Summer Social and Rodeo
Saddling Up for Brain Health
After careful consideration of the current environment and many discussions with our leaders, we have decided to cancel our 2020 Summer Social & Rodeo.
During these unprecedented times, we remain committed to our mission of improving the lives of patients and caregivers battling brain disease, and are eternally grateful the support of our friends, donors and community.
We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Shakespeare Ranch in Glenbrook for a fun-packed weekend of BBQ, bull riding and more in 2021.
Every Summer, Keep Memory Alive hosts its Summer Social and Rodeo at Shakespeare Ranch, featuring a weekend of fun and fundraising. The weekend hosts a classic American rodeo, a gourmet dinner prepared by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and a private performance by headliner entertainment. Proceeds from the weekend support the work of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Dating back to the early 1940s, the Glenbrook Rodeo was an annual highlight until it was discontinued in 1965. Keep Memory Alive Founder and Chairman Larry Ruvo and his wife, Camille, along with the McGill family, resurrected the tradition in 2000.
Broncos, Barbecue, Banqueting and Barn Dancing
The rodeo features bull riding, bronco riding, ribbon roping, and barrel racing. In addition, there are carnival games, a face painter, and a watermelon-eating contest to delight kids, a Western-style barbecue and a silent auction with an incredible variety of luxury gifts ranging from jewelry and travel packages to sports memorabilia.
The festivities continue with world-renowned restaurateur Emeril Lagasse taking over the kitchen to prepare an extraordinary dinner at Shakespeare Ranch. A surprise A-list entertainer then brings down the barn with a memorable performance. Past headliners have included Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Lionel Richie, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Kenny Loggins, Michael Bolton, Three Dog Night and the band America.
The More the Merrier
This lively event is always well attended, and newcomers are welcome. See how guests over the years have gotten in touch with their inner cowpoke by visiting our past rodeos below.
Take a look at our 2019 event!