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Warren Moon and Pro Football Hall of Fame Awards Scholarships to Six Students

Pro football Hall of Famer Warren Moon has given back to high school students in need around the country by awarding scholarships to ensure their continued education for the past 25 years. Moon recognized the 2013 class of the Warren Moon Hall of Fame Scholarship inside SCORE! at the Luxor Hotel Casino Las Vegas in a ceremony on Thursday, June 6. This year’s six recipients included local students Joshua Mayfield from Chaparral High School, who will be attending UNLV this fall, and Carlos Martin from Las Vegas High School; as well as Jared Lebowitz from La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., recruited to play quarterback for UNLV this fall; Max Fang from San Diego, Calif.; Meret Fakhory from Los Angeles, Calif.; and Erich Olschewski from South Jordan, Utah.

Other VIPs who appeared alongside Moon included Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO George Veras, and Pro Bowler Hank Bauer, formerly of the San Diego Chargers.

“When I first started playing professional football in Canada, my agent Leigh Steinberg stressed the importance of always giving back,” says Warren Moon, 2006 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee. “Focusing on giving high school students a chance at a college education is my way of doing that. My goal is to have every scholarship recipient ‘pay it forward’ by creating a similar opportunity for those in need later in their lives.”
Warren Moon Hall of Fame Scholarship Recipients are selected based on three criteria: be on track to graduate the year the scholarship is awarded; have a financial need; and be active in their local communities. The scholarships are not limited to student-athletes in high school so anyone who meets the criteria is eligible. 

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Warren Moon, center, poses with 2013 recipients of the Warren Moon Hall of Fame Scholarship 
(L to R) Erich Olschewski, Meret Fakhory, Carlos Martin, Max Fang, Joshua Mayfield and Jared Lebowitz at a scholarship ceremony and reception on June 6 at SCORE! Inside the Luxor Hotel Casino.

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Warren Moon, center, with Pro Football Hall of Fame CEO George Veras (L) and Pro Bowler Hank Bauer (R), formerly of the San Diego Chargers, at a scholarship reception honoring 2013 recipients of the Warren Moon Hall of Fame Scholarship on June 6 at SCORE! Inside the Luxor Hotel Casino.

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon, right, poses with scholarship recipient Jared Lebowitz, recruited to play quarterback at UNLV this fall, at a scholarship reception honoring 2013 recipients of the Warren Moon Hall of Fame Scholarship on June 6 at SCORE! Inside the Luxor Hotel Casino.

“Our company, Sports 1 Marketing with Warren Moon as the founder and president, is very proud to implement and keep up this important scholarship program in the past three decades.” says David Meltzer, CEO of Sports 1 Marketing. “It’s a great feeling to be able to give back to the community on a regular basis like this, which is part of our core mission that also includes business development and partnership branding for national and international brands. All-in-all, we have a lot of fun doing what we do.”

Moon typically awards several scholarships annually. A special situation this year led to an additional honoree. Jared Lebowitz was originally chosen but was then awarded a football scholarship to the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.  Due to his UNLV scholarship, Lebowitz asked that his scholarship money be awarded to another student. Lebowitz will still be honored at the ceremony alongside with the sixth recipient, Joshua Mayfield from Las Vegas High School, who coincidentally will also be attending UNLV for the fall semester.

“During his playing career, Warren exemplified what it took to be a Hall of Famer, both on and off the field,” says George Veras, CEO of Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprise. “He is giving an incredible opportunity to these well-deserving students, perhaps even giving them a future when they thought all hope was lost. We are honored to be associated with Warren and are excited about the good things these young men and women scholarship recipients will be doing for their communities.”

Yelp’s 89XXXhibition Kicks-off with Free Block Party at Fremont Street Experience

Yelp kicked-off its 89XXXhibition, a 10-day celebration of the visual arts with the theme “There’s No Place Like Home Vegas”, with a block party at Fremont Street Experience on Thursday, June 6 from 7-10 p.m. in front of the 3rd Street Stage.

