Taking Your Gala from an Event to An Experience


Friday July 28, 2017



When planning an event in Las Vegas, the world’s entertainment capital, you know you not only have competition from other charities, but you’re competing with the sizzle and pizazz of our world-famous Strip. Making your event stand out is a must if it’s to be a success, but how do you get to that level of excitement and flair and make your event thee must attend event of the year? Two local organizations, Spread the Word Nevada and Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada have done just that with their galas. They have made their events experiences and results are sell out ticket sales, being the talk of the town on Monday morning, and guests having so much fun they can’t wait for the next year’s event.

Join us on Friday, July 28, 2017 when representatives from Spread the Word Nevada and Girls Scouts of Southern Nevada will talk about what it has taken for them to produce their tremendously popular and successful Storybook Gala and Dessert Before Dinner fundraisers.

This program will provide both a staff and volunteer perspective on event planning so it will benefit both your development staff and event volunteers. You can’t afford to miss this presentation, RSVP today.


Pamela Lang
Director of Development for Spread the Word Nevada
Pamela Lang has spent the last 20 years in marketing, event planning and fundraising. She began her career in California, marketing for a performing arts center and then spent the next ten years serving as a Community Relations Manager for Barnes & Noble Inc. in California, Texas and Nevada. While at Barnes & Noble she worked in author promotions that included promotional events and signings for Gloria Estefan, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Dr. Laura Schlesinger and worked with the LA Book Festival at UCLA. Working to connect local charities with Barnes & Noble led her to seek a career in the nonprofit world.After becoming Vice President of Development for Easter Seals Nevada in 2008, Pamela grew the annual Walk with Me event by adding local celebrities and entertainment to help increase awareness, attendance and revenue. She also created their first annual wine event, “Cheers to Chocolate” that launched at Tivoli Village in 2010.

While volunteering her time as a mentor at Spread the Word Nevada she fell in love with their mission and was delighted to join the team in November of 2013 as Director of Development. She has enjoyed being part of the team that plans the hugely popular and successful annual Storybook Gala and is dedicated to stewarding a strong list of donors for the state’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit. Pam has written articles and served on the Editorial Board for BLVDS Las Vegas Magazine and is an active member of the Las Vegas Chapter of AFP and the Henderson and Las Vegas Metro Chambers.

Celena Haas-Stacey
Dessert Before Dinner Committee Member and Vice President of Public Relations at Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Celena Haas-Stacey joined the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada Desert Before Dinner committee three years ago as a volunteer. Shortly after she that she was asked to join the Girl Scouts’ Board of Directors and this past November was elected to serve on their Executive Committee. Her main role on the Dessert Before Dinner committee securing entertainment, silent & live auction items, and coordinating with the event’s emcee Robin Leach. Celena has also been a part of the public relations and press announcement team for Dessert Before Dinner and is heavily involved in the pre-planning and idea generation for the event along with helping to solidify the participation of numerous celebrity chefs.
When not serving as a Dessert Before Dinner committee member, Celena leads all consumer public relations and oversees all communications efforts for Caesars Entertainment, now the world’s largest gaming company that includes 40 casinos and resorts world-wide. From spearheading major hotel openings such as Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and The Cromwell to the launching of many popular celebrity Chef restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay, Giada De Laurentiis, and MR CHOW to the star-studded headliner openings such as Jennifer Lopez, Celena has been on the forefront of some of Las Vegas’ largest and most impactful events in recent history.Remembering her days as a Girl Scout and that she reigned as the leader in cookie and magazine sales for many years, using her professional skills to help the Girl Scouts plan and carry out their extremely popular and profitable Dessert Before Dinner fundraising gala is just a natural for her.

Event Details

Date: July 28, 2017

Start time: 11:30 a.m.

End time: 01:30 p.m.

Venue: Lawry’s The Prime Rib

Directions: Address: 4043 Howard Hughes Parkway, Las Vegas, NV, 89169, United States

Email: jjensensaint@gmail.com