Eric M. Hilton was honored for his community service during the fifth annual Volunteers in Medicine Ball on Oct. 12 at The Venetian. The event raised money toward the goal of opening a downtown clinic.
Volunteers in Medicine is a local nonprofit, free and charitable medical clinic that provides quality health care to the working uninsured and unemployed residents of Southern Nevada. It is truly a grass-roots effort in delivering health care. Its first endeavor was establishing a clinic in Paradise Park four years ago. That clinic has helped more than 6,000 patients. Now, it is evident that a downtown clinic is very much needed. The proposed site is at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Madison Avenue.
Hilton was honored both for his support to Volunteers in Medicine and for all his humanitarian work and service on many boards. He was recognized as a visionary leader of such organizations as Three Square food bank. A Las Vegas resident, he is the youngest son of Conrad N. Hilton and he began his career with Hilton Hotels in 1949. Hilton is a member of the board of directors of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, and former vice chairman of Hilton Hotels Corp.
He attended the party, accompanied by his wife, BiBi Hilton, and daughters, Beverly and Linda.
The ball’s hosts were Drs. Parvin Modaber-Jacobs and Florence Jameson, founders and officers of Volunteers in Medicine.
A capacity crowd attended the black-tie event that commenced with an extensive silent auction by Sandy Peltyn.
Socializing during the reception were Elaine Newton; Frank Schreck; Sandee Tiberti with daughters, Tarissa, Briana and Tiffany; state Sen. Barbara Cegavske; Claudia and Greg Peterman; Irais and Robert Kolesar; Robyn and Aldo Manzini; Toni and Victor Chaltiel; Annee Nounna; Paula and Joseph Quagliana; Phyllis Schwartz; and Caty Crockett.
Once guests were seated for dinner, entertainment began with Carnegie Hall headliner Mike Rayburn, known as the World’s Funniest Guitar Virtuoso.
Buzz Sutherland served as the evening’s auctioneer for nine items. The highest bid of $6,000 was for a “fly along” in a Metropolitan Police Department helicopter. Three nights in Tuscany, including a winery tour, sold for $2,500. Four orchestra seats for the Shania Twain show went for $2,500, and David Copperfield tickets sold for $3,500. A Picasso painting that hung in Judy Garland’s home sold for $5,000, and the best deal was seven nights in Paris for $4,500.
Other guests enjoying the dinner and dance were Monsignor Francis Vavona; former Gov. Robert List and Polly List; Julie Murray; Gard Jameson; Sue Lowden; Dawn Gibbons and James Hooban; Linda Martin; Fran Goldberg; Linda and Mark McKinley; Dorothy and Don Kemp; Carolyn Leontos; Esther Bedotto; Sally Bedotto; Selma Bartlett; Ed Skonicki; Ellie Hirschfeld, Rosemary Maniscala; David Kopak; Sarah Ning; Cheryl Irwin; Ed Rivera; and Beverly and Mike Mykisen.