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Charity Register: Spring 2013

Six opportunities to give.

February 25, 2013

Women's Philanthropy United Luncheon
Event: A Van Cleef & Arpels raffle, a Vasari fashion show, and guest speaker author Iris Krasnow are some of the highlights of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas’s annual women-only charity event.
Details: March 14, The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino

Knight of the Gael
Event: Mike and Patty Morrissey will be honored at the 31st annual Knight of the Gael, Bishop Gorman High School’s signature event, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and various speakers from the school. Proceeds benefit the school’s extensive scholarship program.
Details: March 21, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational
Event: The superstar athlete with an equally admirable philanthropic side returns with his annual celeb-drawing golf tournament. Hosted by Aria Resort & Casino, the event benefits several charities, including Opportunity Village and Cats Care.
Details: April 4–7, Shadow Creek Golf Course

Opportunity Village Poker Tournament
Event: Committed to enriching the lives of those living with disabilities, Opportunity Village presents its annual no-limit Texas Hold’em Celebrity Poker Tournament.
Details: April 6, Caesars Palace Poker Room

Chefs for Kids
Event: Join Chefs for Kids at an evening hosted by news anchor Dave Courvoisier and featuring a gourmet dinner and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit the charity, which battles child hunger through free meals and nutrition education.
Details: April 20, Caesars Palace

Best in Show
Event: Presented by, the 10th annual Best in Show is The Animal Foundation’s biggest fundraising and adoption event of the year, with a celebrity emcee and a dog show with more than 50 adoptable pets competing in different categories.
Details: April 28, Orleans Arena

Photography by Chris Weeks/WireImage


George Strait’s Final Tour

Martina McBride joins Strait for a Superbowl eve show, part of “The Cowboy Rides Away” tour.

January 16, 2013

George Strait and Martina McBride’s annual joint tour has always been much anticipated in Vegas, but this year’s Superbowl weekend stop, on February 2, will be epic. Though Strait will continue to write and record new music, his current 2013-2014 tour, dubbed “The Cowboy Rides Away,” will be his last. Strait, who has sold more than 70 million albums in his 32-year career, is a big seller in country-friendly Vegas, and the Superbowl eve performance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena is expected to draw huge crowds. Show-stopping country beauty and “This One’s For the Girls” singer McBride joins Strait as his opener for the third time, performing her hits and songs off her eleventh album release, Eleven. With more than 60 number one hits between them, the magnetic duo will certainly keep fans entertained. MGM Grand, 702-474-4000;

—Emma Trotter


Charity Register: Winter 2013

Six opportunities to give back during the winter months.

January 14, 2013

The Color Run

NCMEC Celebrity Golf Tournament
Event: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), cofounded by John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted, invites celebrities and sponsors to tee up at the Tournament Players Club for their 14th annual golf tournament.
Details: January 10, Tournament Players Club Las Vegas

Chefs for Kids 5K Run/Walk
Event: This 5K Run/Fun Walk supports Chefs for Kids’ efforts to eliminate malnutrition in children. Every participant will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt, goodie bag, and pancake breakfast.
Details: January 19, Wayne Bunker Family Park

Black & White Ball
Event: The Nevada Ballet Theatre honors celebrated dancer, singer, and actress Mitzi Gaynor as its 2013 Woman of the Year at the annual Black & White Ball. Guests will mingle with local celebrities, dignitaries, VIPs, and arts supporters at the event sponsored by Cartier.
Details: January 26, Bellagio

Laps for Charity
Event: Drive three laps around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 75 mph to help support local children in need. All proceeds will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities, which has been funding children’s organizations in Southern Nevada since 1999.
Details: January 27, Las Vegas Motor Speedway

AFSP Community Walk
Event: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) invites the community to join them for the Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Fundraising will benefit suicide research, education, prevention advocacy, and survivor research.
Details: February 9, Centennial Hills Park

The Color run
Event: Runners and walkers of all speeds are welcome at this crazy and colorful 5K benefiting Three Square Food Bank.
Details: February 16, North Las Vegas Boulevard

photography courtesy of the josh stevens foundation (detwiler), the color run (runner); by corky buczyk (bracelet), john shearer/getty images for vanity fair (gaynor), noel vasquez/getty images (walsh)


Celine Dion Charitable Concert

On January 20, Dion will perform a special show to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

January 08, 2013

Celine Dion is upping the ante of her resident show, Celine, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a one-night-only charitable performance to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation—a cause close to Dion’s heart. The event is being called “Adding Tomorrows with Celine Dion” and will take place on January 20 at 8 p.m.

