More than 1,000 UNLV supporters listened to former President Bill Clinton and honored philanthropists who have made significant contributions to the university during the 2012 UNLV Foundation dinner Oct. 9 at Bellagio.
Clinton's speech focused on world affairs and the work of his foundation. Afterward, Clinton participated in a question-and-answer period.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas President Neal Smatresk delivered the President's Message, speaking about the Palladium Society that honors individuals and organizations that have made cumulative gifts of $1 million or more.
Bob Boughner of Boyd Gaming Corp. and CEO of the Borgata hotel-casino in Atlantic City received the Palladium Award. He is a UNLV graduate and his gift was used to create the Bob Boughner Career Services Center within the hotel college.
Palladium Diamond Awards are given for gifts of $10 million or more. Winners were:
■ Caesars Foundation and Caesars Entertainment Corp., which have provided support to the university for many years. Caesars CEO and President Gary Loveman accepted the award.
■ The Lee family. The Lees donated $15 million to UNLV's business college to provide an endowed professorship, create scholarships and offer a lecture series.
The evening commenced with an early chef's reception in Bellagio's Tuscany Kitchen with celebrity guest chef Alex Stratta .
Among the guests were Lovee and Bob Arum, Joyce Mack, Nicole and Perry Rogers, Genene and William Boldt, Susan and Irwin Molasky, Maria and Ted Quirk, Myra Greenspun, Gloria and Mark Fine, Renee and Michael Yackira, Cheryl Purdue, Lori and Sig Rogich, Debbie Smatresk, Adela and George Smith, Dee and Don Snyder, Michael Brown, Julie Murray, and Lee and Jim Medick.
The main reception took place in an adjacent ballroom where the UNLV Jazz Quartet entertained and guests socialized until the UNLV Trumpet Ensemble announced the dinner's seating. John O'Reilly, chairman of the UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees, welcomed all.
Other guests attending were Staci and Randy Garcia, Mike Sloan and Barbara Molasky, Jody Ghanem, Tamara and Jay Kornmayer, Candy and Ed Wilson, Carol and Mike Harter, David Ashley, Bob and Sandy Miller, Nora and Bill Jansen, Suzanne Rogers and Brian Plant, Jan and Owen Nitz, Jerome Snyder, Andi and Mike Del Gatto, Gabriel Grisales, Sherell Davis, Dean Gronemeier, Ann Mulloy, John Good, Mary and Troy Wade, Denise and Dan Klaich and Brian Burton.