10th annual gala will celebrate Captain Sasha Larkin, Emily Jillette, Stella Roy, among others
LAS VEGAS, NV – The Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is thrilled to announce the 10th annual Dessert Before Dinner fundraising gala will honor ten female leaders in the Las Vegas community, bringing well-deserved recognition to women who have made significant impacts in the fields of science, the arts, criminal justice, and technology. The annual fundraising gala directly impacts local Girl Scouts who depend upon financial aid to engage in the outdoors, STEAM, entrepreneurship, and life skills programs.
This year’s gala will be Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. The evening will feature a pastry competition featuring ten of Las Vegas’ premier female pastry chefs, a performance from Blue Man Group, live and silent auctions, a special appeal, presentations to the Honorees, and a luxury raffle drawing sponsored by BVLGARI. The popular event, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is expected to attract a record-breaking 1,000 attendees.
Every year the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada raises funds through Dessert Before Dinner gala ticket sales, program advertisements, sponsorships, and the proceeds from a silent and live auction. For more information on purchasing tickets or program advertisements for Dessert Before Dinner, please contact Melissa Kwong-Blais at 702-385-1133, via email, or visit dessertbeforedinner.org.
The 2018 Honorees include Dena duBoef-Roth, Amy Hooks, Emily Jillette, Katy Jones, Captain Sasha Larkin, Katie O’Neill, Anna Robins, Stella Roy, Dr. Candace Spann, and Stephanie Wilson. Honorees will receive honorary Girl Scout badges selected for them based on their personal and professional achievements.
Dena duBoef-Roth – Think Big Badge
A proud, native Las Vegan, Dena duBoef-Roth is the Vice President of Top Rank, an industry-leader in staged boxing events whose current roster of athletes include Manny Pacquiao and Terence Crawford. duBoef-Roth learned her work ethic early as a member of “Lovee’s Dovee’s” a Girl Scout troop led by her mother, Lovee Arum. A graduate of Bishop Gorman High School, duBoef-Roth continued her education at the University of Southern California where she majored in communications and minored in sports information and journalism.
Prior to joining Top Rank, duBoef-Roth worked in Hollywood as a publicist for celebrities and major motion picture studios. She opened her own publicity firm, DuPro, Inc., where she managed Hulk Hogan and Oscar De La Hoya. duBoef-Roth is a founding member of Nevada Women’s Philanthropy.
Amy Hooks, Pharm.D. – Innovator Badge
Amy Hooks spent her adolescence in Odessa, Texas where she graduated from Permian High School, the inspiration behind the NBC hit drama, “Friday Night Lights”. Hooks completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 1995 from the University Nebraska College of Pharmacy in Omaha, Nebraska. Hooks worked in the healthcare industry as a pharmacist for 19 years before relocating to Las Vegas where she joined Catalyst Rx, a full service pharmacy benefits manager, in December 1998. Hooks started as Vice President of Manufacturer Relations before being promoted to Executive Director of Clinical Programs & Manufacturer Relations. Hooks was responsible for pharmaceutical manufacturer contracting and rebates and manufacturer relationships and worked closely with pharmaceutical companies to implement member and physician education programs.
Hooks has been involved in the Las Vegas community for many years and has supported several charity committees including, Grant A Gift Autism Foundation (Currently a Board Member), Opportunity Village (IT Girls Committee), and American Lung Association (former Board member).
Emily Jillette – Trailblazer Badge
Emily Jillette is a long-time film and television producer. Jillette’s professional achievements include producing Disney Vacation Club sales videos and in-house programming for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. Jillette and her husband, Penn, were featured on an episode of the ABC reality show Celebrity Wife Swap.
Throughout her life, Jillette pursued adventure and the road less traveled. From living in Paris to attending Boston University, Jillette has appeared on three game shows, rescued an injured surfer while in Hawaii, speaks French and Spanish, and is known to travel far and wide for a good jigsaw puzzle or musical.
A passionate golfer with an eight handicap, Jillette is also an amateur poker player, a fearless equestrian, and is set to run the 2018 New York City Marathon on November 4, 2018.
The wife of magician Penn Jillette, she is the proud mother of two children, Moxie CrimeFighter and Zolten Penn. She leads her daughter’s Girl Scout troop, much like her mother did when she was a Brownie.
Katy Jones, Esq. – Advocate for Justice Badge
Katy Jones is currently In-House Counsel for Fletcher Jones Automotive Group. A lifelong Nevada resident currently residing in Summerlin, Jones graduated from The Meadows School in 2002 before heading to the University of San Diego where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006 and Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 2010.
An active member of the Las Vegas community, Jones is extremely passionate about the lives and needs of Las Vegans. She previously clerked for Superior Court Judge Ronald H. Domnitz in San Diego, as well as owning her own floral design company, Kaitlyn Jones Design. Jones is the daughter of Ted Jones and Jan Jones Blackhurst. Along with her brothers Fletcher and Patrick, Jones is the third generation to play a key role in the Fletcher Jones Automotive group.
Captain Sasha Larkin – Power of Community Badge
Captain Sasha Larkin is a Captain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD), where she has served for over eighteen years. Assigned to the Northwest Area Command, her jurisdiction encompasses over 380,000 residents, 100 square miles and over 170 officers and civilian personnel. Prior to being promoted to Captain, she lead the Support Operations Bureau, which contains the Vice, Human Trafficking, Office of Community Engagement, Homeless Liaison Section, Spanish interpreters, the Patrol Watch Commanders, and the Laughlin Area Command.
