On Thursday, February 17, The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, celebrated its 10th anniversary with their or just fundraising first fundraising gala titled “Undercover of the Night” presented by the Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation at the Museum’s historic building in downtown Las Vegas.
The evening was co-chaired by City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and former City of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman.
The event also paid special tribute to a number of undercover law enforcement agents and honored pioneering undercover agent, Joseph D. Pistone, whose work resulted in more than 200 convictions infiltrating the Bonanno and Colombo crime families in New York during the 1970s. Pistone is widely considered to be one of the top undercover federal agents in history whose work was the basis of a best-selling book and a feature film “Donnie Brasco,” which was nominated for an Academy Award.
Gala attendees enjoyed gourmet action stations and delectable desserts, specialty cocktails, luxury auction items, and live entertainment. In classic Mob Museum fashion, guests also had the opportunity to explore exhibits and meet a number of undercover agents. Unique activations and entertainment took place throughout four floors of the historic building including The Moonshiners taking the stage in The Underground speakeasy and distillery.
A one-of-a-kind live silent auction took place, where participants went home with incredible prizes such as:
- SWAT Team Experience hosted by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department valued at $2,500
- 3-Night hotel stay at Atlantis Bahamas valued at $1,700
- Four tickets to Vegas Golden Knights plus a parking pass valued at $1,100
- 2-Night hotel stay at Circa Las Vegas plus a $100 bar tab at Legacy Club and a daybed reservation at Stadium Swim valued at $550
- And so much more.
The Mob Museum is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to advance the public’s understanding of organized crime and law enforcement.
The following speakers, special gala guests and undercover agents were among those attending the Museum’s “Undercover of the Night” gala and are included in photos and b-roll.
- Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman, Gala Co-Chair
- Oscar B. Goodman, Gala Co-Chair
- Joseph D. Pistone, Gala Honoree
- Weysan Dun, FBI
- Patricia Naughton, DEA
- Deborah Richard, FBI
- Giovanni Rocco, FTO
- Frank Panessa, DEA
- Jonathan Ullman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mob Museum
- Jeffrey A. Silver, Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Mob Museum
- Dina Titus, Congresswoman
- Brian Knudsen, Councilman Ward 1
- Clint Holmes, Performer
- Howard Blank, Auctioneer
- JJ Snyder, Master of Ceremonies
The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734, visit themobmuseum.org, or download the Museum’s free mobile app.