Women’s Philanthropy returns to center stage with the annual United Luncheon and fashion show featuring guest speaker Fran Drescher, best known for playing Fran Fine on the hit television series “The Nanny,” on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at Wynn Las Vegas. Considered to be one of Las Vegas’ most anticipated events, this year’s luncheon promises to bring together the community’s most generous women for an unforgettable afternoon.
“We are so honored to have Fran Drescher as our speaker at this year’s event,” said United Luncheon Co-chair Judy Stone. “She is a remarkable individual with an amazing story to tell.”
The ready-to-wear fashion show will be presented by the Wynn and Encore Esplanade shops. Modeling the designer clothing will be local philanthropists and community leaders coordinated by Women’s Philanthropy Council member Kim Hart. To add to the excitement, a large selection of gifts will be featured in a silent auction with the Ultimate Gift Opportunity provided by Van Cleef & Arpels.
“It’s extraordinary how this annual luncheon has become a calendar highlight of joy, inspiration and commitment for our community,” added Co-chair Ellen Reinglass-Schaner.
The luncheon is generously sponsored by Brenden Theatres, Sun Capital Partners and Destinations By Design.
“Our sponsors and vendors enable us to create a wonderful event that will help to raise funds for local and international humanitarian efforts,” said Janis Rounds Women’s Philanthropy Chairwoman.
Each year the Women’s Philanthropy Council takes on a Mitzvah Project, mitzvah means an act of human kindness, and this year’s drive focuses on shoes. The United Luncheon Committee is asking guests to bring in new pairs of men’s, women’s or children’s shoes that will be donated to various local charities in need. The Mitzvah project is being spearheaded by Women’s Philanthropy Council members Leora Blau and Lisa Henry.
The luncheon couvert is $75, and a minimum donation of one dollar a day ($365) to the 2010 Annual Campaign, payable over one year is required to attend. First time donors may attend for a minimum donation of $180. Registration and information for the event is available at www.jewishlasvegas.com or by calling 702-732-0556.
After years of small roles in film and television, the comic actress Fran Drescher finally gained fame as a “Mary Poppins from Queens” in what has become her signature role, Fran Fine in The Nanny. With her husband Peter Marc Jacobson, Dresher co-created and executive produced the sitcom– a humorous study of contrasts arising from the juxtaposition of a middle-class Jewish nanny in the refined world of a British-born, upper-class theater producer. Her performance in The Nanny earned two Emmy nominations as Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2000, Drescher was diagnosed with uterine cancer but was since given a clean bill of health. She wrote a book about this experience, Cancer Schmancer, in which she frankly describes the disease and her journey back to health. She has also penned her memoirs Enter Whining.
The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas is an established non-profit humanitarian organization that has served the Las Vegas Jewish community for over three decades and feeds starving populations, provides rescue and relief, and builds Jewish community in Las Vegas, in Israel and around the world. JFLV has received Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and efficiency for the fourth consecutive year.