Fremont Street Experience was packed with food and drinks from local vendors and featured a live performance from Las Vegas-based classic rock tribute band Yellow Brick Road. The free event was open to anyone over the age of 21 with a confirmed RSVP, with a suggested donation of $10 to benefit Communities In Schools of Nevada, the local affiliate of the nation's leading dropout prevention organization.
During the block party guests participated in several interactive exhibits including: painting with Paint and Party; screen printing by Kids in the Attic; a Wizard of Oz-themed photo booth sponsored by LV Photo Party; flag making with Dewey Street Crafters; plus food and beverages from an array of vendors that include Island Sushi, Sauced, Taco Taco, Chicken Itza, Oso Ono Shave Ice, Back Bar, Nevada Beverage, Vita Coco, Xyience and much more.

“We are glad to be a part of an event that is offering people in our community a chance to showcase their talent,” said Jeff Victor, president of Fremont Street Experience. “We all know that there is no place like home and when that home is Vegas great things will happen.”
“Supporting the local community is very important to Yelp. With these events we shine a spotlight on local talent and provide a platform for them to be seen. These events have become very popular and are very needed for the community,” said Misti Yang, Yelp’s Las Vegas Community Manager. “Yelp will continue to celebrate the Las Vegas community with free events taking place all week through June 16 and we encourage locals to come out and participate.”

In partnership with the Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, 89XXXhibition will last 10 days from June 6 - 16 with various downtown venues featuring works from local artists.

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Miss USA Contestants Join Terry Fator for his Birthday Celebration

As part of his birthday celebration, on Monday, June 10, multi talented entertainer  Terry Fator welcomed the 51 contestants from the Miss USA Pageant to his show, Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment, at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Following the opening number, Fator was surprised by his wife, Taylor Makakoa, and the reigning Miss USA, Nana Meriwether, as they presented him with a beautiful cake creation, courtesy of The Mirage. He was also presented was a massive birthday card, signed by audience members and fans.

The festive night ended with each audience member receiving a delicious cupcake from Freed’s Bakery.

The Miss USA contestants are in Las Vegas this week vying for the coveted crown. The 2013 Miss USA Pageant will be broadcast live from PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort on Sunday, June 16.

Current Miss USA Nana Meriwether Terry Fator Taylor Makakoa and the 51 Miss USA Contestants by Cashman Photo
Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa and the Miss USA Contestants
Photo credit: Cashman Photo, Miss Universe Organization.

Miss USA Contestants at Terry Fator by Cashman Photo
Miss USA Contestants
Photo credit: Cashman Photo, Miss Universe Organization.

Miss USA Nana Meriwether Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa by Patrick Prather Miss Universe Organization
Miss USA Nana Meriwether, Terry Fator and Taylor Makakoa
Photo credit: Patrick Prather, Miss Universe Organization.

Additional recent and upcoming “happenings” in and around Las Vegas include:

On Friday, May 31, RI RA Las Vegas raised $4,800 for SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN at its inaugural GOLF CLASSIC at Silverstone Golf Club. The Golf Classic kicked off at 1:15 p.m. with comments from Shriners Hospitals for Children spokesperson Tara Perkins who shared a personal story with participants followed by a 1:30 p.m. tee off. After the Classic, Rí Rá hosted an after-party featuring a silent auction and live music from Danny Burns. As an added bonus, each golfer received two tickets for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the annual PGA TOUR stop in Las Vegas, part of the FedExCup regular season held at TPC Summerlin, October 14-20.

The 5th Annual CSN FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC 2013 FUNDRAISER held at The Revere Golf Club on Friday, May 31 raised $80,000 with net proceeds going to support programs and scholarships for the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) Foundation. The golf tournament was won by Commercial Roofers with a four-man team that included Gary Jaramillo, Eric Fitzsimmons, Chuck Jaramillo and Don Barris. In total, 36 teams competed and second place was won by Trew Financial Benefits with Adam Craig, Brennan Dew, Toby Meacham and Todd Shanholtzer playing. Monies were raised from the entry fees, raffle tickets and a live auction.

