Bishop Gorman honors Bengocheas at reception

Bishop Gorman High School celebrated its 29th annual Knight of the Gael reception and dinner by honoring Dorothy and Amador “Chi Chi” Bengochea on March 10 at the Red Rock Resort.

This signature event has raised more than $1 million to benefit students of Bishop Gorman, especially the Tuition Assistance Fund.

During the annual event, honorees are inducted into this group, which continues to support the high school.

Student body President Brendan Flynn introduced Bishop Joseph A. Pepe for the invocation.

Bishop Gorman President John A. Kilduff recognized the Royal Order of the Gael past honorees in attendance: Mary Cashman, Nancy and Richard Etter, Rene and John O’Reilly, Vicki Fertitta, the Tiberti family, Maria and Ted Quirk, Thalia Dondero, Mary Jo and Rossi Ralenkottter, Paula and Michael Gaughan, Kenneth J. Sullivan family, Connie and Chuck Gerber, Blake Sartini, Pat Mulroy, Roxanne Shoen, James Silvestri and past principal, the Rev. Richard Rinn.

The 2011 Knight of the Gael honorees, Dorothy Pinjuv Bengochea and Amador “Chi Chi” Bengochea, were members of Gorman’s class of 1980. They have been supporters of Gorman as alumni, parents, donors and volunteers.

The Bengochea family established Bentar Development and DP Bengochea Designs.

The honorees were introduced by friends, Keenan Raferty and Dannette Trivisonnno and two of the three Bengochea children, Danyelle (class of ’03) and Aaron (’09). Daughter Ali (’05) is attending University of Southern California and was unable to attend.

Guests included the Rev. Daniel Dillabough, vice president of mission and ministry at the University of San Diego.

Among the 620 guests were Gov. Brian Sandoval and Kathleen Sandoval, Susie Pinjuv, Dorothy and Bud Brill, Mary Lou and Ron Topper, Jane and Bob Fielden, Jill and Scott Fielden, Camille Ruvo, T.J. Mathews, Allison and Dan Barry, Helen Mortenson, Renee and Tony Marlon, Rhonda Evans, Teresa and Lorenzo Fertitta, Sue and Barry Becker, Andrea and Tony Marnell, and Lyndy and Tony Marnell Jr.

Launching to new heights: The Bank of North Las Vegas had a reception on March 8 at the Canyon Gate Country Club. Bank President James York announced that plans are under way to change the bank’s name to Valley Bank of Nevada.

The event also was a celebration of the bank’s fifth anniversary and honored two distinguished Nevadans: E. Parry Thomas (represented by his son, Tom Thomas) and Bob Mendenhall.

Master of ceremonies Jack Sheehan conducted the unveiling of portraits of the two honorees and accepted a check from the Thomas family for Opportunity Village, and the Mendenhall family presented a check for Candlelighters for Childhood Cancer.

Bank principles recognized were: Terry Stimson, Jay Blood, Bob Mendenhall, Haskel Iny, Michael Montandon, W. Brent Hardy, Kenneth Black, Ben Farahi, John Ritter and Joe Macchiaverna.

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