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April 20, 2014

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John Katsilometes talks with Sandy Peltyn, who received an honor for her charitable contributions

Anyone new to Las Vegas who wants to plug into the philanthropic scene should do what Sandy Peltyn did when she moved here 24 years ago:

Try.

"It started as word-of-mouth. When I first moved here I called the Kidney Foundation to see if they needed any help," Peltyn said a few hours before she was honored at Wynn Las Vegas by the National Jewish Medical and Research Center. "A week later I was hosting an event for the Kidney Foundation."

More than 400 guests turned out for the fete.

Since moving to Las Vegas from Marina del Rey, Calif., with her husband, structural engineer Roger Peltyn (who died in 2004), Peltyn has helped promote and host nearly every large-scale philanthropic gala and event in the city. She seems to live in formal attire and flashy accessories and has a rare knack for attracting a crowd. Events at her home have overflowed with guests who forgot to RSVP but showed up anyway.

"I don't do this to get an award. I do it because you can see the benefits of good work, to make a difference. It's really an award for the community," Peltyn said. "To say this is gratifying is an understatement."

Side note: Peltyn is an accomplished vocalist who had her own TV show in her native country of Puerto Rico. For years she sang the national anthem at UNLV basketball games, when Jerry Tarkanian was the Rebels' coach. Her last anthem was during the Bill Bayno era. "When I sang, they always won." Peltyn said, adding that Tark's teams usually won no matter who sang.

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