Down Syndrome Organization honors six at gala

Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada presented “A Heart for the Holidays” gala on Nov. 19 at Paris Las Vegas.

The evening’s honorees were Susan and Stan Wasserkrug, Dr. Wesley Robertson and Jeannette, Dale and Renee Shoemaker. They were recognized for providing support to families affected by Down syndrome.

For the silent auction, many volunteers designed and constructed 25 original Christmas trees surrounded by presents that carried out the tree’s theme. There were wreaths and baskets also up for bid that drew the attention of former Gov. Bob List and Polly List, Jennifer and Steve Rhodes, Gloria and Mark Fine, Wendy and Bill Hornbuckle, Terry and Patrick Newcomb, Patricia and Richard Wright, Lynn and Bill Weidner, Betsy Rhodes, Joy and Jerry Moffitt, Terry and Robert McBeath and Whitney and Larry DuBoef.

The music of Scottish bagpipes performed by the Desert Skye Pipe and Drums escorted guests into the ballroom for dinner and a live auction conducted by Christian Kolberg. Master of ceremonies John Daly introduced the event’s co-chairs, Shelley and John Rhodes.

Paris/Bally’s Director of Catering Eric Weisberg on behalf of Harrah’s Foundation, presented a check for $10,000.

Seen among the guests enjoying the evening were Winfield Greenwood, Melanie Andress-Tobiasson and Todd Tobiasson, Natalie and Nick Lamek, Lori Burr, Kelly and Brian Iriye, Duncan Robertson and Bettye Little, Wendy and Troy Johns, Mary Krelle, Linda and Gary Vause, Jim Stewart, Deann Cline, Sue and Ed Spoon, Sue and Barry Becker, Nancy and Bob Joslin, Terri Daly, Melinda and Bob Brown, Robyn and Brad Englert, Barbara and Jim Silvestri, Lindsay Terrett and Jim Stewart.

CELEBRATING ART: Nevada School of the Arts celebrated present and future artists at their 2009 gala at the Four Seasons on Nov. 14.

The event honored arts patrons Jeri and Rick Crawford. Evening performances were given by Erin Stewart (flute), Caitlin Stokes (violin), DeAnn Letourneau (violin), Andrew Smith (cello), Sammi Ciarlo (violin), Jonathan Chen (viola), Jae Ahn (piano) and a violin ensemble of Jason Gee, Edward Mendiola, Michael Burkhardt, Tammy Hung and Sarah Wright, directed by Mary Straub. Piano accompaniment was by Albina Asryan.

The NSA faculty member Mert Sermet played the cello during the cocktail reception, while guests Bernice Fischer, Libby Bjerke, Jason Straub, Frances Fine, Michael Mejza, Jeanne Greenawalt, Irwin Kishner, Wendy and Richard Plaster, Jeanette Clark, C.J. and Art Woolston, Diane and Patrick Clary, and Nancy and Kel Houssels socialized.

Masters of ceremony were Jim Snyder and Dana Wagner of KVBC-TV, Channel 3. They conducted the live auction for four packages to raise funds for the Nevada School of the Arts.

Also attending were Doreen and Ted Hartwell, Sandra and Jim Frank, Juliana McRae, Betty and Ken Miller, Gae and Perry Basch, Maria and Bill Rokovitz, Diane Carlson and Bill Freyd, Judy and Jim Kropid, Tessie Poggione, Carolyn and Dirk Schneider, Kim Wagner, Evelyn Rizza, Mary McCarthy and Cam Ferenbach, Celia Dobbins, Penny Taylor, Eleonore and Edward Doumani, Joanna and David Alexander, Heather Allen and Bob Payne, Elena Jacob, Prisca Crawford, Renee Dunckel and Shakeh Ghoukasian, dean of the School of the Arts.

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