Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 6:01 p.m.
As Robin Leach settles into a northern Italian lake district lifestyle before his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus Lake Como and Lake Maggiore this year — many of our Strip personalities have again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with Bally’s headliner Veronic DiCaire, who was brought to Las Vegas by Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion for her amazing talent of re-creating more than 50 singers and their hits.
When Robin Leach approached me about writing a guest column for him while he was traveling in Europe over the summer, my first thought was, “OMG, replace Robin Leach? How will I do that?!” Then I said to myself, “Veronic, you re-create the voices of others for a living. You’ve got this, girl!”
After weeks of watching YouTube clips of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and working on my best rendition of his iconic sign off, “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” I decided in true diva fashion to use this opportunity to step into the limelight.
Moving to Las Vegas has been the most rewarding experience a girl could ask for. I think a lot of people who have never lived here equate the Strip and the community as a whole, which I’ve found couldn’t be further from the truth.
Like any city, there are diverse businesses, cultures, performing arts, schools and universities, recreational options and nonprofit organizations that thrive in the community. Like anyone relocating, I had to find my essentials upon arrival.
One of the first decisions I had to make was where to live. Whether you want to be surrounded by the historic, scenic, serene or bustling, there are so many wonderful areas in the valley. The best thing about choosing one is that the others are all easily accessible to get to and explore.
For me, the serenity and scenery of Lake Las Vegas, and its proximity to close friends, made it the best fit. Not to mention it’s right on my favorite golf course: South Shore at Lake Las Vegas!
When I moved here, one of the most important things for me was to develop a strong support network of friends and family. When we auditioned dancers for my show, I wanted to find not only the most talented dancers to join me onstage, but also ones who I felt a connection with — you know, that certain je ne sais quois!
Whether my Voicettes and I are immersing ourselves in Canadian temperatures at Minus5 Ice Bar or hitting the town for a night of karaoke or seeing shows, we’ve become family and have so much fun experiencing Las Vegas together.
What strikes me most here is the incredible sense of community. Last November, I was fortunate to partner with Hard Rock Cafes for Pinktober, and together we were able to raise more than $6,000 for breast cancer awareness. Since then, I’ve had the honor of learning about and supporting incredible organizations like AFAN, Flip the Script and many more.
These incredible groups inspired me to launch “Lend Your Voice,” a monthly awareness-building and fundraising effort where I raise money for local nonprofits during my show “Veronic Voices” at Bally’s. Our first partner was Opportunity Village, and each month we are announcing a new charity partner.
Las Vegas has been so good to me, and I am so happy to be able to use my voice to benefit so many important organizations that support our community.
Thank you, Mr. Leach, for this opportunity to express my love for Las Vegas.
From one bon vivant to another, I wish you champagne wishes and caviar dreams! Merci beaucoup!
Check out our other guest column today from hair guru to the stars Michael Boychuck and then on Sunday meet up with hit-making recording executive Zoe Thrall, nightlife guru Jack Colton and Smith Center President Myron Martin celebrating an incredible 1 million showgoers within two years of the beautiful performing arts center’s opening.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.