Fashion for Autism Gala


The 8th Annual Fashion for Autism gala at Aria raised more than $600,000 to support the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation’s education and outreach programs. Nearly 700 attendees turned out for the event, which including silent and live auctions in addition to a runway show sponsored by Neiman Marcus featuring key fall trends. Golden Globe winner Pia Zadora was honored with the organization’s Ambassador for Autism award for her dedication to the cause. “This was a cause that was near and dear to me,” said Zadora, whose 20-year-old son, Jordan, is on the autism spectrum and attended the event with her. Zadora sang “If I Could” and “For Once in My Life,” joined on guitar with jazz great Joe Lano, who performs with Zadora and longtime Checkmates front man Sonny Charles in “Pia’s Place” performances Fridays and Saturdays at Piero’s. Julie Foutz Beasley, Clinical Director of the UNLV Ackerman Autism Center and Bank of Nevada CEO John Guedry were also honored.

Photography by Edison Graff and Matthew Schenk

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