William Karlsson, Shane Victorino and Dan Reynolds will join the all-star lineup for the first-ever Battle for Vegas Charity Softball Game hosted by Reilly Smith. Set to take place at the new Las Vegas Ballpark® on Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m., the game will also offer one lucky bidder the chance of a lifetime to play an inning and bat in the first annual softball showdown benefiting the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF).
Fans may now bid on the chance to join some of Las Vegas’ favorite stars of the hockey rink, gridiron and stage on the ballpark field and hang in the dugout. The auction is now open and closes Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m. Bidding takes place online at auctions.inscriptagraphs.com and benefits TRF, the nonprofit foundation of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Imagine Dragons that is dedicated to providing financial support to children and their families battling a childhood cancer diagnosis.
Additional team members will be added to the roster in the coming weeks and will join Team Reilly Smith of the Vegas Golden Knights or Team Marcus Allen, NFL Hall of Famer. Battle for Vegas Charity Softball Game team rosters include the following lineups:
Team Reilly Smith, Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights;
Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas Golden Knights; Erik Haula, Vegas Golden Knights; Deryk Engelland, Vegas Golden Knights; Ryan Reaves, Vegas Golden Knights; Shea Theodore, Vegas Golden Knights; Brendan Smith, New York Rangers; Jose Canseco, former MLB player; Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons; and Anderson Hunt, former UNLV Runnin’ Rebel basketball player
Team Marcus Allen, Pro Football Hall of Famer: Trent Brown, Raiders; Johnathan Abram, Raiders; Vontaze Burfict, Raiders; Maurice Hurst Jr., Raiders; Arden Key Jr., Raiders; Josh Jacobs, Raiders; Shane Victorino, former MLB player; and Kevin Janison, KSNV Channel News 3 Anchor
In a city known for over-the-top, one-of-a-kind events, fans will get the chance to watch their favorite stars in action as the teams “battle” it out for Las Vegas’ ultimate bragging rights, all for a good cause. The softball showdown features two all-star teams of professional athletes, celebrities, and media personalities, led by Reilly Smith of the Vegas Golden Knights and his teammates and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen and friends from the Raiders. With hometown heroes playing on the field, fans can also expect special celebrity guest appearances in the game and around the ballpark throughout the night, including an appearance by members of the Las Vegas-based band Imagine Dragons.
Well, gang, I got to play in the annual Media/Hollywood Stars game at Dodger’s Stadium when I was a member of the Los Angeles Press, covering the Dodgers and Angel’s (before they moved to their own stadium) a couple of times, and had a ball. One never knows what to expect at these special events. I urge you to fill the stadium as it’s all for a great cause. At my age I wouldn’t make it to first-base if I got a walk. Just kidding. I could make it walking!
Tickets for the Battle for Vegas Charity Softball Game are now on-sale. General ticket prices begin at $20. A limited number of elevated package experiences, including ballpark suites, are available. All tickets and packages can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com.
Individual and corporate sponsorships are still available. For more information about group tickets, suites or sponsorship opportunities, please email James Sullivan at [email protected], or visit BattleforVegas.com.
The Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) helps strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis by providing grants specifically to offset out-of-pocket life expenses. TRF is the nonprofit organization of the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling band Imagine Dragons. TRF meets a critical need in communities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Each year, one in 285 children are diagnosed with cancer.
While many pediatric cancer organizations focus on growing awareness and support for families with the physical and emotional toll of a diagnosis, the huge financial hardship cancer treatment places on families is rarely discussed. More than 85-percent of every dollar TRF raises goes right to families in need. For more information visit TRF.org.
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Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera, Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment have announced that $1 of every ticket purchased to Christina Aguilera: The Xperience at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will be donated back to The Shade Tree, Southern Nevada’s only 24-hour accessible emergency shelter for women and children in crisis, servicing many who are victims of domestic violence and/or human trafficking.
“As we celebrate 30 years of offering women, children and their pets a safe haven, support and services to get back on their feet, we can’t think of a more fitting celebrity than Christina Aguilera to grace us with her presence at our upcoming gala,” said Linda Perez, executive director of The Shade Tree. “Christina not only possesses remarkable talent, she represents strength, perseverance and unapologetic female independence – characteristics so fitting for our mission to help homeless and abused women regain their own independence. We are honored and humbled to enjoy association with one of the world’s most talented artists and can’t wait to see how community embraces the news of her involvement with The Shade Tree.”
Christina Aguilera: The Xperience will open at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Friday, May 31. Tickets for 16 performances through October 5, 2019 are on sale now. General ticket prices begin at $60 plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com/Xtina or in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. A limited number of LaneOne Premium VIP Packages are also available, including amazing seats, transportation, preferred entrance and more. Check here for details. All shows begin at 9 p.m.
Christina Aguilera is a six-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter renowned for her powerful voice and hit songs. Throughout her career, she has sold more than 43 million records worldwide. Aguilera has achieved five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the fourth female artist to top the chart over three consecutive decades (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s). She has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and holds the prestigious honor of being the only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2011 she entered the world of television as a coach on NBC’s Emmy Award nominated show The Voice. Aguilera has served as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort since 2009 and has helped raise over $150 million for the World Food Program and other hunger relief agencies.
