by Z. Z.
HONORS LORRAINE HUNT-BONO AND DENNIS BONO By Z.Z. Zorn
Cast Inc. held a lovely luncheon at The Italian American Club
on May 1, honoring Lorraine Hunt-Bono and Dennis Bono for their
outstanding contribution to the entertainment community. As it had been
a while since a ‘Cast’get- together, friendly mingling, kissing and
hugging started the event as good friends greeted each other. Music
filled the air as a great three-piece combo consisting of Linda
November, keyboard, Artie Shroeck, drums and Ken Seiffert on bass
played. throughout the event.
A really delicious lunch was
served consisting of salad and entrees of Orange Roughy and Chicken
Marsala served with roasted potatoes and green beans.
After lunch, President Tony
Sacca started the awards program by introducing the Cast Inc. board
members. He also acknowledged Michaelina Bellamy as an honorary board
member. Micaelina delighted the audience with a song. Tony Ruivivar
(Society of Seven) came to the stage to speak about the importance of
the organization. He said he was thrilled and proud to be part of an
organization of entertainers that help entertainers. Tony said that
every time a major event happens entertainers are always there to help,
but this is the only organization in Las Vegas that helps entertainers
when they get sick, or need a wheelchair or help with mortgage payments.
All this is done anonymously. It was mentioned that this organization,
only two years old, has donated almost $30,000 to help entertainers.
Future ‘Cast’ honorees were mentioned such as Little Anthony and the
Imperials and Lamont of the 5th Dimensions. Tony said that
although Xmas is months away, the organization wants to send as many
Xmas baskets as possible to help entertainers who are down on their
luck. Tony also told us that the late Don Ho was once a spokesman for
the Flamingo Hotel. The Mayor of Hawaii has designated a square in
Hawaii for a statue of Don Ho and $250,00 is needed. There will be a
golf tournament in Hawaii and ½ will go to the Don Ho fund. Tony
suggested Don Ho for the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in the future.
New members who joined this
day were acknowledged. They were harpist, Kathy Kavanaugh and Carolee
and Ed Swindle, who is involved with the Las Vegas Walk of Stars. Ed
Swindle came on stage and said that the October nominee for the Las
Vegas Walk of Stars will be Evel Knievel. Ed said that the Las Vegas
Walk of Stars area has been designated on Las Vegas Boulevard from
Russell Road to Sahara Ave. He said that there have been as many as 700
people turned down, who have wanted to have their star placed on the
Walk of Stars. It is only people that truly make a difference in Las
Vegas that are accepted.
Ronnie Rose, singer who
performs at The Bootlegger was called onstage and sang “Unforgettable.”
Tony Sacca then introduced the honorees, Lorraine Hunt-Bono and Dennis
Bono. Dennis lovingly spoke of Lorraine’s accomplishments and integrity
as Lieutenant Governor. He said he was offended by the press calling her
a former Lounge Singer when she was running for office, as if that was
all she could do. However, she was able to have Nevada become the only
licensed state to bring tourism from China and have a tourism office
open for Nevada in China. At a dinner in China with government
dignitaries she sang, “Getting to Know You.” After that, the tourism
deal was signed. Lorraine said, “don’t underestimate the power of music
throughout the world.” She then sang that song for us. Lorraine told us
she was a singer with the Landmark Hotel/Casino when it opened in
1969 and it was imploded while she was Lieutenant Governor. So, she says
she was responsible for opening and closing The Landmark.
Dennis Bono has been doing a live show with celebrities and headliners
for seven years, every Thursday at SAMS TOWN. This show also
plays on radio in eleven States. Dennis said that Las Vegas hotels
neglects audiences over 55 as they now cater to hip one-name nightclubs
such as Rain, Pure, Tryst, Taboo and such. His show brings back
vintage Las Vegas that reminds us what made Las Vegas the entertainment
Capital of the World. Dennis jokingly said there should be a nite club
for seniors that opens at 4 p.m., dancing at 6 p.m. and ends so seniors
can go home at 9 p.m. and the nite club should be called “Gas.”
then sang “Just in Time.” Lorraine and Dennis got together to do a duet
ala Steve and Edye (who are their next door neighbors) by singing “Our
Love Is Here to Stay.”
