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Las Vegas - July 18, 2014

First F.I.O.R.E. Meeting July 2004

On Sunday evening, the members of F.I.O.R.E. (Fun Italians Organizing Ridiculous Events) will gather at the Italian American Club to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the non-club club.
And they said it wouldn't last! Among those who were in attendance at the first official non-meeting meeting of the non-club club F.I.O.R.E. 10 years ago, were (in politically correct alphabetical order - hopefully with names spelled right) Peter Anthony, Freddie Bell, Joe Beringhele, Mike Christ, Pat Cooper, Joseph J. DeBlase, Jerry Fink, Chick Hughes, Sonny King, Rolando Larraz, Rich Little, Michel Marten, Jorge Montalva and George Montalva Jr., Babe Pier, Cork Proctor, Frankie Randall, Steve Rossi, Ken Sands, Michael Schaefer, Jerry Shafer, Frank Silvero, Mike Tessiero, Joey Villa, Conrad Villella, and, of course, Nelson Sardelli, who invented it (see accompanying photo). In the beginning, F.I.O.R.E. was a men's thing, but they have wised up since then.

And the saga continues...
Although a number of F.I.O.R.E. presidents (all the male members are presidents) have passed on, friends and supporters carry the torch in their memory. More than 120 presidents and first ladies have made plans to be at Sunday night's anniversary party, taking place at the Italian American Club, 2333 E. Sahara, beginning at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5). The evening will include a delicious buffet dinner, prize drawings, and live entertainment featuring Gary Anderson & The F.I.O.R.E. Anniversary Orchestra. Cost is $25 per person, with all widows of past-presidents as guests of F.I.O.R.E. (new boyfriends are on their own). Dress to impress, if you will. RSVPs are mandatory. Contact [email protected]. The F.I.O.R.E. is not for everyone. Before you commit to a F.I.O.R.E. event, it is strongly suggested that you visit the About Us page at

And speaking of Nelson Sardelli (which we do often), he will be the guest on The Voices of a Generation radio show, hosted by comic impressionist Rich Natole, this Monday afternoon on KDWN 720 AM at 1 p.m. Should be most interesting. Tune in if you are near a radio. Voices of a Generation also happens to be the name of Natole's live stage show.

Rich Natole

Splash Reunion #1

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A reunion of former Splash cast members and their friends and relatives was held in Las Vegas recently. The water-based production ran at the Riviera from 1985 to 2006. Among those in attendance to share memories at two different home parties were (alphabetically), Eddie Avila, Chrissy Best, Ann Olsen Bode, Linda Collins, Gae Erickson, Splash creator Jeff Kutash and his lady Lina, Nanette "No No" Martin, Tom Meyer, Ruffy Mugica, Jolli Neal, Steve and Dana Notario, Winston O'Rourke, Grant Philipo, Suzan Hiett Rawlings, Suzanne Shelp, Reuben Tan, Linda Shelley Tannenbaum and her husband Nate Tannenbaum, Cindy Tarte, and Ludo Vika. A number of the veteran Splash cast members had been in Kutash's Dancin' Machine before joining the Riviera production.

Splash Reunion #2

Splash Reunion #3

Photo captions: Splash Reunion #1 (left to right): Lady Lina, Jeff Kutash & Ludo Vika. Splash Reunion #2: Tom Meyer, Suzan Heitt Rawlings, Linda Collins, Ludo Vika & Steve Notario. Splash Reunion #3: Jolli Neal, Linda Collins, Dana Notario & Winston O'Rourke. Nate and Linda Shelley Tannenbaum, Cindy Tarte & Linda Collins.
Thanks to Grant Philipo for the photos, and to Steve Notario for helping to identify the folks in the pictures.

Splash Reunion #4

Gabriella Versace

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Don't forget the Performing Arts Society of Nevada's It's Swing! So Get Up and Dance! variety show, featuring Randall Patterson, Laurie Caceres and Gabriella Versace among the performers, this Sunday, July 20th at 2 p.m. at the Winchester Theater, 3130 McLeod Dr. (east of Eastern and north of Desert Inn). Doors open at 1:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $18 at the door with unreserved seating. For more information on how to purchase tickets, please call PASNV at (702) 658-6741, or email to [email protected]. The Performing Arts Society of Nevada is a non-profit organization, dedicated to affordably bringing the Performing Arts to the public and creating a venue for artists to explore new work and hone their craft. The society has been conducting programs and educational trips for more than 20 years.

