete sell out, but stay tuned for the return of Rat Pack Poet: The Songs of Sammy Cahn, beginning Thanksgiving week! With special guest, Jeff Harnar (mentioned in the Lee Roy Reams item above) and Boots Maleson on bass, the Rat Pack Poet revue will be at Stage 72/Triad NYC, 158 West 72nd Street, for four consecutive Tuesdays, - November 26th, and December 3rd, 10th and 17th, starting at 7 p.m. For more information and/or reservations, call (800) 838-3006.

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Reminders...
Following a very impressive "showcase" at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in September, entertainer Stevaughn Freschette begins an ongoing series of Sunday performances in the East Flamingo property's T-Spot Lounge this weekend. Shows, featuring the romantic singer, backed by Dave Martel on piano and keys, Karl Gottman on bass, Bob Cumiskey on guitar, Rocky Peoples on sax, and Aziz Bucater on drums, with Jennifer Pace and Ysabelle Eugenio on vocals, are at 7 and 9 p.m.


Stevaughn Freschette

Dave Loeb

This Sunday, November 17th at 2 p.m., UNLV's Artemus Ham Concert Hall will be the site of The Joe Williams Scholarship Fundraising Concert, produced by Ed Foster. The UNLV Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Dave Loeb and Nathan Tanouye, will perform, and Ben Vereen, Pete Barbutti, The Cunninghams, Pascale Elia, Vincent Falcone, Reva Rice, Ronnie Rose, Marlena Shaw, Sammy Shore, Laura Taylor, JoBelle Yonely, Eric Jordan Young and Pia Zadora will also be featured. General admission tickets are $20, and may be purchased at the UNLV Box Office, or by calling (702) 895-2787 (ARTS). Jazz legend Joe Williams, with his wife, Jillean, and some of his closest friends and collaborators, created the non-profit series of concerts. The aim is to provide UNLV Jazz students with financial assistance for the academic year, along with support for music and musicians, especially those in jazz, and to create career opportunities for deserving young talent.

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Doug Davidson

Roseanne Barr

Happy birthday, Scorpios (October 24-November 22) - Doug Davidson, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Barbara Cook, Helen Reddy, Katy Perry, Adam Pascal, Keith Urban, Anthony Rapp, Lee Greenwood, John Cleese, Charlie Daniels, Brad Paisley, Cleo Laine, Telma Hopkins (Tony Orlando and Dawn), Denny Laine, Melba Moore, Randy Jackson (J-5), Grace Slick, Otis Williams (The Temptations), Brian Stokes Mitchell, Vanilla Ice, Lyle Lovett, Larry Flynt, Kinky Friedman, David Foster, k.d. lang, Nelly, Roseanne Barr, Jasmine Trias, Dennis Miller, Terry Hernandez, Adam Ant, Lulu, Harry Elston (Friends of Distinction), Sean "Puffy" Combs, Kathy Griffin, Peter Noone, Art Garfunkel, Andrea McArdle, Bryan Adams, Kevin Jonas (Jonas Brothers), Glenn Frey (Eagles), Joni Mitchell, Johnny Rivers, Judy Tenuta, Bonnie Raitt, Mary Hart, Chef Gordon Ramsay, Nick Lachey, Sinbad (David Adkins), Donna Fargo, Tim Rice, Miranda Lambert, Paul Cowsill, Neil Young, Tanya Harding, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Kimmel, Yanni, Petula Clark, Diana Krall, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Gaudio, Kevin Nealon, Alan Young, Savion Glover, Larry King, Dick Smothers, Joe Walsh, Jim Brickman, Goldie Hawn, Lorna Luft, Andy DiMino, Eileen Zillman, Chris Hudson, Greg Smith, John Wertz, Gary Anderson, Don Hill, Gerry McCambridge, Elliot Ames, Bob Shemeligian, Rick Smith, Melissa Feeney, Charlette Eskin Krane, Dolly Coulter, Joseph "Kid Cary" Degrosa, Frank Marino, and Luann Proctor. Kevin Butts and Rob Garrett both had the distinction of 11/12/13 birthdates this year.


