UNLV leadership welcomed more than 900 visitors to the UNLV Structure Yearly Dinner at the Bellagio Oct. 8. Guests– some of UNLV’s most prominent fans– concerned commemorate philanthropy with speaker Caroline Kennedy, previous U.S. Ambassador, lawyer, and best-selling author.
Here are five takeaway moments from the sold-out event.
1. A Place of Opportunity
UNLV President Marta Meana inspired with a speech about why she picked to operate at UNLV more than 21 years back– and why she is still passionate about it today.
” I picked UNLV specifically because it was not like those recognized organizations. It was dynamic and generous of spirit and ripe for a million chances to grow and develop in groundbreaking ways,” she said to applause.
” What I fell for then, and what I still feel fervently about today, is that UNLV continues to break with chance! It is nontraditional. It is plain. It is future-oriented … terms that likewise describe the city of Las Vegas– and obviously, that is no coincidence.”
2. Growing Together
Meana and UNLV Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Greg McKinley honored 8 brand-new members of the Palladium Society, which acknowledges philanthropists who have actually given a cumulative $1 million or more to UNLV.
” A lot of you have poured your energy, your imagination, and yes, your funds into producing UNLV,” Meana informed the ballroom filled with benefactors. “You did it with the exact same spirit and audacity that built the city of Las Vegas, the most enterprising city anywhere. And we are so grateful.”
McKinley, ’80 BS Accounting, added, “I am very happy to be part of the Las Vegas neighborhood– a neighborhood where visionaries, like much of you in this space, have actually made the difficult, possible. Thank you for sharing in the promise, and excellent prospective, of UNLV. Together we have the chance to make sure that this university has a bright future for generations to come.”
The honorees were: Barrick, Dunn Household Foundation, Mark and Gloria Fine, Huntsman Foundation, Mel and Marilyn Larson, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Structure, Stuart and Flora Mason, and Edward D. Smith.
3. Impacting Students
The new Palladium Society members were commemorated on stage and in a video tribute featuring the students and programs straight taking advantage of their support.
4. Joining Through Education
Included speaker Caroline Kennedy provided a sincere speech about the significance of education in her life.
” My household shared a sense of intellectual interest and a love reading and of history,” Kennedy said. She described how her uncle Ted Kennedy (previous U.S. Senator) would take her and her cousins on trips as kids to teach them American history. “Everything was about education; we were finding out all the time, and it entered into our lives.”