Photo Flash: Jimmy Kimmel and More in 'An Evening With Dave Rice' Gala
Acclaimed TV personality and longtime Las Vegas resident, Jimmy Kimmel, partnered with University of Las Vegas, Nevada Runnin' Rebels Head Coach Dave Rice and his wife, Mindy, to host the third annual "An Evening with Dave Rice" gala yesterday evening inside the MGM Grand Conference Center. The upscale event benefitted the Dave Rice Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of health initiatives including developmental disorders such as Autism and other charitable causes throughout Southern Nevada. Check out the photos below!
Kimmel, an avid UNLV hoops fan, entertained guests throughout the night with his celebrated quick-witted humor and crowd interaction. Dave and Mindy Rice, along with former UNLV athletic director of communications, D.J. Allen, each made emotional presentations sharing their personal stories relating to Autism. Notable guests included former UNLV basketball star Stacey Augmon and former NBA star Jerome "Junkyard Dog" Williams, among others.
Nationally recognized speed painter, Tim Decker, performed live creating massive works of canvas art in mere minutes, including depictions of Frank Sinatra and the Statue of Liberty. Both paintings were sold in an exciting live auction, which also featured a backstage pass to "Jimmy Kimmel Live," golf packages with Coach Dave Rice and an all-inclusive trip with the Runnin' Rebels when the team travels to play the Kansas Jayhawks in January.
A highlight of the night came when Decker introduced a portrait of Kimmel into the auction, with the bidding starting at $2,500. Kimmel, encouraged by the crowd, proceeded to outbid himself on stage until purchasing the masterpiece for $10,000, all of which directly benefits the Dave Rice Foundation.
Dave and Mindy Rice ended the evening by presenting the Kenny Guinn Award for Commitment to Community to Dr. Nicole Cavanagh, clinical director for Touro University Nevada. Kimmel also received a customized UNLV basketball jersey from Coach Rice and his family.
The successful evening featured a celebrity red carpet meet-and-greet, posh cocktail reception and gourmet three-course dinner and drinks. Guests were also able to bid on a variety of top-line silent auction items including restaurant certificates, hotel packages and signed sports and entertainment memorabilia from Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson, Bryce Harper, Kimmel and others.
The Dave Rice Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of health initiatives including developmental disorders such as Autism and other charitable causes throughout Southern Nevada. The Foundation was established in 2012 by UNLV Runnin' Rebels Head Basketball Coach Dave Rice and his wife, Mindy. More information may be found at www.davericefoundation.org.
Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning "Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC's longest-running late-night talk show. Now in its eleventh season, "JKL" produces the most popular comedy bits in late night and features a diverse lineup of guests including actors, musicians, athletes, comedians, authors, politicians, newsmakers and the occasional random weirdo. Kimmel's monologue skewers pop culture and up-to-the minute news. "JKL" airs weeknights at 11:35/10:35 CT, broadcasting from Disney's El Capitan Entertainment Center in Hollywood.
Photo Credits: Bryan Steffy and Joe Fury
UNLV Running Rebels head coach, Dave Rice, with Jimmy Kimmel at An Evening with Dave Rice
UNLV Runnin' Rebels head coach, Dave Rice, Mindy Rice, Dylan Rice and Jimmy Kimmel at An Evening with Dave Rice
Jimmy Kimmel poses with speed painter, Tim Decker, and his portrait at An Evening with Dave Rice
UNLV Runnin' Rebels head coach, Dave Rice, Dr. Nicole Cavanagh, Mindy Rice and Jimmy Kimmel at An Evening with Dave Rice