Luxury Las Vegas

March 2016 :: Spring Fashion | Health & Beauty

Luxury Las Vegas continues to be Las Vegas’ premier metropolitan magazine offering Extraordinary Living for Extraordinary Lives.

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53 march 2016 | P H I L A N T H R O P Y | S P O T L I G H T A MASTER PLANNER I rwin Molasky sees the entire Strip from the window of his office at the Molasky Corporate Center in Symphony Park. It's a visual slice of Las Vegas that he usually sees each weekday, as he commutes to work to actively manage the company that bears his name. At 89, the Nevada Business Hall of Fame inductee has lived long enough to witness the Maryland Parkway Initiative put in place to rejuvenate the thoroughfare he helped develop; and Paradise Palms, the first master-planned community in Vegas, be recognized as a hot and hip neighborhood by the media. That's just the tip of the iceberg in a career that includes co-founding and building Sunrise Hospital, The Boulevard Mall, Las Vegas Country Club and downtown's Bank of America building. The Paradise Development company he formed with golfing buddy Merv Adelson in the early 1950s built high-rises and donated 45 acres to help grow a small community college into University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and he later co-led the drive to bring Jerry Tarkanian to UNLV's basketball program in order to expedite the evolution of the university. The Molasky Group of Companies has, as of late, completed construction on four regional headquarters for the FBI (with more to come) and a pharmaceutical facility at UNLV's Harry Reid Research and Technology Park. Molasky arrived in Las Vegas in 1951 and quickly moved to build the Pyramids Motel on a piece of Las Vegas Boulevard where Harrah's Las Vegas hotel-casino now stands. Las Vegas was a city that needed community cultivation as much as real estate development, and after donating acreage to UNLV, Molasky and Adelson built Sunrise Hospital. Years later, Molasky and Adelson partnered in Lorimar Television, which included hit series such as "Dallas" in its portfolio. UNLV repeatedly has been the beneficiary of Molasky's generosity and interest. Major boosters Molasky, R&R Partners founder Sig Rogich and Landmark hotel-casino owner Bill Morris scouted Tarkanian, who began as head coach of the Runnin' Rebels when then-UNLV BY MATT KELEMEN At age 89, Irwin Molasky is unrelenting in his support of Las Vegas and its development (Continued on page 98) Photo by Jerry Metellus

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