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Grooving for a good cause

December 18, 2017 by  
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Capucine Holmes

BY CAPUCINE HOLMES

It was like stepping into a time machine on a recent evening at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino: You get on the elevator and push a button for the Belmont Ballroom — and when the doors open, you step into a Studio 54-style reception.

Afros, bell bottoms, psychedelic colors, rose-colored sunglasses, and groovy music were all part of the ambience at the Today for Tomorrow Gala for Community In Schools. The event raised money for CIS programs, which assist at-risk youth with staying in school and on the path to diplomas and beyond.

This year, Gov. Brian Sandoval was honored for his investments in — and modernization of — Nevada’s education system. He discussed the importance of education and how CIS is making a positive impact. Dr. Tiffany Tyler, CEO of CIS, gave a heartfelt speech about the importance of education and community outreach. Executive Director Susie Lee, who is moving forward to pursue her passion for public service, addressed the 500 attendees about the organization’s goals and commitment to young people and community.

There were many highlights, such as an acrobat who poured champagne by hanging upside down; a performance of “Baz: The Musical”; and Chef Bartolotta’s inspiring words,“This isn’t about me. This is about the kids” — which sparked him to donate another personal dinner for eight people, which auctioned at $12,000 each.

The Today for Tomorrow Gala was sponsored by Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, Cox Communications, Bennett Family Foundation, Switch, Nevada Energy Foundation and many more. Community In Schools raised $400,000 through ticket sales, live auction, direct and in-kind donations. Communities In Schools will continue to do great work in the community.

Dr. Tiffany Tyler addressing 500 attendees at the Today for Tomorrow Gala.

Ernest Miller and Gov. Brian Sandoval

Jo Cato, Kennedie Cobbin Richardson, Jerrie Merrit and Capucine Holmes

Joe and Marguerite Jones

Kelle Sharpe and Brian Maddox

Kennedie Cobbin Richardson and Kathleen Knight

Sylvia Allen and Tricia Ann McLaurin

Terrence Thornton of Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance

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