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A Night of Elegance and Excellence

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Photographs by Gabe Ginsburg, Freelancer at Getty Images


In a spectacular celebration of community, camaraderie, and Christmas spirit, the 23' Joint Christmas Party held on December 1, 2023, at the Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino was a resounding success. Presented by the dynamic trio of Salve Vargas Edelman, Patsy Brown, and Andre' Haynes, the event brought together a diverse array of influencers, community leaders, and distinguished guests under one roof.


The distinguished hosts, representing the Armed Forces Chamber, Rising Asian Pacific Americans Coalition for Diversity (RAPACD), and The Haynes Co., orchestrated a seamless evening that resonated with the true essence of the holiday season. The venue, adorned with festive decorations and a palpable sense of joy, provided the perfect backdrop for an evening filled with laughter, goodwill, and recognition.


The highlight of the evening was the recognition of outstanding individuals who have made remarkable contributions to their respective fields and the community at large. Honorees included the esteemed Shelley Berkley, whose dedication to public service has left an indelible mark; Ron Quince, a pillar of strength in community development; Stephanie Phillips, a trailblazer in business and philanthropy; and Hunter Cain, whose leadership has inspired many.


Awards were presented with grace and poise by the talented Nieve Malandra, a Silver State Awards winner, accomplished singer, and business owner. Malandra's presence added a touch of glamor to the proceedings, elevating the ceremony to new heights.


The event also boasted a lineup of distinguished special guests, including King Nat Jr., the Honorary Vice Consulate of Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire), and Feven Kay, anchor and reporter from FOX5 Vegas. Their presence underscored the international and media significance of the celebration, emphasizing unity and collaboration across diverse backgrounds.


The fashion show, a dazzling spectacle curated by "Of Seventy Designers," was a feast for the eyes. Star-studded with models Andrea Aavruskin, Ashley Tesoro, Jeanette Lee, Jennifer Parkhurst, Nicole Duffel, and Paige Brooks, the runway came alive with a breathtaking display of style and sophistication. The fashion show announcer, Tiffani Neilson, added a touch of class with their eloquent commentary, guiding the audience through a mesmerizing journey of couture and creativity.


Beyond the glitz and glamor, the 23' Joint Christmas Party served as a testament to the power of collaboration and the importance of recognizing and celebrating those who make a positive impact on our community. The festive atmosphere fostered connections, sparking conversations that will undoubtedly lead to continued collaboration and shared endeavors.


As the night unfolded, it became clear that this was more than just a party; it was a celebration of the human spirit, a demonstration of the strength that lies in unity, and a reminder that, especially during the holiday season, coming together in joy and appreciation can create lasting bonds that transcend the boundaries of our individual lives.


In the grand tapestry of community events, the 23' Joint Christmas Party at Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino will undoubtedly stand out as a shining example of what can be achieved when visionaries like Salve Vargas Edelman, Patsy Brown, and Andre' Haynes join forces to create a night of elegance, excellence, and enduring memories.


"In the tapestry of community, the 23' Joint Christmas Party was a symphony of unity, bringing hearts together in celebration. Its success lies not just in the festivities, but in the bonds forged and the shared spirit of gratitude. As the founder and CEO of the Armed Forces Chamber, witnessing this joyous convergence reaffirms our commitment to building bridges and honoring those who make a difference. We look forward to continuing this legacy with the rebranded Armed Forces Chamber Annual Holiday Gala, weaving new stories of excellence and camaraderie." - Andre' Haynes, Founder and CEO of the Armed Forces Chamber.

About Armed Forces Chamber Community Development Corporation:


Armed Forces Chamber Community Development Corporation is the philanthropic arm of the Armed Forces Chamber of Commerce, dedicated to supporting and empowering veterans, service members, and their families.

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