Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild Fundraiser

“It’s in the Bag” Luncheon and Fundraiser



It’s a beautiful day at the Bali Hai golf club and inside Cili Restaurant, well, it’s all in the bag. The Las Vegas Philharmonic Guild hosted their annual It’s in the Bag’ luncheon silent auction and fundraiser.

“I love the arts and the Las Vegas Philharmonic is a wonderful orchestra and I’m always amazed. As I tell the musicians, every single concert that I go to is better than the last one.” says Guild President, Debra Mills.

“The money raised will go directly to the philharmonic. Usually once a year the guild will donate a large check and this year we will do that at the last concert of this season on May 21st.”

The  silent auction featured a variety of handbags from vintage to designer and from business to travel bags and just to add some fun, each bag also contained surprise goodies.

Following the sparkling wine reception, guild members and guests dined on seared free-range chicken, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus in a lemon butter sauce. The meal ended with a decadent dark chocolate mousse torte with raspberry coulis.

Over 100 guests attended the spring luncheon event which closes out the season for the  Las Vegas Philharmonic 2010 – 2011. The philharmonic counts on fundraisers like this one to supplement revenue during the concert season because ticket sales represent only half of the necessary funds to support the Philharmonic’s Concert Series, Youth Programs and educational outreach efforts with private donations shoring up the divide.

“Next season is very exciting,” says guild member Toni Carpenter. “The first half of the season we will be in Ham Hall at UNLV where we have always been, but starting with the March performance we will be moving to the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts.”

With music director and conductor, David Itkin at the helm the Masterworks series begins September 10, 2011 and will feature guest performers from around the world. The Pops Series begins October 22, 2011 kicking off with, “A Tribute To Frank Sinatra.”

The guild is a 100% volunteer organization hosting several fundraising events throughout the year. They regularly need volunteers to donate their homes for events, help with food preparation, create marketing materials, arrange for publicity, help with registration, assist with set-up and take-down, brain-storm fundraising events, coordinate volunteers, and serve as ambassadors of the Guild.

If you are interested in becoming a guild member contact Volunteer Directors Jean Borre and June Bramble at or call the Guild Office at (702) 258-5438 x225 for more information.