Steve Wynn's recent "Secret Santa" acknowledgment didn't come as a surprise to his former employees.
In the mid-1990s, Wynn summoned one of his executives at The Mirage to discuss a personnel matter.
The issue: A female coffee shop employee was running late, and because she was close to exceeding her points systems limit - you could be docked for being absent or late, among other things -- she illegally parked behind The Mirage.
Her car had been towed, and she was going to be terminated from her job for the final demerit. Desperate, she wrote Wynn, seeking a reprieve.
The security executive explained the car was towed by the police.
Wynn reached into his pocket, pulled out $200 and said, "Give it her and tell her not to park there anymore."
"He was a generous guy; so was his wife," the source said.
Wynn's "Secret Santa" confession in this column two weeks ago that he made two $1 million dollar donations to United Way in the past six months was picked up this week by various media outlets.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Oscar nominee Nora Ephron, who died of leukemia on Tuesday, will be remembered locally for a major scoop she scored in 2006 when Wynn accidentally poked a hole in his $139 million painting "Le Reve." She was with a group that included Barbara Walters and Ephron's husband, writer Nicholas Pileggi. Wynn was gesturing when he struck the Pablo Picasso painting he had just purchased a day earlier. Ephron broke the news on her blog. ...
Dwyane Wade of the NBA champion Miami Heat will be the celebrity host at Lavo (Palazzo) on July 7. The big question: Who's going to land LeBron James, whose price tag has gone up since his epic postseason. ...
Well-known sax man Dewey Dorough is moving on. He's taking his sax and harmonicas and heading for Idaho after Thursday's going-away party at The Cavalier, a smoky little joint at Desert Inn Road and U.S. 95. He spent 16 years touring with the Oak Ridge Boys and three years with Charlie Daniels. He will be in town July 6-7 when he rejoins the Oak Ridge Boys at the Golden Nugget.
Longtime Las Vegas boxing figure Bob Halloran, who negotiated some of the city's megafights, was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in Tampa over the weekend. He was former director of sports at MGM Resorts and former president of Mirage Resorts Sports and Caesars World Sports. A former CBS sportscaster in Miami and later with CBS Sports in New York City, he worked a number of Muhammad Ali fights before leaving the network to join Caesars World in 1978. He worked the Las Vegas fight scene for 33 years until his departure last August.
Tropicana headliner Murray the Magician, filming an episode at Gold & Silver Pawn, home of the "Pawn Stars" on Tuesday. He is the History Channel show's resident magic expert. ... Derek Fisher of the Oklahoma City Thunder, with friends at Marquee (Cosmopolitan) Monday night.
THE PUNCH LINE
"Public courtroom seating has a two-drink minimum." - From David Letterman's Top Ten Things You May Not Know About the United States Supreme Court