Jasmine Trias

Alan Young

Anniversary wishes to Domenick Allen and Leigh Zimmerman (celebrating 20 years), Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton Holmes, Don and Gloria Hill, Joey and Vanessa Pero, Ron and Nancy Lee Parker Andrews, Dan and Liz Pero, and Jim Semmelman and Ray Disco.

Las Vegas is known for, among other things, being The Wedding Capital of the World. The city that never sleeps hosts about 114,000 weddings a year, the most for any American community. Needless to say, for those who might be concerned with forgetting their anniversary, dates such as 11/12/13, drive the number of local ceremonies up. Fear not. There are a lot of small chapels, as well as grand and glorious locations to say your "I dos."

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Gerry McCambridge

Pia Zadora

Performer and Las Vegas resident, Pia Zadora, joins forces with another notable mainstay, Piero's Italian Cuisine, with the opening of Pia's Place, a space previously known as the Monkey Bar. Zadora performs in the intimate room on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, beginning at 9 p.m. At Pia's Place, the chanteuse reunites with Frank Sinatra's legendary pianist and musical director, Vincent Falcone. Zadora showcases her versions of standards such as "The Lady is a Tramp," "Old Black Magic," and "All of Me," as well as a variety of timeless classics. Piero's is located at 355 Convention Center Drive, between the Strip and Paradise. For reservations, call (702) 369-2305.

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Singer/dancer/actress, Annie Gaybis, who has made her home in Florida for the past nine years, is very excited to be performing as the narrator, "Gingy" (the role created in New York by Tyne Daly), in the late Nora Ephron and her sister Delia Ephron's, Love, Loss, and What I Wore. The New York Times called the Ephrons brilliant tale, based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman, "Funny and Compelling." It is organized as a series of monologues, and uses a rotating cast of five principal women. For the Palm Coast City Repertory Theatre production, Love, Loss, and What I Wore will also feature Dani Talo and Nancy Howell. Performances are November 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on November 24th. Theater opens a half-hour before performances. It is suggested that patrons arrive early for beverages and seating preference. General admission is $20 for adults, and $15 for students with ID. City Repertory Theatre at Hollingsworth Gallery, is located at 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite 207B, in Palm Coast. For additional information, call (386) 585-9415. Busy Annie, who is married to veteran comic impressionist, John Byner, recently completed a non-singing role in the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra production of the opera, The Barber of Seville. She is not just "another pretty face." The multi-talented Ms. Gaybis is a graduate of Boston's Emerson College, with a degree in theater education and a minor in dance.
Photo of Annie Gaybis by Eli Haber.


Annie Gaybis by Eli Haber

Frank Leone

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From dedicated Lisa Gioia-Acres we got this update on the latest doings with the Las Vegas Media Group. This is what Lisa had to say...
We have such a dedicated group of members that even though we changed our meeting date for the month of November (due to a previously scheduled wedding at the venue), the usual number of members (and suspects, ha ha) showed up. I was worried and only called in for 25, but more than 30 people attended, providing proof that our group loves the food, company and speakers we put together. Since it was Veteran's Day, the group took a moment to give thanks for the service of all of our Vet's past and present. This month, Thalia Dondero, who took on the role of speaker coordinator when Cork Proctor moved away, once again provided us with a terrific speaker. Frank Leone, president of the Musician's Union of Las Vegas entertained the group with stories of the way things used to be in the "good old days" when live music and not prerecorded or "canned" music became the norm on Las Vegas stages. Thanks to A.D. Hopkins and David VanZanten for providing notes on Frank's talk. A.D.'s was especially detailed, which I won't provide here, but if anyone wishes to know more about what Frank had to share, please contact Lisa at [email protected], and I will be happy to send you the notes. Speaking of Thalia, she has a birthday coming up and it's amazing the amount of activity this woman participates in. We are so lucky to have her as our friend and LVMG member. Las Vegas has a gem in Thalia! Other birthdays of note for November: Claytee White, Sara Denton, Bobbye Fitzgibbons, Cary Degrosa, Marty Harrell, Mike Pinjuv, Peggy King and Naomi Gibbs. Wow! That's a lot of birthday babies in the month of November! Helen Mortenson invited members to attend an event for Women of Diversity (member Marlene Adrian's wonderful non-profit that recognizes the contributions of Nevada women). On January 11, 2014 a celebration of the First Ladies of Nevada takes place at the Augustus Ballroom at Caesar's Palace. For more information on attending, please go to Nevada Women's Virtual Center (http://www.nevadawomensvirtualcenter.org/). Everyone please put our friend and founder of the Las Vegas Media Group, Frank Mitrani on your prayer and thought list. He is having surgery soon. We need friends with us for a VERY LONG TIME so we need him to have a full and speedy recovery. New attendee and president of the soon-to-open Las Vegas History Museum, David VanZanten asked the group to think about contributing to the photographic exhibit of old Las Vegas. Find out more about the museum at http://lasvegashistorymuseum.org/. Call David at 702 580-5760 or email him at [email protected]. I think that's it for now. Our next meeting is on the regular day: THE THIRD MONDAY OF THE MONTH, December 16th, and I plan on being there to see all my friends. In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving, I hope you all get to spend it with those you love. For me, I am ever so thankful to have all of you in my life!

