Business Booming at Madison Inc.

Vegas’ second-biggest industry isn’t construction or transportation or government—it’s self-promotion. Holly Madison has been at the forefront of that growing sector for more than a year now, and unlike the rest of the local economy, there really hasn’t been a slowdown.

Madison recently had one of her biggest weeks. She returned to the rabbit warren June 10 for the 50th anniversary of the Playboy Club, where she served as celebrity dealer for the night and raised $1,500 in an hour for Three Square Food Bank. All charity aside, we’re thinking her crystal-encrusted bunny costume didn’t hurt the cause, either.

She later cemented her return to cable—this time as the headliner (and producer) instead of a mere co-star—when Holly’s World made its E! debut on June 13. Maddy hosted a screening party in the Planet Hollywood sports book, joined by troops from her ever-growing army: Peepshow co-star Josh Strickland, former Playmate Laura Croft, makeup artist Joyce Bonelli and a recently enhanced Angel Porrino. Also among the swelling ranks was Carrot Top, who was one of the celebrity judges who picked out Miss Playboy Club 50 earlier in the week. (Hey, every army needs its Pvt. Pyle.) Meanwhile, Madison’s regrettable former flame, Criss Angel, was nowhere to be seen. We guess his invite got lost in the mail, or levitated off course, not that anyone noticed or cared.

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Rain Nightclub at the Palms underwent a transformation June 2 as Taste of the Nation took over. The foodie-pleasing party featured food from more than 30 of the city’s top kitchens, and benefited Share Our Strength, which strives to eliminate child hunger in America. Local beneficiaries included Three Square Food Bank, Catholic Charities of Las Vegas and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Chefs for Kids program.