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More than 120 friends and family members gathered at Three Square Food Bank for a reception celebrating hotel legend and Three Square founder Eric Hilton’s 82nd birthday on Friday, June 19.
The evening’s highlights included a plaque dedication tribute by Brian Burton, president and CEO at Three Square, to Hilton, who founded Southern Nevada’s only food bank. The plaque will reside in Hilton Park, located inside Three Square’s North Campus.
Guests enjoyed a menu of smoked salmon and beef tenderloin, grilled summer vegetables, and an array of ravioli made to order with a variety of homemade sauces, all prepared by Three Square’s culinary staff.
Areas throughout Three Square were decorated in blue, Hilton’s favorite color, with accents of white lilies, roses, hydrangeas and greenery adorning every table and whimsical balloons adding to the celebratory spirit throughout the reception hall.
Guests were entertained with illusion and magic performed by Hilton’s nephew, Anders Hansen. His son, Steven M. Hilton, gave a moving speech about his father’s philanthropic legacy and remarked about his mission to help the suffering and distressed. At the conclusion of the celebration, Steven M. Hilton announced a gift to Three Square for $25,000 to help continue the vision his father started “no one in our community should be hungry.”
In lieu of gifts, guests were also encouraged to donate to Three Square on behalf of Hilton.
Regarding his lifelong dedication to philanthropy, Hilton said, “It is one thing to think about something; it’s quite another to do something about it. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity of having the right people at the right time do the right thing. If you don’t have the right people to do the work, you won’t ever get anything done. And I think that is probably the thing I have learned the most from my family.”
A highpoint of the evening was a tiered birthday cake wheeled into the dining room and all of Hilton’s children leading guests in singing “Happy Birthday” to their father.