New Vista's 1st Annual Havana Nights Gala, Las Vegas

New Vista's 1st Annual Havana Nights Gala.

Rio All-Suites and Casino, Las Vegas

This elegant Havana themed evening kicked off New Vista's Foster Care program. As the sun set with the High Roller and Las Vegas strip in the background, guests were greeted by a red carpet that led up the stairs to twinkling lights, the soulful sounds of singer Sahara Prade dressed in a custom Debbie Carroll gown, hand rolled cigars, and Havana Themed cocktails al fresco.

As guests entered the ballroom, they were treated to Taittinger being poured by beautiful girls suspended from the ceiling for them to enjoy while viewing the Auction items and Kendra Scott jewelry. The photo booth provided lots of fun and lasting memories of the event.

In true Cuban style; At 7pm, the band struck up and members of New Vista were led by Dance sport exhibition champion Emily Slayter in a Comparsa into the ballroom. 

Sparkling black table cloths, white flowers, and green palms set the scene for dinner, which was a whirlwind of excitement; including live music, dancing, and a live auction led by John Di Domenico and Jeffrey Manning. The event spotlighted gala honoree, Jim Blasco - stalwart of the Southern Nevada community, champion of the Nevada IDD population, and philanthropist. The Cuban themed menu included steak, chicken, and shrimp diablo with all of the traditional accompaniments and free flowing wine.

Thank you to all who donated so generously and supported the event.

100% of the proceeds will go to benefit New Vista; a non-profit organization that supports and empowers youth and adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. They provide Supported Living Homes and an array of programs to promote independence, confidence and self-advocacy, giving our members the opportunities to experience life to the fullest! To see how you can make a difference, visit New Vista.

Special Thanks to: Dress by: Faviana, Jewelry: Elementz By Prerna, Tan: Sunkissed Bottoms