In this age of extraordinary technological advancement, what if society could make killing a thing of the past? That is what Rick Smith, founder and chief executive officer of Axon Enterprises and developer of the TASER, proposes is possible in his provocative new book “The End of Killing: Using Technology to Solve Violence.” The public is invited to hear his presentation on Saturday, June 1, in The Mob Museum’s historic courtroom and witness a live TASING demonstration.
In his new book, Smith writes that since its launch in 1993, the TASER has been deployed more than 1 million times saving hundreds of thousands of people from potential death or serious injury. Today, Smith’s company develops technology and weapon products for law enforcement and civilians and is the largest manufacturer of body cameras. Drawing on the latest innovations in advanced weaponry, biotechnology and artificial intelligence, Axon Enterprises seeks ways to improve how police, soldiers, courts and many others in law enforcement and national security perform their work.
Says Smith in the Author’s Note at the outset of his book, “Alongside TASER weapon technology, we led the movement to have police wear body cameras, which have shown great promise to both improve transparency and reduce violent police encounters. We’ve proven, I believe, that it’s possible to address important social problems through a combination of technology and entrepreneurship.”
He acknowledges the book contains what might “sound like far-out ideas,” noting “the ideas we were tempted to write off become the breakthrough solutions we need.” At this program, the public can hear about some of his unconventional solutions, as well as the thoughts of individuals consulted for his book who both agree and disagree with his ideas.
Prior to launching Axon Enterprises, Smith earned his B.S. in Neuroscience from Harvard University (Cum Laude), a Master’s in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He was co-winner of the Ernst and Young 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year and made Phoenix Business Journal’s list of “Most Admired CEOs and Top-Level Executives” in 2010.
For more information, please call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org
The Las Vegas Men’s Chorus (LVMC) is excited to announce its new spring concert, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” under the direction of Mr. Ryan Duff, esteemed educator and 2017 Heart of Education award recipient. The Chorus will sing arrangements of the most iconic songs from Disney Movie and Disney Broadway experiences.
As part of its mission, the chorus will also be supporting Project 150, a local charity that provides assistance to local homeless teenagers, by organizing a donation drop off for teen appropriate food, hygiene products and other necessities. The Concert will be held 4:00pm, Sunday June 16th, at The Whitney Library, 5175 E Tropicana near South Nellis Boulevard.
“The Las Vegas Men’s Chorus is excited for this amazing concert and our commitment to promote arts, education and support our community’s youth,” said Mike Winget, president of LVMC. “‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ will inspire wonderful memories, goodwill and bring additional awareness to help our local homeless teenagers. LVMC will remain committed to continuing its outreach. provides musical arts and education to Las Vegas and the chorus will remain committed to continuing to do it.”
The Las Vegas Men’s Chorus was established in the early 90’s by a small group of men looking to bring the choral sound of men’s voices to the Las Vegas Community. The group is a non-profit ensemble whose members sing together with the purpose of creating musical experiences, providing cultural enrichment, and promoting social acceptance for its members, community, and audiences.
The South Point Hotel Casino and Spa’s culinary team have put together four delicious menus that will encourage diners to “help out by dining out” during Three Square Food Bank’s 13th annual Las Vegas Restaurant Week, June 17 – 28. South Point Hotel’s participating restaurants including Don Vito’s, Primarily Prime Rib, Silverado Steak House, and Zenshin will donate $5 from each Restaurant Week meal to help fight hunger in Southern Nevada.
Primarily Prime Rib’s three-course specialty menu is available for $30 per person. Menu highlights include but are not limited to Coconut Fried Shrimp; Prime Rib of Beef; Southern Style Chicken Breast; Sautéed Orange Roughy; Peach Shortcake and Warm Dutch Apple Tart, and will be available Wednesday, June 19 through Sunday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 28.
The three-course prix fixe menu at Don Vito’s is available for $40 per person and includes one bottle of the “Wine of the Month” per every two people. Highlights include, Spicy Grilled Eggplant and Quinoa Salad; Crab Crostini; Barolo Braised Short Ribs; Scallop, Shrimp and Corn Risotto; Nutella Ice Cream; and White Chocolate Panna Cotta.
Zenshin’s three-course menu is available for $40 per person from 5 p.m. to close. The menu offers specialty dishes such as Tako Tiradito; Stuffed Shiitake Mushrooms; Pan Seared Duck Breast; Grilled Washugyu New York Steak; Zenshin Sorbet Trio; and Meyer Lemon Layered Cake.
The three-course menu inside the Silverado Steak House is available for $50 per person and includes one bottle of the “Wine of the Month” per every two people. The prix fixe menu features dishes such as Brioche Filet Slider; Gazpacho; Blue Crab Stuffed Orange Roughy; Tamarind Filet Medallions; Beef Burgundy; Homemade Toffee Pudding; and Pineapple Upside Down Cake.
Pricing does not include tax or gratuity. For reservations and complete menu details, please visit South Point Hotel’s website.
Well, gang, that’s it for this week.