Sharp-eyed reader, MK, sent along this e-mail to Cousin Claire...
Your article from the 11th has Gabriella at the Winchester Theater Sunday the 20th at 2pm. Other publications have her at the Starbright Theatre as a member of the Grant Griffin and the Las Vegas Divas production also on the 20th at 3pm. Is she really doing both? Regards and thanks!

No, MK, Gabriella Versace is not doing both. Before a date change, Gabriella had been scheduled to be part of the show at the Starbright Theatre on the 20th (publicity information for the Starbright shows has to be in many weeks before the programs), but due to a scheduling change following a flooded theater at the Starbright, many shows had to be cancelled or rescheduled, including the one with Gabriella. That is the explanation. Thank you for reading, MK, and writing.

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Actor Bill Nolte, who portrayed Franz Liebkind in The Producers during the Las Vegas run of the Mel Brooks romp, is currently starring as Joe Boyd in Damn Yankees, playing at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York, through July 30th. The popular musical includes the Jerry Ross and Richard Adler songs, "(You've Gotta Have) Heart," "Whatever Lola Wants," and "Those Were the Good Old Days." Nolte recently won the 2013- 2014 Connecticut Critics Circle Award as Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Tony in The Most Happy Fella at Goodspeed Opera House on East Haddam, Connecticut.

Bill Nolte & Leslie Becker

Artie & Shem Schroeck

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Shem Schroeck, son of Las Vegan Artie Schroeck, will be playing bass and singing with special guest, Don Felder, at next Friday's (July 25th) Styx and Foreigner concert at the Orleans Arena. Shem, also known as Shem von Schroeck (son of Arthur), is a musician, singer, bassist, and drummer. He is the eldest son of musician Artie Schroeck, and was a member of the band Ambrosia, playing with them off and on since 1989. He then worked with Kenny Loggins in the 1990s. He was also a backup musician for many other artists, such as Steve Perry, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones, Jim Messina, Tanya Tucker, Peter Cetera, Amy Grant, Sheena Easton, and Patti Austin. Starting in 2004, Shem added opera to his repertoire, singing as a tenor. Here is some interesting information we found on the Internet, regarding the bands and their members. Styx's name - in Greek mythology, it's the river between Earth and Hades, and the only moniker the band could agree upon when they formed. They have had 16 Top 40 singles. Founding members still in Styx are guitarist/ vocalist, Tommy Shaw; bassist, Chuck Panozzo; and guitarist/vocalist, James "J.Y." Young. Vocalist/keyboardist Lawrence Gowan steps in for Dennis DeYoung. Styx showstoppers include "Renegade" and "Come Sail Away." Regarding Foreigner's name - when they formed, two of the members were English and the other three were American, meaning someone in the band would always be a foreigner, no matter what country they were in. Foreigner has sold more than 80 million albums, making them one of the most popular bands of all time. Original Foreigner lead guitarist, who "still makes that six-string scream," is Mick Jones. Sing-along Foreigner ballad that features a rousing choir, "I Want to Know What Love Is." Don Felder is the former lead guitarist of The Eagles and an established solo artist. He got his first guitar by trading a bunch of cherry bombs at the local five-and-dime. Since then, the collector has amassed nearly 300 instruments. His best-known guitars are the Gibson Les Paul and Gibson EDS-1275 he plays during concerts. Concert time at the Orleans Arena on the 25th is 7 p.m. Doors open at 6.

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Our Las Vegas Media Group connection, busy Lisa Gioia- Acres, is running a little late this month, but here is the info for Monday's luncheon. This coming Monday, July 21st, the special LVMG guest will be retired Las Vegas City Manager, Ashley Hall, who served as Las Vegas City Manager from 1983 to 1991. The meeting will take place at Las Ventanas, 10401 W Charleston Blvd. The cost of the luncheon is $17. Social hour starts at 11 a.m., and lunch is served at 11:30. RSVPs are needed. Please RSVP to Lisa at [email protected], or (702) 245-9206. The phone number for Las Ventanas is (702) 360-2662.

