Jill and Bob Barnhart, co-owners of Red Rock Realty, paired up with superstars Usher and Tom Cruise to produce a Strip fundraiser Nov. 3 at the Four Seasons.
The $5,000-a-plate fundraising dinner was called Rebuild and Restore and raised money for Cruises’ two charities that help those affected by Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Project Restart is part of Usher’s New Look Foundation and raises money to assist families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
The New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project was co-founded by Cruise and supports research into the toxic effects of particulate matter that affected rescue workers and others present in Lower Manhattan in the immediate aftermath of the terrorism attacks.
Along with business partners Kathy and Ernie Domanico, the Barnharts served as honorary chairs for the all-star event. Usher and actress Leah Remini acted as co-chairs and hosts and Wayne Brady was the emcee.
“These entities sought us out. They knew we know a lot of the A-list in town, plus we are major contributors as well,” Bob Barnhart said.
“Supporting worthwhile causes in our local community is an integral part of our business. Reaching out to our national community is a new opportunity for us, a chance to show Las Vegas as a city of giving.”
The company hosts fundraising events throughout the year. It plans to hold its second annual private Toys for Tots drive Dec. 6. About 250 participants are expected to donate gifts for children’s charities.
“Las Vegas has been a very generous city and a fabulously successful one in recent decades,” Bob Barnhart said.
“That is no coincidence. There is an optimism that permeates the community. We have generated a lot of positive energy for ourselves and others. We want to keep that spirit thriving.
“It’s always a good time to give. The more you give, the more you receive,” he said.
Red Rock Realty, which earlier this year established its permanent offices in the Summerlin community, specializes in estate homes along golf courses throughout the Las Vegas Valley, as well as the growing high-rise condominium market.
For information about the Las Vegas-based real estate company, call 804-7100 or visit goredrock.com.