Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 | 7:02 a.m.
MLB legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson hosted his Eighth All-Star Celebrity Classic, a fundraiser for his Mr. October Foundation for Kids, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Sunday, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue and Las Vegas Sun photographer Steve Marcus were onsite for photo galleries.
Cedric the Entertainer served as host of the Sunday night gala, and Jeffrey Osborne and Brian McKnight performed for the crowd. Cosmopolitan head honcho Tom McCarthy and staff greeted Jackson and the other VIPs. (Incidentally, Cedric also hosted the 2012 Soul Train Awards at PH Live at Planet Hollywood on Thursday night.)
Other celebrities in attendance at the Celebrity Classic included Sam Moore, “Dr. J” Julius Erving, George “Iceman” Gervin, Rick Berry, Jeremy Roenick, Franco Harris, Roger Clemens, Rollie Fingers, Jim Palmer, Joe Rudi, Robin Yount and Dave Stewart. Jackson’s daughter Kimberly Jane also was in attendance.
A golf outing was held Sunday morning ahead of the fundraiser dinner. The Mr. October Foundation for Kids aims to enable minority students to thrive in science, technology and innovation.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.