ACLU will honor five at gala June 11

American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada (ACLUNV) has selected five honorees to be recognized for their efforts to protect civil rights and liberties at the organization’s 50th anniversary gala on June 11.

The five Nevada dignitaries are:

■ Jan Jones, executive vice president, government relations and corporate responsibility for Caesars Entertainment Corp. and former Las Vegas mayor. She will be honored with the Community Equality Award for her dedication to upholding equality in the community, including her work for LGBT rights, women’s rights and gender equality.

■ Television journalist Paula Francis, who spent more than 30 years in the television industry serving the Las Vegas community, will receive the First Amendment, Freedom of Press Award.

■ Colin Seale, Las Vegas attorney, and founder and CEO of ThinkLaw, will receive the Community Juvenile Justice Award at the gala for his advocacy and commitment to teaching young people about justice and fairness, and developing their critical thinking skills.

■ Sheila Leslie, former state senator and assemblywoman, will receive the Liberty in Government Award for her commitment to ensuring the government recognizes and honors personal liberties in the lawmaking process and in the way laws are applied.

■ Richard Siegel, a founding member of the ACLUNV, past president for 10 years, and ACLU National Board member for 13 years, will be honored for his activism and public service including helping to create the ACLU’s public education and international human rights programs. Siegel is a political science professor emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno. He will receive the Emily Wanderer Award.

“These five individuals deserve to be honored for their commitment and passion to advancing civil liberties and civil rights for all Nevadans,” Tod Story, executive director, said in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating them and their accomplishments at our 50th anniversary gala.”

The ACLU of Nevada is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the defense and advancement of civil liberties and civil rights for all people in Nevada.

The gala, which will be held at the Wynn Las Vegas, will include dinner, a silent auction, entertainment, and a VIP ticket option for a one-hour cocktail reception and meet-and-greet with world-renowned artist and designer, John Van Hamersveld.

Tickets are on sale now for $250 per person and VIP tickets are $350 each. Tickets can be purchased online at

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