Marie Perry (age 90) who originated The Bootlegger was
introduced. Lorraine is very proud of The Bootlegger that has
vintage Vegas entertainment every night. (Board member Freddie Bell on
Board member Ron
Garrett who came late closed the event. He facetiously said he was out
looking for work. Ron is the entertainment director of the SAHARA
HOTEL that has just been sold.
A great afternoon
event, enjoyed by all included. Jillian Williams, wife of the late great
Joe Williams, Jr., Regent Thalia Dondaro, Attorney Mike Schafer, singer
Teddy Kaye, Arleen Gibson, Denny Jones, former legislator Lou Toomin,
John Flood, Dr. Ed Hoffman and wife, Janie Resnick, Chick Hughes, former
Mrs. Senior Nevada Marlene Koppenhaver, singer Loretta St. John, Billy
Hinsche (former musician with Dino, Dezi and Billy and the Beach Boys)
commercial model Jeff Bostrand and Patti Lanuto among others.
|THE CAST INC HONORS SOCIETY OF SEVEN By Z.Z. Zorn
The Cast Inc. held their luncheon event on Tuesday,
November 7 at the Italian American Club. Apparently guests at the event
had already voted as it was Election Day and the place was filled. What
a day it was! Good food and mingling with friends, but the piece de’
resistance was the incomparable Society of Seven. The entire group was
there with many of their friends and family. Lain Misalucha’s sister and
hubby even came from The Philippines for the event.
The afternoon activities started when Ron Garret
came onstage and talked about Tony Sacca being honored and roasted by
Club Italia. Garret quipped that he had been at the garage elevator at
McCormick and Schmidt’s watching the cat go. Tony Sacca then introduced
the Cast Board and said they were planning future roasts and other
Ed Swindle then came onstage to tell the audience
about the Society of Seven being awarded a star on the Walk of Stars on
November 28 at The FLAMINGO.
Society of Seven founder Tony Ruivivar and original
comic of the group Bert Segum came onstage and individually introduced
each member of SOS as they came onstage. They are called Society of
Seven, but have an eighth member, the fantastically talented, Lani
Misalucha who sings in 5 octaves. The group then beautifully sang
‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ accapella. The audience loved that, but the
best was yet to come as individually, the amazing talents of each of the
group were shown as they entertained. Lani enthralled and had the
audience on their feet with her beautiful operatic aria.
Tony founder of SOS talked about how great The
Cast organization is about entertainers helping entertainers and about
the event that had many wonderful artists singing “That’s What Friends
Are For. We were then treated to Loni, Mark and Vince singing, “That’s
What Friend’s Are For” in the voices, props and characterizations of
Dionne Warwick. L.L. Cool J., Barry Gibbs, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder,
Babra Streisand, Elton John and Whitney Houston. (An aside, my cousin
David Wild was the writer for that original event). Again the audience
was on their feet, but there was more. They then did a medley of
Broadway Show Stopper songs from Phantom of the Opera, Man From
LaMoncha’s Impossible Dream and This Is The Moment.
This was only a small segment of their entire show
at the FLAMINGO. I have seen them many times and always enjoy them more
each time. I’m sure anyone who was in the audience that day and never
saw their entire show will run, not walk to see their show at the
FLAMINGO. Everyone was thrilled at their performance and excited to
have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with them afterwards.
They are certainly an asset to our entertainment industry.
The Cast Inc honors Bill Medley
by Z.Z. Zorn
On Monday, September 11,
The Cast Inc. honored the incomparable Bill Medley of the Righteous
Brothers at a gala event at the SAHARA HOTEL.
