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“Judge Mark Stevens” ‘speaker for the Valentine’s Day Ball & Gala’



Reserve your dinner reservations and room before December 1, 2015 for a discount, a romantic evening, fine dining, dancing, and entertainment



Clark County, Nevada

September 16, 2015



Next year marks the third occasion in Las Vegas history that celebrity entertainers, pageant queens, high-ranking elected officials, active duty military, veterans, members of the local media and many more will join together to celebrate Valentine’s Day in V.I.P. style.


Veterans In Politics International, Inc. will host its 3rd bi-annual Valentine’s Day Ball and Gala on Saturday – February 13, 2016 at The Resort on Mt. Charleston.


Rowena Baraan-Krifaton will be our Master of Ceremony and Mark Stevens Chief Judge (former US Marine) and Veterans Court Judge for Henderson Municipal Court will be our key note speaker…


Rowena Baraan-Krifaton:

Rowena Baraan-Krifaton may be the youngest of eight children, but she certainly does not come last when it comes to accomplishments. She is, in fact, the apotheosis of the modern-day Renaissance Woman — mother and grandmother of three, wife, volunteer, journalist/writer, founder and president of a charity foundation, philanthropist, socialite, modeling mentor, ambassadress of goodwill, former runway model and beauty queen, and former associate publisher of a Season’s lifestyle magazine.

Rowena has been a model for internationally celebrated fashion designers like Versace, Custom of Madrid, Calvin Klein, as well as Asia’s best, such as Nunu Guevarra, Ito Kirata, and Louie Mamengo, just to name a few.  In 1995, Rowena became the first Filipina to win Mrs. Asia Hawaii-World.  She has also graced the covers of magazines like Women’s, MOD, Island Lifestyles, and catalogues for several European magazines. She also shares her creative talents as consultant and director of various fashion shows and beauty pageants both in Nevada and California.

Rowena is also a very active leader in the Nevada community, raising funds for different causes, arranging meet and greets, organizing various charity events and silent auctions. Being a fixture of Nevada society and a patroness of the arts and culture of Las Vegas, Rowena has selflessly lent her name and face to some of the most celebrated designer brands, has served as a model for a number of illustrious designers, and has also chaired a number of charitable events, whose primary objectives are the improvement of the quality of lives as well as the cultural upliftment of the people of Nevada.

Judge Mark Stevens:

Mark Stevens served as a Marine Captain in the Marine JAG Criminal Justice system as an attorney.  He also was a Commander of the 1St FSSG at Camp Pendleton, CA… 

He was on Active duty from 1988 to 1994 and Reserve duty from 1995-1997.

He has been a member of the Nevada Bar Association since 1991.  Judge Stevens is licensed to practice at all levels including the US Supreme Court.  He has also been very active in Henderson community activities.

Judge Stevens has been a Municipal Court Judge in Henderson since 2007 and served as a Deputy City Attorney. He established the Henderson Municipal Court Veterans Treatment Court which will be the main topic of his presentation.


The scheduled lineup includes a presentation of colors by the Marine Corps Color Guard, live-music by DJ Reign 4 Ever and a guest pianist and much More!


Guests will be received at 5-6pm PT for Cocktail Hour. Dinner will be served at 6PM start at $85 per person or $150 per couple and room prices start at $140 or two dinners and a Queen Size room for $280 before December 1, 2015.



There will be Surprised Guest Speakers…


There will be several auctions and prizes. If you purchase a table or a dinner for a veteran you will automatically be placed in the grand prize drawing.


Make your reservations today for dinner and a room before this event sells-out go to and click onto Valentine’s Day Ball upper left corner 2016.


This event is sold out each time.


Veterans In Politics International continues to be the only non-profit veterans group that endorses political candidates and is also registered with the Nevada Secretary of State.


For additional information please contact Steve Sanson 702 283 8088 or Karen Steelmon 702 238 5134.



Brian Bashant of Fallen Not Forgotten will be on hand to collect donations for our troops. Guests who bring donations will be given one entry ticket for every pound of donations. Entry tickets will be entered into drawings for prizes.  Prizes to be announced. See list at bottom of page for suggested donation items.
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VIPI Ball 2016


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Music provided by Reign4Ever, DJ Extraordinaire

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ALL CONTAINERS SHALL BE PLASTIC OR METAL – NO GLASS!!! Choose your donation itmes based on ease of use, transportability, and compact size.

Cold drink mixes –  Gatorade, Crystal Lite, Kool Aid, flavor straws, Country Time, Wylers, Tang.
Ground Coffee (not instant).
Hot drink mixes – Cider, cocoa, Ovaltine, Starbucks, Teas.
Fast food/seasoning packets (taco sauce, ketchup, mayo, mustard, salt/pepper, etc.)
Cream/sugar packets
Cigars & Chew
Single Serving Size Meals and snacks – Power Bars, cereal bars, trail mix, granola bars, Ramen Noodle packs (no cups), Slim Jims,  Jerky, sunflower seeds, nuts, chips, crackers, cheese/crackers kits, cold cereal, hot cereal,  oatmeal, Tuna or Chicken Salad kits, hard candies, Dried fruit, raisins, Pop-Tarts, Canned  Hearty Soup, Ravioli, Stew, Easy Mac N Cheese, Etc.
Ziplock Bags
Small sewing kits
Manicure kits
Lip Balm – Carmex, Blistex, Chapstick (with sunscreen)
Insect repellent
Body wash mens and ladies
Shampoo – mens and ladies
Dental Kits: toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash (travel-size) NO toothpaste
Foot Powder and foot cream for athlete’s foot
Odor Eaters (for boots), Dr. Scholl’s foot pads, blister pads
Hand Sanitizer – small size bottles to carry with them
Shaving Cream (Gel or Cream based only)
Moist Towelettes (individual packets)
Athletic powders
Lens cleaning cloths
Vicks Vapo rub
Pain relieving cream
Anti biotic cream
Emergen C
Alka Seltzer
Feminine hygiene products
Cotton swabs
Pipe cleaners

Knit Hats, Scarves, Neck Gators
Socks (preferably black, brown, green, tan; not white), 9-11
Bandana Coolers/Cool-Ties*, Mini-Battery-operated Fans
Hand and Foot Warmers
T shirts – white or black, L/Xl (mens and ladies)
Underwear – white, L/Xl  (mens and ladies)
Rubber slippers (shower shoes)

New or used game systems like PS3, PS2, WII, Xbox or Xbox 360 and video games
CD and DVD players, CD’s and DVD;s – New or used are fine. Current releases are appreciated
Travel-Size Board Games
Handheld electronic games
Computer Flash Drives
MP3 Players
Headsets (earpiece and microphone)
Ear buds
Stationery supplies
AT&T Global Pre-Paid Calling Cards
Christmas Cards – made out to all….from your community
Gift Cards to chain stores

Multi tools
Paracord Survival Bracelets
Sport Water Bottles (less than 11″ in height)
AA and AAA batteries




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