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Lionel Richie Honored at Keep Memory Alive’s 23rd Annual Power of Love Gala

Keep Memory Alive‘s 23rd annual Power of Love® gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 16, brought top artists and cultural icons Shania Twain, Snoop Dogg, Anthony Anderson, NE-YO, Anthony Mackie, Miguel, Leona Lewis, Bernie Williams, John O’Hurley, Pedro Capó, Greg Phillinganes, Peta Murgatroyd, and more together to honor music legend Lionel Richie and raise crucial funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Nevada.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Lionel Richie attends the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Lionel Richie performs duirng the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

in attendance were Raiders owner and newly appointed Keep Memory Alive board member Mark Davis, former Oakland Raiders player and coach Fred Biletnikoff, “Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, British singer Matt Goss, jeweler Steven Lagos, singer-songwriter Clint Holmes, author Kimberly Friedmutter and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Mark Davis (L) and Fred Biletnikoff attend the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

After a warm welcome from Keep Memory Alive co-founders Camille and Larry Ruvo, the evening began with Siegfried Fischbacher presenting Lonnie Ali, wife of late great Muhammad Ali, with the Keep Memory Alive Caregiver Hero award. This accolade is in honor of those who have gone above and beyond to care for those who are unable to care for themselves and Ali’s grace and selflessness make her a true caregiving hero.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Lonnie Ali (L) and Siegfried Fischbacher appear onstage during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Lionel Richie (L) and Lonnie Ali attend the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

As she accepted, she noted that she was pleasantly surprised when she learned she was receiving this award because it was the first time she’d be honored not just as Muhammad Ali’s wife, but as his care partner and caregiver.

Twain presented Richie with an award in honor of his impactful musical contributions to the world and his support of Keep Memory Alive.
Twain said, “He’s my buddy, my pal, he’s a lifesaver and a really wonderful friend. I’m happy to be here for him. I have a personal interest in the cause. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s. It’s a very devastating disease and we just need more awareness.” Earlier in the night on the purple carpet, she hinted to her Las Vegas return, saying “I will be singing somewhere. I wonder where that is going to be,” with a telling smile.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Shania Twain (L) and Lionel Richie attend the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

Addressing the crowd, Richie said, “What you all are doing tonight is helping mankind and actually making a difference in the world. I’m so proud to be here tonight to share this award.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Lionel Richie (L) and Shania Twain speak during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

Paying tribute to Richie’s iconic music, Leona Lewis and Miguel performed together for the first time with a powerful rendition of “Endless Love,” followed by rising Latin star Pedro Capó‘s sleek performance of  “Running with the Night.” Other memorable moments included Bernie Williams singing “Lady You Bring Me Up” before NE-YO joined him on stage for a duet of “Easy.” NE-YO and Snoop Dogg then had the crowd on its feet during a rousing rendition of “Brick House.” Richie brought down the house with hits “Hello” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” Shania Twain, Snoop Dogg, NE-YO, Bernie Williams, Pedro Capó, Leona Lewis, Miguel, Anthony Mackie, Anthony Anderson, Peta Murgatroyd and Jon Taffer joined him for the “All Night Long” finale before guests made their way to the after party.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Leona Lewis attends the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Leona Lewis (L) and Lionel Richie attend the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Leona Lewis (L) and Miguel perform during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: NE-YO performs during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Snoop Dogg performs during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Pedro Capo performs during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Humm served Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab salad with Kaluga caviar, and red wine braised veal with paired wines from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The MGM Grand pastry team created an illuminated, revolving dessert showpiece to end the night on a sweet note.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Keep Memory Alive Camille Ruvo (L) and Co-Founder and Chairman of Keep Memory Alive Larry Ruvo speak during the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: A decorative piece at the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

Guests bid on exceptional experiences during the live auction, including private dinners with Diane Keaton, Bon Jovi or Sir Michael Caine in London, a week sailing the Mediterranean on a superyacht, a private tennis lesson with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, or a mini champagne vending machine.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Anthony Anderson (L) and Anthony Mackie attend the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Peta Murgatroyd attends the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

The evening generated the majority of annual revenue for Cleveland Clinic Nevada to provide service, care and resources for patients and their caregivers in the fight against cognitive diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple system atrophy, frontotemporal dementia and related disorders,  multiple sclerosis and more.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 16: Guests attend the 23rd annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

“We are so grateful for all of these incredible artists and guests coming out tonight in support of Keep Memory Alive,” said Camille Ruvo. “Without them, Cleveland Clinic Nevada would not be able to provide the world-class level of research, care and support that they do for patients and their families. The love and overwhelming generosity experienced tonight makes me feel confident we will fulfill our mission of finding a cure for brain disorders someday.”

For additional information visit keepmemoryalive.org or follow on Instagram @keepmemoryalive, Twitter @keepmemoryalive and facebook.com/keepmemoryalive.

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