By Dianne R. Davis
Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis unless otherwise indicated.
Win-Win Entertainment Thanks Volunteers
What do Las Vegas entertainers do during the day when they are not performing? Ask Win-Win, a non profit organization dedicated to, “connecting great causes with great entertainment … one show at a time.”
Santana Jackson, Jeff Civillico, and Jennifer Romas
Photo credit: Ira Kuzma
Jeff Civillico, Strip headliner and driving force behind this unique organization recently held a thank you event at the Borden Grill at the Forum Shops with the support of Southern Wine and Spirits to recognize the contributions of the entertainers to the community.
The mission statement reads, “we believe in the inherent generosity of the human spirit. We believe people have the desire to give back if presented with the opportunity to do so. We exist to connect good causes that need something, with good people willing to do something.”
According to Jeff, “Our volunteers are the back bone and driving force of this organization - we are proud to celebrate their contributions, talents and generosity.” The organization has grown from a couple of events a year to at least one event a month. It was clear at the thank you event that once performers step forward to participate, they keep coming back to do more.
Kids and adults who might not otherwise even be able afford a ticket and/or are unable to go to a show get to see first class entertainment up close and personal. From a Michael Jackson look-alike to Juggling Jeff (Civillico), the patients and the staff and others in need of the break that comes from entertainment have had enriching experiences thanks to Win-Win Entertainment.
Some of the programs are:
Give Back Mondays - weekly program feeding/supporting the homeless
Win-Win Wednesday -Hospital programs at Sunrise Children's Hospital and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals (3 campuses)
Freedom Fridays - USO events at Nellis and Creech AFB
Twilight Tuesdays - senior programs at local senior centers/ Southwest Medical Associates Lifestyle Centers
Miracle League Saturdays - baseball league with buddies.
Storytime Thursdays- reading programs at local preschools and elementary schools.
Those who have participated include:
Douglas Taylor, Jennifer Romas, Heather Burdette, Marissa Hitchcock, Lion Fludd, John Castro. John Rotellini. Travis Cloer, The Las Vegas Tenors, Jennifer Joseph Lier, Kayla Drescher Magic, Ariann Black, Skye Dee Miles, Larry Edwards, Jay R Beatbox, Hot Lava, Michele Polci, Sheri Schreiber, Dawn Noriega-Malone, Carrie Lee, Tracey Lee and Santana Jackson - Volunteer of the Year award recipient
Jeff Civillico (left) with award recipients
Photo credit: Ira Kuzma
Star Trek™ 50th Anniversary Convention set for August 3-7, 2016 in Las Vegas
Creation Entertainment and CBS Consumer Products Stage Once-In-A-Lifetime Fan Event With More Than 100 Star Trek Celebrities In Attendance
Creation Entertainment and CBS Consumer Products announced that the Official Star Trek 50th Anniversary Convention will take place August 3-7, 2016 at The Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. The non-stop five-day convention will host more than 100 Star Trek celebrities from TV and film and thousands of avid fans.
“This event has always been uniquely innovative and in tune with what the Star Trek fan wants and expects. Every attendee, no matter what their ticket price, has a chance to see all the stars when they want to without fear of waiting or not getting in,” said Adam Malin, Co-CEO of Creation Entertainment. “It’s the ultimate space where like-minded folks can meet the franchise stars, argue trivia, look at the scientific and philosophical pop culture impact of the brand and of course make friendships that have lasted generations.”
The multi-day event will explore everything from Star Trek’s set designs to its game-changing foreshadowing of some of today’s top technological advancements. Along with numerous costumes, prop displays, and convention-only freebies. It will be a full-scale immersion for the ultimate Star Trek fan.
More information will soon be available online by visiting the show’s official page at http://www.creationent.com/ST50/index.html .
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