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Celebrity gala salutes WithIt's 15th anniversary milestone

WithIt, a nonprofit network based here, will host a 15th Anniversary Celebrity Gala celebrating the organization's role in supporting the careers of women in the home and furnishings industries.

Tickets are now available for the gala, which will be held from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at Parisian Palace, a famed mansion in Las Vegas located at 6150 Palmyra Ave.

The evening's festivities will include regional food and wine pairings directed by celebrity chef and sommelier Chef Quattrocchi, a silent auction, on-camera interviews with HGTV's Lori Dennis and entertainment by acclaimed opera singer Marco Antonio Verela and the Women in Music and Arts Foundation.TM

In addition, WithIt and the Design Leadership Network will present the Las Vegas Woman's Leadership Achievement Awards, a recognition program that honors Las Vegas industry professionals who make significant contributions to the furniture and design industries. The recipients are Dana Andrew, vice president of marketing, International Market Centers; Beth Schwartz, editor, Luxury Las Vegas magazine; and Andrea Thomas, owner of Thomas Design Source and scholarship director for NEWH The Hospitality Industry Network.

"Las Vegas is the perfect backdrop for WithIt's Anniversary Gala, and we purposefully timed our celebration as a kick-off event to the summer Las Vegas Market," said WithIt Regional Vice President and Gala Chairperson Kassie Smith, Kassie Smith Lifestyle Group. "WithIt members, directors, ambassadors, governors and sponsors deserve this unique and luxurious celebration to honor our organization's achievements, as well as exemplary professionals committed to the West Coast design scene."

Gala tickets are $75 for WithIt members and $100 for non-members and guests. Access to a VIP clubroom, which will offer blackjack, champagne tastings and hors d'oeuvres, is available for an additional $25 per person. A limited number of tickets will be sold. WithIt recommends reserving tickets prior to the event at www.withit.org.

Gala sponsors include Crescent Fine Furniture, Ekornes, Furniture Today, HGTV Home, Las Vegas Design Center, Lexington Home Brands, Liz O'Brien, The Media Matters, PROFITSystems, Rowe Furniture, Woolrich® and Wright Global Graphic Solutions.

For more information, including sponsorship inquiries, contact Sara Lyke at (336) 880-2188 or Kassie Smith at (702) 378-2276.

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