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UNLV Alumnus Guy Fieri Among Hospitality Industry Leaders To Be Honored April 28

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Vallen Dinner of Distinction Fundraiser Supports Professional Development Opportunities for UNLV Hotel College Students, Faculty and Staff
People  |  Mar 16, 2011  |  By UNLV Media Relations
Media Contact: Contact: Afsha Bawany, (702) 895-5515


The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV will honor some of hospitality industry's most notable leaders at the seventh annual Vallen Dinner of Distinction. The event features silent and live auctions to benefit the hotel college's alumni relations program and the Stuart H. Mann Endowment Fund, which supports professional development opportunities for Hotel College faculty, staff and students.


Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.


Aria Resort & Casino, Ironwood Ballroom, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas


The following individuals and companies will receive awards:

Alumnus of the Year

Guy Fieri, '90, host of Food Network shows including "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives" and "Guy's Big Bite," and NBC's "Minute to Win It"

Gaming Management Association Award

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., President & CEO of the American Gaming Association

Caesars Entertainment Excellence in Innovation Award


Industry Executives of the Year

  • Christopher W. Silva, President and CEO of St. Francis Winery
  • Thomas A. Jingoli, '96, CEO & Chief Compliance Officer of Konami Gaming, Inc.
  • Chris Meyer, '84, Vice President for Convention Sales at the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Tickets are $100 for Alumni Association Members and $125 for non-members. For more information, call (702) 895-3148.