Noah’s Animal House, a safe place that provides shelter for the pets that belong to the domestically abused women of The Shade Tree, drew in hundreds of influential community members and industry names during its four-year anniversary last Thursday inside Body English at Hard Rock Hotel. The evening was a huge success for Noah’s Animal House, raising more than $95,000 in donations, which will support the shelter with vital supplies, proper veterinary services, vaccinations and more.
CEO and co-founder of Paragon Gaming and philanthropic figure Diana Bennett, was honored for her ongoing generosity and for providing operating dollars to the organization, including a $1 million donation. Guests were captivated as they listened to the heart-warming story of a client, her two children and their 50-pound pit bull, Cowboy, whose presence at the party was a delight for all attendees.
Other speakers included Noah’s Animal House founder Staci Alonso and inspiration for the shelter’s name and Staci’s son, Noah. People mixed and mingled among local socialites including: Secretary of State Ross Miller; former First Lady of Nevada Sandy Miller; Chief of Diplomatic Relations of Nevada Gayle Anderson; Vice Chairman of Perini Building Co. Richard Rizzo; Vice President of Human Resources for NV Energy Punam Mathur; Chairwoman of Women’s Philanthropy Council Heidi Sarno Straus; Society Café Chef Kim Canteenwalla; Founder of PR Plus Laura Herlovich; Founder of Elizabeth Blau & Associates Elizabeth Blau; Las Vegas gaming mogul Scott Menke; UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Member Carolyn Sparks; President and CEO of Three Square Julie Murray; former President of Shuffle Master Inc., Mark Yoseloff and wife Pat; and more.
Small bites were offered, including Caprese skewers, filet mignon sliders, mini chicken wellington and an assortment of desserts, a hosted bar and music by local turntable master DJ 88 (Bree Cohen). In addition, guests engaged in the live auction, which featured notable items such as a private in-residence barbeque for up to 12 guests with Chef Kim Canteenwalla of Society Cafe at Encore Las Vegas; a Lake Tahoe five-day retreat at a beautiful private home in Glenbrook, Calif.; intimately prepared dinner for 12 by James Beard winner Paul Bartolotta of Bartolotta Restaurant in Wynn Las Vegas; and David Yurman Chiclet necklace and matching earrings. Each guest was offered a take-home “doggy bag” complete with home-made vegan dog treats, courtesy of Pound Hound Bakery.
For more information or to make a donation to Noah’s Animal House, visit www.noahslasvegas.org.
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