The concert will consist of Dion’s regular show, but with special additions and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation messaging. There will also be a limited number of tax-deductable VIP packages, ranging from $4,000 to $25,000, available for the performance. Packages include premium seating, an invitation to a cocktail reception, a group photo with Dion, a VIP dinner and admission to the show’s afterparty at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, plus one night accommodations at Caesars Palace, round-trip airport-to-hotel transportation, and a limited edition VIP collector gift.

Both a powerful international figure in the pop music world and a cherished local entertainer, Dion is also widely known for her charitable contributions. This particular cause hits close to home, as her niece Karine died of Cystic Fibrosis 20 years ago. Caesars Palace, 877-4-CELINE (423-5463);;

—Emma Trotter
photography by Gérard Schachmes


Charity Register: December 2012

Six opportunities to give back this month.

December 03, 2012

Great Santa Run
Event: Locals and tourists are invited to partake in this festive run benefiting Opportunity Village that will fill the streets with participants dressed in red and white Santa gear.
Details: December 1, Town Square;

Toys for Tots
Event: Run by the United States Marine Corps, Toys for Tots is a program that ensures underprivileged children will have a gift for the holiday season. Cadillac of Las Vegas is sponsoring the fourth annual celebrity benefit show, hosted by Zowie Bowie (pictured). The community is invited to bring an unwrapped toy or donation and enjoy a night of music featuring local favorites Trent “the King” Carlini, Gordie Brown, and others.
Details: December 1, LVH; Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon
Event: The aim of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is to improve the quality of life for those affected by the diseases. and the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon series team up to benefit CCFA with an evening run through the Strip.
Details: December 2, Las Vegas Boulevard;

All in for CP
Event: Join celebrities including cohosts Cheryl Hines and poker pro Karina Jett (pictured) for a no-limit Texas Hold’em tournament, benefiting the One Step Closer Foundation, whose goal is to ease the lives of those with cerebral palsy.
Details: December 8, Venetian;

Night of Lights
Event: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children hosts its sixth annual Night of Lights to celebrate the ranch and its mission of supporting local children. Bring the kids to this holiday event and enjoy a special menu crafted by the owners of Campione D’Italia.
Details: December 8, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children;

Home for the Holidays
Event: Adopt at the shops—Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus to be exact—where 25-30 dogs from The Animal Foundation will be waiting to find forever homes.
Details: December 8, Fashion Show;



Charity Register: November 2012

Opportunities To Give

November 08, 2012

Wolfgang Puck Senior Managing Partner Tom Kaplan

Event: The Brady Bunch and Broadway star Florence Henderson will headline the fourth annual Evening of Cabaret to benefit Aid For AIDS of Nevada (AFAN). Founded in 1984, AFAN provides support for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in southern Nevada.
Details: November 8, 8 pm, The Smith Center;

Event: Opportunity Village’s black-tie dinner gala honors Bill and Susan Walters of the Walters Family Campus at OV, which provides education, training, and employment opportunities for hundreds of people with intellectual disabilities.
Details: November 15, Opportunity Village at the Magical Forest, Oakey Campus;

Event: Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada will celebrate a fall fashion show at Spago (Wolfgang Puck Senior Managing Partner Tom Kaplan, above) showcasing Neiman Marcus fashions with a three-course lunch, raffle, and auction. Make-A-Wish is a grassroots organization that fulfills the wishes of children with lifethreatening medical conditions.
Details: November 15, Spago at The Forum Shops at Caesars;

Event: The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus will honor Elie Wiesel with the eighth annual In Pursuit of Excellence Award. The award is granted to leaders who work on behalf of the community, provide philanthropic support, and demonstrate high moral standards.
Details: November 17, Venetian;

Event: The National Foster Parent Association will hold the fifth annual 5k walk to raise awareness and funds to support the 513,000 children in foster care in America. Help by walking or simply sponsor a walker.
Details: November 17, Springs Preserve;

photography by bryan hainer (gobble gobble); jonathan leibson/filmMagic (henderson); paul zimmerman/wireimage (wiesel)


Dispatch: Celeb-Fueled Fêtes

Maria Menounos and Paula Abdul party like it’s their birthday and a housewife hits up Tao.

