Golden Rainbow celebrated 25 years of “Ribbon of Life” on Sunday, June 26 at Paris Las Vegas Hotel. After hearing so many great things about the fundraising production, my expectations were high. However, no recap or friendly review could come close to justifying the amount of talent I witnessed.

“Ribbon of Life” is the only ticket in town that allows the audience to see performers from almost every show on the Strip in one night. Each production is original and can only be seen at Golden Rainbow’s benefit. Las Vegas’ major headlining shows including THE LION KING, Human Nature, PEEPSHOW, Fantasy, Jubilee! and more participated in this year’s show performing musical classics like “Big Spender,” “Defying Gravity,” “Everything I Am,” “Footloose,” “The Color Purple” and more. Talents like Clint Holmes captured the crowd’s hearts with his rendition of “West Side Story,” earning a standing ovation and George Wallace’s quirky humor gave the show a refreshing comedic spin. Even the little ones got in on the action, charming “Ribbon of Life” attendees with a cute superhero number. In addition, PEEPSHOW headliner and co-star of E!’s “Holly’s World” Josh Strickland stunned the theatre with an emotional performance of Tarzan’s “Everything I Am.”

All participating performers donated their time to Golden Rainbow’s cause and 100 percent of ticket sales will directly benefit southern Nevadans affected by HIV/AIDS. Despite the looming cliché of tough economic times, “Ribbon of Life” drew a record-setting crowd with 1,158 people in attendance and raised more than $151,000, surpassing the previous year’s goal by $20,000.

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Following the spectacular, show attendees enjoyed an after-party at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens and celebrated with a silent auction, music, cocktails and a cake designed by Freed’s Bakery of Las Vegas.

Congratulations to Golden Rainbow on 25 “Ribbon of Life” spectaculars and 25 years of service to the Las Vegas community. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year!

– Devin Daniel