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September 22, 2005 tear sheet from the Las Vegas review-Journal covering a UNLV capital campaign event. Jon Eric Cobain and his mother Ruth Cobain are pictured in the top left photo.

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MS-01105_016. Jon E. Cobain Papers, 1963-2009. MS-01105. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Las Vegas Review-Journal
WWWWW* Our Town
{ LIVING } Thursday, September 22, 2005 • Page 3E
Raising Nevada
Jon Eric Cobain, 1964 UNLV student body president, chats with his
mother, Ruth Cobain, left, and UNLV President Carol Harter during
a reception for a major fundraising party for the University of
Nevada, Las Vegas on Sept. 15.
Attending a party celebrating the launch of a fundraising campaign
for UNLV are Anne Hanrahan, from left, Keri Russell, Pam Hicks,
Sue Sweikert and Dave Sweikert.
UNLV President Carol Harter, from left, Michael Harter and Joyce
Mack join Barbara Greenspun, seated, in discussing a major
fundraising drive for the school.
UNLV launches fundraising campaign
UNLV President Carol
Harter in her 11th
annual State of the
University address
announced a $500 million
fundraising effort titled
“Secure the Future.”
Harter hopes the campaign,
which actually began behind
the scenes in 2002, will reach
its goal by June 30,2008. The
University of Nevada, Las
Vegas had already collected
$263 million in pledges
and donations before the
public announcement of the
campaign Sept. 15.
That same evening, the
UNLV Foundation and the
UNLV Alumni Association
invited supporters to
a special celebration
launching the school’s first
comprehensive fundraising
campaign. The arena floor
of the Thomas & Mack
Center was transformed
into a stylish dining and
entertainment venue to
honor alumni, the campus
community and donors who
support UNLV.
Guests were asked to valet
park at the Cox Pavilion
tunnel entrance to walk the
red carpet amid scarlet and
gray balloon bouquets onto
the pavilion floor for the
event’s reception. Harter
and the campaign’s honorary
chairs Joyce Mack and
Bill Boyd were joined by
campaign chairman Don
Snyder in welcoming guests.
Among the guests were
Vicki and Frank Fertitta Jr.,
Diane and Robert Bigelow,
Mel Wolzinger, Sue and Jerry
Lykins, Ted Quirk, Sande and
Sanford Berman, J.A. Tiberti,
Nancy and J.K. Houssels,
and the Ernest A. and Mary
Becker family.
Socializing over cocktails
and canapes were Tamara
and Jay Kommayer, Joyce
Dorothy Huffey
and Steve Schneider, Kathy
and Tom Burkholder, Cheryl
Purdue, Mannetta and
Michael Braumstein, Janet
and Gary Sepede, Mary
and Tkoy Wade, Corinne
Sidney, Michael Harter, Fred
Albrecht, Helen Daseler,
Patsy and Robert Brinton,
Jeanne Greenawalt and
Irwin Kishner, M.J. and Jack
Harvey, Glenn Kvidahl, and
Sally and Gerry Bomotti.
Dinner was served at
formally set tables covered in
silver silk with centerpieces
of red roses.
Guests included Judy and
Jim Kropid, Andy Katz, Zoe
Brown, Edythe and Gilbert
Yarchever, Bernice Fischer,
Madelyn and Michael
Montgomery, Dina Titus,
Martha Watson, Helen Foley,
Dee Snyder, Elaine and
Edward Shoben, Bill Martin,
Molly and Robert Hamrick,
Ricci and Richard Flaherty,
and Mark Brown:
Also attending were Kirk
Hartle, alumni president;
former UNLV Presidents Pat
Goodall and Dennis Moyer;
and UNLV’s Vice President
and Foundation Executive
Director John Gallagher and
wife, Carmen Gonzales.
Guests dined on spinach
salad, an entrde duo of
beef and shrimp scampi
accompanied by wild rice
with pine nuts, and a dessert
Pat Goodall, from left, Mel Wolzinger and Ted Quirk mingle
with the arriving guests and talk about the early days of UNLV
during a party Sept. 15 at the Thomas 8, Mack Center.
of chocolate mousse cake?
Selected wines were from
Southern Wine & Spirits.
Dan Van Epp, chairman of
UNLV’s Foundation Board
of Trustees, welcomed the
capacity crowd. Catherine
Snelson introduced student
speakers Maria Parra-
Sandoval and Dominique
Beaumonte. Also introduced
was Jon Eric Cobain, 1964
student body president of
UNLV’s first graduating class.
A video on UNLV’s history
Sheena Easton, recording
star, Las Vegas resident
and recent inductee into the
Las Vegas Hall of Fame,
performed her classic hits
from film and Broadway.
Party For All Occasions:
Sandra and Jim Frank
reserved the Hookah Lounge
at Paymon’s Mediterranean
Restaurant at 8380 W.
Sahara Ave. on Sept. 13 for a
threefold celebration of their
recent birthdays and wedding
Many of the guests,
including the hostess and host,
came dressed in their Middle
Eastern garb purchased
abroad from their vacations.
Among their 50 guests
enjoying cuisine indigenous
to the Mediterranean were
Beverly and Mike Mykisen,
Persia and James Golden,
Sondra and Robert Mann,
Mari and Thom Landers, Lia
Roberts, Charlotte Barnes,
Ruth and Jack Lillis, Terri
and Tom Eden, Jeanne
Greenawalt, Dorrie and Don
Kemp, Phyllis Ann Haley,
Elaine and Jim Garrison,
Ester Bergman, and Monica
and David Fuller.
Three belly dancers
provided the evening’s
Fundraising campaign chairman Don Snyder, from left, joins Dee
Snyder, Vicki Fertitta and Frank Fertitta Jr. during the UNLV party
Sept. 15 at the Thomas 8- Mack Center.
Jim Carney, from left, Karen Druckman and Marty Druckman take
part in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas party.
One More Time: On the
evening of Sept. 16, Susan and
Bill Houston had a birthday
party for Margie Conway at
their Spanish Ttail home. It
was a significant birthday
for Margie, and one that
warranted a celebration in
grand style. The party theme
was 1920s flapper dress,
Charleston dancing and all
that jazz.