A special highlight of the July 2013 rodeo was the release of the World Birds of Prey falcons, which performed a thrilling flyover to kick off the first afternoon. We thank Lee Halavais, and Corrado De Gasperis, CEO and John Winfield of Comstock Mining for donating this exciting entertainment.
The excitement built as Trish Lynn and the All American Cowgirl Chicks®, an equestrian drill team based in Texas, performed trick riding and stunts. We were proud to present this team, which has been featured five times at the Tournament of Roses Parade. Following a barbeque under the stars, a special performance from country rock bank Left of Centre capped off Friday evening.
On Saturday, the extravagant Western-style weekend of fun and fundraising continued as sponsors and special guests were hosted by Lori and Michael Milken. Lunch was served on the waterfront, and guests enjoyed water sports and lectures by Mr. Milken and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s leadership team.
That evening, longtime supporter Chef Emeril Lagasse once again graciously donated his time, talent, and raw food ingredients, flying his team from Las Vegas and New Orleans to join him in the kitchen at Shakespeare Ranch. They served up the best of his signature cuisine to guests dining outside on a crystal clear Lake Tahoe night.
The most hotly contested item was the George Rodrigue limited-edition God Bless America. The evening concluded when ten-time Grammy winner Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds brought the barn down with his dynamic R&B tunes, inspiring many couples to take to the dance floor.