Godfather Holiday Event at The Magical Forest – We had 70 friends, clients and business partners attend my annual holiday party at The Magical Forest (Opportunity Village). It was a family affair, and we have a few pictures from the event posted on the left. THANK YOU all for attending!   Olive Crest Ladies of Distinction Luncheon – Over 200 movers and shakers attended this event honoring Jan Jones, Dawn Gibbons and Victoria Napoles-Leza, with all proceeds going to Olive Crest (www.olivecrest.org – focused on families and foster children). Pictures are on the left.  THANK YOU Steve Schorr and Marie Mortera for hosting, THANK YOU to my 30 friends, clients and partners that attended at my table…and may the Lord bless you richly for your generosity!

Doug Geinzer Holiday Party – Doug (Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition) always has a great holiday event…the Boat Parade at the Lakes. Crowd is always lively, and of course there is always the chance someone will drink too much and fall in the lake. Great job Doug!   Katie Lever Holiday Party – Finally made it to one of Katie’s (General Counsel, SHFL Entertainment) infamous parties, and it lived up to its billing. About 140 movers and shakers and a festive holiday environment. Thank you Katie!   Shania Twain at Caesars Palace – Incredible show! Let’ start with the only weakness – the transitions. There is a leopard scene. Huh? And later, a heavy metal interlude. What? Transitions aside, Shania fans are going to LOVE this show. It’s 100 minutes of pure Shania, and in typical Las Vegas style, the first hour is good and the last 30 minutes are spectacular. Godfather Rating: “A”.

Opportunity Village was named the official winner of the World Santa Challenge on Thursday, after more than 9,700 Santas participated in the annual 5k run. Saturday’s event was the largest yet for Opportunity Village, which garnered 2,000 more runners than last year’s race to bring home the title for the second year in a row. The Venetian’s 750 runners was the largest competing group, and Circle K Convenience Stores was recognized for raising the most money.

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower announced the grand opening of McCall’s Heartland Grill, an original concept grill restaurant offering hearty Midwestern-style steaks, fresh coastal seafood and an array of creative comfort food served in a sleek yet cozy “cowboy chic” atmosphere featuring intimate booths, stacked stone and natural woods.  “We took the best of the Midwest and added a touch of the coast,” said Stratosphere Executive Chef Rick Giffen, who created the menu, concept, theme and feel of McCall’s Heartland Grill alongside Stratosphere Vice President of Food & Beverage Matthew Mascali.

Las Vegas Review-Journal (www.lvrj.com) – Although I get half my news from the Internet like everyone else, I still read the LVRJ print edition every morning. Great newspaper and Publisher Bob Brown can be found at pretty much every Las Vegas charity event. Give yourself a subscription for Christmas!

Hot Jobs!- These are my hottest new career opportunities. If you know someone that would be a great fit, please point them my way – any and all referrals gratefully accepted!   Chief Information Security Officer ($200,000, Las Vegas) VP, Marketing ($150,000, Midwest) Director, Finance ($125,000, Las Vegas) Director, Database Marketing (to $150,000, Las Vegas) Manager, Interactive Marketing ($100,000, Las Vegas)

Casino Talk – Who got hired? Who got fired? Who’s making news? Listen to The Godfather of Casino Talk – http://cemaudioedge.com/episode/casino-talk-brooke-dunn-14

The Christmas Hope – Excellent holiday movie on Hallmark this month, or you can buy it on DVD. Get out the Kleenex!   The Santa Suit – Also on Hallmark.  This movie stars my friend Kevin Sorbo and it’s great family fun.  For some reason, it was not released on DVD yet.

The Santa Suit – Also on Hallmark. This movie stars my friend Kevin Sorbo and it’s great family fun. For some reason, it was not released on DVD yet.