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On Behalf of Tony Sacca’s partner of 11 years Josette Leblond, his sister Marie and husband Ed Tully and nephew Ed Tully jr. there are not enough ways to say thank you to all the friends and fans who attended Tony’s Celebration of Life.
Tony would have been thrilled that the 650-seat Stratosphere Showroom was filled to standing-room-only capacity for him on Feb. 6, 2017.
The stage was set up as a talk show with Sacca’s longtime friend Ron Garrett as host. The original couch from Sacca’s first show was used as well as props from Sacca’s most recent production,“Tony Sacca’s Vegas the Story” which debuted in September at Windows Showroom in Bally’s Las Vegas.
Tony Orlando remembered Sacca lavishing praise on all of his guests, saying each was the greatest he’d ever seen. “And you know what?” Orlando said, “He meant it.”
Master magician Lance Burton said, “He lived and breathed entertainment, Las Vegas entertainment…Las Vegas has lost a bright light in this city of neon.”
Louie Anderson, his voice wavering, said, “Tony respected all of the performers in Las Vegas, and if you don’t respect the performers here, you have missed the point of Las Vegas. He knew it. He had a great instinct.”
Little surprised Sacca onstage during a take of “Viva Las Vegas” dressed as Ann-Margret, wearing a red wig. The two performed the number flawlessly, bowed out and then ducked into the small dressing room.
“I got no reaction from Tony at all during the song,” Little said. “But as soon as we got back to the dressing room, Tony fell down, screaming with laughter. That was quite an experience.”
“Tony was one of us. He was a Las Vegan. He was an entertainer’s entertainer,” Wayne Newton said. “He didn’t come here for two weeks or two days and go back to the part of the country he came from. Everything that was Las Vegas, Tony loved.”
Siegfried Fischbacher, said from the stage: “The last time I saw him, I said, ‘Tony, After all these years, you’ve still got it.’ He had Las Vegas in his heart, and I’m proud to have been even a little part of his life.”
In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Youth Foundation For The Performing Arts. Checks can be mailed to c/o the Vegas Media office at 5430 Sandpiper Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89146.
Money goes towards scholarships for students studying the musical and performing arts .In the past this nonprofit has assisted Denise Clemente’s students in her Rising Stars program and Helen Joy’s Young Entertainers.