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The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF) presents its 20th Annual Profiles of Courage Dinner Gala and auction, to be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, November 23rd at Bellagio Las Vegas. All proceeds benefit NCCF's Project ARK (Aids & Resources for Kids), the psychological, emotional, educational and financial support services for families of children suffering from cancer and life threatening illnesses, as well as NCCF's adult services program, The Caring Place, providing healing arts and wellness programs for adults touched by cancer.

"We look forward to this event, which highlights the people who make this foundation a success year after year," said Jeff Gordon, NCCF president and CEO. "We are fortunate to celebrate 20 years of service to children in our community who embody courage and hope as they fight a daily battle against disease. We are proud to honor and serve them." Several "heroes," children who are in the NCCF programs, will be recognized for their strength and courage. Awards include: "The Special Angel" - given to the family of Jaelynn Lac whose spirit will live on in the hearts and minds of all those that she touched before losing her battle against an immunologic disease at age five. "Children of Courage" - The Palma Family and 12-year-old Mackenzie Moers will both receive this award for demonstrating bravery through the challenges of battling critical illnesses and providing strength to those around them. The Palma Family and Mackenzie embody the qualities of what a Child of Courage are all about.

"Student of the Year" - Eight-year-old Chloe Roberts will receive this honor for her commitment, perseverance and dedication to her education during her fight against cancer.

Other awards for the evening include: "Community Angel" - Al Marquis, of Marquis Aurbach Coffing, and his Labrador Charlie, will be honored for their generosity and loving hearts. Due to the fires in the Spring Mountain Range and Mt. Charleston this summer, Marquis opened his doors to NCCF and offered his Kingston Ranch for the 2013 Camp Cartwheel Summer Camp Season. "Volunteers of the Year" - Command Sergeant Major James Richardson and his wife, Tammy, will be honored for their many years of service to NCCF and Camp Cartwheel. Also, Darla Eskin, Licensed Social Worker, will be honored for her support of adults touched by cancer and her volunteer efforts at The Caring Place. "Health Professional of Year" - Dr. Michael J. Casey, who donates his time as a doctor at NCCF's Camp Cartwheel each year.

Tickets for the Annual Profiles of Courage Gala are $250 per person. The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1993, which offers more than 40 programs and services, including a variety of educational services, financial support and counseling for critically-ill children and their families living in Southern Nevada. The foundation's mission is to work side by side with the medical community to provide social, emotional, educational, financial and psychological support services and programs to families of ALL children diagnosed with a life threatening or critical illness such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, hemophilia, renal disorders and other immunologic diseases as well as to adults touched by cancer. Contact the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation at (702) 735-8434, or visit them at www.nvccf.org, for pediatric services, and www.thecaringplacenv.org, for adult services. You can also follow the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

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