Ashley Hall Las Vegas Media Group Guest Speaker

Palazzo Jackpot Winner Susan Cupit

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Luck was on Susan Cupit's side during her recent trip to Las Vegas. An avid gambler, Cupit's persistence paid off. After winning $1,500 on Bally's Hot Shot Progressive video slot last Friday night, the wins kept on coming and coming. Early on Sunday morning, the lucky Californian hit a $2.6 million jackpot on the same machine. Cupit, a 57-year-old homemaker from Palm Desert, Calif., hit the $2,690,428.99 jackpot while playing Bally's one- cent denomination Hot Shot Progressive video slot at The Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 13. "It made that click sound and stopped on the jackpot. I thought, 'I must have won something big,'" she said. "I knew it was a progressive but I never looked up. All of a sudden I had 100 people crowding around me saying I'd won $2.6 million." She said her husband was relieved they'd be able to live comfortably in retirement. She said that with her massive winnings, they would also do some remodeling on their house and could now fulfill their dream of buying a motorhome and traveling the country after her husband retires. "We just celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary," she said. "I'm very happy I could do this for him." Cupit and her husband, Mark, are originally from the Seattle area, where they raised their two sons. They used to gamble in Reno, but since moving to Palm Desert, they visit Las Vegas every few months and stay at The Palazzo. On Saturday night, her husband went upstairs at 11 p.m. Cupit decided to keep playing. Shortly after midnight, she put $100 in the same Hot Shot machine that paid her $1,500 on Friday. She said she likes the game because of the wheel and the variety of bonuses. She had been playing for about an hour when she hit the huge jackpot. "You always say, 'I'm going to hit the big one, but you never really think it's going to happen,'" she said. "I'm really taken aback by the amount of people--complete strangers--that are just so happy for me. Truly, I've never had more hugs and handshakes and smiles. It's been just an absolutely wonderful experience." Bally's Hot Shot Progressive is an awe-inspiring double-wheel configuration of the popular brand featured on a 42-inch vertical display sitting atop a 22-inch, high-definition screen. The game features popular play mechanics, touch-activated interaction, progressives, and free games.

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David and Debora Loeb pass along this information...
They would like to let music lovers know about the opening of a Vegas newcomer at the Encore's Eastside Lounge. The musician's name is Michael Monge, and he will be performing Las Vegas classic and contemporary standards, Wednesdays through Mondays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Michael Monge was discovered by Steve Wynn in Florida. The Loebs were a part of his music prep team for the show, and look forward to their friends coming to the hotel to support live music with a live rhythm section of talented musicians, including Jamie Grant on piano, Jeff Davis on bass, and UNLV student Austin Pooley on drums. Deb Loeb is Monge's vocal coach, and David Loeb his music supervisor and responsible for asking that a LIVE trio of excellent musicians be included in the Encore Eastside Lounge performances. There is a dance floor for your enjoyment. The lounge is beautiful, open to the public and has no cover charge. See you there, any night but Tuesdays.
By the way, talented young drummer, Austin Pooley, is the son of singer/actress Tina Walsh (EFX, Mamma Mia!, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, and The Phantom of the Opera touring company). Must be something in the genes.

Elaine Stritch 1925-2014

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Broadway legend, Elaine Stritch, passed away yesterday, July 17th, at the age of 89. The Tony and Emmy-winner died in her home in Birmingham, Michigan. Stritch, whose stage career began in the 1940s, is perhaps best known for her association with Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, his musical, Company, and the song "Ladies Who Lunch" in particular. She was nominated for a Tony for the original 1970 production. Before that, she was nominated for Tonys for William Inge's 1955 play, Bus Stop, and Noël Coward's 1961 musical, Sail Away. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1995. Her big screen credits include two Woody Allen movies, September and Small Time Crooks, and in more recent films like Autumn in New York, Monster-in-Law, and ParaNorman. Starting in 2007, Stritch achieved another level of household-name fame, playing Colleen, the pushy, outspoken mother to Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghey on NBC's 30 Rock. She was nominated for five Emmy Awards for her performance, and won one. She won another Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty. That show also netted her a long-awaited Tony award, for Best Special Theatrical Event, as well as a Drama Desk award. In 2013, Stritch left New York and her residence at the Carlyle Hotel, where she was a fixture and an icon for decades, to move to Michigan, where she said she was "going to take it easy." Most recently, Stritch was the subject of a documentary, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.

