On April 5, in the showroom at the Saddle West Casino/Hotel in Pahrump, my good friend, and one heck of an entertainer, “Dondino,” will bring his Vegas show to the casino, in support of the Pahrump Arts Council, and their first annual Pahrump Arts Council (PAC) fundraiser. Dondino, a seasoned and talented performer with a rich voice, signature tuxedo, polished choreography, will be joined on stage by his orchestra, under the direction of, Debbie Richards. Master of Ceremonies will be Dr. Jeff Geihs, Director of the Turnaround Zone Schools for the Clark County School District. Special celebrity guests include, Charlie Duncan of the Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, 4 Ever Yours Barbershop Quartet, guest dance performers, “Liz Lieberman Ovation Dancers,” and the, “PAC Flapper Guest Greeters”.
A very special “Thank You” goes out to another buddy, Angelo Cassaro, President of the Italian American Club, who generously donated to the PAC fundraiser, and to entertainer Johnny Tillotson, who graciously donated autographed CD’s of his hit song, “Poetry in Motion,” for the raffle event to benefit PAC.
Dondino’s stage presence, performance and talent takes audiences back to a time when entertainment was exciting and elegant. His unique rapport with the audience touches each guest, and he has such a special love for his audience from the opening to the finale. Shaped by his involvement in humanitarian causes, Dondino’s career exemplifies civic responsibility. And now, once again, he comes to the aid of an organization that has requested his musical talent for their community.
Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with fun, raffles, and surprises. Tickets are $50 each and include a buffet dinner and the show. All proceeds will benefit and strengthen PAC youth art programs and events. For ticket reservations, call the PAC office: 775-751-6776 or online www.pvpac.org.
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Think you’ve got better aim than local law enforcement personnel? Gun Garage, formerly Guns and Ammo Garage, will host the first-ever, “Shoot for our Stars,” range shooting competition and safety fair, with local law enforcement officers to benefit the Special Olympics Nevada. Amateur shooters and gun enthusiasts are invited to demonstrate their skills against top active local law enforcement officers on Wednesday, April 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.This event is family-friendly and open to the public.
Designed to become an annual event, “Shoot for our Stars,” will provide each participant with a three station shooting package, including a pistol, Uzi, and Krinkov, as well as shooting targets, a souvenir photo with their competitor, food and drink, and one raffle ticket. Registration is priced at $100, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Special Olympics Nevada. Participants may register by visiting http://www.Shootingforourstars.com. You must be at least 16 years of age and accompanied by an adult to compete.
During the competition, the outdoor safety fair will feature food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale, law enforcement vehicles including K-9 and SWAT will be on display, various booths, a raffle, and officers on hand to answer questions and to provide safety information. The funds raised from this event will benefit the more than 3,000 Special Olympics athletes, who participate in sports training and competitions, at no cost to the athlete or their family.
Investors for Charity (I4C) (http://www.investors4charity.org/) recently debuted as a new crowdfunding platform. I4C breaks ground as an alternative to traditional institutional funding and other existing crowdfunding platforms like Indiegogo or Kickstarter. More specifically, it differentiates itself by being the only fundraising platform where investors participate in the creation of an important work of art, support worthy charities and reduce their tax bill, all at the same time. Investors for Charity was born of founder Charles Parlato’s efforts to raise funds for the production of the feature film “NICAEA.” A historical epic that traces the rise of Roman Emperor Constantine, and his convening of one of the most important events in Western Civilization – the Council of Nicaea. “NICAEA’s” overarching aim is to rebut Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code claims and show the true history of Christianity.
The I4C model is simple in execution yet sophisticated in its ability to promote positive, productive projects, to provide a funding means for these projects, to extend a charitable deduction to donors, and to flow proceeds and profits from these projects to needy and sometimes overlooked charities doing great work in the world. It essentially gives the control back to the people by making them equity investors in meaningful projects and, in the process, by allowing them to help charities continue their worthwhile missions. To learn more about how Investors for Charity is different from the current crop of crowdfunding models, visit the company online.
If you have a place in your heart for kids, please join us for, “E Bunny’s Annual Easter Basket Drive,” to benefit homeless, sick & underprivileged children. Pick out an Easter basket a child will love and drop it off at any, “E Bunny” location, or hold an Easter basket drive in your neighborhood, at your office, school or church, or pick up one Easter basket for one special child! This 24 year old tradition means so much to the children (and their families) at this special time of the year. Many of them are living in temporary shelters, in their cars, and in the poorest neighborhoods of Vegas. Easter baskets are now on store shelves. Deadline for drop off is April 11, 2014. If you are interested in, Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas, tickets at the Quad, or Murray SawChuck’s new magical show at the Laugh Factory, inside the Tropicana, please drop off your baskets at the NITCO warehouse on Spencer. Free tickets are available at this location only!
You can also help build awareness of, “E Bunny,” so we can reach more children by “liking” the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/EBunnyLV
The City of Henderson announced plans to host two Henderson Stroll ‘n Roll events in 2014. The car-free street festivals, which are modeled after the world-famous Ciclovia in Bogotá, Columbia, are scheduled for Saturday, April 12 and Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., along Paseo Verde Parkway, from Valle Verde Drive to the Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Pkwy. Both events are free. Henderson Stroll ‘n Roll, the only event of its kind in the state of Nevada, transforms city blocks into a commuter-friendly neighborhood. With the southbound lanes of Paseo Verde Parkway temporarily closed to motorized traffic, residents can use alternative transportation, such as bikes, skates, or scooters, to move, explore and play in the streets. “It’s not every day you’re told you can play in the streets,” said Mayor Andy Hafen. “Henderson Stroll ‘n Roll allows citizens to do just that. We close a 1-mile stretch of Paseo Verde Parkway, so that everyone can enjoy a car-free way to play, exercise, and have fun.” People of all ages will travel from park to park, on two feet or two wheels, via the closed roadway to enjoy a variety of activities. Entertainment zones will be located at Paseo Verde Park, Discovery Park and the Henderson Multigenerational Center, and each will feature a variety of interactive demonstrations, free exercise classes, food trucks, and children’s activities. This year’s Henderson Stroll ‘n Roll events aren’t the first for Henderson. In November 2013, the city hosted the inaugural Henderson Stroll ‘n Roll in the same area. It was a success with more than 5,000 people attending the event. For more information, visit BikeHenderson.org
American surrealist artist, Geoffrey Gersten will make a return meet-and-greet visit to Art encounter™, the exclusive and unique art gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., R40, Friday-Sunday April 4-6 from 3-6 p.m. each day. Gersten is a self-taught surrealist artist based out of Tempe, Ariz. He started painting when he was 21 years old, and paints his works using oil paints mixed with natural resin. His artwork is quirky featuring humanoid machines resembling images of robots from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. “Surrealism Meets Tech” is one way to describe Gersten’s paintings; “alternate retro-universe homages to Las Vegas and the classic robots” is another. Gersten’s robots have a naive “mechanicality;” a real innocents like the toy and cartoon characters they resemble. They are people and essentially children. For further information call, 702-733-2000.
Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.