Stars turn out for storm victims

Dec 12, 2005 2:37 AM

Harrah’s recently held a benefit for their Gulf region employees displaced by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It was held at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio. Penn and Teller sent a check of their own for $25,000. There are 9,000 Gulf people who are displaced and $75,000 was raised to assist the employees of Harrah’s Entertainment. Good job to everyone involved.

Upcoming this week we have Celine Dion, Elton John and Seinfeld performing together at the Colesseum at Caesars Palace to raise additional money. In the meantime, Harrah’s has stopped paying these employees, but are preserving their nice image by staging the big concert and letting the public support their former workers. Bottom line is the ledger has to stay in the black.

Our wonderful friend, Clint Holmes, launched the Clint Holmes Foundation for the Performing Arts to benefit students in the Clark Country School District. He held what he initially called a casual evening that turned into a dynamic event at the Stirling Club.

The mission of Clint’s foundation is to help the arts flourish in the public schools by providing instructors, instruments and inspiration. I believe that having first hand experience in the arts as a child helps develop an appreciation, and in some cases, a true love that will enhance and enrich the rest of their lives.

Clint introduced artist K.C. Reiter to Las Vegas and auctioned, both silently and live, original art work by K.C, who painted in oil and acrylic black and white portraits of some of the luminaries — past and present — of Las Vegas. Some of the celebrities were present to auction off their own images, including Rita Rudner, The Scintas, Lance Burton and Gordie Brown.

The biggest surprise, however, was an appearance by Siegfried & Roy. Their likeness drew a whopping $3,100. Clint’s is serious about this venture and he has already met with the superintendent of schools.

As you know the Billboard Awards were here this week. We were all searching for the stars and the stars did not disappoint us — there was Brittany Spears and her husband, and Mariah Carey looking a little plump. There were musicals, before parties, after parties, but for the most part, everyone was well-behaved.

At the Palms, the casino has debuted its new recording studio. This will do very well. So, now they have a tattoo parlor and a recording studio at the Palms. It’s kind of like strolling Melrose in Hollywood.

The Las Vegas Hilton on Feb. 10-12, 14 have a brand new celebrity. His name is Michael Bublé, one of the new young stars of the jazz. I saw his PBS special. This is a welcome surprise for Las Vegas at the Hilton Showroom. This is not to be missed.

This past week Linda November and Artie Schroeck gave Mr. Rock the most surprising, most elegant Christmas dinner of the Who’s Who of Las Vegas. I mean, Linda surprised me, overwhelmed me. Linda, who is the meow, meow lady of all those commercials, and Artie, one of the great arrangers and songwriters, opened their home and surprised me. I was bowled over. I want to thank my friends, my supporters for being so generous to their columnist. Did I mention I was surprised?

I went downtown to Fitzgerald’s to see the performer Steve Connally. Don’t miss his show. The spirit of Elvis is alive at the Fitzgerald. At that party, I saw and talked to John Stewart who said "Ovation" is opening very soon at the Plaza.

At the Golden Nugget, Gordie Brown has been extended. Rumor had it that he was going to The Venetian. As we know, the Harrah’s group has a big shakeup going with their stars.

Another rumor has it that the Scintas will be going to the Golden Nugget. It’s only a rumor, darlings.

Even though The Westin closed its showroom, Forbidden Vegas is still alive and well! This wonderfully funny parody about all things Vegas is being performed at various private functions around the country to rave reviews. Look for this great show to make a comeback at a Strip property next year. I can’t wait to see this show in a real theater!