New nonprofit sponsors its first charity ball

Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and Drs. Theodore Jacobs and Sheikh Saghir were honored Oct. 2 during the Volunteers in Medicine Ball at Encore.

More than 500 people attended the benefit sponsored by Volunteers in Medicine, a new nonprofit volunteer-operated medical clinic established to provide health and wellness services to medically underserved working families in Southern Nevada. The clinic is scheduled to open at Paradise Park in late December and will be staffed by both active and retired health care professionals and volunteers.

Berkley, D-Nev., received the Community/Medical Award for her commitment to health and welfare legislation.

Jacobs, a leading Las Vegas doctor since 1963, was the recipient of the Medicine Award. He served as former chief of staff at Sunrise Hospital and was president of the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners for 15 years.

The Volunteerism Award went to Saghir, who volunteers at a North Las Vegas clinic.

Attendees included Gov. Jim Gibbons, first lady Dawn Gibbons, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Susan and Irwin Molasky, Ike Kahn, Vicki Fertitta, Raj Chanderraj, Christine Peterson, Jewel Brooks, Gard Jameson, Linda Simpson, Siegfried Fischbacher, Annee Nounna, Terri and John Daly, Anwar Jaraid, Peggy and Ann Casey, Lisa and Joe Heck, Karla and Julian Perez, Larry Lehrner, Sara and Ralph Denton, Julie Murray, Randy Garcia, Loring Jacobs, Leslie and Bill Shoemaker, Sue Lowden, Kathleen Mahon, Steven Kwon, Beverly Daly, Larry Hart, Toni Hart, Sandy Peltyn, Gayle Anderson, Isabel Pfeifer, Sylvia and Joe Cortez, Annalia and William Jacks, Nancy and Jack Weinstein, Melinda Jackson and Michael Kessler.

Drs. Florence Jameson and Parvin Modaber Jacobs, chaired the event.

Dinosaur Ball: The 17th annual Dinosaur Ball benefiting the Las Vegas Natural History Museum took place Oct. 3 at Luxor.

Marilyn Gillespie of the museum welcomed guests Assemblyman Harry Mortenson and Helen Mortenson, Mike Fauci, Barry Thigpen, Christine Creigh, Jacqui and Dave Matthews, Linda McCarty, Ruth and Jack Lillis, Betty Hanseen, Cindy Doumani, Merlinda Gallegos and Paul Vigil, Susie Black and Steve Manriquez, Melissa and Clark Warren, Mikey Bilbray, Bridget Phillips, and master of ceremonies Kevin Janison with his wife, Terri, and son, Colin.

Board chair Denny Weddle introduced honorary chairpersons Luxor President Felix Rappaport and his wife, Louise.

The Dino Award went to Charles Creigh, founder of New Market Advisors, and paleontologist Stephen M. Rowland of UNLV. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., received special recognition and spoke via video.

Auctioneer Doug Suerdieck conducted a live auction for three packages: a Russian River Getaway, a trip to Civil War battlegrounds and the largest bid — an eight-day trip to Egypt — was won by Carolyn Sparks and Jenny DexVaux Oakes.

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