Guests were dressed to
the nines and enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing to
music provided by
the 10-piece Benny Bennet Orchestra. Lovely programs designed by
Michaelina Bellamy were at each table.
After dinner Michaelina started the
program by singing, “God Bless the Child” with the orchestra. Then,
Tony Sacca, president of The Cast Inc., asked the audience to bow their
heads in silence for a few moments to remember to pay tribute to those
who died on this day of September 11.
Tony talked about the
mission and achievements of The Cast Inc and introduced Gene Sironen and
Doug Masters. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Bill
Medley must have felt complimented as impersonators Gene Sironen and
Doug Masters looked and sounded as the Righteous Brothers. Solo tributes
to Bobby Hatfield singing “Unchained Melody” and Bill Medley singing,
“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ received a standing ovation. Sironen
and Masters as the Righteous Brothers also sang “Little Latin Lupe Lu,”
and “Rock and Roll Heaven.” Sironen and Masters have appeared
periodically since 1994 as the Righteous Brothers in “Legends in
Concert” at the Imperial Palace. In 1995 they received accolades from
Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield who came to the IP and watched them
perform in “Legends.” Medley said, “These guys are so good, it’s
A special part of the evening was a video
put together by Tony Sacca and Steve Lippia of the Righeous Brothers
interviews with Tony Sacca from years past. The video also showed the
Righteous Brothers performing and Bill Medley performing at the
current time without Bobby. Bill now performs with his lovely
daughter McKenna who was there along with Bill’s wife and other
members of his family. A special guest sitting at the dais was Cook E.
I have a special
connection with Cook E. Jarr, as he came to Las Vegas to perform at
the Sands lounge the same week as I did in 1982. In fact, at that
time he was known as Cook E. Jarr and the Crumbs. One of the Crumbs,
Phil, lived in the same complex as I, and I became a Cook E. Jarr and
the Crumbs regular at their shows.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Bill and
Bobby Hatfield backstage at the Desert Inn when my friend Ronnie’s
daughter Robin was one of their backup singers.
Lena Prima daughter of Louie Prima was then
introduced. She spoke about her father and the Louie Prima Award for
outstanding achievement in the entertainment industry that she and her
mother created. Louie Prima made Las Vegas history by being one of
the most outstanding Las Vegas lounge performers. Louie’s daughter
Lena is keeping that legacy alive with her show “Louie Prima, That’s
my Dad,” and the Louie Prima Award. Lina introduced Bill Medley and
awarded him the first LOUIE PRIMA AWARD.
Bill Medley spoke
about how he and Bobby Hatfield originally got together in 1962. At
that time they were ‘Rock and Roll.’ performers. Frank Sinatra
brought them to Las Vegas in 1965. They were playing the lounge at
the Sands when one night Sinatra became sick and they were asked to
perform in the showroom with Count Basie and Quincy Jones. As they
were ‘Rock and Roll’ performers, they were so surprised and thrilled.
Bill said he had also worked with Lena’s Mom and Dad at the Sands.
Bill advised entertainers that there is fine line between “Reality and
Oblivion” so go after your dreams.
Goodman sent a proclamation making the next day, Sept 12 “Bill Medley
the Cast Inc. Board of Directors and then all Cast members were asked
to come up to the stage. Picture taking along with Bill Medley and his
A grand evening was
enjoyed by all.
THE CAST INC. PICNIC AT HARTLAND MANSION
Sunday, August 6, 2006
The Cast Inc.’s annual
picnic was quite different from what picnics are usually about. No hot
sun, mosquitos, winds or dirt on your shoes, this year’s picnic was held
at Toni Hart’s beautiful Hartland Mansion. Benny Benett’s 20-piece
orchestra played throughout with Artie Shroek and Linda November taking
turns singing. The stage surrounded an extraordinary indoor pool.
Picnic type food, and dancing was enjoyed by guests who were seated at
round well-appointed tables.