First Place team for 2013 CSN Golf Tournament l-r Gary Jaramillo Eric Fitzsimmons Chuck Jaramillo and Don Barris
First Place team for 2013 CSN Golf Tournament l-r Gary Jaramillo, Eric Fitzsimmons, Chuck Jaramillo and Don Barris

AMERICAN STORM is set to showcase its stars and stripes with a special FREE performance at Palms Casino Resort, June 14 at 9 p.m. Guests are invited to join the guys from America’s hottest male revue at Moon Nightclub on top of Palms’ Fantasy Tower for a meet-and-greet after the show. Featuring sexy soldiers, courageous cowboys and hunky businessmen, the 70-minute choreographed production leaves little to the imagination.  Guests can pick up their complimentary tickets at The Pearl Box Office inside Palms Resort Casino. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show will begin at 9 p.m.

Country singer RAY PRICE’s concert, scheduled at Veil Pavilion in Silverton Casino Hotel this Saturday, June 15, is being postponed for a later date.  For all  ticket holders, Silverton is in the process of scheduling an alternate date and all purchased tickets will be good for the upcoming show. Ticket holders will be contacted when a new date is set.

The second HEALTH, HEALING & HAPPINESS CONFERENCE will be held June 15-16 at the Spring Preserve. The two-day gathering, presented by, will cover natural solutions that embrace the whole body, mind and spirit. Top raw food and vegan chefs will be among the 20 world-class speakers offering presentations about nutrition, fitness, spirituality, and personal development. The chefs will include: Mayra Trabulse; Sharynne Frazer; Ronnie and Minh Skurow; Stacey Dougan; Shane Stuart, and Kenny Chye. Tickets are $99 in advance and $139 at the door. A Day Pass for either Saturday or Sunday is $65 in advance and $75 at the door.

As part of the Icons of Comedy Series, STEVE O and TOM GREEN will bring their oddball antics and witty humor for a run of shows inside The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's intimate entertainment venue Vinyl from Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23. Tickets for the Steve O and Tom Green show start at $54 (plus applicable service fees).  Must be 18 years of age or older to attend.

On Friday, June 21, all 22 Las Vegas locations of TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFE will welcome summer during the seventh annual NATIONAL FLIP FLOP DAY CELEBRATION. From 2 to 7 p.m., customers who visit any of the Las Vegas locations wearing flip flop sandals will receive a FREE  24-oz. Jetty Punch™ smoothie.
In addition to giving away more than 20,000 free smoothies to area customers, Tropical Smoothie Café is raising money for Camp Sunshine—a summer camp in Casco, Maine designed specifically for children with life-threatening illness and their families to provide a week of rest, relaxation, plus medical counseling and much-needed emotional support. Families attend Camp Sunshine for completely paid, weeklong programs. The cost for one family to participate in the weeklong program is $2,000, plus travel expenses.

Tropical Smoothie Café customers can contribute to Camp Sunshine in several ways:
- Purchase $1 paper flip-flops, which are posted throughout each store. Donate $5 or more in-store will receive a Flip Flop Key Fob good for 10 percent off all purchases in 2013.  Donate online at

To date, Tropical Smoothie has donated $1,500,000 to Camp Sunshine, sending 750 children and their families to experience camp. Last year, Tropical Smoothie Café raised $400,000 for Camp Sunshine and plans to exceed that number in 2013 by raising $500,000.

The cast of DIVAS LAS VEGAS STARRING FRANK MARINO will join the mini divas from “TODDLERS & TIARAS” at Something’s Brewing Café (3100 S Durango Dr.), for a SPECIAL VIEWING PARTY June 19, at 5:30 p.m. of the episode they star in together.  Fans are invited to get autographs and watch the episode’s premiere. The episode, filmed on Jan. 10, finds Marino, Las Vegas’ longest running headliner, emceeing the Little Miss Nevada, LLC pageant, while his divas bring the glitz and glam from their show at The Quad Resort and Casino to the judging table.

TAN LAS VEGAS ANTHEM will be hosting a FUNDRAISING EVENT to benefit RED ROCK SEARCH & RESCUE in southern Nevada. The fundraising event will be held at Tan Las Vegas Anthem located at 11041 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 106 in Henderson on Saturday, June 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Tan Las Vegas Anthem will be donating to the Red Rock Search & Rescue 50% of the revenue for each single session VersaSpa Spray Tan and Custom Airbrush Spray Tan purchased during this one day event. 

