104°F
weather icon Clear

Donors support Volunteer in Medicine’s efforts to help needy

Don Snyder was honored during the seventh annual gala of Volunteers in Medicine Nov. 7 at The Venetian and Palazzo.

Volunteers in Medicine is a nonprofit organization that operates two clinics, staffed primarily by volunteers that provide free health care and wellness services to the working uninsured and unemployed residents of Southern Nevada.

The first clinic, Paradise Park Clinic on Harrison Drive, opened in 2010. The new Ruffin Family Clinic opened Oct. 14 at 1240 N. Martin Luther King Blvd., offering such additional services as mental health and social services, dental and vision services.

Myron Martin, president and CEO of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, introduced Snyder, the recipient of the Volunteers in Medicine Community Crystal Heart Award. Snyder, who serves as presidential adviser at UNLV, was recognized for his leadership experience in commercial banking, the gaming industry, The Smith Center and UNLV as well as his philanthropic efforts.

Chairing the gala were Drs. Florence Jameson, founder and chairman of the Volunteers in Medicine board, and Lydia Wyatt, who will head the group’s dental division. More than 500 guests attended to raise funds for the organization’s operating and program expenses.

The reception offered an extensive silent auction and the Nevada School of the Arts Jazz Trio entertained. Guests included former U.S. Sen. Richard Bryan and Bonnie Bryan, former Gov. Bob List and Polly List, Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Kathy Ong, UNLV President Len Jessup and Kristi Staab, Thomas Schwenk, Barbara Atkinson, Robert Shiroff, Mary Kaye Cashman, Irais and Bob Kolesar, Claudia and Greg Peterman, Sally and Richard Jost, Luke Cesaretti, and Staci and Randy Garcia.

Mistress of ceremonies was Sue Manteris and entertainment was offered by singers Clint Holmes and Bob Anderson, comedian Pete Barbutti and the Nightshift Band.

There was a live auction for eight packages conducted by auctioneer Kevin Rutter. Attracting record bids were for celebrity chef Alex Stratta to do dinner in the bidder’s home, which sold twice for $31,000, and an Africa trip that sold five times for $8,000. “Raise Your Paddle” brought in $29,000.

Other guests included Dee Snyder, Gard Jameson, Ike Khan, Candace Barr, Sallie Becker, Tarissa Tiberti, Javaid Anwar, Doug Thomas, Rebecca Mojca and Wagner Geridand, Julie Murray, Robert Lieberman, Leslie and Bill Shoemaker, Amber Crawford, Brenda Vasquez, Esther Green, Beverly and Richard Dix, Susan Houston, and Keith Boman.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
7 ways autocomplete can get smarter

Autocomplete is one of the best (or depending on how hastily you push ‘send’ – worst) things in the world. We rely on it so much that Google plans to let us autocomplete whole emails. Here are seven ways predictive input can improve. 1. Recognizing names from previous emails Jakub Kokoszka has a tough name to […]

Movie posters might soon be based on your clicks

You may have thought you left Blockbuster behind, but the basic way we browse movies hasn’t changed all that much. We peruse poster after poster, kind of like walking the aisles of a ‘90s-era video store. That one poster image, meant to appeal to as many people as possible, is often all we see before […]

What I’ll be covering at NAB 2018

The National Association of Broadcasters show kicks off this weekend in Las Vegas.  The show focuses on new and emerging technologies and trends in relation to the media and entertainment industries. As it’s not open to the public, I’ll be at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday to share some of […]

EXECUTIVE TRAVEL: Forget Strip flash; some prefer lake’s panache

If you get called to a board meeting at Lake Las Vegas, you might want to bring your swimsuit. That’s the term Westin at Lake Las Vegas marketing director Matt Boland uses for upright paddleboard races, one of many team-building exercises offered regularly at the resort.

After $4,700 in live poker career winnings, James Romero, 27, wins nearly $2 million

It was a 15-year celebration of The World Poker Tour at Bellagio for the Five Diamond World Poker Classic. The largest field size in WPT Five Diamond’s history was created when 791 entries were tallied, and it was James Romero, 27, of Portland, Oregon, who won his first WPT title.

Auto electronics at SEMA and AAPEX: A brave new world

The Specialty Equipment Market Association celebrated its 50th annual SEMA show at Las Vegas Convention Center this month by showcasing a car culture of “do-it-yourself” garage mechanics who share a passion for customizing vehicles.