Photos by Patty Fantasia
By Patty Fantasia
Thursday evening, November 4th The Passman Galleries in the Venetian Hotel’s Canal Shoppes was the setting for a special unveiling of a unique jewelry collection with a portion of the proceeds from the opening night sales benefitting the Rey Foundation’s Hospital Chalk Talk program.
Besides his passion for coral, Mr. Passman also adored children. Crowder reminisced about a trip Bernard made to Cuba during which he was drawn to a group of youngsters playing baseball using sticks and socks. He detoured to a store, returning with baseballs and bats for the youngsters. Over the years Passman developed a reputation for supporting children’s causes, so it comes as no surprise that the upper management running his business today continue to support young people’s charities and sponsor at least one event a year.
Passman’s partner in this venture, The Rey Foundation, has a legacy of its own in the area of reaching out and helping others. Honoring the authors of Curious George, Margaret and H.A. Rey, the Foundation keeps alive the story of the pair’s escape from Paris in 1940 and continues their dream of bridging the divides between art, science and people. With facilities located at the juncture of the Lakes Region and the White Mountains in New Hampshire and most of their outreach programs at schools, hospitals and libraries focused in New England, they are now coming across the great divide to Las Vegas and bringing their Hans Rey style “chalk talks” with them.