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Charity Register: October

Eight opportunities to give back this month.

October 01, 2012

Casa Volunteer Recognition Gala
Event: The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Foundation honors volunteers who provide legal assistance to foster children. The 22nd annual dinner will be accompanied by a silent auction and a cocktail reception honoring KLAS -TV anchor Gary Waddell.
Details: October 6, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

Volunteers in Medicine Ball
Event: Honoring Aurora Wong, Mary Adler, and Dr. Jerry Cade, the event features a silent auction, dinner, dancing, and live auction with emcee Wayne Newton and a performance by Pia Zadora, benefiting Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada.
Details: October 6, The Palazzo Ballroom

Fourth Annual Fashion for Autism
Event: This gala benefits Nevada families living with autism, and Grant a Gift Autism Foundation honors community heroes with a Champagne reception, live auction, dinner, and fashions.
Details: October 10, Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

LVBA Gala Fundraiser
Event: Las Vegas Business Academy’s event raises funds for scholarships for tuition-challenged college students seeking master’s degrees, complete with a cocktail reception, dinner featuring celebrity chefs, and Counting Crows concert. The special honoree is Bill McBeath, CityCenter president and COO.
Details: October 12, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

Sneaker Ball
Event: Pair party attire with stylish sneakers for this event supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. Guests will enjoy stadium fare, cocktails, auctions, and live entertainment.
Details: October 13, Palms Casino Resort;

Style With a Cause
Event: Style With a Cause is an evening of beauty transformations, a fashion show, and fashion tips by stylist and organization founder Jenna Doughton (ABOVE). SWAC benefits Dress for Success Southern Nevada, the Junior League of Las Vegas, and United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council.
Details: October 17, Meet Las Vegas

2nd Annual Harvest for Hope
Event: Families are invited to partake in autumn activities, gourmet tastings from The Cosmopolitan, and drinks provided by Southern Wine and Spirits, to benefit Communities in Schools.
Details: October 19, World Market Center Las Vegas,

30th Annual Fantasy Gala
Event: Honoring the soon-to-open Discovery Children’s Museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center, a special tribute will be given to Robin Greenspun, Jan Laverty Jones, and Barbara Molasky.
Details: October 20, The Mirage Resort & Casino;


Charity Register: September

Five opportunities to give back this month.

August 27, 2012

Ticket to Paradise Gala
Event: The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas gala boasts an “island chic” atmosphere, auction, dinner, and live entertainment.
Details: September 8, Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel

Flavors of the Heart
Event: Join heart chef chair Carla Pellegrino (PICTURED) and the American Heart Association at this multicultural culinary event, featuring food from Las Vegas’s top chefs and restaurants to promote hearthealthy dining.
Details: September 8, World Market Center;

Rock the Walk
Event: This sixth annual outdoor music event raises funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Details: September 14, Springs Preserve

Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo
Event: Cyclists of all ages are welcome to ride along four routes ranging from the Strip to scenic Lake Mead National Park and Red Rock Canyon. Proceeds benefit the UC San Diego Nevada Cancer Institute, After- School All-Stars Las Vegas, and Communities In Schools Nevada.
Details: September 22;

El Sueño De Esperanza Gala
Event: PADRES Contra El Cáncer presents its annual fundraiser for children affected by cancer, hosted by Eva Longoria and emceed by George Lopez.
Details: September 28 and 29, Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel & Casino;



Hot Tickets: Summer's Best Shows

A roundup of the summer's best concerts and shows.

June 06, 2012

The Beach Boys are the inspiration for Surf The Musical

Def Leppard and Poison
Ready to relive the ’80s, long hair and all? These rock stars sure are, as Def Leppard and Poison bring their sugar and thorned roses to Red Rock Casino Amphitheatre on their Rock of Ages tour. With more than 100 million records sold worldwide, and two prestigious Diamond awards to its credit, Def Leppard is an untouchable heavy metal force, and Poison’s invasion of the Top 10 charts has made it an unstoppable musical legend. So get your bandanas ready à la Bret Michaels and head-bang to chart-topping hits and melodic rock anthems.
Red Rock Casino Amphitheatre at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, June 23, 7 PM, 800-745-3000

