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City Beat by Pete Allman - August 7, 2007

People Rally at 'National Night Out'

Dixie Dooley the “Master Mystifier” On Tuesday, there was no lack of support from the Las Vegas community for "National Night Out" and especially in the downtown area around 13th and Fremont where the event took place. There was definitely camaraderie between the community and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in working to make our streets safer. The event encourages communities to come together during one evening a year in a display of unity against street and other crimes. Neighbor-to-neighbor networking and entertainment fill the evenings.

Elvis opened the show. Some of the dignitaries who appeared at the function were Deputy Chief Gary Schofield, Captain Wil Minor and Sgt. Damion Walburn of LVMPD, and our illustrious Mayor Oscar Goodman. There was also a fine performance by Allen Fawcett, who you may remember from Dick Clark's "Putting on the Hits."

As always, Sonny Charles and Sweet Louie of the Checkmates were in support of the event, as well as master mystifier Dixie Dooley and song-stylist Karen Denise.

This event would not be possible without the help of Boulevard Beats, that provided the sound and music; the Fremont Mini Mart, where the event was hosted; and co-sponsor South Cove Apartments, along with Jimmy Gathrite, who has always assisted in presenting quality entertainment, such as the young rap artists G-Rite.

Vince Neil and Motley Crue Enjoy Downtown Las Vegas

Vince Neil (left) with Pete Allman (Photo – Tom Donahue) Vince Neil of Motley Crue, along with football great Warren Moon and actor-comedian Tom Arnold, enjoyed the sights on the Las Vegas Strip, but ended up at the Fremont StreetWarren Moon, football great (Photo – Tom Donahue) Experience. Earlier, these celebrities had judged the Hooters Pageant held at the Planet Hollywood Theatre of the Performing Arts recently.

In talking with Warren Moon about his career and life, he attributes his success to God. "My success started from my family values. God was part of our life, and God always comes first," said Moon.

Tom Arnold, who reports that he has been sober quite a few years now, says he thanks God - or as he calls it, his Higher Power - for staying sober.

Incidentally, Vince Neil has his own Tequila brand, and last week he was seen at the Salsa Cantina at the Forum Shops promoting the new drink.

Players Toast Awards Move to Playboy Mansion

The Players Toast Awards, hosted by Ice T and his wife, Coco, is an awards show honoring those individuals who are not heralded by society but have moved up the ladder, shall we say, in legitimate business. This is the first year the event takes place at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles and will be taped for television.

This year's fourth annual Players Toast Awards will honor Hugh Hefner and boxing promoter Don King, along with other celebrities. Special honoree is Glodean White, wife of the late singer Barry White. The awards are given in conjunction with raising money for nonprofit charities.

"It's all about giving back to the community, and we felt taping this show for television will be perfect at the Playboy Mansion," said Michael "MC" Carter, founder of the awards show.

Tram Host Succeeds as Entrepreneur

Tony Wilson, through his Centennial Corporation, which is located at Rainbow and Centennial Hills in the Northwest area, has just completed a book entitled, “Credit Strategies,” to help people improve their credit.

Wilson, who had worked as a tram host, said he made use of his time by focusing on his vision to become a successful entrepreneur. He not only became one of the leading real estate brokers in property development within a few years after starting in the business, but he has quite a few business development projects on the board. Wilson, who believes that everyone has an opportunity to be successful, is also donating his time to encourage kids by speaking at Clark County public schools.

Beyonce and Pastor Rudy Promote Food Drive

BeyonceBeyonce, who is touring around the United States with her “The Beyonce Experience Tour,” is promoting a national food drive in conjunction with America’s Second Harvest and Summer Foundation.

Her tour, which includes Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Canada, is one that will motivate her fans.

Each fan who drops off three non-perishable food items receives an autographed photo and a raffle ticket for a chance to have their seat upgraded.

Beyonce is working with her pastor, Rudy Rasmus, and Music World Entertainment CEO Mathew Knowles, her manager.

Korean Airlines Offers Exceptional Service

Korean Airlines in existence for about two decades opened their Las Vegas division in September 2006. According to Moon Cheol Kang, the station manager for Las Vegas operations, this is a much needed service for the Chinese community and others here in Las Vegas.

The newly revised Boeing 777 has 260 economy seats and a business class, as well as a premium class. The premium class has a newly designed seat that reclines into a bed.

It also has the latest audio-visual technology available today. The flight to Korea is 12 hours and there are three flights a week from Las Vegas and six per week from Los Angeles International.