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July 13, 2015 by  
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Clint and Kelly Holmes with MGM Resorts executive Tony Gladney

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health recently held its annual Keeping the Memory Alive Power of Love Gala at MGM Resort International. Many entertainment icons and other notables in attendance included Larry Ruvo; Quincy Jones; George Benson; Gloria & Emilio Estefan; Andrea Bocelli; Sharon Stone; Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds; Clint & Kelly Holmes; Dorinda Medley and John Mahdessian; Holly Madison; and Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Centrally located near the Historic Westside Community, the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Brain Health Center (888 W. Bonneville Ave.) is “committed to improving the lives of patients and their families as they navigate the extraordinary challenges of brain disorders” that include Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as frontotemporal dementia and multiple sclerosis.

The Keeping the Memory Alive Power of Love Gala 2015 was magnificent, and Las Vegas Black Image Magazine spoke to a number of attendees about the importance of supporting the center’s mission.

George Benson

“Tonight’s gala elevates the medical community in Las Vegas. The number of celebrities here is quite remarkable. It’s an unbelievable night.” — Larry Ruvo, senior managing partner of Southern Wine and Spirits and founder of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

“Brain health is very important. I complete all five puzzles in the USA Today newspaper every day. You have to use it or you will lose it. As it relates to brain health, the power of music and music therapy is something I am very passionate about. It is used to help with disorders such as autism, dyslexia and Down syndrome.” — Quincy Jones, music and film impresario

“I am incredibly happy to be here at the Keeping the Memory Alive Power of Love Gala. The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is the leading facility in the country now. And the fact that it is here in Las Vegas is a great thing for all of us. Larry Ruvo is a very special man and friend. We support him in any way we can. Plus, we get to hear George Benson perform!” — Clint Holmes, singer

“A healthy lifestyle begins when you are young. Exercise and diet are so important in terms of matching your brain span with your lifespan. You have to start when you are young. It is so important that we do all the things that will allow us to maximize brain power throughout our lives.

“The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides care to patients, and we love to have patients come to us and trust us. We perform clinical trials — and it’s very important to participate because it is the only way to develop new medications for terrible diseases. Your diet is very important part of brain health. As you move closer to a Mediterranean diet — fish, vegetables, nuts, fruits and less red meat — your brain health will benefit. Also, it is very important to exercise daily.” — Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Suzanne Somers and husband Alan Hamel

MGM board member Rose McKinney James with son Avery James

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings and wife, Kate Zhong; Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Delos (Toby) Cosgrove; Larry Ruvo and wife; and Andrea Bocelli and wife.

Quincy Jones

Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Real Housewives of New York star Dorinda Medley and John Mahdessian

“Everything we can do to bring attention to brain health, we must do it. You never know when someone will come up with a new finding that may help cure some of the diseases of the brain.

“I believe music is very important, and it satisfies a lot of the brain’s needs. It brings back memories, and your memory is recycled by a particular song. Music is one of the most powerful things.” — George Benson, singer

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