Guests having a great time were: Gloria
and Don Hill of the Treniers, Society of Singers lovely Karen Ruvivuar
and her mom Ethel Walker. Karen told me the SOCIETY OF SINGERS will
begin performing at the FLAMINGO on August 16, Arleen Gibson, Chick
Hughes, Tony Sacca and Flower, Loretta Saint John with brother Dennis
Baker (Loretta’s manager) and wife Cheryl who are new Las Vegas
residents. Grant Griffith and Poupee Boccaccio were seated with Linda
Harris and Danny Colleran who became a life member of The Cast Inc. that
day. The great Babe Pier was also seated with them. Babe will be
appearing at P.J. McRae’s (formerly Club Monico) on Flamingo on Wed.
Aug. 23 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with special guests and dancing to the
music of Joe Darro.
Familiarity and mingling delighted guest as they
visited each other while munching on snack food and cocktails.
Hot dogs, Hamburgers, fried chicken,
beans, salad, cole slaw and potato salad along with all the trimmings
and yum, yum desserts and coffee completed a tasty meal.
Tony Sacca gave out the news that
Frankie Randall has stepped down as President and Tony is now the new
President of the Cast Inc whose purpose is for entertainers to help
entertainer in need. He said that this year the organization has helped
five different entertainers who were in need. Tony read a letter from
Buddy Greco and Lezlie Anders who now reside in Palm Springs and own a
nightclub. Previous picnics were always at their ranch here in Las
Vegas. They miss us, love us and invite us to visit them.
. As this was also a
membership drive, members were asked to renew their membership and new
benefits and events for members only were announced to encourage new
membership. Michaelina Bellamy (fabulous singer), spoke about special
events that will be for members only such as: “An Evening with Lena
Prima” (the daughter of Louie Prima) and “The Early Days of Rock & Roll”
with Rock & Roll legends Freddie Bell of “Freddie Bell & The Bell Boys”
and Don Hill of “The Treniers.”
Tony recognized the Board
of Directors and called them to the stage. They were: Bella Meese who
spoke about membership benefits, Ron Garrett, entertainment director at
the SAHARA who has been so helpful to the organization, Judy Coco and
Freddie Bell and Entertainment director Artie Schroeck who spoke about
The Cast Inc..’s first Louie Prima Award evening event on September 11.
The Louie Prima Award will honor Bill Medley for his contribution in
making Las Vegas what it is today. Board member, Steve Lippia was unable
to attend as he was on tour.
Other guests enjoying the afternoon
were: Marvin Lashever, JoAnn Titus, Ed and CoraLee Swindle, former Miss
Senior Nevada and dancer, Marlene Koppenhaver, Teddy Kaye, Robert Ensler
(Dean Martin, Donald Trump and Bobby Darrin impersonator) and Steve
Rossi looking good in orange. Steve said his book, ‘Stand-Up Comedy for
Wannabe Comedians’ will be out soon. Latecomers were candidates for
political office, Lorraine Hunt with hubby Dennis Bono, Dr. Lonnie
Hammergren, and Lou Tooman.
Many thanks to Toni Hart for her
generosity in offering her exquisite domain for this event.
The Cast Inc., an organization of entertainers helping entertainers,
held their luncheon event at a new place and new day. The theme for the
event was “The Next Generation” presenting the talents of three
late-great entertainers off springs, Roy Hamilton Jr., Lena Prima and
Freddie Eckstine. Held at the Italian American Club, an Italian buffet
was enjoyed by all. During lunch, recordings by fabulous classical
singer, Grant Griffith were played as well as music supplied by the
wonderful trio of Bob Saxe, bass, Artie Schreck, drums and keyboard by
“meow lady,” the lovely and talented Linda November.
