The Center will honor the legacy of Robert “Bob” Forbuss with a weeklong celebration of events from January 25 to 29, 2021.
Forbuss, who died in 2012, was a native Nevadan, educator, elected official, businessman, activist, and philanthropist devoted to many causes.
The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada building bears his name, and a poignant bronze bust adorns the lobby. “Bob loved architecture, theater and the arts, and had a strong desire to make Las Vegas a better place to live,” says John Waldron, CEO of The Center. “We hope to honor his passions and achievements this week.”
Here is a calendar of events. All events will happen from noon to 1 p.m., and each event celebrates Forbuss’s life and passions. Please note that COVID-19 protocols are in place at the Center, and all guests are required to wear a mask and maintain social distance.
Monday, January 26
Art unveiling and exhibit – Las Vegas-based multimedia artist Jeff Renz will reveal a new rendering of The Center and host an intimate art exhibit of his mid-century inspired works in the lobby. This event celebrates Forbuss’s passion for the building that bears his name.
Shakespeare in the Park – Jay Nagle and Ants In The Pants Productions will perform.
Check Presentation — The Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire will present a donation.
These events celebrate Forbuss’s love of theatre and the arts.
Bento Box Giveaway – The Jolt will host a Pop-Up Luncheon. To preorder, go to K.ando Sando LV.
Surprise Menu Item Reveal – Jolt Chef Tiffany Stiles will introduce the new surprise Bob Forbuss menu item.
These events celebrate Forbuss’s appreciation for business and entrepreneurship.
Supply A Teacher – The Center is asking for donations of essential school supplies that will be provided to teachers. This event celebrates Forbuss’s lifelong dedication to children and education.
Cake at The Center – Visitors and staff can receive a free piece of cake at The Jolt. Terrence Shaaf, owner and pastry chef at T & L Bake Shop, will donate the birthday. There will also be surprise entertainment. This event celebrates Forbuss’s birthday on January 31.
About The LGBTQ+ Center of Southern Nevada
For over 25 years, The Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBTQ+ individuals and underserved populations in Nevada. We function as the heart and home of the LGBTQ+ community by making connections, delivering programs, and providing a safe space for health and wellness, social services, arts and culture, advocacy, and community building. Ongoing Center programs support LGBTQ+ youth, adults, families, seniors, vets, people with disabilities, those living with HIV, and underserved populations. Additionally, we are proud to offer the Center Advocacy Network, the first nationally accredited program of its kind, focusing on LGBTQ issues for victim advocacy. For more information on how The Center empowers everyone to thrive in Nevada, please visit https://www.thecenterlv.org.