The recent “Power of Love” fundraiser for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center Brain Institute raised $27 million in 6 1/2 hours! The new Lou Ruvo Center in Las Vegas focuses on research on, early detection of, and treatment of neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s. The fundraiser included a performance by Barry Manilow, celebrity poker, and an auction for celebrity chef services. Read the Las Vegas Sun report, including a $4.5 million donation, below.
The money flowed like chilled Dom Perignon at the Bellagio on Saturday night, and once more the Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala ignored economic realities elsewhere and continued to plow ahead with a blade dipped in gold.
Twenty-seven million dollars was raised during the 6 1/2-hour lovefest on the Strip. That’s the entire announced total, counting table and individual seat reservations (which ranged from $15,000 to $75,000 per table and $1,500 to $7,500 per seat), live and silent auction items and a handful of individual anonymous contributions that exceeded $1 million. The money raised goes toward the further development and operational costs for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, brainchild of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada head and Las Vegas native Larry Ruvo.