Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala
On May 21, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry celebrated the 90th birthday of the legendary Tony Bennett at Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual Power of Love gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The star-studded event raised funds and awareness for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against diseases like Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy. Las Vegas Black Image Magazine was on the red carpet to capture some great images and gather some interesting perspectives.
Tony Bennett, is celebrated for his 90th birthday at the Keep the Memory Alive 20th Annual Power of Love Gala.
HERBIE HANCOCK: “My mother had Alzheimer’s and it had a tremendous impact on my family. I had to learn how to speak to my mother when she stopped recognizing me. We have a tendency to put stress on our loved ones who suffer from Alzheimer’s — trying to get them to remember things. Consequently, all they do is to try to cover up what they really don’t remember. They don’t need that pressure.”
JOHN PAUL DeJORIA: “I am so pleased to be here supporting brain health with the Keeping the Memory Alive Power of Love Gala. I want people to also know that Paul Mitchell Systems just came out with a wonderful new product, Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning System, that stops hair loss 83 percent of the time. We are very excited about it. I want ladies to know that in order to maintain healthy hair when you get a hair weave, try not to make it so tight around the scalp area. Your hair weave should start a quarter of an inch away from the scalp to prevent hair loss.”
DARIUS RUCKER: “Alzheimer’s is a universal disease. It’s very important that we learn as much as we can about it. I can’t imagine looking at my children and not knowing who they are.”
CELEBRITY CHEF-WOLFGANG PUCK AND WIFE DESIGNER GELILA ASSEFA: “The more you cook at home, the better your health and brain health will be. I know everyone is working, and sometimes come home tired, and you are tempted to pick up fast food. Try to cook with a pressure cooker or crock pot and fix a meal in the morning meal before you leave home for work. Home-cooked food with vegetables will be done when you come home after work for you and your family. Try to stay away from fried foods and spicy foods — they might also contribute to high blood pressure. My mother died from Alzheimer’s disease. It’s important to eat healthy and exercise daily.”
UNLV BASKETBALL COACH, MARVIN MENZIES: “The Keeping Memory Alive Power of Love Gala is a wonderful event — and all athletes must understand the workings of their sport and their health and what it takes to maintain great stamina. When I look for a great basketball player who wants to play for UNLV, I first look at character, talent and someone who wants to get their degree.”
Recording artist, Andra Day.
Karlos LaSane, Caesars Entertainment Government Affairs rep, and friend.
Larry Ruvo; Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler.
Jordin Sparks entertains at the Keep the Memory Alive Power of Love Gala.
Venetian Hotel & Casino and Las Vegas Review Journal owner Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam Ochsorn.