Thalia Dondero Receives 5th Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Pioneer Award

March 2, 2010 by  

Thalia Dondero will receive the 5th Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Pioneer Award from the Women’s Chamber Foundation on Friday, March 19, 2010, at a luncheon at Morton’s The Steakhouse. Dondero’s award will be presented by last year’s recipient, The Honorable Lorraine Hunt-Bono, with FOX 5 anchor John Huck as master of ceremonies.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are: Lorrinda Gray-Davis-director of diversity, Perini Building Company; Marissa Hawkins-president of Facelogic and Massage Envy (Young Professional); Ann McGee-president of Miracle Flights for Kids; “Melanie in the Morning” radio personality at Sunny 106.5FM; Debra Nelson-MGM Mirage, vice president of corporate diversity & community affairs; Paula Bell-Saxton-president of Sacon Construction; and Y. Caryl Suzuki, Clark County School principal.

Thalia Marie Sperry Dondero has lived in Nevada since 1942. She was the first woman elected to the Clark County Commission in 1974, and in 1996, she won election to the Board of Regents. Dondero was born in Greeley, Colo., and moved to Bakersfield, Calif., with her family in 1930. After finishing junior college, she worked with the Basic Magnesium Industries in Sacramento, Calif., before she was transferred to the Las Vegas area in 1942. She met Harvey Dondero, a teacher at Las Vegas High School and they married in 1946. The couple resided in Carson City from 1946-1948 while he worked for the U.S. Department of Education; then they returned to Las Vegas where Dondero resumed his career as an educator and assistant superintendent of the Clark County School District.

The mission of the Women’s Hall of Fame is to honor all the nominees and recipients from the ATHENA Awards and women in performing arts, entertainment and media for their achievements, community support, and education to insure the continued achievements of women and young professionals in Nevada. At this event, money from the raffles will go towards the educational scholarships for young professionals and grants for women. The scholarships will be given out on Nov.11, 2010, at the 7th Annual ATHENA Awards.

All inductees are honored in the Women’s Hall of Fame Alumni Program, listed in all chamber printed material, “Women In Power” magazine, and the Women’s Hall of Fame Web page.

This event on Friday, March 19 will be held at Morton’s The Steakhouse, 400 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, from 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The cost is $45 for WCCNV members, $55 for non-members and $70 for VIP seats. To make a reservation, e-mail: or call the Women’s Chamber at 702.733.3955 and also learn about becoming a sponsor.

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