Arthur Lincoln of Santa Barbara, California, passed away on July 6th at the age of 94. He was born Irving Strull in New York, but changed his name when he became a successful opera singer. A trained opera Baritone, Art's professional highlights included performances on Broadway, The New York City Opera, The Stuttgart Opera, The Augsburg Opera, The BBC Radio and TV, The Frankfurt Casino, the Strasbourg Casino and The Lido Cabaret in Paris. In the late 1940s, Mr. Lincoln performed on the Queen Elizabeth and in European nightclubs and cabarets with the Ben Yost Quartet. He then toured with the US Air Force in Europe and North Africa, performing in both Service Clubs for Strategic Air Command, and on the Armed Forces Network. It was during a Service Club performance in Regensburg, Germany, that Art met the love of his life, Anne Kasper, to whom he was married for almost 60 years, until her death in 2010. They lived abroad and traveled through Europe together while Arthur was performing as MC for Holiday on Ice and Buster Crabbe's Aqua Parade. The Lincolns returned to the United States in the late 1950s, and lived in Greenwich Village for several years before settling in Santa Barbara in the 1960s. Art became General Manager of the Kasper family's historic Hotel de Riviera on Carrillo Street. He remained active in the theater and in performing, and, for decades, was the Cantor at various temples in California and Las Vegas for High Holidays. Art also won lead roles in local productions, earning glowing reviews for Annie Get Your Gun, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Tosca. Donations in Arthur Lincoln's memory may be made to: Assisted Home Hospice, 302 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103. There was no funeral service. Condolences may be sent to: Judith Strull at 61 Ellison Road, Newton, MA 02459.

Arthur Lincoln RIP

RIP Joe LaVigna

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More than 75 people attended the graveside service for Las Vegan Joe LaVigna, who passed away on July 6th, shortly after his 70th birthday. Cousins, Teddy and Anita, flew in from Philadelphia to say goodbye to Joe. They said he "looked fabulous" in a white linen suit and lavender polka dot tie. The white casket was covered with gardenias, Joe's favorite flower, and his friend, DeJuan Manning, placed Joe's white fedora hat on top of the casket. Many of his friends shared memories of Joe at the graveside. The celebration of Joe's life held at his beautiful home was attended by a huge crowd of friends and, as a token of remembrance, each guest was given the opportunity to take one of Joe's cherished cookbooks home with them. Former Ms. Senior Nevada, Marilyn Faye O'Leary, sang "Ave Maria" and "The Lord's Prayer." Unfortunately, we did not get the name of the woman who conducted the beautiful service. Among those who came to pay their last respects to Joe were Cindy Doumani, Sandy Peltyn, Tempest Storm, Lou Garcia, Gary Oakes, Rob Garrett, Rosanna Telford, Dori Kotzan, Adrienne Gottlieb, and cast members from the Vegas Follies, in which Joe performed. Joe LaVigna's smiling face will be missed.

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This Sunday, July 20th from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Nik Mastrangelo and the Nik at Nite Trio will celebrate the Music of Harold Arlen in the Piazza Lounge at the Tuscany.They had a lot of fun last Sunday as they celebrated the music of Sammy Cahn. It's always gratifying to see how surprised people are when they realize the number of great songs by any given composer, and Sammy Cahn certainly had more than his share. In addition to the great trio of Chad Michaels on keys, Bob Sachs on bass, and Mike Mechem on drums, the crowd was treated to the über- talented Joey Singer who dropped by to sit in on keys after his Mamma Mia!, gig as well as the vocals of Mary Callanan, one of the stars of that production. This Sunday, Nik and company revisit the music of Harold Arlen, which we last celebrated three-and-a-half months ago, with some new songs added. Please join Chad, Bob, Mike and Nik at the coolest and most comfortable lounge in town. You never know what surprise guests will join in. The Piazza Lounge is located in the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side) at 255 E Flamingo.

Nik at Nite

Susan Oliver

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The Lon Bronson Band will be playing right off the Vegas Strip, Saturday, July 19th. With music from 10:30 p.m., to 1:30 a.m., the popular group of musicians will perform one show only, also at the Tuscany, but in the Tspot Lounge at the hotel on Flamingo, just east of Bally's. In recent years, The Lon Bronson Band has played in rooms in outlying hotel venues, as well as at The Smith Center. It is a rarity to have Bronson and company so centrally located at an easy access venue, with easy parking and no cover charge! Very cool little lounge here - kinda like going back to their roots. This is one time only so please don't miss it. Note...Although the Tuscany website says they go on at 10 p.m., the band really starts at 10:30 p.m. They WILL play till 1:30.

