Last Friday Springs into March with Spring Break Fun and March Madness Spirit to Benefit UNLV Hospitality Scholarship Fund

By Tyra Bell-Holland  
March 26, 2018

HENDERSON – Last Friday, Just Add Water Street continues to “Foster Community Flow” by inviting local businesses to promote local live music, food trucks, foodie pop ups, local crafts, artists, and more with this month’s theme highlighting the official start day of Spring Break in Las Vegas by featuring a booth by the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hospitality Alumni Chapter for the #JAWS March Mayhem Hops For Hoops and Donut Mania For Dunks activation for kids on Friday, March 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The UNLV College of Hospitality alumni booth will feature a hoop contest for both adults and kids. Score a hoop and win a beer if you are 21 and over or score a hoop and win a mini donut from Donut Mania if you are 20 and under donated by Brett Raymer, Owner of Donut Mania and star of Animal Planet’s hit series, TANKED. UNLV will be accepting $1 donations for the challenge with 100% of proceeds going towards the UNLV Harrah Alumni Scholarship Fund.

The UNLV College of Hospitality Alumni Chapter booth will also be selling tickets at to the 44th Annual UNLVino, with a chance to win a free ticket. During the event, tickets to UNLVino will be available for $75 each to UNLV Alumni and for $150 each to the general public. Tickets to UNLVino can also be purchased online at prior to the event, or for $175 at the door the day of the event.

Las Vegas’ longest running food, wine, and spirits festival, this year’s UNLVino will be one memorable night of TLC – tasting, learning, and community – on Saturday, April 14, from 7-11 p.m. at the iconic Keep Memory Alive Event Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in downtown Las Vegas’ Symphony Park. Featuring an unprecedented lineup of more than 50 restaurants and internationally renowned chefs, including Brian Howard (Sparrow + Wolf), Charles Phan (The Slanted Door), and Scott Conant (Masso Osteria), UNLVino serves as the largest fundraiser for students of UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality. The evening also serves as a tribute to Nevada gaming, law, and winemaking icon Donald Carano and UNLV alum and gaming executive Ann Hoff, recipients of UNLVino’s prestigious Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence.

This month’s event will also continue to feature the much-celebrated Friday Night Food Challenge, hosted by Season 12 Hell’s Kitchen winner, Chef Scott Commings, at the main stage with ample seating and lighting to the enjoyment of food enthusiasts everywhere. The foodie challenge consists of a series of secret ingredients and items preselected to prepare 1-2 menu items in 45 minutes or less, judged by three local judges. The judges are food writers, critics, members of media or industry related professionals.

In the spirt of March Mayhem, it’s a re-match between two 2017 Friday Foodie Challenge Winners, Chef Robert Lomeli and Chef Jainine Jaffer! This is a must-see event which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the amphitheater with ample seating for all. Last Friday’s Friday Night Food Challenge has featured Las Vegas valley’s both top chefs from Chef Stephen Hopcraft at STK, Chef Robert Lomeli previously at Hell’s Kitchen, Chef Matt Fresinski from Mercato Della Pescheria, and more who have all battled for the salami.

The live music line up for this event includes performances by Jeffrey Trower, an interactive rhythm experience which boasts 150 instruments from small shakers to big full-size drums. Also performing is Rich Femenella and the Chris Hermes Band featuring Kelly Ybarra.

Last Friday, JAWS Festival is complimentary and will take place on Friday, March 30, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the historic Water Street District located in Downtown Henderson. Last Friday was founded to resurrect and celebrate the community’s emerging arts and culture. The City of Henderson and other deep seeded Henderson community driven partners such as the Las Vegas Weekly, Findlay Las Vegas Volkswagen, M Resort, Lotus Broadcasting and T-Mobile sponsoring our Last Friday event this month. Other sponsors include Verizon and Helix Vodka. Join Last Friday and bring the whole family!

About City of Henderson

Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is Nevada’s second largest city with more than 302,000 residents. Henderson is a premier city, nationally recognized for its stunning parks, trails, master-planned communities, outstanding quality of life and patriotic past. Recognized as one of America’s Best Places to Live (MONEY and, one of America’s Best Cities (Business Week), one of the top six safest cities in America (Forbes,, Law Street Media,, and a Bicycle Friendly Community (League of American Bicyclists), Henderson is a progressive and vibrant city committed to maintaining premier amenities and services for all who choose to live, learn, work and play in Henderson…a place to call home.

About Last Friday, Just Add Water Street

Last Friday is a community-centric initiative to inspire an ongoing effort between all sectors of Henderson both private and public with the historic Water Street District in the City of Henderson for the betterment of sustainable community growth while giving back. We look to cultivate and create a community driven, family-friendly event that inspires meaningful relationships and opportunities for all. Visit,, Instagram @LastFridayHenderson, and Twitter @_justaddwaterst #JAWSNV

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