LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Celebrities gathered for a black-tie gala on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday night, honoring the Chairman of the Board who helped transform this gambling capital into an entertainment mecca.

The gala, entitled simply ``Thanks Frank,'' was the culmination of a week of activities honoring Frank Sinatra, his music and his mystique. The events were planned months ago in honor of the man who was an entertainment staple here for decades.

Sinatra died May 14 of a heart attack. He was 82.

A host of performers were scheduled to pay tribute to the entertainment legend, with many of them performing his famous songs. Among them were Paul Anka, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Wayne Newton, Vic Damone, Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, Angie Dickinson, Alan King and Patti Austin.

The event at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino was to raise money for the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center at Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Opportunity Village in Las Vegas.

Dozens of celebrities, including a long list of sports figures, were on hand for the Frank Sinatra Las Vegas Celebrity Classic golf tournament, which runs through Sunday.

Among the sports figures signed up for the event were Vida Blue, George Brett, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Tom Flores, Steve Garvey, Bruce Jenner, Steve Spurrier and Joe Theismann.

The week's activities began Tuesday with the opening of an exhibit of Sinatra memorabilia at the MGM Grand.