Surf the Musical
They made waves in the ’60s with their iconic tropical tunes, and now the Beach Boys are back with their good vibrations in Surf The Musical, a throwback musical featuring the best of the Beach Boys’ West Coast harmonies. Developed and directed by Kristin Hanggi, the director of the musical (now a must-see summer film) Rock of Ages, Surf takes us on a journey of the struggles of teenagedom, set to favorite summer anthems from the Beach Boys and choreographed by RJ Durell. Kick off your summer with this musical brimming with California dreamin’, opening in its permanent home at Planet Hollywood.
Planet Hollywood Showroom, opening June 11, 800-745-3000

Seth Meyers
A comedian not typically known for stand-up (or standing at all), Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers gets up from his “Weekend Update” desk July 6 for a one-night-only Las Vegas appearance, as part of The Mirage’s Aces of Comedy series. Meyers’s years in Chicago’s sketch and improv comedy scene helped him earn his big break as a writer/ performer on SNL a decade ago, creating pop culture favorites such as Tina Fey’s popular Sarah Palin impersonation. With five years as a mock anchorman under his belt, and with election season in full swing, expect his stand-up set to focus on current events, from politics to sports and everything in between, including some material too blue for live TV.
Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, July 6, 10 PM, 702-792-7777

Foster the People
Indie pop band Foster the People arrives in Las Vegas for a night of music poolside. The LA-based group formed in 2009 with Mark Foster serving as front man, along with his pals Cubbie Fink and Mark Pontius. Their deceptively upbeat hit song “Pumped Up Kicks” (the lyrics are on the darker side) debuted in 2010 on their website and became an instant viral hit on the radio. A stream of remixes and videos increased the band’s popularity, culminating in a Grammy nod and a multi-album record deal. Their current and first studio album, Torches, features 10 tracks that are a mix of old-school funk and contagious beats.
Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan, July 7, 9 PM, $35, 702-698-7000

Seal with Macy Gray
Two legendary, soulful singers, one night at the Palms: Seal and Macy Gray will bring the house down with a night of unbelievable music from each of their new cover albums. A poignant singer and songwriter, Grammy Award-winning musician Seal has delighted fans and earned critical acclaim with heart-wrenching romantic love songs such as “Kiss from a Rose,” “Don’t Cry,” and “Love’s Divine.” The maestro of soul and R&B has had a remarkable career that spans over two decades and more than 20 million albums worldwide. At the Palms, he will be performing fan favorites and songs from his latest classical album, Soul 2, while Gray will undoubtedly sing “I Try” and tracks from Covered.
The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort, August 4, 7 PM, 702-944-3200

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts kicks off its Broadway series with the smash sensation Wicked, in town for the first time, for a limited six-week engagement. The musical phenomenon has bewitched critics and audiences and won 35 major awards, including a Grammy Award and three Tony Awards. Billed as the untold story of the witches of Oz, Wicked proves a masterful tearjerker, thanks to the direction of two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, who based his hit on the best-selling 1995 novel of the same moniker by Gregory Maguire.
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, August 29–October 7, 702-982-7805



Charity Register: April/May

Nine opportunities to give back this month.

April 04, 2012

Celebrity Poker Tournament
Event: Enjoy a friendly game of no-limit Texas Hold ’Em and spectacular raffle prizes alongside celebrities and poker pros to benefit Opportunity Village. $300 buy-in.
Details: April 7, 1 PM, Caesars Palace Poker Room, 702-880-4096

Governor's Black Tie Invitational
Event: In honor of the Fletcher Jones family of fine dealerships, Governor Brian Sandoval, along with Garry Goett of Southern Highlands, hosts a weekend affair to benefit a variety of charities throughout Southern Nevada. Last year’s Invitational raised nearly $800,000.
Details: April 12–14, Southern Highlands Golf Club, 702-263-1000

Taking of the Mask
The Hands of Comfort Foundation hosts its second annual gala and masquerade ball, hosted by Patrina Wisdom, to raise funds for suicide awareness and prevention for those affected by sudden trauma and emotional distress.
Details: April 28, Meet Las Vegas, 233 S. Fourth St.

