In a spectacular night of philanthropy, Keep Memory Alive’s 23rd annual Power of Love® gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, March 16, 2019, 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.
Relive the memories: Enjoy this video
Siegfried Fischbacher presented Lonnie Ali, wife of late great Muhammad Ali, with the Keep Memory Alive Caregiver Hero award.
Shania Twain presented Lionel Richie with an award in honor of his impactful musical contributions to the world and his support of Keep Memory Alive. He told the crowd, “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.”
Celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Humm’s creations were 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.
The stars gathered to pay tribute to Richie’s iconic music:
- Leona Lewis and Miguel performed together for the first time with a powerful rendition of “Endless Love”
- Pedro Capó sang “Running with the Night”
- Bernie Williams sang “Lady You Bring Me Up” before NE-YO joined him on stage for a duet of “Easy”
- NE-YO and Snoop Dogg delivered a rousing rendition of “Brick House”
Richie brought down the house with hits “Hello” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” The stars, including Bar Rescue’s Jon Taffer, joined him for the “All Night Long” finale.
Guests bid on exceptional experiences during the live auction, including private dinners with 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.
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.
Missed the event? No worries: Tastemade captured it for you.
Thank You to Our 2019 Power of Love® Sponsors
Past Power of Love® Galas
See how the Power of Love® gala has evolved since the beginning, becoming more popular and impressive with each passing year.