The Junior League of Las Vegas announces “An Evening at the Copa: A Century of Sinatra.” This event is designed to celebrate the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra and highlight the excitement of the former Sands Copa Room and its most legendary entertainer. On Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., nationally acclaimed author Tom Santopietro and Carnegie Hall headliner Tony DeSare will present Sinatra’s life, music and legacy in story and song. Audience members are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 p.m. dressed in their favorite vintage cocktail attire, to enter a Sinatra look-alike contest, and/or enjoy a no-host cocktail hour with dancing to Sinatra’s music, performed by the Las Vegas Downbeats. Immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance, the Junior League will host a complimentary “nightcap” reception at the Morelli House, 861 E. Bridger Ave. This free performance is being co-produced by the Junior League of Las Vegas and the city of Las Vegas. Tickets to the event are for adults 21+ and are limited to two per person. Seating is limited. Beginning Sept. 2, tickets will be available at www.artslasvegas.org/, while supplies last. See the flier. When available tickets are gone, a waiting list will be started at 702-822-6536.
The Sinatra event is the third in the Junior League’s Sands Copa Connection Series, an entertainment and exhibition series designed to spotlight the legendary Copa Room of the Sands Hotel in connection with the historic Morelli House. The Junior League of Las Vegas is collaborating with several community partners to create this public history series, sponsored by a grant from the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial. The series features four programs, two of which occurred over the spring and early summer. Each program highlights a different aspect of the showroom’s glamour, music, celebrities and impact. Together, these events underscore the showroom’s effect on entertainment, tourism and gaming industries in Las Vegas during the mid-twentieth century.
“The Sands and its Copa Room defined Las Vegas at the time,” said Dedee Nave, project director of the Junior League’s Sands Copa Connection Series. “All of the famous entertainers, including Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, headlined the Copa Room in the 1950s and 1960s and set Las Vegas firmly on the path to becoming known as the entertainment capital of the world.”
Each Copa Series event features a display of vintage Copa Room photos and a souvenir commemorative scrapbook, both made possible by funding from the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial and Nevada Humanities, a state agency of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“The Sands: A Place in the Sun,” the fourth and final event of the series, will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Nevada State Museum-Las Vegas. The panel discussion highlighting the Sand’s impact on Las Vegas will feature four noted historians and launch a special museum exhibit. Admission to the opening program is free and open to the general public. Speakers will include moderator Dr. Michael Green, along with Dr. Larry Gragg, Dr. Eugene Moehring, and Su Kim Chung. The corresponding exhibit, created by the Nevada State Museum, will showcase vintage photos and promotional materials used by the Sands. For more information, visit www.jllv.org and follow the series @sandscopaseries on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About Junior League of Las Vegas
The Junior League is an international organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Current programs of the Junior League of Las Vegas include children’s health fairs with follow-up care to provide eyeglasses and dental services; healthy eating and fitness projects; school garden support; short-term projects in collaboration with local nonprofits; a holiday gift program providing 10 gifts each to more than 350 local underprivileged students; an enhancement program for Clark County School District fashion students; and its historic preservation project, the Morelli House. Its longest-running project, Education Grants, has provided more than $570,000 to teachers in Clark County schools for innovative classroom projects since its inception in 1985. During its 68-year history, the Junior League of Las Vegas has helped develop local programs, including the Ronald McDonald House, Lied Discovery Children’s Museum, HELP of Southern Nevada, the Shade Tree Shelter and Community Alternative Sentencing. For more information, please visit our website at www.jllv.org or call 702-822-6536.