Ron Garrett, board member and entertainment director of the Sahara Hotel
acted as M.C. I didn’t know he was such a stand-up comic, but he sure
did that well. He proudly told the audience how the Casbar Lounge has
won awards, as `Best Las Vegas Lounge’ and that Lena Prima, Freddie
Eckstine and Michaelina Bellamy were a large part of that happening. The
three ‘Next Generation’ performers, accompanied by the musical trio of
Saxe, Schreck and November, sang songs in the inimitable style made
famous by their celebrated fathers. Roy Hamilton Jr., dressed to the
nines, sang ‘Ebb Tide. Tony Sacca jumped onstage and interviewed Roy,
who said his father, was not only a marvelous vocalist and lead singer
for Duke Ellington, but he had a great influence on Elvis Presley and
Sam Cook. He said his father was a gentle giant who opened doors for
many aspiring artists. Lena Prima sang ‘Pennies From Heaven’ and ‘Just
A Gigolo’ the way Louie Prima would have and she had the audience
participating and singing along. They loved it! Next came Billy
Eckstine’s son, Freddie, who looks and sounds just like his Dad. He sang
‘Everything I Have is Yours,’ and ‘Prisoner of Love.’ Then, dancing,
prancing and swinging around, he sang songs from the South Side of
Chicago such as ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ and ‘Birth of the Blues’ that
had the audience standing and cheering. On a quieter note, he tearfully
said he was so honored when asked to do a tribute to Joe Williams Jr.
Board member, Carme then came up to the stage and awarded honorary Cast
memberships to the three entertainers.
The audience was filled with many well-known guests such as Antonio
Fargas who has been a TV and film actor for 45 years. He starred in the
cult TV series Starsky and Hutch and played Huggy Bear on Startreck.
Antonio just moved to Las Vegas in July. Eric Floyd, who played Jerome
on Fame also attended. Gorgeous females guests were: Wanda Dee,
International Pop dance star and lead singer for British Pop group KLF;
Trenyce, who won 5th place on American Idol; La Chita, an
Urban Supermodel and Scameze, teenage Rock and Soul Star. Hope they
come back to The Cast as they lit up the room. Others in the audience
were Jillian Williams (Joe Williams Jr.’s wife), Mary and Norman Kaye of
the Mary Kaye Trio, and regulars Freddie Bell, Babe Pier, Frankie Dee
and Cast members and guests. All enjoyed a beautiful afternoon.
always dread going to a mortuary for services, but do so out of respect
for the deceased. Though my feelings were of sadness for the passing of
the great entertainer Sonny King, the memorial for him was of
celebration and was uplifting. All who attended knew that this is what
Sonny King would have wanted and a fitting tribute to this man who was
so talented and loved by so many. The more than capacity-filled Chapel
eulogized Sonny with performances by many great entertainers, introduced
by Frankie Scinta. Applause for Sonny and a standing ovation gave him
his final goodbye.
SAHARA announced they are bringing the successful musical variety act
“The Scintas” to the SAHARA Theater starting in May. The Scintas” came
to town six years ago and originally performed at the LAS VEGAS HILTON.
After a while they moved to The Rio and proved their worth as seasoned
performers by building a devoted fan base. They have been playing to
enthusiastic sold-out audiences ever since. Wow! This is a real plus for
tribute to the great Sonny King with the Cast Inc. Crooners was planned
for the Cast event on Sept. 19. Unfortunately, the honoree, Sonny King
was in the hospital and unable to attend. However, as the old saying
goes, “The Show Must Go On” and it did. And what a show it was. Films
of this great performer were shown and although I had always admired
Sonny, it brought to light how he had worked with the greatest names in
both TV and film. He truly is a remarkable legend. His statement for
performers is, “Never be satisfied, perform each time like the first
time.” Accolades for Sonny went on and on, showing him to be a caring,
wonderful human being, besides being such a great entertainer. Musical
background for the Crooners and others was supplied by the very capable
musicianship of Linda November, Bobby Sax and Clyde O’ Doole. Tony
Sacca celebrated his 20 years in show business with a new song he wrote
and sang with Michaelina Bellamy called ‘Las Vegas Rocks.’ Society of
Seven’s Tony Rivera sang and said how Sonny had made his group feel
right at home when they first came to Las Vegas. Freddie Bell, who has
been filling in for Sonny at the Bootlegger did a “Louie Armstrong”
takeoff. Other performances were by Frankie Randall, Carme, Artie
Schroeck, The Checkmates (Sweet Louie and Sonny Charles), Mark Giovi,
Earl Desmond and Grant Griffith, who according to Artie Schroeck,” can
hold a note while he goes to the bathroom and back.” Freddie Bell spoke
of his friendship of 51 years with Sonny King. He told of taking his
mom to Virginia City and she said, ”Why don’t they fix it up.” Sonny’s
wife Peggy and his brother Donald age 87 were given proclamations from
Lorraine Hunt and The Cast Inc. as well as a $1,000 check. As a finale,
all the entertainers who performed were called onstage and sang “What A
Wonderful World.” We love you Sonny. Another missing performer who was
in the hospital was Buddy Greco who was having surgery on both knees.
