Haute Event: Friends of the Shade Tree Raise $200,000 at Hyde

Photos: Jeff Ragazzo
Photos: Jeff Ragazzo

Friends of The Shade Tree, a local Las Vegas organization founded to financially support The Shade Tree Shelter, celebrated a successful and glamorous Girls Night Out event raising more than $200,000 for The Shade Tree through auctions, donations and a raffle at HYDE Bellagio last night.

The evening began as a slew of Las Vegas celebrities walked the red carpet including, the ladies of FANTASY at Luxor, Emmy-award winning anchor, Jason Feinberg, the beautiful Miss Nevada USA, Nia Sanchez, and local Strip headliner, Frankie Moreno.

Women clamored around the silent auction table throughout the evening, bidding on items such as a Miami Beach Vacation including a two-night stay at SLS Miami; a Valentino Red Lacca Bow Clutch; a two-night stay at ARIA with two rounds of golf at  Shadow Creek and Southern Highlands Golf Courses; and a Gucci leather tote. In total, the 32 silent auction items consisted of 13 luxury handbags, six vacations and getaways, seven spa packages and four shopping spree packages.

One of the most anticipated events of the evening, the live auction, kicked off with a bang as the Master of Ceremonies, Jason Feinberg, passed the microphone over to celebrated auctioneer, Christian Kolberg. Bidding got heated over several of the 13 items up for auction. Some of the most sought after packages included a package for 15 to 20 to travel to Oakland, Calif. to attend a Golden State Warriors game from the luxury of the Owner’s Box; a trip for two to New York Fashion Week to attend the Lanvin Fashion Show and a two-night stay at the Gansvoort Hotel; a year-long family four-pack membership to the new Life Time Fitness in Green Valley; and a gorgeous Camille Flawless dress, modeled by the stunning Miss Nevada.

Following the close of the live auction, Moreno took the stage to rock HYDE. Presented by Towbin Motorcars, Moreno’s performance was received with a roar of enthusiasm and had guests dancing in the center of the ultra-lounge until the event’s conclusion.

Proceeds from the night benefited The Shade Tree, a local organization that provides safe refuge to physically abused and homeless women, children and their pets. Friends of the Shade Tree is a local, Las Vegas, organization founded to financially support The Shade Tree Shelter. Over the past 11 years, Friends of the Shade Tree has raised more than $2,500,000 to help provide life changing services to the women and children of The Shade Tree, promoting stability, dignity and self-reliance