The WRIN Leadership Award recognizes a woman from the Nevada community who has 1) achieved distinction in her field of endeavor; 2) had a positive impact on the development of southern Nevada; and 3) who has demonstrated her dedication to mentor the next generation of women leaders. WRIN presented the first award in 2009. From 2010-2012 the Eleanor Kagi Foundation, a Lynn M. Bennett Legacy generously offered a multi-year sponsorship. The event at which the award is presented has become WRIN’s primary annual fundraiser.
2010 Thalia Dondero
2009 Patricia Mulroy
Please read more about the two women is whose honor the Foundation is named.
LYNN M. BENNETT
Lynn M. Bennett married gaming industry pioneer, William Bennett, who owned the Sahara Hotel & Casino. True life partners, Lynn and Bill took great pride in the operations of the Sahara Hotel & Casino, but also loved to travel together and invite friends to join them on their yacht. She had a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor.
Mrs. Bennett’s philanthropic work through the Bennett Foundation made notable improvements in the Las Vegas community. Among the many gifts are the Lynn M. Bennett Early Childhood Development Center at UNLV; the Dewey Animal Shelter / Kirshbaum Foundation, the Las Vegas and North Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s K-9 Units; and the Nathan Adelson Hospice. In 2004, Mrs. Bennett received the “President’s Medalist” award in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
In 2006, Lynn M. Bennett established the Eleanor Kagi Foundation as a tribute to Lynn’s mother, a woman of moderate means, whose kindness enriched and inspired those around her.
Eleanor Kagi was born in Switzerland in 1917 amidst the European conflicts that became World War I. Her family moved to the United States when Eleanor was about five years old and resided in New York and New Jersey. Following high school graduation, she worked in retail in New York City and contributed to the family’s income. She married Alven Dexter Hummel and had three children; the eldest of which was Lynn M Hummel [Bennett]. The family moved to Arizona and the parents divorced shortly afterwards. Kagi entered the workforce as a secretary. She eventually became the personal secretary and account manager for William Bennett at his furniture stores in Phoenix, Arizona. William Bennett would later marry Eleanor’s daughter, Lynn. Always putting family first, she cared for aging parents and helped raise two of her grandchildren for many years.