Girls Night Out
Join Dana Sporn and Friends of the Shade Tree at its 10th annual Girls Night Out benefit to support the shelter for physically abused and homeless women and children.
Details: May 3, 6:30 PM, Hyde at Bellagio

Race for the Cure
Run or walk (or just sponsor someone who does) in this 5K race to raise funds for breast cancer treatment and research, organized by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.
Details: May 5, Downtown Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience

JDRF's Hope Gala
Honoring Mandalay Bay executive Bill Hornbuckle, the annual Hope Gala benefits JDRF ’s search for a cure for type 1 diabetes. The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, and musical entertainment.
Details: May 11, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 702-732-4794

The Heart Ball
Event: Enjoy an evening in old Las Vegas and celebrate survival at the American Heart Association’s annual fundraising event benefiting research, public education, and community programs.
Details: May 19, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, 702-367-1366;

Human Rights Campaign Gala
Join more than 500 guests to celebrate and support the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
Details: May 19, 6 PM, Wynn Las Vegas;

Party with a Purpose
Co-chaired by UNLV’s Coach Dave Rice, the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser will feature an in-house basketball court where fans can compete against their favorite coaches and past players in a Hot Shot Shootout Challenge.
Details: May 20, 5 PM, Bellagio


Charity Register: March

Four opportunities to give this month.

February 29, 2012

Educational Taste of Excellence
Event: The Cultural Diversity Foundation hosts its 17th annual multicultural gala with wine tasting, spirits, and jazz to help raise funds for students to achieve their goals and to recognize academic achievement in higher education.
Details: March 3, Paris Las Vegas Champagne Ballroom, 6–10 PM, 702-646-2615

CCMSA Spring Fashion Show
Join the Clark County Medical Society Alliance at its 11th annual spring fashion show, “The Art of Fashion,” presented by Neiman Marcus. Special celebrity guest Gordie Brown will emcee the event, which features a Champagne reception and silent auction.
Details: March 8, Four Seasons Hotel, 702-739-9989

Mardi Gras Ball
St. Rose Dominican Hospital hosts its 55th annual Mardi Gras Ball in celebration of the hospital’s commitment to providing compassionate, quality healthcare. All proceeds will benefit cardiac services at St. Rose.
Details: March 17, The Mirage Hotel & Casino, 702-616-5762

Paint the Town Red Gala
The Junior League of Las Vegas’s annual gala honors Madeleine Andress and Punam Mathur for their contributions to the community. Highlights of the evening include a silent auction, cocktails, dinner, and dancing.
Details: March 31, 6 PM, Four Seasons Hotel, 702-822-6536;


Charity Register: November

Five opportunities to give this month.

October 31, 2011

Make-A-Wish Foundation Fashion Show Luncheon
Event: The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada hosts its annual fashion show luncheon, featuring the fashionable designs of Emilio Pucci.
Details: November 3, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at The Forum Shops;

Tony Hawk Foundation's Stand Up for Skateparks 
Event: Enjoy a fun afternoon for a great cause, featuring musical performances, games, and skateboarding and BMX icons.
Details: November 5, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa;

Camelot at the Magical Forest 
Event: Don your holiday finest for a black-tie fundraising gala hosted by Opportunity village and featuring Sean’s Park.
Details: November 5, Opportunity Village;

Women's Club of Sumerlin
Event: Join Sue Bryan and the Women’s Club of Summerlin at their benefit for the Dare to Dream Grant Program.
Details: November 5, JW Marriott;

Dinosaur Ball
Event: Toast the Natural History Museum’s 20th anniversary with a cocktail reception, dinner, and awards presentation to celebrate those who make it all happen.
Details: November 11, The Mirage;


Charity Register: October

Give back and get a thrill with these bike rides, run/walks and costume galas for a cause.

October 06, 2011

RTC Viva Bike Vegas

Las Vegas LIVESTRONG Day Ride
A 20-, 40- or 60-mile cycling outing held by Las Vegas Cancer Foundation in support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation
Details: Oct. 1, Tivoli Village;

FAAN Walk for Food Allergy: Moving Toward a Cure
A walk to raise funds for the Las Vegas Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
Details: Oct. 1, The District at Green Valley Ranch;

2011 National Business Aviation Association/Corporate Angel Network Charity Benefit
A concert featuring the Beach Boys to benefit Corporate Angel Network, which matches cancer patients in need of travel with seats on private corporate jets
Details: Oct. 11, Grand Ballroom at Bellagio, all-inclusive ticket: $295, entertainment-only ticket: $100;

