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SOCIAL GAL EVENTS’ DAWN HUME “We know how to push the envelope, which results in a better situation for our clients,” says Dawn Hume, CEO and chief events officer of Social Gal Events. She’s planned benefits ranging from CIS Nevada’s Today for Tomorrow Gala to the Animal Foundation’s Best in Show event. Hume was formerly director of special events for the Mirage, Bellagio and Wynn resorts, which has given her insight that she still uses. “We always know things that can be done at these properties,” she says. Are there any events that particularly stand out in her memory? “It’s almost like a boyfriend— everyone has something you love about them,” she says with a laugh. Whether it’s a gala, a charity benefit or an intimate dinner, Hume takes it off her clients’ hands: “It’s all about guest experience—and that includes the people throwing the party.” 50 VEGAS WINTER 2017 | MODERNLUXURY.COM FLAIR FOR CARE PHOTO BY AUDREY DEMPSEY. DAWN HUME PHOTO BY EMILY WILSON. SHOT ON LOCATION IN THE HAVANA ROOM AT TROPICANA LAS VEGAS 7 THE NEVADA CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION BRITNEY SPEARS CAMPUS For some celebrities, fundraising for charity is limited to gala appearances. But the relationship between Britney Spears and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation is a deeper one. “When she started her show here, she was looking to connect with a local organization helping local kids,” says Stephanie Parker, vice president and director of marketing and development for the NVCCF. “It’s been an amazing partnership ever since. She has given $1 from every ticket sold to her show.” And the over $1 million Spears has raised—along with other donations—has a physical manifestation in the NVCCF’s new facility, which provides services and support for cancer patients and their families. The bright, spacious building devotes 16,000 square feet of space to motivational programs, crafting, massage therapy and art therapy. ...continued THE NEVADA BALLET THEATRE BLACK & WHITE BALL For over three decades, the Black & White Ball has been “where Las Vegas’ most fashionable come together to support the arts,” says NBT executive director and CEO Beth Barbre. The event raises funds for and awareness of “our professional company, our affiliated Academy and the important work we do with our education and outreach programs that impact over 20,000 students a year, including at-risk youth,” she adds. The list of past NBT honorees includes Debbie Reynolds, Ann-Margret, Bette Midler and Chita Rivera. “We look for someone who has elevated the performing arts landscape [and] has made significant strides philanthropically,” Barbre says. Next year’s gala will be held at Wynn Jan. 27. Start preparing your stunning, high-contrast ensemble now.