A swingin’ time

Raiders owner Mark Davis said it best at the team’s annual Raiders Foundation “Celebrity Swing” at TopGolf Las Vegas on May 8: “We’re more than a football team. We’re part of the community, 365 days a year.” Raiders alumni greats such as Jim Plunkett, Tim Brown, Raymond Chester, Bill Romanowski, Mike Haynes, George Atkinson and Lincoln Kennedy milled about and hit the driving range to raise money for Communities in Schools of Southern Nevada. They were joined by sponsors Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Dollar Loan Center, Bud Light and (of course) the Raiderettes. This year’s event raised more than $150,000 for CIS, which serves more than 67,000 students and their families. The organization provides educational and community-based resources, and operates in 63 Nevada school sites. In 2018, the Raiders adopted the CIS Resource Room at Robert L. Taylor Elementary School in Henderson, providing school supplies, emergency
food, hygiene kits and clothing.
“It’s really important for us to understand where there is a need and where we can help,” Davis said. “Our alumni is crucial to this process. They are our ambassadors.” Plunkett, a three-time Super Bowl quarterback, reiterated Davis’ sentiments. “Las Vegas has stepped up to bring the Raiders here, and we’re stepping up for Las Vegas,” Plunkett said. “I try to act as an ambassador for the team, and we have always given back, as players, as an organization. You’re seeing that now, and you’ll continue to see it.”

Constructed in 1906, Bently Heritage Estate Distillery’s mill was once home to the Minden Flour Milling Company.
The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a variety of excursions, including a new murder-mystery dinner ride. Photo by David H. Collier
The sisters also created a pair of pink sweats with a satin bow as part of their new clothing line.
After a two-year absence, Smith & Wollensky opened on the Strip and still features drinks with generous hand-pours. Photo by KeyLimePhotography
Bank Atcharawan is known for his expertise on rieslings, whose fruitiness complement Thai dishes. Photo by K.M. Cannon
David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra provided the evening’s entertainment.
Former Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett, center, chats with attendees and shakes hands with Dave Melroy during the Raiders Foundation’s second “Celebrity Swing” at TopGolf.
American artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner created the sonic kinetic sculpture “Gamelatron Perhiasan Emas di Awn Hitam” or “Golden Jewels in a Black Cloud” for the new John Hardy store at The Forum Shops. Photo by Aaron Taylor Kuffner