July 05, 2012

Journalist and television host Maria Menounos spent her 34th birthday at Lavo, where she tucked into a chocolate log dessert with a single candle. The chef wrote "Happy Birthday Maria" in chocolate on her plate.

Also celebrating a birthday in Vegas, Paula Abdul turned 50 at Tao and Azure at The Palazzo Hotel. Abdul’s birthday confection at Tao looked like a pyramid of oversize chocolates. Poolside at Azure, she got a blue-and-white cake with flowers on top. Her figure looks 30.

Poolside at Ditch Fridays at the Palms Casino Resort, a shirtless Carson Kressley looked ripped in comparison to Joey Fatone. In town from New York, Kelly Killoren Bensimon hit Lavo’s La Freak Friday. And the former Real Housewives of New York star hosted the Tao Beach fête on Saturday in honor of her book, I Can Make You Hot!: The Supermodel Diet.



The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

Country's biggest stars celebrated their music at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

June 06, 2012

The 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards welcomed country’s biggest stars to perform for a packed house at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Few awards were actually given out on-air, as the three-hour show traditionally prefers to keep the vibe more like “country music’s party of the year,” rather than a drumline of speeches. But the biggest award of the night–and one of the most prestigious in the world of country music–is Entertainer of the Year, the only fan-voted trophy. As her award show luck goes, it was the tall, blonde Taylor Swift who ultimately won the night’s coveted prize–her second consecutive score for this honor. She also rocked out in her audience seat to Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney’s “Feel Like a Rock Star” performance and presented Blake Shelton with his Male Vocalist of the Year win. Shelton cohosted the show along with Reba McEntire.

Earlier, a flurry of blinding star power paraded down the purple carpet. Celebrities in attendance included Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian, KISS, Lionel Richie, Marc Anthony, and many more.



Stargazing at Lily Bar & Lounge

The Light Group's Lily Bar & Lounge grand opening.

April 04, 2012

Hot Hollywood couple Rick Fox and Eliza Dushku cuddle up inside Lily Bar & Lounge

The Light Group’s Lily Bar & Lounge flourished with an unforgettable grand opening bash complete with a surprise performance by sexy crooner Robin Thicke. Star sweeties Eliza Dushku and Rick Fox playfully posed with one of the many beautiful lily flowers adorning the space for the opening, where guests including Whitney Port, Glee’s Mark Salling, the Twilight series’ Billy Burke, and Vegas hometown hero Ne-Yo listened to the beats of DJ Alexandra Richards. Dushku and Fox hung out with Carly Chaikin and Parker Young, both of Suburgatory, before heading to The Bank Nightclub for the night’s after-party. The Voice judge Cee Lo Green also checked out the new lounge before his performance at Haze Nightclub.



Va Va Voom

Dita Von Teese performs her burlesque act at the new Hyde at Bellagio.

March 05, 2012

Fancy a martini? Performing artist Dita Von Teese sure does, but instead of sipping on it, she dives right in – to her most famous burlesque act in a human-sized martini glass, complete with an olive sponge. The bombshell wasted no time bringing her glittering number to the glamorous new Hyde at Bellagio. Shortly after she stunned in this sheer black dress on the red carpet, she wowed the crowd with her sexy performance and barely-there rhinestone costume. It had been a little while since the vintage vixen performed in Las Vegas – the last time was in a guest stint at MGM Grand’s Crazy Horse Paris in 2010. But Vegas fans won’t have to wait so long this time: In May, she’s taking a full burlesque production on a Live Nation tour, with a Las Vegas stop on the map.

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