A Presley Family Affair
Priscilla Presley’s family joined her as she received her Woman of the Year honor at the Nevada Ballet Theatre’s Black and White Ball held at the Aria Convention Center. The four generation family affair included daughter, Lisa Marie Presley who surprised her mother by flying in from London with husband Michael Lockwood, her son, Navarone Garibaldi and grandaughter, Riley Keough. Priscilla’s mother, Ann Beulieu, her sister, Michelle Beauleiu-Hovey and other relatives and friends came for the event.
A VIP pre-event reception hosted by event sponsor Cartier was held at Crystal at the City Center. Legendary rocker Vince Neil of Motley Crue paid homage to Presley with a heartwarming speech. Nigel Lythgoe of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ was on hand to deliver a tribute to longtime friend and honoree, Presley and welcomed her to the stage to receive her honor. “I must admit I am a bit nervous” said Lythgoe. “She is such a good friend I just want to do a great job and not mess up.”
Presley was visibly moved during her impromtu speech as she recounted days gone by when, as a young girl she longed to be a dancer and how that dream was never fulfilled. She also spoke of her commitment to performing arts and how important the all of the arts are to give youngsters a solid future.
This marks the 27th year for one of the Las Vegas area’s highly anticipated fundraising events of the season. Guests in attendance at the Black and White Ball were treated to a live performance featuring highlights of NBT’s upcoming 2011 season. This Ball helps support Nevada Ballet Theatre efforts to present professional dance productions to the Las Vegas community.
This years event raised more than their goal at $155,000 with these funds going to kick off NBT’s Live Music Fund when the company makes their move over the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. NBT will be a resident company of the world-class Smith Center which is set to open in 2012.