Mirage headliner Terry Fator, who pays tribute to heroes in his show every night, dedicated $20,000 to the families of the two Las Vegas policemen who died in an ambush Sunday.
Fator’s donation came after what he called one of his most emotional shows in his five years at The Mirage.
Fator said he nearly cried Monday while singing “Heroes,” a song he wrote a year and a half ago as a tribute to the men and women who die in service to the country and communities.
Fator compared singing “Heroes” on Monday to singing the song on Veterans Day “to all those men and women who lost arms and legs. I was really emotional, knowing what the families of the policemen were going through.”
He made the donation Tuesday via the website set up by Metropolitan Police Department for families of fallen officers: www.injuredpoliceoffers.com
Fator said he and his wife, Taylor Makakoa, send donations to Metro each year and decided they would send this year’s donation to families of Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31.
Beck and Soldo were shot while having lunch at CiCi’s Pizza at 309 N. Nellis Blvd.
“Heroes” was recently adopted as the anthem of the Snowball Express, a San Antonio-based charity that provides service and support to children of the nation’s fallen military heroes.
He has performed twice for the charity and is a major supporter.
DIANA ROSS RETURNS
Former Motown superstar Diana Ross returns to Las Vegas on Sept. 13 to perform a public concert.
Ross, the lead singer of The Supremes in their heyday as international stars, will perform at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
It is part of her “In the Name of Love” tour. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
Ross’ last Las Vegas concert was in January 2009 for the opening of The Palazzo.
The Supremes were a Las Vegas fixture when they rocketed to the top in 1964 with “Where Did Our Love Go.”
They followed up with four consecutive No. 1 hits: “Baby Love,” “Come See About Me,” “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Back in my Arms Again.”
When they returned to the Flamingo on June 28, 1967, they were billed as “The Supremes with Diana Ross,” which marked the first time Motown chief Berry Gordy separated Ross from the group.
A month later, the name was officially changed to “Diana Ross & The Supremes.”
A founding member of the group included Mary Wilson, who has lived in Las Vegas for about a decade.
Ross’ last performance with The Supremes, then a trio that included Wilson and Cindy Birdsong, came in Las Vegas on Jan. 14, 1970, at New Frontier hotel-casino. Jean Terrell was introduced that night as Ross’ replacement.
The Supremes were ranked the No. 1 female group over the past half century by several music experts and publications.
Tickets can be purchased in person at The Colosseum box office or by calling 1-888-929-7849. Online: www.thecolosseum.com or www.axs.com, keyword “Diana Ross.” Ticket prices are $99.50, $79.50, $59.50 and $49.50.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Steve Wynn’s newly acquired steel “Popeye” sculpture is temporarily residing inside a red wooden box with a “Gone Fishin’ ” sign on it. The 2,000-pound iconic artwork by Jeff Koons is out of public view for a few days this week while workers set up final lighting and railing. Wynn purchased the oversized cartoon figure in May for $28 million at a Sotheby’s auction and placed it in the Esplanade at Wynn Las Vegas. …
A fundraiser for the families of the policeman and civilian killed Sunday is being held at Revolver, the country music venue inside Santa Fe Station. The event is co-sponsored by 102.7 The Coyote and Revolver.
THE PUNCH LINE
“The winner of the Miss USA Pageant is Miss Nevada. She has a black belt in tae kwon do. Actually, she wasn’t technically the winner, but she made the winner give her the crown.” — Conan O’Brien
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