Power of Love® Gala
Power of Love: Our marquee annual event
On March 7, the legendary Neil Diamond performed for the first time since announcing his retirement from touring at our
24th annual Power of Love® gala! After a resounding tribute to Diamond performed by Billy Ray Cyrus, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Sammy Hagar, Chris Isaak, Katlyn Nichols and Greg Phillinganes, the legendary singer took the stage to deliver a surprise seven-song set. Diamond looked great, wearing a black leather jacket and and sounding as if no time had passed.
Each year, Keep Memory Alive’s Power of Love® gala celebrates life and raises funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s programs and services. Since 2009, the year the center opened, this signature event has drawn Grammy Award-winning artists and celebrity chefs who have become household names. No wonder it now attracts a national audience.
The Stars Come Out
Over the years, guests have been entertained by Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, Cee Lo Green, Enrique Iglesias, Jon Bon Jovi, LL Cool J, Lenny Kravitz, Barry Manilow, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and many other luminaries. Chefs have included Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Todd English, Daniel Humm, Thomas Keller, Michael Mina, Nobu Matsuhisa and Wolfgang Puck.
We’ve also honored superstars from various fields for their enduring commitment to the cause that Keep Memory Alive supports. Among this elite group are tennis great Andre Agassi; singer Tony Bennett, who was marking his 90th birthday; Michael Caine and Quincy Jones’ 80th birthday celebration, Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday, Gloria and Emilio Estefan; Siegfried Fischbacher of the legendary duo, Siegfried & Roy; and several Las Vegas community leaders whose philanthropy has been critical to Keep Memory Alive’s growth and success.
The Power of Love® started in 1996 with 35 friends convening at a memorial dinner for Lou Ruvo. Companionship turned to compassion, with the event unexpectedly transforming into a fundraiser that yielded $35,000, thanks to the love and the serendipitous benevolence of one friend who inspired the others.
Click here to read what People wrote about the 2020 event.
See how the Power of Love® gala has evolved since the beginning, becoming more popular and impressive with each passing year.
Powering Our Future
Thanks to your philanthropic support, since opening in 2009, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has provided 41,000 visits to our no-cost patient, family and community education and support programs.