Get well wishes to both Sonny and Buddy.
Las Vegas is losing
two of its favorite performers to Palm Springs. Buddy Greco and
his lovely wife Lezlie Anders have sold thier big ranch here along
with their pigs, goats, etc. However before they actually move
they once again invited all The Cast Inc members to their Ranch to
celebrate the 2nd annual Memorial Day BBQ, and it was a day to remember.
Freddie Bell was at the BBQ and MC'd the entertainment. Steve
Lippia also did the cooking. A great jazz quartet, consisting
of Chris Gordan on bass guitar, Bob Chindi on drums, Cocho Arby on
keyboard and Jim Spoto on sax performed while everyone was eating.
Afterwards the non-stop entertainment started with Michaelina Bellamy,
Patricia Welch, Linda November and Artie Shreck, Dennis Bono, Sonny
King, Frankie Randall, Buddy Greco and Freddie Bell (who whopped it up
on keyboard and the song Almost Like Being In Love), Errol Desmond
LeBlanc, Mark Giovoi Sharon Sills, John Kaye (who sang Mustang Sally
with Kat Ray, Michaelina Bellamy, Freddie Bell and the entire audience).
What a blast! Buddy and Lezlie, who are on the Board of The Cast
Inc promised to come back to Las Vegas often, especially for The Cast
Inc events. Good Luck buddy and Lezlie. You will be missed.
Vegas has become home to many celebrities, but none more renowned,
larger than life, and an icon, than our own Tony Curtis. Tony loves
living here and has done much to be part of the community. He and his
beautiful wife Jill have been living in Henderson for several years. Las
Vegas in turn has recognized him with tributes to his celebrity and
philanthropy. The University (UNLV) inducted him into the
Artist/Entertainer Hall of Fame at the UNLV College of Fine Arts. This
was followed by The Cast Inc., an organization of entertainers helping
entertainers, at an elegant black-tie affair honoring him at the Sahara
Hotel. (Tony is a member of this important organization). But the
pieces d’ resistance was a three day event celebrating his 80th birthday
at the MGM Grand. This was more than just a birthday celebration as
Tony, known for his exceptional acting, was also celebrated as Tony, the
Tony Curtis’ incredible skill and versatility in the performing
arts is matched by his innate ability to create great beauty in fine
art. He has been sketching, painting and constructing exceptional
artwork for almost 50 years. This exhibit, with more than 130
one-of-a-kind pieces including sketches, still-life paintings, boxed
collages; hand-painted sculptures and painted vases were showcased to
raise funds for Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. Proceeds from the
sale of his paintings benefited this organization that was started by
Curtis' wife, Jill Vanden Berg, to help abused, neglected, injured and
unwanted horses. About 50 horses live at the ranch, located just
outside Las Vegas. Private collectors and art curators were able to view
the artwork by invitation only the first two days of the event.
