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Strip Scribbles: ‘Nude’ chef Mary Sue Milliken’s 3-day, 300-mile bike ride

2016 Vegas Uncork’d Grand Tasting

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Chefs and collaborators Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger appear on the red carpet before the Vegas Uncork’d Grand Tasting on Friday, April 29, 2016, at Caesars Palace.

Spring Break Clam Bake at Border Grill

The Spring Break Clam Bake at Border Grill on Monday, March 21, 2016, at Mandalay Bay. Launch slideshow »

Rock superstar Vince Neil and TV celebrity chef Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill (Mandalay Bay, Forum Shops of Caesars Palace) are making news with two separate charitable events. Ladies first!

Until last year, Mary Sue had not been on a bicycle in 40 years, then she decided that she would ride 300 miles in three days to shine a light on the 16 million U.S. children who struggle with hunger every day. Her effort spawned a movement, “No Kid Hungry Ride” for the Share Our Strength organization.

Mary Sue wants to double down on her fundraising this year, so she strong armed her husband, Josh Schweitzer, to train and ride with her. She’s set a goal to raise $20,000 for her second-annual ride and has come up with an interesting sponsor. At the end of each year, Mary Sue sends out a Nude Year card with aprons and cooking utensils strategically placed over “naughty bits,” as Monty Python would say.

This year, however, she promises that if you make a $10,000 tax-deductible donation, your card will arrive without props blocking the view. Donate $100,000, and Mary Sue and business partner Susan Feniger will come to your house and cook and serve dinner for 10 friends without clothes — “well, maybe aprons only,” Mary Sue told me.

As of this morning, 56 fans had contributed $8,728 toward her goal, including $1,000 from Susan and donations from Betty Thomas, Bob Saget, L.A. food queen Ruth Reichl and yours truly.

“We’re riding because we care about the future of our kids and someday grandkids,” Mary Sue added. “America can’t be great without well-nourished kids, so let’s take care of them!”

Click here for Vince’s charitable effort involving Habitat for Humanity.

‘Legends in Concert’ at Flamingo

Elisa Furr as Celine Dion in “Legends in Concert” at Flamingo. Launch slideshow »

2015 Miss Universe Pageant

Seal serenades 2015 Miss USA Olivia Jordan during the final walk for the Top Three at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, at Axis at Planet Hollywood. Launch slideshow »
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The 2016 Miss Teen USA Pageant contestants attend Human Nature on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Venetian.

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The 2016 Miss Teen USA Pageant contestants attend Human Nature on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at the Venetian.

DOPPELGANGERS: It was only a matter of time before “Legends in Concert” at the Flamingo would have a salute to Prince after his tragic death mere days before his 58th birthday.

Lookalike Frank Moore will take on the tribute artist role as of Saturday. He will be joined by Kate Steele as Lady Gaga, Jazmine as Whitney Houston and Bill Cherry as Elvis as the summer lineup.

FUTURE STAR: Beautiful Olivia Jordan, who on Sunday relinquished her 2015 Miss USA title and tiara, turning it over to Deshauna Barber in the 2016 Miss USA Pageant at T-Mobile Arena, has a new goal.

Olivia, who finished second runner-up at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant here at Planet Hollywood, has packed away her pageant gowns and is moving to Hollywood to pursue her dreams of TV fame and fortune. She told me: “I’m moving full time to Los Angeles. I’ll be acting, modeling, hosting, hopefully so much that people won’t get sick of me. I’d love to be on camera for ‘Extra’ and get their scoops.”

In more pageant news: The 48 Miss Teen USA Pageant contestants attended Human Nature’s “Jukebox” at the Venetian on Saturday, the night before Miss USA.

FINAL DAYS: I was stunned Tuesday night while being highly entertained at Mike Hammer’s comedy magic show at Four Queens downtown to learn that “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas was ending its run Sept. 18 after eight years and more than 3,300 performances.

I interviewed Travis Cloer about its success last month and reported highlights of the award-winning musical. I’m sad to see such an excellent cast be uprooted and wish them all well — and hope that they get to stay on for other shows here.

ERASURE DUET: Las Vegas crooner Brian Evans, who is presenting and hosting music shows on Maui, releases an album this November that includes a duet with Erasure singer Andy Bell. Brian, who co-wrote their duet “When I’m an Angel” with Kainoa Jacinto, met Andy when he opened for the duo at Pearl at the Palms.

Click here for Tonight’s Tips and Tomorrow’s Tease.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/Robin_Leach.

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at Twitter.com/VDLXEditorDon.

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