Las Vegas Sun

October 17, 2018

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Columnist: ADL’s awards dinner a a heartwarming affair

ANTI-DEFAMATION League's Community Service Award dinner at the Sheraton Desert Inn was an informative and heartwarming affair.

More than 400 attended Saturday's dinner to see Richard Bunker honored with ADL's 1996 Distinguished Community Service Award "in recognition of his commitment to improving the quality of life for the entire Las Vegas community," and Lillian and Henry Kronberg honored with ADL's Lifetime Achievement Award "in recognition of their outstanding commitment to the ideals for which the League stands."

Forming a fine team were the dinner's co-chairs: Shelley Berkley, Sue and Bob Broadbent, John Wilhelm, Susan and John Cheiro, Annette and Harvey Whittemore, Linda and Burton Cohen, Rosemary and Billy Vassiliadis, Linda and Bob Faiss, Jean and Herb Tobman, Myra and Brian Greenspun, Mary Louise and Mike Sloan, and Jayn and Art Marshall.

After welcoming remarks from Brian Greenspun and Berkley, ADL Regional Director David Leher introduced a video movingly narrated by Jason Alexander. ADL National Director Abe Foxman offered greetings from National, followed by the blessing of the bread by Burt Black, a member of B'nai B'rith's International Board of Governors. Keynote speaker David Gergen, who is editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report, delivered "a view from Washington" that was a penetrating overview of past and present campaigns, and the candidates. Gergen's appearance was underwritten by a grant from the Eugene Warner Fund.

Art Marshall presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to the Kronbergs; Bob Faiss presented the Community Service Award to Richard Bunker.

The benediction was offered by Tule Springs LDS Stake President Scott Higginson.

Among the many guests were Bunker's mother and father, Marion and Wendell; his wife, Carole; his daughter and son-in-law, Katy and Jeff Collins; son Chris Bunker with spouse Kathy; son Morgan with spouse Allyson; and son Jordan.

Also attending were: Barbara Greenspun, Bonnie and Sen. Richard Bryan, Mayor Jan Laverty Jones, Flora and Stuart Mason, Denise and Dan Reichartz, David Cohen, Robin and Danny Greenspun, Natalie and Artie Berger, Lillian and Ken Glicken, Faye and Al Schulman, Thalia Dondero, Grace and Steve Greathouse, Claudine Williams, County Commissioners Yvonne Atkinson Gates, Myrna Williams and Paul Christensen, Judges Lee Gates and Bill Maupin, State Sens. Mark James and Dina Titus, Tom Wright, Robin Brooks James, Helen Foley, Larry Spitler, Cari Marshall and many more.

Founded in 1913, "ADL is dedicated in purpose and program to translating this country's heritage of democratic ideals into a way of life for all Americans." For information about ADL membership, activities and programs, call (800) 446-ANTI.

Father and child benefit

Kids For Homeless Kids, an organization comprised of teenagers dedicated to helping disadvantaged kids will host the second annual Father and Child Luncheon and Fashion Show June 15 at the Sahara hotel-casino. Co-sponsors are Macy's at the Fashion Show Mall and Roger Peltyn and his son R.J.

This celebration of Father's Day will feature such celebrity models as Tom Schoeman, Gary Ackerman, Jack Weinstein, Rino Armeni, Bill Bayno, Jim Arnold, Dr. Andres Costas, Judge Lee Gates, Gene Porter, Eddie Rivera, Dr. Loring Jacobs, Michael Maggiore, Davis Washington, Brad Friedmutter, Chuck Halsey, Ira Bradshaw, Edward Higginbotham and more.

Emceeing the event will be Alicia Jacobs and John Daly.

For tickets ($40), call Macy's special events department.

Artists wanted

A reminder from Nevada Public Radio, KNPR 89.5-FM, that there is still time for artists to be a part of KNPR's annual Artworks Sept. 28-29 at Sunset Park.

Artworks is KNPR's popular two-day art and craft festival.

The juried event features art forms in various media including: sculptures, pottery, paintings, glasswork, jewelry, art wear and more.

Artists wishing to participate should call 456-6695.

Short orders

* KLVX Channel 10 members and volunteers are invited to shop till they drop on June 10. Dubbed the "sale of the century," the station will offer bargains galore for adults and kids. They get to clean house; you get to buy audio and video cassettes, compact discs, books, tote bags, shirts and jackets, TV character stuffed animals such as Barney and Lamb Chop and much more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come early for the best selection.

* MGM Grand Adventures Park will offer "Bustin' Loose" summer block parties June 8 through July 7. During the block party days the park will be converted into three separately themed areas featuring interactive games and live street entertainment -- this is in addition to the already existing theme park fun. Call 891-7979 for more information.

* Richie Clyne, president of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway motor sports complex, presently under construction, will be the guest speaker at Nevada Restaurant Association's luncheon meeting June 11 at the Beach Restaurant on Convention Center Drive. Clyne will talk about the positive impact the speedway will have on the community. For tickets call, 878-2313. Nonmembers are also welcome.