Captain Larkin was integral in building the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) and the Fusion Liaison Officer Program. These two offices have reached thousands of people from cultural, religious, and minority communities that would have never otherwise have a voice with the police. She is the Chair of Women of Metro, an outreach organization that mentors woman internally for promotion and hosts a variety of community events.
Captain Larkin teaches all over the world for the LVMPD, including the Naval Postgraduate School and US State Department, in the field of building programs that support the prevention of terrorism and crime, how to build bridges of trust with the community, and ensure the police are integrated throughout the community they serve. Captain Larkin is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where she majored in Biological Anthropology and Forensic Science.
Katie O’Neill – Visionary Badge
A third generation Las Vegan, Katie O’Neill attended The Meadows School before pursuing her passion of art history at the University of Pennsylvania. O’Neill worked in art galleries in New York City where she co-founded Apple Arts NYC, a comprehensive, after-school art program serving youth in the NYC shelter system.
Returning to Las Vegas in 2009, O’Neill joined the board of The Neon Museum before joining the board of the Nevada Museum of Art (NMA) where she serves as Trustee. In May 2018, O’Neill successfully merged the Art Museum at Symphony Park with the NMA, the oldest cultural institution in the state of Nevada, to establish a statewide art organization with locations in both Reno and Las Vegas. O’Neill also served on the committee that worked with the NMA and Art Production Fund to bring Ugo Rondinone’s iconic Seven Magic Mountains to Las Vegas.
The great-granddaughter of casino tycoon Benny Binion, O’Neill serves as the president for the Binion Family Foundation, which awards grants to local community organizations.
Anna Robins – Philanthropist Badge
A native Las Vegan and University of Nevada, Reno alumna, Anna Robins has been one of the most influential players in the philanthropic and event communities in Las Vegas. As one of Las Vegas’ premier event producers, Anna Robins plays a crucial role in Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s fight against neurocognitive diseases.
Since the charity’s inception in 1998, Robins has been instrumental in the growth of the charity and all fundraising efforts including the annual Power of Love® gala, one of the most renowned single-night fundraising events in the country. Her well-earned reputation for combining unique philanthropic affairs continues to generate substantial revenue for Keep Memory Alive from ticket sales, raffles, auctions, benevolent donations and special celebrity appearances.
Robins was most recently featured in VEGAS magazine’s March 2018 issue as a “Power Slayer” and has received numerous professional accolades including Vegas INC “Women to Watch” and “40 Under 40”; Special Events Magazine Awards, “finalist for Special Event Produced for a Non-Profit”; and Association of Fundraising Professionals “Outstanding Fundraising Professional”.
Stella Roy – Ambassador of the Arts Badge
Stella Roy is a philanthropist and strategic partner with her husband, Rob Roy, CEO and Founder of Switch. The Roys’ collaborate on all of their joint endeavors including The Stella and Rob Roy Foundation, Switch, Inc., and The Innevation Center.
Roy’s love for the arts began when she was a dancer and model in her native country of Colombia. Her philanthropic focus has always been based in the arts and education as it touches children, students, families, employees, and leaders. All of the Roys’ companies are built around their strong belief in the importance of the arts and design-thinking in leading solutions for the challenges facing humanity.
Roy’s charitable recipients have included The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Nevada Museum of Art, Green Our Planet, Communities in Schools, FIRST® Robotics, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, among others.
Dr. Candace Spann – S.T.E.A.M. Badge
Dr. Candace Spann is a board certified dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology. Her practice, Couture Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, encompasses cosmetic and general dermatology and dermatologic surgery.
Having completed her Bachelor of Science degree in 1995 from UCLA, Dr. Spann then went on to graduate from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN in 2000. After graduating from medical school, she completed her internship and residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City, a Columbia University Hospital Program.
Dr. Spann has a special interest in women’s hair loss. She is the founder and creator of ReTress, a hair care formula developed for women experiencing hair loss. ReTress has been featured on QVC, Elle, InStyle, and was recently named Best Beauty Innovation by Vegas Seven.
Stephanie Wilson – Entrepreneur Badge
A Colorado native, Stephanie Wilson graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a minor in Advertising. Wilson founded Wicked Creative, a full service public relations, marketing, and special events firm, in 2006. Since its inception, Wicked Creative has become one of the top public relations firms in Las Vegas and San Diego. In her 20 years of experience in public relations, Wilson has worked with clients ranging from a-list celebrities and spectacular productions to five-star restaurants and hotels.
Wilson has been featured in Vegas Seven, Vegas Magazine and was selected as one of Vegas Inc.’s “Top 40 Under 40” as well as one of Las Vegas Woman’s “Fearless Females.” An active member of the Las Vegas community, Wilson is a long-time member of the Steering Committee for Keep Memory Alive and Friends of Shade Tree.
About Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
Founded on April 14, 1932 in Boulder City, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. GSSNV focuses on four key pillars: STEAM, Outdoor, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship.
GSSNV serves the four Southern-most counties in Nevada: Clark, Lincoln, Nye, & Esmeralda, as well as the Southern California counties of Inyo and San Bernardino (eastern border).
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