JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LAS VEGAS’ 16th ANNUAL PAINT THE TOWN RED GALA HONORS COMMUNITY TRAILBLAZERS HELEN FOLEY WITH THE LIFETIME COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AND NANCY HOUSSELS WITH THE FLORENCE LEE JONES HUMANITARIAN AWARD
SATURDAY, MARCH 9 – VENETIAN LAS VEGAS
HOSTED BY ACTOR AND ENTERTAINER MARK SHUNOCK
LIVE AUCTION LED BY TV AND RADIO PERSONALITY NATE TANNENBAUM
Las Vegas (Monday, March 4, 2019) – Junior League of Las Vegas (JLLV) will host its 16th annual fundraising gala, Paint the Town Red, at The Venetian Las Vegas on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 6 pm. Recognizing remarkable individuals both inside and outside the organization who have dedicated their lives to service, this year’s gala will pay tribute to two of Las Vegas’ most prominent community members, Helen Foley and Nancy Houssels. Attended by over 350 community members, tickets and table sponsorships to this unforgettable evening may be purchased by clicking here: Paint the Town Red 2019.
Now in its 16th year, JLLV’s signature event, Paint the Town Red, continues to bring members of the community together to celebrate those individuals who have made a lasting impact on Las Vegas while embodying the spirit and ideals of JLLV.
As the 2019 recipient of The Lifetime Community Achievement Award, which recognizes a sustaining member for their outstanding community contributions, volunteerism and unwavering support of JLLV, Helen Foley hails from a long line of public servants who have held office in Nevada for 92 consecutive years. From running a campaign for the first woman elected to the judiciary in Nevada (Miriam Shearing) to winning a seat in the Nevada State Assembly at the age of 26, which eventually led to a seat in the State Senate, Helen’s life has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for all. A member of JLLV since 1980, she currently serves as a lobbyist during the legislative sessions and co-owns public relations and government affairs agency, Faiss Foley Warren.
As the 2019 recipient of The Florence Lee Jones Humanitarian Award, which honors individuals who have made significant and enduring contributions to humanity in keeping with the ideals and ethics of JLLV, Nancy Houssels has been a champion of the arts for over four decades. From her early days as a performer, to her founding of Nevada Dance Theatre in 1972 (now Nevada Ballet Theatre) and as a Founding Member of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Nancy has worked tirelessly to ensure that the arts are accessible to all—especially children hailing from underserved communities. Currently, Nancy serves as Board Co-Chair of Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) as well as a member of the Board of Directors for The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, where she continues to be a driving force in the evolution of the arts in Las Vegas.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to fete these two deserving female pioneers,” said JLLV President, Dalisa Cooper. “Both Helen and Nancy have dedicated their lives to serving the Las Vegas community and through their tenacity and leadership, they have enhanced the quality of life for so many in Southern Nevada. We look forward to highlighting their many accomplishments while raising awareness and funds for JLLV.” Proceeds from Paint the Town Red support JLLV’s numerous fundraising projects and community initiatives, including its work with HELP of Southern Nevada’s Shannon West Homeless Youth Center, Immunize Nevada and its annual education grants initiative, which recently awarded over $26,000 in grants to 23 deserving CCSD teachers.
ABOUT JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LAS VEGAS
The Junior League of Las Vegas (JLLV) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. JLLV is focused on positively affecting the metropolitan Las Vegas area through JLLV programs and teaming with agencies throughout Las Vegas to improve the overall level of health, wellness and education in our community. For more information about JLLV, the community programs we support, and our members, please visit our website at www.jllv.org. JLLV is a part of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), which consists of 291 Leagues and more than 140,000 members from the USA, Mexico, Canada and Great Britain. For more information, please go to AJLI’s website at www.ajli.org.