LAS VEGAS – Keep Memory Alive announces a star-studded line up of performers set to honor international superstar Lionel Richie at the 23rd annual Power of Love® gala on Saturday, March 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The one-of-a-kind celebration of life and signature Las Vegas event raises crucial funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Paying tribute to Richie and generously lending their time and talents to Keep Memory Alive’s largest fundraising event of the year is multi-Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, actor and judge on NBC’s dance competition show “World of Dance,” NE-YO; Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and Billboard chart topper Miguel; multi-Grammy award nominee and seven-time Brit Award nominee, singer-songwriter and actress Leona Lewis; New York Yankee great turned jazz guitarist and Latin Grammy Award nominee Bernie Williams; multiple award-winning singer-songwriter, actor, director, activist and star of FOX’s Empire, Jussie Smollett; and American keyboardist, singer-songwriter and musical director Greg Phillinganes.
The Power of Love gala is a critical platform for fundraising and generates the majority of annual revenue needed to provide service, care and resources for patients and their caregivers in the fight against neurocognitive diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple system atrophy, frontotemporal dementia and related disorders, multiple sclerosis and more.
“Brain disease does not belong to the patients alone, but their entire families. A caregiver’s job is 24/7, 365 days a year,” said Keep Memory Alive vice-chairwoman and co-founder Camille Ruvo. “We are honored to welcome these incredible artists to the lineup for this year’s Power of Love® gala, which allows us to fund the remarkable work being done at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.”
In addition to celebrating the iconic music of Richie, the evening will honor Lonnie Ali, wife and caregiver of the late Muhammad Ali, with the Keep Memory Alive Caregiver Hero Award. The award pays tribute to those who have gone above and beyond to care for those who are unable to care for themselves, and Ali’s grace and selflessness make her a true caregiving hero.
Longtime Keep Memory Alive supporter and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will be joined by James Beard Foundation seven-time award-winner Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad (in New York, Los Angeles and the recently opened Las Vegas outpost), and Davies and Brook, his forthcoming restaurant at Claridge’s in London, to prepare culinary creations for the evening. Guests will dine, drink and donate with an exceptional silent auction, crafted cocktails, exquisite fare and top entertainment.
“Without the success of the Power of Love® gala, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health would not be able to provide this level of care for patients and their families,” said co-founder and chairman of Keep Memory Alive, Larry Ruvo. “From valuable support resources to research, medical education and much, much more, it is Keep Memory Alive’s commitment to continue our mission to find a cure tomorrow, while preserving memories today.”
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