The 8th Annual Fashion for Autism gala at Aria raised more than $600,000 to support the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation’s education and outreach programs. Nearly 700 attendees turned out for the event, which including silent and live auctions in addition to a runway show sponsored by Neiman Marcus featuring key fall trends. Golden Globe winner Pia Zadora was honored with the organization’s Ambassador for Autism award for her dedication to the cause. “This was a cause that was near and dear to me,” said Zadora, whose 20-year-old son, Jordan, is on the autism spectrum and attended the event with her. Zadora sang “If I Could” and “For Once in My Life,” joined on guitar with jazz great Joe Lano, who performs with Zadora and longtime Checkmates front man Sonny Charles in “Pia’s Place” performances Fridays and Saturdays at Piero’s. Julie Foutz Beasley, Clinical Director of the UNLV Ackerman Autism Center and Bank of Nevada CEO John Guedry were also honored.
Photography by Edison Graff and Matthew Schenk