Danny Gans Memorial Champions Run For Life
A 5K run and one-mile run/walk benefiting Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, with host Donny Osmond
Details: Oct. 15, Discovery Park;

RTC Viva Bike Vegas 2011
A Regional Transportation Commission-hosted 17-, 60- or 103-mile course ride to benefit Nevada Cancer Institute, After-School All-Stars Las Vegas and Nevada Child  Seekers
Details: Oct. 15, Town Square, $150;

Notte Di Carnevale
A black-tie-optional gala honoring Siegfried & Roy and supporting the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow, which helps unemployed and underemployed Nevada residents return to work
Details: Oct. 15, Palace Ballroom at Caesars Palace, $400;

El Sueño De Esperanza
Padres Contra El Cáncer (Parents Against Cancer) gala, presented by spokesperson Eva Longoria, with master of ceremonies George Lopez
Details: Oct. 14 and 15, Tropicana, $1,000–$5,000;

Jean-Louis Palladin Dinner
Seven-course dinner benefiting the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant. Hosted by André Rochat, with cuisine by local chefs, including Luciano Pellegrini, Barry Dakake and Geno Bernardo
Details: Oct. 16, Alizé at Palms, $295;

Fantasy Gala
A costumed or black-tie gala hosted by the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum honoring the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation with the 2011 Great Friend to Kids Award
Details: Oct. 22, The Mirage, $500;


Charity Register: September 25–October 6

Mark your calendar with these five fall causes for celebration.

August 23, 2011

Opportunity Vilage's Camelot at the Magical Forest Gala

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
What: Rock the Walk
When: September 25
Where: The Springs Preserve
A barbecue dinner and family-friendly concert by Christy Molasky and the Music Junkies under the stars to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Nevada chapter. 702-732-4795;

Andre Agassi Foundation for Education
What: 16th Annual Grand Slam for Children
When: October 29
Where: Wynn Las Vegas
See performances by Train, Smokey Robinson and Jimmy Kimmel, as well as the unveiling of the Grand Slam for Children commemorative artwork, at this cocktail party, gourmet dinner and live auction to benefit the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. 702-227-5700;

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada
What: Annual Fashion Show Luncheon 2011
When: November 3
Where: Spago, The Forum Shops at Caesars
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada hosts its 10th anniversary celebration, with a fashion show featuring models outfitted in Emilio Pucci designs and the annual Wish Auction. 702-932-2800;

Opportunity Village
What: Camelot at the Magical Forest Gala
When: November 5
Where: Opportunity Village, West Oakey Campus
A winter wonderland gala event honoring Pat and Mike Morrissey and celebrating the winter season. The evening will benefit Opportunity Village, which serves those with intellectual disabilities through vocational training. RSVP

Communities in Schools
What: Vogue presents an evening to benefit Communities in Schools
When: October 6
Where: Wynn Las Vegas
Vogue darling and designer Oscar de la Renta will present a fashion show followed by a fabulous cocktail party to benefit Communities in Schools Nevada, which bolsters education and school resources in Nevada.

—Stephanie Stark


Coming Up: Cosmoprof Beauty Trade Show

Can't make it to the show? FIT's "trend scouts" have got you covered.

May 29, 2011

Cosmoprof North America launches its first joint venture with the celebrated Fashion Institute of Technology. The high-profile beauty convention with roots in Italy will get a dose of youthful energy thanks to the partnership: FIT student “trend scouts” will attend and then use Twitter and Facebook to share news with those in the industry who couldn’t make it to Vegas. July 31 to August 2 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.


Elvis Presley Tribute

Cirque du Soleil hails The King in Viva Elivis

January 21, 2011


With so many Elvis Presley songs dear to her heart, the King’s ex-wife, Priscilla, does admit to having some favorites: “In the Ghetto,” “If I Can Dream,” “An American Trilogy,” “Memories” and “From a Jack to a King.” Possibly her all-time number-one Elvis tune? “Blue Suede Shoes,” which Cirque du Soleil chose to open with for its Viva Elvis. “It’s a celebration and their tribute to a beloved man,” Priscilla says. “The gigantic stage, the opening, their creative mix—it’s all for Elvis.”

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