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Lied Discovery Children’s Museum unveils new exhibit

The board of trustees of the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum invited supporters and friends to the museum Saturday to explore an exhibit created by the museum and sponsored by Pamela and Pierre Omidyar.

The new exhibit is about the world’s refugee children and is titled "Torn from Home: My Life as a Refugee." The exhibit gives visitors an opportunity to gain a first-hand look into the realities faced by refugee children and their families.

It showcases six exhibit areas: home, losing home, registration, refugee camp, medical clinic and going home. At the exhibit’s opening, guests came through a camp entrance, saw how refugees are registered and walked to a replica of a refugee camp. There were toys that the children had made, a chance to interact in their dances and real-life stories. There were two interactive video kiosks to encourage visiting children to share their reflections about the exhibit.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees representative Michael Gabaudan said that today there are 9 million refugee children around the world. The United States has become the largest resettlement area for refugees.

Joyce Schneider was the evening’s event chairwoman. Guests, including Judy and Jim Kropid, Judy and Ed Cebulko, Jan Craddock, Steve Schneider, state Sen. Mike Schneider, D-Las Vegas, and Candy Schneider, Sue and Bob Burdick, Roy Centrella, Jennifer Caleton and Dana and Myron Martin with daughter Molly, enjoyed passed canapes. Musical entertainment was provided by the Groove Connection.

Vibe produced Southwestern and North African music, and there was an authentic gumbo dance performed.

Joyce Schneider served as mistress of ceremonies, introducing speakers Gabaudan and Pamela Omidyar. This exhibit was developed in partnership with the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum and international aid organizations, including the U.N. refugee agency. Pamela Omidyar helped to conceive the exhibit and provided core funding.

Michael Vannozzi, representing Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, read Reid’s congratulatory to the Lied Museum and the Omidyars for presenting the exhibit.

The program concluded with a few refugee children from Afghanistan, Tunisia and Democratic Republic of the Congo voicing their thoughts and thanks for the exhibit.

More guests attending were Florence and Gard Jameson, Marybel Bajer, Madelyn and Michael Montgomery, Punam Mathur, Todd Lefkowitz, Susan McCree, Rita and Joe DeSimone, Terry Pope, Tiffany White, Robert Feldman, Mike Walker, Tom Pope, Carrie Henderson, Lynn Osmera, Cora Lane and Victor Onufrieff. The exhibit will run at the Lied Discovery Museum through December and then travel to other children’s museums across the United States.

Agassi Honored: Longines made time for education at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy recently during a reception for the special unveiling of the Longines Andre Agassi Limited Edition GrandeVitesse watch.

The watch pays homage to the sports legend, who has been recognized for his athletic accomplishments and philanthropic efforts. The design of the 888 exclusive limited edition GrandeVitesse watch is classic and elegant with a sporty edge.

Longines chose to highlight the gold in The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation’s logo with each watch designed with a custom-made case back featuring the logo and a special limited edition number. This GrandeVitesse has a gold "8" to commemorate the eight grand slams won by Agassi during his tennis career. The event auctioned off the exclusive rights to the limited edition numbers to jewelry retailers.

The $36,500 that was raised from the auction will benefit the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation.

At the unveiling, private tours by Agassi prep students of the 168,570-square-foot preparatory academy were offered to attending guests.

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