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Author Stephen Michael Shearer (bios on Patricia Neal, Hedy Lamarr and Gloria Swanson) sends along this information for our Las Vegas readers (thank goodness for those who keep us informed about what is going on, in Vegas and around the country)...
On Thursday, July 31st, there will be a premiere screening of a feature documentary that Stephen is in. It will play at the Brenden Theatres IMAX at the Palms. The documentary is called THE GREEN GIRL, a feature length documentary on the life and career of actress Susan Oliver. A brilliant film, it is directed by George Pappy (FEW OPTIONS), and features interviews with several stars who worked with Susan (Lee Meriwether, David Hedison, Gary Conway, etc.). Stephen is but "a talking head," sharing stories about Oliver (check out IMDB to see who else is in the film). Reservations HAVE to be made by Monday to satisfy the house. For more details about the event, see: They need to have 65 reservations by Monday, or the event will be cancelled. There is no risk. You won't be charged for your tickets (a reasonable $10.50) unless they hit 65 reservations by the deadline. Please help - reserve your seats TODAY! Mr. Shearer will be there for sure, and will talk right after the screening along with a couple of other participants in the film. So, mark your calendars for THE GREEN GIRL Las Vegas premiere screening, 9 p.m. Thursday, July 31st, at the Brenden Theatres IMAX at the Palm, 4321 W. Flamingo in Las Vegas.

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We have said it before, and we will say it again..."they always come back." This especially pertains to entertainers who leave Las Vegas for what they think will be greener pastures. Over the years, there have been many. In recent months, the "unwritten rule" applies to Dondino, Bob Anderson, Mark Giovi, Lynn Ross, and now, drummer/Cadillac marketing maven, LJ Harness. On April 25th, 2014, Cousin Claire wrote "After almost five years as a Las Vegan, LJ Harness is giving up the excitement of living in the Entertainment Capital of the World, and returning to Florida, from whence he came. We told about his history here, and ended the paragraph by saying, "We will miss his presence in Las Vegas, and hope his decision to return to Florida is a good one. If you change your mind, LJ, the Welcome to Las Vegas sign is at the south end of the Strip. It didn't take LJ very long to realize that he should be living and working in Las Vegas, not in Florida. Welcome back.

LJ Harness

Happy Birthday Serena Sobel

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Spotted Erich Bergen in a preview of the new, upcoming CBS TV series, Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni, Tim Daly and Bebe Neuwirth. Busy, busy Mr. Bergen, who played Bob Gaudio in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys, is currently portraying the onetime member of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the Clint Eastwood directed film.

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Tab Hunter

Kay Starr

Happy birthday to Cancer celebrants (Why does that sound wrong?), June 21-July 22. Among them are Brandon Flowers, Kris Allen (American Idol), Kathy Mattea, Cyndi Lauper, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon), Alan Osmond, Erin Brockovich, Todd Rundgren, Randy Jackson (American Idol), Jason Mraz, Jack Carter, Mick Fleetwood, Solange Knowles, Jimmie "JJ" Walker, Carly Simon, Serena Sobel, Billy Davis Jr., Chris Isaak, Gretchen Wilson, Robert Davi, George Michael, Drake Bell, Lorrie Morgan, Mel Brooks, John Byner, Kellie Pickler, Richard Lewis, Bill Acosta, Mike Tyson, David Alan Grier, Twyla Tharp, Deborah Harry (Blondie), Pamela Anderson, Missy Elliott, Dan Aykroyd, Johnny Lee, Betty Buckley, Hunter Tylo, Montel Williams, Audra McDonald, John Waite, John Argent, Neil Simon, Geraldo Rivera, Bill Withers, Huey Lewis, Marc Cohn, Della Reese, Fred Dryer, Doc Severinsen, Ringo Starr, Michelle Kwan, Roz Ryan, Steve Lawrence, Loretta Holloway, Jan Rouven, Toby Keith, Ed Ames, John Tesh, Tab Hunter, Courtney Love, Jerry Herman, Arlo Guthrie, Bela Fleck, Jessica Simpson, Bill Cosby, Richie Sambora, Bonnie Pointer, Peter Cincotti, Toni Sandoval, Christine McVie, Kristi Yamaguchi, Joey Gian, Louise Mandrell, Cheech Marin, Tommy Mottola, Diahann Carroll, Linda Ronstadt, Eddie Griffin, Michael Flatley, Mimi Hines, Lucie Arnaz, David Hasselhoff, Cook E. Jarr, Dion DiMucci, Martha Reeves, Ricky Skaggs, Vikki Carr, Brian May, Peter Barton, T.G. Sheppard, Kim Carnes, Carlos Santana, Julianne Hough, Kay Starr, Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Steven Lee Cowart, Robin Williams, Jon Lovitz, Damian Marley, Cork Proctor, David Spade, Don Henley, Bobby Sherman, Tony Ruivivar, Deano Noto, Denyce Tuller, Jennifer Porter, Scott Humphries, Lee Plotkin, Jeanette Shead, Michael Cagle, Steve Lippia, Philip Fortenberry, Jeanne Bavaro, Skye Dee Miles, Julie Newman Olds, Connie Boyd, and Ronnie Fabre.
And happy anniversary to Steve and Ronnie Fabre Golden, Marvin and Linda Glynn Lashever, and Dana and Kristen Hertzenberg Satterwhite.

