Shirley Jones

Shirley Jones

Photos by Nikki Artale

Oscar Night Las Vegas held a weekend celebration for the 84th Academy Awards at the Palms Hotel Casino. It started with a Red Carpet Runway Show by Saks Fifth Avenue at the Fashion Show Mall, a Pre-Oscar Night Celebration Welcome Reception for Shirley Jones, the recipient of Variety Gold Heart Award, an Oscar Night Red Carpet, Academy Award Viewing Party, and the Playboy Club after party. All proceeds benefited Variety, The Children’s Charity of Southern Nevada that provides services for special needs children.

Academy Award winner Shirley Jones was honored by Variety with the Gold Heart Award for her many years of a lifetime commitment to charitable and humanitarian causes. A reception was held in the Penthouse a Palms Place, where she was presented with the award by Variety Tent 39 President and Chief Barker Kari Ayers. Shirley also received a Proclamation from the office of the Mayor, the Honorable Carolyn G. Goodman which proudly proclaimed February 26, 2012 as Shirley Jones Day. It recognized her for her Academy Award, distinguished career, and life-long commitment to charitable and humanitarian causes.

Marty Ingels & Shirley Jones

It was a small and intimate group of people who got to spend quality time with Shirley and her wonderful husband Marty. He was so funny and kept us laughing all night. Shirley Jones was so gracious and everyone loved the time she shared with the attendees, especially as we all sat and watched a video that highlighted her 50 year career. Shirley Jones is a beautiful, elegant lady inside and out and it was an honor to meet her and talk to her.

Shirley Jones, Nikki Artale & Marty Ingels

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Clinton Ford Billups Jr. Executive Producer put together a splendid event which was very much appreciated by all. His 30 years experience in Broadcasting, marketing, TV production and casino entertainment was very evident in his “Oscar Night America”

Hal Linden & Clinton Ford Billups Jr.

Dr. John Alexander

Comedian Kevin Burke hosted the Celebrity Theatre Viewing Party for the live telecast of the 84th Academy Awards at Oscar Night Las Vegas. Kevin Burke currently stars in two Las Vegas Shows, “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s and in “Fitz of Laughter” at Fitzgerald’s Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. I have seen both of his shows several times and his is just brilliant, funny and loveable. You must see both of his shows.

I have to say at this time that I have watched the Academy Awards religiously my entire life and this was the first time I saw it live on a big movie screen and it was so exciting to be in the Brendan Theater watching the awards. I must go every year now to the Oscar Night and enjoy sitting back with my popcorn, soda and candy. What a night. After the awards we went to the Oscar Night after Party at the Playboy Club. This was the best Academy Award Night event I ever attended and I look forward to next year’s event.


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