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Divas Las Vegas During Rolex FEI World Cup Rocks the House

Divas Las Vegas Concert/Dance Party Benefit for Equestrian Aid Foundation During Rolex FEI World Cup™ Rocks the House in Nevada

LAS VEGAS, NV – April 25, 2007 – Ready to rock after Rolex FEI World Cup™ competition wrapped up at the Thomas & Mack Arena on Friday night, April 20, dressage and show jumping exhibitors, trainers, owners, and aficionados thronged to the Divas Las Vegas party presented by the Equestrian Aid Foundation. Held in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the famous Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, the cavernous South Seas ballroom opened its doors at 9:30 pm and hosted partiers until nearly 2:00 am. More than 1,500 guests attended.

Robert Dover, founder and past president of the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF), conceived the “Divas” party theme and organized the event. Dover proclaimed Divas Las Vegas to be the biggest benefit concert the organization has ever undertaken. The Divas Las Vegas party was well sponsored, reported EAF President Scot Evans, which allows donations from the guests for tickets, tables, and the silent auction to fully benefit the organization. The EAF assists equestrians suffering from life threatening illness, catastrophic accidents, or injuries by providing direct financial support for their medical or other basic needs.

Guests at Divas Las Vegas took the ‘diva’ theme to heart and dressed in glitzy glamour ranging from full-length ballgowns to barely-there minis! Setting the stage for the stylish party, a red carpet complete with velvet ropes provided an appropriate entrance for the equestrian ‘stars’ as they paraded their finery and posed for flashbulb-popping photographers. A Tina Turner look-a-like kept them rollin’ on in to the ballroom-turned-nightclub.

Once inside, more diva-look-alikes (including Marilyn Monroe!) decked out in wigs, showgirl make-up, and fancy gowns, escorted guests to their VIP tables or offered smiles and welcoming greetings as attendees strolled the huge venue. Very subtly lit, the darkened environs revealed roped off VIP sections with white tablecloths, lounge areas with over-stuffed chairs and cocktail tables, a section of highboys and stools, and a vast dance floor with a huge stage for the live entertainment. Rabar Productions of Nashville, Tennessee, provided the art direction and event design for Divas Las Vegas.

A wonderful silent auction attracted serious attention and high bidding for the featured collectors’ items of signed and framed memorabilia from famous people including the Rolling Stones, cast members from TV’s “Friends,” John Lennon of the Beatles, General Patton, Elvis Presley, and Mohammed Ali.

Guests were treated to a variety of amenities, depending on their level of ticket or table purchase. Amenities for individual VIP ticket holders included access to the VIP Lounge, Open Bar, and a light dinner. More exclusive table seating with amenities was provided for the sponsors who contributed to the Equestrian Aid Foundation at the various levels of Title, Presenting, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal. General Admission tickets were also available, which provided access to the party and the dance floor.

Kicking off the night on the dance floor, guests enjoyed the music mixes of a fabulous disc jockey and then rocked on to live music from The Band Clockwork, an extraordinary house band from the prestigious Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Highlighting the night were the title stars of the evening – the “Divas Las Vegas” – Deborah Cox, Taylor Dayne, Jennifer Holliday, and Martha Wash who packed the dance floor until the wee hours with their incredible singing and performances.

Divas Las Vegas Sponsors:

Zada Enterprises, L.L.C generously sponsored the entertainment.

Presenting Sponsors included Meadow View Farms, Everglades Farm, Offield Farms, and Rivers Edge.

Additional sponsor support was provided by: The Heidegger Family/Show Circuit magazine; The Lili Claire Foundation; Marcia Holzer; Badgley/Mischka; http://www.petalcandles.com; Essex Classics; Foxy Meadow Farm; Ste. Michel Winery; Lou Jacobs & Deeridge Farm; John Howard GM Auto; County Saddlery; GP Productions; Rabar Productions; Valley Horse News; The Horrigan Family; Jane Babcock; Rivers Edge; and Offield Farms.

Also providing sponsorship support for Divas Las Vegas were: Ashley Holzer; Diederick Wigmans, Gig Stetler, Jane F. Clark, Lauren Hough, Jane Springer, Lance Walter, Nick Byassee, Otho Kerr and Trey Wilson, Nan Sexton, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, The Chronicle of the Horse, El Campeon Farms, Hampton Green Farm, Glendale Flowermart, and The Kessler Family.



PHOTO CAPTION: Robert Dover, Karin Reid-Offield, and Scot Evans at Divas Las Vegas. PHOTO CREDIT: Sue Stickle.

 

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