Access Hollywood’s Jaymes Vaughan will co emcee and guests will enjoy music and entertainment by: American Idol Contestant Ron Bultongez, Scintas Singer Janien Valentine, “Las Vegas First Lady of Jazz” Singer-Songwriter Michelle Johnson, Ginger Land-van Buuren of Vegas City Opera, Auctioneer Jeff Manning, DJ Snow, Singer-Songwriter-Musician Chel Hill, flash mob dancers from Step Up Academy, Las Vegas Circus Center student acrobats led by Delphine Gaillard, and sand art by Survivor Teresa Kae.
The full press release is below and the info sheet is attached. Would you like to come cover the red carpet? I can’t offer a seat at the event, but you are welcome to come to the cocktail reception for coverage.
The B.E. A. S.H.E.R.O. Foundation, a Las Vegas-based non-profit organization that is a resource for girls in vulnerable situations, will hold its 5th Annual Awareness Gala on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the top of the World Market Center Las Vegas, 475 South Grand Central Parkway, Building B, Las Vegas, Nev. The event will raise awareness about girls in vulnerable situations and raise critical funds to provide protection, shelter, education, and support to abused and exploited victims of sex trafficking.
American Idol Contestant, Ron Bultongez will share his smooth yet raspy vocals and his bluesy, soulful songwriting at the fundraiser. He has been named “Hometown Hero” of Plano, Texas and during his time on American Idol, Ron left fans, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan in awe of his voice. Ron escaped the Democratic Republic of Congo as a child, his story and moving performances have been a huge inspiration to people around the world. Ron said, “Music saved my life and provided an escape from life’s challenges.”
“We are excited to have Ron join us to share his journey, depth and spirit,” said Kimberly Miles, founder of the B.E. A S.H.E.R.O. Foundation. “We know his personal understanding of traumatized children is in alignment with our mission of helping those in vulnerable situations. With his help, we aim to educate and enterTRAIN guests about the heinous crime of sex trafficking that is happening all around us and what each of us can do to help stop it and help those impacted by this modern-day slavery.”
Jaymes Vaughan will co-emcee with Jennifer Lier. Jaymes, a top entertainment news host, daytime talk show staple, and avid adventure-seeker, is known for anchoring Access Hollywood, on the panel on The Talk, at the table with Wendy Williams, broadcasting to millions as host of the live Billboard Music Awards Official Preshow and even successfully competing on the hit competition series Amazing Race. He is in his seventh season hosting the nationally syndicated daily entertainment news show Celebrity Page TV which airs on 200 broadcast stations nationwide throughout the US and is seen nationally in Britain on morning TV as Hollywood News Anchor for ITV’s Lorraine.
A B.E. A. S.H.E.R.O. Foundation supporter since its inception, Jennifer Lier boasts an illustrious 25-year career in the entertainment industry and is a highly sought-after vocalist, headline entertainer, model, emcee, on-camera host and one of the most requested Marilyn Monroe Impersonators in the country. A former Miss Nevada, she received the talent award at the Miss America Pageant and has headlined in more than 20 shows around the world.
Also joining the cause are the SHEROs from the #SHERO project; modern day female superheroes that have been abused and transformed their lives, they are thriving and positively impacting the world. Founder Dawn Burnett said, “SHEROs are my way of giving back to the world. I’m a thriver myself and I wanted a space where women could be celebrated for conquering their past instead of being victimized as so many are today.” Dawn, a reporter and journalist, decided to turn her platform with Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global into a space where women could find their voice, releasing from the shame that holds so many of us back from becoming the positive powerful person we have been designed to be. Ms. Burnett is currently working with illustrator Keith Williams, an American comic book artist whose work is recognized from features like the Phantom and Superman. Dawn says her dream has become a reality through the expression of comics; SHEROs will be featured as live superheroes, which has landed them a spot at MegaCon, Orlando; a space for attendees to see the comics come to life.
The event will start at 6:00 p.m. on February 8th with a VIP pre-party, red carpet, purple carpet experience, mix and mingle cocktail reception, butterfly transformation experience and entertainment on the first floor of the World Market Center Las Vegas. Then, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the fundraiser will continue up on the 16th floor with a three-course plated sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment, enterTRAINment, survivor stories and more.
An after party will occur at the Cosmopolitan. B.E. A S.H.E.R.O. Foundation’s 5th Annual Awareness Gala is sponsored by: Lexus Las Vegas, the Cosmopolitan, Mike Ferry, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Nevada State Bank, Nevada State College, and America First Credit Union.
Guests can purchase individual VIP tickets for the formal event for $200, before December 15, 2019 or $250 after; general tickets do not include entrance to the VIP pre-party and can be purchased for $150, before December 15, or $200 after. Youth ages 25 and under, can purchase a reduced $75 ticket. Table sponsorships are available for $2500 and include VIP entrance for 10 guests and special table gifts. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Supporters can purchase tickets or get information online at www.sherofoundation.org or by calling 844-67-SHERO.