Haute Event: Fashion for Three Square Raises Funds for the Local Food Bank

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 Diana Bennett, Brian Burton, Kris Engelstad McGarry and Scott Menke. Photo: David Becker
Diana Bennett, Brian Burton, Kris Engelstad McGarry and Scott Menke. Photo: David Becker

Fashion for Three Square was an evening of culinary delights, musical entertainment and glamorous fashion that filled the private residence of Diana Bennett of the Bennett Family Foundation and Three Square Food Bank board president — all to raise funds for Three Square’s Bag Childhood Hunger initiative.

The event held on Tuesday, May 21 celebrated its successful conclusion of a $1 million matching gift challenge, an effort joined by Bennett and the Bennett Family Foundation along with Kris Engelstad McGarry and the Engelstad Family Foundation. Bennett announced that $2.6 million was raised to support Three Square’s childhood hunger programs; this will provide 7.8 million meals to feed children in Southern Nevada.

Of the more than 300 in attendance, noted guests included: Scott Conant of Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Food Network; Jonathan Ogden, former Baltimore Raven and Pro Football Hall of Famer; UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Coach David Rice and wife, Mindy; Frances Robinson, wife of Smokey Robinson; Winnie Schulman from the Changing Lives Fund; Michael Brown, Barrick Gold Corporation; Nancy Housells, Nevada Ballet; Bill and Bonnie Paulos, Cannery Hotel & Casino; Amy Rossetti, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; Barbara Buckley, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada; Jamie Cogburn, attorney; Rich and Claire MacDonald of McDonald Properties; and other philanthropists Audra Baldwin, Barbara and Joy Bell, Dana Lee and Tiffany Tiberti.

Produced by David Steen, the second annual event was completely underwritten by the Bennett Family Foundation. Foxtail Floral designed the arrangements featuring symphony orchids, calla lilies, hydrangeas and roses in hues of orange and green. Fresh Wata and Destinations By Design provided additional design elements. DJ R.O.B. kept guests entertained with music, with audio and visual provided by Sage Tech.

Styled by Ken Downing, fashion director for Neiman Marcus, vignettes were located throughout the residence, featuring models that donned a collection of designer garments, handbags, shoes and accessories showcased at the luxury retailer.

Restaurateur Elizabeth Blau was instrumental in bringing together top Las Vegas culinary experts who provided guests with delicious fare, and included chef Kim Canteenwalla of Honey Salt, chef Paul Bartolotta of Bartolotta at Wynn Las Vegas, chef Eric Bromberg of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Brett Ottolenghi of Artisanal Foods, chef Megan Romano of Chocolate & Spice Bakery, chef John Hilton of Three Square Food Bank and chef Kristen Wiese and chef Ashley Mastowski of Gimme Some Sugar.

As the sun set and with the Las Vegas skyline aglow, JWM Records artist Katy Cappella kicked off the evening and serenaded the crowd with an original and inspirational song about hope and the powerful impact of people working together to better the community.  Grammy- and Tony-nominated “Movin’ Out” star Michael Cavanaugh also entertained guests with well-known songs that included a repertoire of Billy Joel hits.

As guests departed for the evening, they were given a takeaway that included mementos from Honey Salt, Chocolate & Spice, Gimme Some Sugar, Neiman Marcus and Three Square.

Additional Bag Childhood Hunger campaign sponsors include NV Energy Foundation, Changing Lives Community Fund, Wells Fargo, MGM Resorts International, Barrick Gold Corporation and MacDonald Properties.

The Bag Childhood Hunger campaign continues throughout the month of June to raise awareness and funds for Three Square’s childhood hunger programs including “BackPack for Kids”, Summer Food Service Program and Kids Cafe. For further information on how to get involved with Three Square’s Bag Childhood Hunger initiative, visit www.bagchildhunger.org.

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