Mondays Dark the monthly entertainment filled fundraising event hosted by Mark Shunock celebrated its 2nd anniversary inside The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Monday night, December 14.
For the past two years, the events have raised over $250,000 with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit local charities. Normally held in Vinyl, for this special anniversary event, the show was moved to a bigger venue, The Joint, to accommodate a larger sold out crowd that was eager to show their support for the good cause and enjoy a fantastic night of incredible entertainment.
Representatives from the past year’s eleven featured charities were in the house along with the eleven upcoming charities to benefit from Mondays Dark proceeds in 2016.
The lineup of performers included Strip headliners, Human Nature from the Venetian, Travis Cloer from “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas and singer/comedian/impressionist Gordie Brown from The Golden Nugget, Paul Shortino and Stephanie Calvert from “Raiding the Rock Vault” at The New Tropicana, REO Speedwagon guitar legend Dave Amato; female impersonator Andrew Ryan from “Divas Las Vegas”, singers Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie, Ruby Lewis (currently guest starring in Human Nature’s Christmas show at the Venetian and star of Cirque du Soleil’s upcoming new Broadway show “Paramour”), Rockie Brown, comedian Louie Anderson and of course, a vocal performance by Mark Shunock, who stars in Rock of Ages. Joining in later in the show with some vocal accompaniments were Michelle Johnson and Chadwick Johnson (no relation). Other “acts” included The Baron who has made the Guinness Book record for heaviest weight lifted by his nipples; burlesque performer/Miss Exotic World, LouLou D’vil, and entertainment journalist Robin Leach who came on stage to read a Missed Connection classified ad from Craig’s List. There was also a special guest appearance by former “teen” pop star Debbie Gibson, who went on to perform Electric Youth and the holiday classic, Sleigh Ride. As usual, musical backup for the show was provided by Kenny Davidsen and The Mondays Dark Band with vocalists Jassen Allen and Phillip Drennen.
Along with a silent auction that is part of every Mondays Dark event, the 2nd anniversary event featured a couple of live auctions. A storm trooper helmet from the new Star Wars film “The Force Awakens” went for $2,000. Later on, Walt Disney Animation Studio’s artist James Mulligan made a special appearance on stage where he created a glittery painting of Frank Sinatra, in honor of the legendary singer who would have celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12. Once completed, the painting was auctioned off with the lucky winning bidder paying $2,000 for the one of a kind artwork. Additionally, raffle items included a one year lease of a Jeep donated by Chapman Automotive.
To top off the night, Mark Shunock was presented with a proclamation from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval’s office in recognition of Mark’s hard work in helping to provide funds for local non-profit organizations.
The next edition of Mondays Dark, the first in the new year, will be held January 25, 2016 in Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and will benefit the IPOF (Injured Police Officers). For tickets and info visit MondaysDark.com