Archives for April, 2012

Last Call! – BE THE CHANGE, a Benefit for Olive Crest

Be The Change, a benefit for Olive Crest (, is May 18 at the Las Vegas Hotel (formerly the Hilton). Entertainment by Clint Holmes and Mac King. Hosted by…The Godfather! For sponsorship information, please email me directly. We have 40 tickets left. Appetizers, open bar, amazing entertainment and 250 of the biggest movers and shakers in Las Vegas. Buy your tickets at:

THANK YOU to the 231 players in the Opportunity Village Celebrity Poker Tournament, to the sponsors, to those that donated prizes and to all our celebrity players. Special thanks to Ernie Moody and Mike Fields of for being our Title Sponsor.

Governor’s Ball – What many consider the biggest charity event of the year, The Governor’s Ball, was this past week at Southern Highlands. It was a blessing for Anne and I to attend as an Advisory Board guest of Opportunity Village. Thursday night was the private, by-invitation dinner for 500 and Saturday was a private concert performance by Maroon 5. Now THAT is an “A” band! THANK YOU Linda Smith and Karen Iglesias for the invitation – love you!

The American Heart Association Go Red For Women Movement – Private Circle of Red kickoff event at Barneys’ New York, Wednesday May 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 (Free Event) – Help spread the message that Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in women, and learn about prevention. Join Chairwoman Patti Hart (CEO, IGT) and former First Lady Dawn Gibbons for this magnificent evening to hear about the exclusive benefits that come with an elite membership to THE 2013 CIRCLE OF RED. Along with a Luxury Magazine photo shoot, membership will include a luncheon, backstage tour of Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere Theater, and a Martini’s/ Manicures night. RSVP to Anne Aniello at or by phone at 702-259-0250.

Hope to see you soon at one of these fabulous charity events. Until then, I will leave you with my favorite quote, courtesy of Mother Teresa:

People are often unreasonable and self centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

Happy Easter!

To all my Christian friends…Happy Easter!

As a man of faith, I admire and respect all religions. Catholicism, Judaism, Latter Day Saints, Islam, Buddhists. We all worship one God. And on Sunday April 8, HE IS RISEN!

Central Christian – The Las Vegas based evangelical church (sixth largest in the nation) will host services Friday at 6:30 PM, Saturday at 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM, then Sunday at 9:00 AM, 10:20 AM, 11:45 AM and 1:15 PM. I will personally be at the Friday night service. Check out their Good Friday video at

Live Local, Give Local, Buy Local – I’m a huge believer in “giving back to the community where you get your newspaper.” Although I donate to several national charities, my focus is on local Las Vegas charities like Opportunity Village and Olive Crest. If you are a CEO in Las Vegas that does not support your local charities and community, I urge you to reconsider and help us put Las Vegas back on top again.

Tickets are still available for Be The Change, a benefit for Olive Crest (foster kids) May 18 at the LVH. The Godfather is hosting and Clint Holmes is performing. You can pay $75 to see him at the Smith Center from the back of the room, or donate $100 and meet him live and in person. We have sold 200 sponsorships and tickets, which only leaves 50 to go! Contact me at for all the details.

The Godfather will be speaking June 13 at the Gaming Technology Summit ( and November 6 at TribalNet ( The topic is The Godfather’s Career Guide.

Kentucky Derby Wide Open – Derby favorite Union Rags went up in flames in the Florida Derby at prohibitive 2-5 odds, then heavy favorite Mark Valeski got beat the next day in the Louisiana Derby by a 110-1 shot. I guess that is why they run them! If Union Rags goes off at 4-1 or more in the Kentucky Derby, might be a good play.