FACT (Family and child treatment)




Columnist Elizabeth Foyt: Duo honored for commitment to children’s future

Elizabeth Foyt

Wednesday, June 29, 2005 | 8:12 a.m.

Former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones and longtime Southern Nevada developer John Ritter were honored at the sixth annual "For a Child's Tomorrow" benefit for Family and Child Treatment of Southern Nevada at Turnberry Place's Stirling Club on Thursday.

The party and program, headed by FACT President Michael Cline and emceed by attorney/food critic John Curtas, recognized Jones (now of Harrah's Entertainment Inc.) for her dedication to the community, and Ritter (Focus Property Group) for his continued support of FACT.

Co­chaired by Michelle Makil and Dallas Sisolak with FACT executive director Karen Marconi, the after­the­ business­day affair opened with a hosted reception attended by Laurie Sosie and Laura Fritz (both of St. Rose Dominican Health Foundation), John Holden (Landtek), Jennifer Bradley (Lili Claire Foundation) with husband Blake Bradley (Morris Communications), Fran Marshall (American Cancer Society) and Hilary Westrom (trustee, Ritter Charitable Trust).

Other attendees included Focus Property Group executives Andy Flaherty, Larry Bross and Warrin Badger, joined by the corporation's general consul Scott Bogatz. Also supporting the event were Terry Murphy (Strategic Solutions), Nancy Flagg (UNLV), Lynn Purdue and partner Bill Marion (Purdue­Marion & Associates), Bret Bicoy (Nevada Community Foundation), Dr. Fred Gillis (Center for Independent Living) and Caroline Ciocca (AFAN ­­ Aid for AIDS of Nevada).

Event sponsors included Caesars Palace, the Foundation Room, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, the Stirling

Club, Marc's, Granello Bakery, Rotari Sparkling Wines and The Charlie Palmer Fine Dining Group.

FACT, a nonprofit United Way agency, provides mental health counseling and educational services to benefit children, families and communities affected by abuse, neglect and family violence.

Goodwill luncheon

Goodwill of Southern Nevada hosted its 2005 "Let's Go To Work" luncheon at Texas Station on Wednesday, celebrating both clients and supporters.

Nate Tannenbaum, Channel 13 meteorologist, and Steven Chartrand, president­chief executive of Goodwill, led the program. Bill Martin (Nevada State Bank), who sits on the agency's advisory board, served as keynote speaker. Martin was instrumental in securing the bond to fund the purchase of the new Goodwill Neighborhood Center and headquarters slated to open this year.

Introduced were clients representing the 496 citizens with disabilities served by workforce and job­development services, along with the 424 clients working with the community­based training program.

Speaking of his own experiences was client Avelino Flores, the victim of an auto accident, who is now in a wheelchair. Flores, after nearly a decade of unemployment, received joint services from the State of Nevada Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation and Goodwill's job development team, resulting in a new career at Fiesta Henderson.

Station Casinos was recognized as Employer of the Year. It was represented by Heather Ripley, corporate director of human resources. Station Casinos is the largest employer of Goodwill graduates and deeply involved in Goodwill's workplace readiness efforts.

Also spotlighted were Beth Fisher, KVBC news anchor (Media Award), who frequently profiles Goodwill success stories, Darbie Adams (Special Events Award) of Frontier Girl Scout Council, who led the drive resulting in 3,500 bags of clothing and goods, and Mark Howard of MountainView Hospital for his efforts to facilitate the wildly successful year­round attended donation center at the hospital.

Unsung Heroes Awards were bestowed upon attorneys Gus Flangas (Flangas McMillan) and Kathleen Paustian (Parson, Behle & Latimer), training director Millie Thomas (Station Casinos), James Rimpo and Bill Martin (both of Nevada State Bank), Capt. Stavros Anthony (Metro Police), John Card, Peter DeMangus (Jerry's Nugget), architect James Stroh and Tod Little (Silver State Bank).

The Nick Pandelis Award for Board Achievement, honoring a current board member for exemplary dedication, was given to Geno Hill (Rum Runner Lounges), a 20­year veteran of the board. Lastly, the 2005 Humanitarian of the Year Award was presented to Valerie Murzl, vice president of human resources and training for Station Casinos and member of Goodwill's board of directors.

Present at the luncheon were Diane Edelman and LaToya Embrey (both of Impress Communications), Dee Ladd (Sunrise Childrens Foundation), Emily Smith (Frontier Girl Scout Council), Ron McMenemy and family members (McMenemy Trust), Merlinda Gallegos (Tang Foundation) and many representatives of business and community partners including Macy's, Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health, Del Webb, Republic Services of Southern Nevada and the Advanced Energy Technologies, to name just a few.

Launched in 1902, Goodwill has a remarkable history of providing vocational services and assisting those with disabilities and other barriers to gain employment. Serving Southern Nevada since 1975, the not­for­profit agency generates 92 percent of its revenue by the sale of donated new and gently used household goods and clothing at its seven local Goodwill stores.

In 2004 more than 280,480 in our community donated goods, with 69,579 donors selecting to use the attended donation center in the parking lot of MountainView Hospital in Summerlin.

Arts mixer

Rosemary's Restaurant hosted a fine­arts mixer June 21 with artist Marty Walsh and her newly completed Irish

Landscapes collection.

The exhibit at the popular West Sahara eatery is part of an ongoing series displayed in Rosemary's "Room with a

View" special events area.

Wendy Kveck, gallery curator, explained the restaurant will showcase the work of local artists, both natives and newcomers, throughout the coming year. Walsh's Irish works, on exhibit through July 31, reflect the artist's love of her home in County Kildare, Ireland, and are inspired by her visits there.

Walsh was recently selected as one of 10 artists to participate in ZAP!, a neighborhood art project serving the

Winchester Cultural Center near Desert Inn Drive and Eastern Avenue.

Toasting the artistry of the lush green vistas on exhibit were Kami Griffith Oisboid (HMI­Holiday Convention Service Group) and husband Paul Oisboid (principal of Palo Verde High School), joined by Jan Craddock (Nevada Public Radio), Craig Johnson, Mary Manderscheid and Linda Wilson.

In the mix as well were Ted Rodriquez, Cecelia Carpenter (Paradise Financial), Patricia Martinelli Price (Pulidor Foundation) and Earl Shelton (Stonewall Publishing). Hosts were Rosemary's chef­owners Wendy and Michael Jordan, who kept a steady stream of delectable foods, Irish beers and mint juleps aimed at their happy guests.