Red Rock Search & Rescue is a 100% volunteer organization functioning solely on donations and members own personal funds. Their services are always free. Red Rock SAR has worked 15 search cases, all of them solved. They have worked 200+ square miles of desert, swamp and alpine terrain all as a free service to the community.  For more information regarding Red Rock SAR, please visit their Website at 

GOLDEN RAINBOW reveals its lineup for the 27th annual “RIBBON OF LIFE” production including performances by world-renowned, two-time GRAMMY winning singer Jon Secada and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” star Michael Grimm. “Ribbon of Life”, one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the state of Nevada and the Golden Rainbow’s main source of revenue, will take place at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts at 1p.m. on Sunday, June 30.

This year’s extravaganza, “Tributes,” will feature a wide spectrum of tribute-themed performances from contemporary to classic, Broadway to film, pop to hip-hop, comedy and more. Aside from Secada and Grimm, the exciting lineup will include Clint Holmes, Josh Strickland, George Wallace, Frankie Marino, Reva Rice; vocal groups Mo5aic, The Las Vegas Tenors, The Phat Pack, Celebrity City Chorus; members from Human Nature, Jubilee!, VEGAS! the Show; and many more. Additional performances to be announced closer to the fundraiser.

Tickets for Golden Rainbow’s 27th annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraising production are available for purchase at The Smith Center Box Office.

The BROADWAY THEATER, the 300-seat venue specializing in world-class performance shows including “Broadway Celebration,” “Dancing Queen” and “Shades of Temptation,” will close effective Sunday, July 21. The closure follows the resort’s recently announced front features enhancement project.

Golden Nugget Las Vegas will be hosting the $300,000 GREAT AMERICAN CASH GIVEAWAY July 1- September 21, 2013. During this time, guests can earn drawing tickets for the grand prize of a new Chevy Corvette, Silverado or Equinox as well as $175,000 in cash and free slot play prizes. The promotion will award more than 1,200 cash prizes and three guaranteed car winners. Guests can earn tickets by playing their favorite slots, table games, keno, poker or wager in the race & sports book. Entries can also be earned with every hotel stay and every Gordie Brown ticket purchased.

Celebrity Sightings:

Friday night, June 7...

Comedian and actress Heather McDonald, best known for her appearances on Chelsea Lately, was spotted at LAVO Italian Restaurant & Nightclub. Heather was joined by a small group of friends including E! News host Michael Yo in the dining room.  Afterward, they made their way to the nightclub where they  partied to the sounds of DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen.

Saturday night, June 8...

Bravo’s "Shahs of Sunset" star, Lilly Ghalichi, partied at Posh Boutique Nightclub with a small group of friends.

Lilly Ghalichi on red carpet at Posh
Lilly Ghalichi on the red carpet at Posh Boutique Nightclub

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and rocker Sammy Hagar were spotted partying together at TAO Nightclub.

"Nikita" star Shane West celebrated his 35th birthday in the third-level open format room, the Ling Ling Club at Hakkasan Las Vegas inside MGM Hotel & Casino. West was joined by a large group of friends dancing to the beats of DJ Irie. Upstairs in the club's main room, Hakkasan resident DJ Calvin Harris kept revelers going until the early morning with his signature sound and fan favorite tracks.

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Shane West
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DJ Irie
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC/

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DJ Calvin Harris
Photo Credit: Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery LLC/

Reigning Miss USA Nana Meriwether along with a bevy of beautiful Miss USA contestants took over PURE Nightclub inside Caesars Palace.

Nana Meriwether Miss USA Red Carpet PURE Nightclub
Nana Mariwether
Photo credit: Patrick Prather, Miss Universe Organization

Miss USA PURE Nightclub
Miss USA contestants at Pure Nightclub
Photo credit: Patrick Prather, Miss Universe Organization

Billy Gardell, comedian and star of CBS’ “Mike and Molly,” attended JERSEY BOYS at Paris Las Vegas. After the performance, Billy and his wife went backstage to meet the cast and posed for photos.

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L to R: Rob Marnell, Deven May, Billy Gardell, Graham Fenton, Jeff Leibow
Photo credit: Courtesy of JERSEY BOYS

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