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Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond leads The Vegas Dozen’s Class of 2013

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Donny Osmond at the 2011 NHL Awards at The Pearl in the Palms on June 22, 2011.

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2012 Miss Universe Pageant contestants and 2011 Miss Universe Leila Lopes with Jon Gray at Linq on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

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Jesse Waits celebrates his 36th birthday at XS in the Encore on Oct. 3, 2011.

One of the most distinguished lists in Las Vegas, The Vegas Dozen, has been finalized. As usual, those on the lineup sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue are influential, powerful and representative of all facets of the city.

Saks is commemorating the 10th anniversary of its annual event, The Vegas Dozen, with a new charity beneficiary, Keep Memory Alive. KMA replaces Nevada Cancer Institute. The event is to raise funds for KMA, the charity arm of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

In a statement, Mari Landers, vice president and general manager of Saks, said: “We are excited to celebrate this year’s Vegas Dozen. This charitable venture gives Saks an incredible opportunity to support our community by raising funds and awareness for such a wonderful organization as Keep Memory Alive and to recognize 12 men who have contributed to the Las Vegas community.”

The most famous member of this year’s group is Donny Osmond, a Strip headliner with his sister, Marie, at Flamingo Las Vegas since 2009. Earlier this year, the duo signed a year extension at the hotel.

In no particular order (and discounting the already mentioned Osmond), the list of those to be honored at the Vegas Dozen party April 17 at Saks at Fashion Show mall:

• Joe W. Brown, attorney, Fennemore Craig Jones Vargas.

• Kim Canteenwalla, chef, Honey Salt.

• Jon Gray, vice president and GM of The Linq.

• Toyota dealership magnate Fletcher Jones III.

• NFL Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden.

• Scott Sibella, president and COO, MGM Grand.

• Interior designer Roger Thomas.

• Brett Torino, developer of Harmon Corner.

• Jesse Waits, owner and managing partner, XS, Tryst and Botero.

• Dana Wagner, co-host, KSNV Channel 3’s “Waking Up With the Wagners.”

• Dr. Dylan Wint, M.D., Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

“American Idol” Season 5 champion Taylor Hicks, headlining at Napoleon’s at Paris Las Vegas, will provide the entertainment.

According to The Vegas Dozen mission statement, “Twelve local men from various backgrounds and professions who exemplify great personal and professional commitment to the community will be honored with The Vegas Dozen Award. Since 2004, past honorees of this prestigious award have included casino mogul Steven Wynn, former Mayor Oscar Goodman, chef Wolfgang Puck, tennis great Andre Agassi, actor Tony Curtis, basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, musician Carlos Santana and a hundred more Las Vegas gentlemen whose roles in business and community involvement have elevated them to a superstar status.”

The event is at 6 p.m., and Mercedes Martinez of MIX 94.1’s “Mark and Mercedes” is emceeing the program. Las Vegas Sun sister publication Vegas Magazine is an event co-sponsor.

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