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May 23, 2019

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Columnist Elizabeth Foyt: Crowd toasts Molaskys for longtime support of hospice

Few events have the lasting glow or impact of Saturday's gala honoring Susan and Irwin Molasky. An occasion to mark the 25th anniversary of Nathan Adelson Hospice, the evening proved to be a dazzling celebration of style as sponsor Neiman Marcus unveiled its vastly transformed store at Fashion Show mall.

Elaine and Steve Wynn, dear friends of the Molaskys and fellow supporters of the hospice, took a special interest in the planning of the evening, working closely with co-chairs Teresa and Lorenzo Fertitta, Beth and Bill Weinberger and NM General Manager Terri Monsour.

Opening with a lavish cocktail reception, guests joining the festivities included Chantal and Stephen Cloobeck, Maria and Ted Quirk, Jeanne Hood, Larry du Boef, Leslie Parraguirre with daughter Kellie, Paul and Sue Lowden with Roger and Sandy Peltyn, state Sen. Randolph and Robyn Townsend along with Pam Rothman, Avis Jansen, Noralene and Chip Reese and Bob Arum, who joined wife Lovee direct from the boxing arena at Mandalay Bay.

Moving on to the well-placed seats in the great hall for the fashion show were Dr. John Watkins with Anna Nateece of the Liberace Center for the Arts, T.K. Cobb with Judge Don Mosley, Nancy Alamo with Carlos Collado, Anna and Bob Bailey with Jerry and Lou Emmert and Suzanne Kloud accompanied by fashion designer Sergio Valente, who came from Rome for the event.

A program led by Elaine and Steve Wynn was filled with charming stories and warm recollections. Marc Schorr served as volunteer auctioneer, offering luxury cruises and trips, spectacular autos and more, which helped the evening garner $1 million for this most worthy cause.

Speaking glowingly of the Molaskys was Merv Adelson, son of the late Nathan Adelson, who gave a brief history of their stalwart support of the hospice through the last quarter century.

Following the program, further delights awaited the select guests, who were ushered to Neiman Marcus by champagne-bearing servers. Music, a vast array of serving stations and ample bistro seating offered comforts throughout the exquisitely appointed store.

Enjoying all the pleasures of the evening were Elaine Newton, Jack and Nancy Weinstein, Zoe Brown, Claudine Williams and Kitty Rodman, Jan Jones, Stan Hunterton with Barbara Mulholland, Andrea and Tony Marnell, Susan and Bill Walters, Marcelle and Robert Frey, Michael and Carol Harter, Burton Cohen, Linda and Bill Richardson, Pam and Joe Brown, Dr. and Mrs. Morton Hyson and Marsha Miller along with Karen Katz, president and CEO of Neiman Marcus, seen with Susan Drongowski, executive director of the hospice.

Still in fashion

The Las Vegas chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. marked its first decade with a splendid luncheon and fashion show at Monte Carlo.

Led by chapter President Michelle Banks and coordinated by luncheon event co-chairs Stacey Parker and Melani Shanks, the fashionable occasion drew many members who brought with them extended family and dear friends.

The Rev. Melvin Jones, father of Michelle Banks, came from New Orleans with wife Helena for the occasion, lending his grace to the blessing of the meal and watching his grandchildren model during the fashion program presented by the uniquely named Crystal Ball of John Robert Powers Agency.

Taking a lead role in the 10-year anniversary luncheon as well was Toni Morgan, fundraiser chair, with committee members including Ida Gaines, a longtime member and Southern Nevada aide for Sen. Harry Reid.

The chapter's founding members, Dr. Linda Dougan and Nancy Justice, looked back in their speeches to the early years and the group's many endeavors and successes. Honored by all in attendance was national Jack and Jill President Ida Young, who recalled attending the founding event in 1992 at Alexis Park.

The keynote speaker was Municipal Judge Karen Bennett-Haron. Among those attending were TEEN president of the chapter Jarvis Graham and her mother, Ann Graham, Leslie Rojas, Jerry and Barbara Finley, Ruth Bacon, Dominique Garrison, La Shelle Washington, Rita Williams, Shannon Roberts and Drs. William Dougan and Michael Banks.

Jack and Jill of America is an organization of mothers who work together to create educational, cultural and social events to assist their children in their growth as well-rounded individuals. Members and their children provide community service to neglected children of the community.

Jack and Jill of America Inc. has chapters in 38 states and two nations.

Life of Bryans

Mardi Gras 2003, an enchanting evening to benefit HELP of Southern Nevada and its community programs, will be held Feb. 22 at The Orleans.

Guests will be welcomed at 6 p.m. to the world of the Bourbon Street Market, complete with festive beads, special cocktails and costumed performers.

A traditional New Orleans-style dinner will follow, including the crowning of Sen. Richard Bryan and Bonnie Bryan as Mardi Gras King and Queen. Surprise performers are expected and many will enjoy the dance music of Harbor Lights.

Assisting with the event are gold sponsors Southwest Gas and Household Credit, while the planning committee includes last year's king and queen, Lou and Jerry Emmert.

Others working to make the evening one of magic and delight include Kitty and Ron Boeddeker, Rene and John O'Reilly, Mike Sloan, Elaine and Tony Sanchez, Rose and Fred James, Jan and Owen Nitz, Dr. Javid Anwar and Dave and Doug Coon. Sara Besser, development director for HELP of Southern Nevada, has all the details at 369-4357, ext. 238.

HELP of Southern Nevada, established in 1970, is dedicated to helping individuals and families become less dependent upon government assistance. Services include weatherization for financially disadvantaged homeowners, the Displaced Homemaker Program, Travelers aid, emergency resource services, holiday Adopt-a-Family and family resource centers.