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Celebrity Gala Raises Funds for Brain Health

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LAS VEGAS -- Big names in the entertainment industry celebrated the 80th birthday of Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine April 13 at the 17th annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The star-studded event raised funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's diseases, multiple sclerosis, ALS and memory disorders.

Highlights from the night included musical tributes from Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder, stand-up comedy from Chris Tucker, and remarks about the guests of honor from Whoopi Goldberg. At the end of the evening, Wonder led a "Happy Birthday" serenade to Jones and Caine, followed by a performance of "We are the World" by the entire celebrity lineup.

Performers and celebrity supporters included Amy Poehler, Arsenio Hall, Bebe Winans, Bono, Carlos Santana, Chaka Khan, Chris Tucker, Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock, James Ingram, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Larry King, Marcus Miller, Nikki Yanofsky, Patti Austin, Paulinho Da Costa, Rashida Jones, Siedah Garrett, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), Stevie Wonder, Tom Scott, Vinnie Colaiuta, Whoopi Goldberg, will.i.am, and Will Smith.

Continuing with its 17-year history, the Power of Love Gala showcased a celebrity-chef dinner prepared by Gordon Ramsay. Guests were treated to a Dom Perignon reception and bid on live and silent auction items including an 11-day Mediterranean cruise and a football helmet signed by 2013 NFL champions the Baltimore Ravens.

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The facility includes clinical resources, advanced brain imaging, physical therapy, research, and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. Visit www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.

Keep Memory Alive raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Visit www.keepmemoryalive.org.


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