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Comprehensive Cancer Center Sunscreen Station

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) has teamed up with Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas for a community-focused partnership that encourages park guests to keep skin safety at the top-of-their mind. The components of this "first of its kind" partnership include a colorful sunscreen kiosk upon entrance to Wet'n'Wild, offering complimentary SPF 30 sunscreen to visitors for the remainder of the park's operating season. Additionally, the kiosk is adorned with skin safety tips for guests to keep in mind not only during their visit to the park, but in their daily lives. Park-wide audio messages also will play periodically throughout the day, reminding guests to apply sunscreen and offering other proactive tips. Two additional kiosks, located at the entrance to Red Rock Bay wave pool and Splash Island, will be installed in the coming weeks. The free sunscreen is a paraben-free, oxybenzone-free and waterproof blend. The broad-spectrum sunscreen fully protects skin against potentially harmful UV-A and UV-B rays, when applied and reapplied appropriately. The sunscreen kiosk and additional elements comprising the partnership were designed with all ages in mind and to urge park visitors to stay proactive with skin protection. "Many negative skin conditions are fully avoidable with a hands-on approach and preventative measures," said James Kilber, executive director of CCCN. "This partnership is ideal as it promotes fun in the sun, but also encourages safe behavior and tips on preventing skin damage. We hope that park guests will take advantage of the awareness messaging and free sunscreen throughout the remainder of the season." Now, Wet'n'Wild guests who simply forgot their sunscreen, or need to conveniently reapply without interrupting the fun, have cost-free options within the park. "Our partnership with CCCN of Nevada to provide free sunscreen and skin safety tips at the park is a great example of our mission to provide a fun, safe and memorable experience for our guests throughout the season," said Takuya Ohki, general manager of Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas." Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada (CCCN) is an award-winning multidisciplinary oncology group comprising medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, breast surgery and clinical research, with 11 treatment centers and offices throughout Southern Nevada. For more than 35 years, the practice has provided oncology services to patients in and out of state with a specialized physician and nursing staff. CCCN offers state-of-the-art technologies, latest advancements in cancer treatment and groundbreaking clinical research through national affiliations with The US Oncology Network and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. The practice participates in more than 170 Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical research studies each year and has played a role in developing 49 FDA-approved cancer therapies, accounting for nearly one-third of all approved therapies to date. For more information, visit the company's web site at One of the world's most iconic water park brands, Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas opened for its second season with expanded hours, a longer operating season, a new slide that opened Memorial Day weekend and other improvements. It is Nevada's premier water park with more than 25 slides and attractions, and a place for both thrill seekers and families. For the more daring, the multimillion dollar park features the new Tornado, the world's premier funnel slide that catapults riders through a swirling 45-foot- wide funnel; Rattler, the first slide of its kind in North America, and Constrictor, an extreme water slide featuring some of the tightest turns. Families and those desiring a more relaxing experience enjoy Splash Island, the interactive children's area with kid friendly slides and a giant dumping bucket; Colorado Cooler lazy river; and Red Rock Bay wave pool. With great amenities including shaded areas, private cabanas and misting, Wet'n'Wild is ideally located off I-215, at Sunset Road and Ft. Apache Road. The park is a partnership between Village Roadshow Theme Parks, the majority owner and overseer of day-to- day operations, and Las Vegas investors through SPB Partners, one of Nevada's first private equity funds. For information, visit

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