Black & White Gala

Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) cooked up a lavish celebration honoring Giada De Laurentiis, lauded as the dance company’s “Woman of the Year” at its 34th annual Black & White Ball. About 500 patrons attend the fundraiser at Wynn Las Vegas, nearly all donning finery in chic shades of caviar and fresh cream. De Laurentiis, an Emmy-award winning chef, restaurateur and philanthropist, was resplendent in a black, off-the-shoulder gown. In addition to being the evening’s honoree, she also helped raise an impressive — and event record — $220,000 after spontaneously adding an evening of her cooking to the live auction.

That offer set off a bidding war between the Jenkins (Tom Jenkin, a top executive with Caesars Entertainment and his wife, Trish) and the Roys (Switch founder Rob Roy and his wife, Stella, who co-chaired the gala dinner.(The menu was a particularly elegant ensemble of salad, short ribs, lobster and a duet of s’more mousse brownies and a light-as-air crème fraiche raspberry vacherin for dessert).

Other surprises throughout the night included an unbilled appearance by Jewel (who sang an enchantingly lilting version of “Somewhere over the Rainbow”) and a spirited performance titled “Cheese, Please!” by NBT’s Future Dance Scholars (in mini toques and white chef jackets). Representatives from luxury jeweler Nirav Modi, the event’s sponsor, presented De Laurentiis with a pair of diamond earrings while she was at the podium.

Photo by Anthony Mair
Photo by Wynn Las Vegas
Photos by Gucci
Banjanan dress
The Cocktail Cabaret performed during the gala at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson.
Emily and Penn Jillette with Kelly Clinton Holmes and Clint Holmes
Training Day Golden Ale
Rita Moreno and Terry Fator
Louis Vuitton