NEW YORK — Ellen Weintraub, Bugle Boy Industries’ director of special events, died here Tuesday night after a year-long struggle with breast cancer. She was 45.
At Bugle Boy, her responsibilities included not only sales meetings and trade shows, but also the mammoth industry parties Bugle Boy began staging in Las Vegas after MAGIC moved there from Los Angeles in 1989.
Those events — headlined by artists including Smokey Robinson, Santana, the Allman Brothers Band and Hall and Oates — drew enormous crowds to Bugle Boy’s compound at the Alexis Park. Even under constant pressure, she hosted the parties with grace and humor.
A graduate of Queens College who resided in Great Neck, N.Y., Weintraub worked at Kayser-Roth and Corbin Ltd. before joining Bugle Boy’s New York staff in 1989.
Services will take place at 9:30 a.m. today at the Sinai Chapel in Fresh Meadows, N.Y., with interment to follow at Montefiore Cemetery.
Weintraub is survived by her stepmother, Millie, and a sister, Jean Rabinowitz.