STARS CELEBRATE QUINCY JONES AND SIR MICHAEL CAINE’S 80TH BIRTHDAY AT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE’S 17TH ANNUAL “POWER OF LOVE” GALA IN LAS VEGAS
Event Honored Entertainment Icons and Raised Funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
LAS VEGAS, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry celebrated the 80th birthday of Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine Saturday, April 13 at the 17th annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The star-studded event raised funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds.
Highlights from the night included heartfelt musical tributes from Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, hysterical stand-up comedy from Chris Tucker and nostalgic remarks about the guests of honor from Whoopi Goldberg. At the end of the evening, Wonder led a “Happy Birthday” serenade to Jones and Caine, followed by an awe-inspiring performance of “We are the World” by the entire celebrity lineup.
Performers and celebrity supporters who attended the event included music and film luminaries Amy Poehler, Arsenio Hall, Bebe Winans, Bono, Carlos Santana, Chaka Khan, Chris Tucker, Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock, James Ingram, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Larry King, Marcus Miller, Nikki Yanofsky, Patti Austin, Paulinho Da Costa, Rashida Jones, Siedah Garrett, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Stevie Wonder, Tom Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Whoopi Goldberg, will.i.am and Will Smith.
Continuing with its 17-year history, the Power of Love Gala showcased a celebrity-chef-packed dinner prepared by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay. Guests were treated to a Dom Pérignon reception and bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items including an 11-day Mediterranean cruise and a football helmet signed by the 2013 NFL champions, the Baltimore Ravens.
In addition, donors from across the country were able to contribute to Keep Memory Alive’s cause for the first time through a text-to-donate campaign. Now through the end of the year, donors can text “MEMORY” to 80888 to give $10 to support brain health research at Cleveland Clinic.
The Power of Love Gala was produced by headlining sponsor Bill Edwards Presents Inc. in partnership with Las Vegas, official sponsors HARMAN and Playground Sessions, and Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The birthday celebration for Jones and Caine honored a lifetime of achievement for the entertainment marvels and raised funds for clinical programs, caregiver support and testing of new treatment for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s. For more information about Cleveland Clinic’s fight against brain disease, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.
ABOUT CLEVELAND CLINIC LOU RUVO CENTER FOR BRAIN HEALTH
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health are devoted to excellent patient care, support of caregivers and development of new treatments in clinical trials. The Center offers a patient-focused multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosis and treatment, offering patients a complete continuum of care and integrated research opportunities. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, includes clinical resources, advanced brain imaging, physical therapy, research, and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.
ABOUT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE
Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. By supporting Keep Memory Alive and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas. For additional information call (702) 263-9797 or visit www.keepmemoryalive.org.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With more than 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 10.7 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever‑increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.LasVegas.com.
ABOUT BILL EDWARDS PRESENTS INC.
A premier live entertainment company, Bill Edwards Presents Inc. has been producing world-class attractions for more than a decade. The company has established itself through producing shows and events in a variety of venues – including festivals, theaters, casinos-resorts, performing arts centers and arenas. Known for its reputation of aligning with award winning talent, Bill Edwards Presents is based in St. Petersburg, Florida. www.billedwardspresents.com.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the 12 months ended June 30, 2012. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE: HAR.
ABOUT PLAYGROUND SESSIONS
Playground Sessions (www.PlaygroundSessions.com) is the leading application for learning to play the piano using popular songs you know and love. Perfect for all levels, Playground Sessions offers real-time feedback, video tutorials and interactive lessons designed to make learning the piano more effective and fun. Playground Sessions was co-founded by Chris Vance and Quincy Jones.