However, the exhibition was open to the public at no charge on the
I was fortunate to be at the fun-filled birthday event where
Tony Curtis was also honored with a life time achievement award. His
paintings and ilm work were highlighted around the massive room filled
with family, includinghis daughter actress Jamie Lee Curtis, several
celebrity friends and a my riad of well-wishers.
Many accolades were showered upon him as well as proclamations
by: representatives of John Ensign, Governor Guinn, Dean of Fine Arts at
UNLV, A Lone Sailor Award from the U.S. Navy and a letter from President
George W. Bush and Laura Bush congratulating Tony on his 80th birthday.
In person to present a certificate of recognition was Congresswoman
Shellie Berkeley. Congresswoman Berkeley said her mother had gone to
Seward Park High School with Tony on the lower east side of New Yorkand
her mother always raved that he was the most gorgeous boy in the school.
Shellie told Tony Curtis that his legacy is an inspiration to us all.
A special moment was when Hungarian Minister of Economy, János Kóka, and
Ambassador Simonyi werewelcomed on stage by actor Larry Manetti (of &
quote; Magnum, P.I. & quote; Starsky and Hutch & quote; fame) who
was the MC for the evening. On behalf of the Hungarian Government, the
Minister and the Ambassador presented Tony Curtis with a custom-made
Herend porcelain vase featuring Tony's portrait. Minister Kóka praised
Tony as someone who has given Hungary and Hungarians a good name in the
U.S. Tony Curtis was visibly moved by this gesture.
And, what would a birthday celebration of this scope be without a
tremendous birthday cake, A beautiful Marilyn Monroe impersonator
(Janet Valentine, a member of The Cast Inc.) jumped out of the top of
the cake and sang HappyBirthday to Tony Curtis, ala Marilyn Monroe’s
singing to President Kennedy onhis birthday.
Delicious food, specialty drinks and guests dressed to
the nines added to the success of the evening. Specialty cocktails were
served saluting Tony Curtis. They were: “Spartacus” a blend of Grey
Goose Vodka, Citronage orange liqueur, and sweet and sour lemon slices.
“The Defiant One” Absolute Apeach, Citronage orange liqueur, cranberry
juice and a splash of lime juice and “Some Like It Hot” Patron Silver
Tequila, Citronage Orange Liqueur, Orange Juice and fresh lime juice.
Many of the paintings exhibited were sold. and this, of course,
benefited the Shiloh Horse Rescue and Sanctuary organization that is so
dear to the hearts of Tony and Jill Curtis. Rita Rudner was one of
those fortunate to purchase a painting and purchasers of his art were
invited to a special dinne rfor Tony after the event Happy Birthday
Tony Curtis! Our community is so fortunate that you’ve chosen to make
Las Vegas your home.
The Cast Inc. celebrated their monthly event with a Happy Birthday to
Michaelina Bellamy who has done so much for the group. This fabulous
singer is now appearing at the STRATOSPHERE HOTEL, along with great
keyboard player/singer Billy Moran. Both sang during a dinner of steak
or salmon at Stephen David’s restaurant/lounge. The place was filled to
capacity and a fun time was had by all. Leslie Anders spoke about Faye
McKaye's predicament. Faye had been the recipient of an electric
wheelchair from the Cast Inc last year. As The Cast Inc. is an
organization of entertainers helping entertainers, Lezlie told of Faye’s
cancellation of her needed therapy. Now, as she is not even able to get
into her wheelchair, her health is failing due to the elimination of
therapy. Lezlie told the member audience of the CAST board's intention
of getting her therapy. However, each therapy costs $120.. Buddy Greco
and Lezlie were able to arrange therapy for Faye for $60 and they
donated the first therapy for her. Lezlie asked the audience to think of
contributing in addition to the board's contribution. Audience members
donated over $1,000 to help Faye. That is what this organization is all
beautiful night of music was presented at THE ORLEANS when lyric
baritone Grant Griffin along with Jeneane Marie, Michaelina Bellamy and
Partricia Welch thrilled the often standing ovation audience with their
a great new setting for THE CAST INC luncheons at the FRONT DOOR. The
Cast Inc is an organization of entertainers that help entertainers in
need. The audience filled the room and enjoyed a full course luncheon
and entertainment by the incomparable Linda November and her husband
arranger, conductor Artie Schroeck along with a seven piece orchestra.
Linda, known as the MEOW lady because of her famous jingle has created
more than 2000 television and radio jingles, and she wowed the audience
with many of them. Artie Schroeck conducted and also sang some numbers
with the lovely Linda. This was a special day for this great couple as
they were celebrating their anniversary. Each of the performers in the
orchestra is a star. Don Hill, one of the famous Treniers, and now up
in years, is certainly not out of breath. He performed a wonderful solo
that brought the audience to their feet. John Falbo, Mike Mechem, Bob
Sachs, Joel Gibson Jim Spoto and Dwight Smith were the other orchestra
members and they were all great. A wonderful afternoon. One of the
The Cast Inc. had a special picnic event for their members at Buddy
Grecco and Lezlie Anders beautiful ranch. Hot dogs, hamburgers and all
the trimmings were enjoyed and continuous entertainment was the order of
After a short hiatus, the
monthly luncheon events of The Cast Inc. resumed with a sock hop
program. Guests were asked to dress as they would have in the 50’s and
60’s. A fabulous program was presented by Doug and Pam Mitchell,
Freddie Empire and Arte Schreck conducting the band. The funny
performances had the audience jumping, laughing and singing along.
Costumes and characters were hilarious. Pam Mitchell never stopped
chewing gum even as she sang. Audience members in costumes were called
onstage (including me) and were given tickets to Lezlie Anders and Buddy
Grecco’s show “Fever” with the Benny Goodman Tribute Band at UNLV’s Judy
Bayley Theatre which played for 22 performances (and was outstanding).
Next month’s event promises to be a quick sell-out as The Scintas are
being honored. This organization of entertainers helping entertainers
has been doing that in a big way.
The Cast Inc. has been helping many members in the
entertainment industry. In addition, a total of $15,000 in increments
of $5,000 each had been given to the music departments of UNLV,
Southern Nevada Community College and the Clark County Schools. At the
August Cast luncheon, Lezlie Anders introduced school superintendent of
fine arts for Clark County Schools, Marsha Neil who explained that the
Cast donation had bought instruments for `at risk’ schools. Marsha
played part of an 8th grade orchestra concert from an `at
risk’ school that was absolutely beautiful. Marsha said this only
happened because of the instruments that were bought from The Cast
donation. When the `at risk’ school started the orchestra they had 300
sign-ups. As of now, there are 509 sign-ups for the orchestra.
What a day of entertainment this was.
Michaelina Bellamy introduced some audience members in song, such as
Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Hunt, Dennis Bono, Sonny King, Don Hill
(The Treniers) and Fran and Mac McDonald. Then, Joey Villa comedian,
came on and had the audience rolling. He said he is dating a homeless
girl and when he takes her home he can drop her off anywhere. The
fabulous Carme sang and yodeled in his own inimitable way. New to Las
Vegas, (but remember his name), Mark Giovi sang “If” with such emotion
he received a standing ovation. Buddy Grecco will be producing an album
for him. Mark just had a baby girl two weeks ago, and his wife and baby
were in the audience. Tony Sacca then came on and presented
proclamations to the honorees of the day, The Scintas - Frankie, Joey,
Chrissie and Peter. All the Scinta families were there including Mama
Scinta who is at every one of their performance at the RIO. Then the
fun really began. Frankie told a Church joke that was hilarious and Joey
did a takeoff on Joe Cocker that was a hoot. Freddie Bell introduced
new board members, entertainment director of the Sahara, Ron Garett and
Tony Sacca. Kudos to the lovely Michaelina who brought roses for each
woman in the audience to enjoy.