The Keep Memory Alive Power of Love gala has consistently dedicated itself to diversity and the superstar pomm. This year’s event is no exception, with Bruno Mars tops the list of acts signed for the October 16th event at Resorts World Las Vegas.
The entertainment list is also peppered with stars such as rock stars Kenny loggins, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman from Boyz II gentlemen, Actor Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”), singer-songwriter and multiple Grammy award winner Tori Kelly, and two-time Billboard Male Artist of the Year Charlie Wilson.
Tickets for the event are still available at keepmemoryalive.org. Power of Love is the premier fundraiser for Keep Memory Alive, the philanthropic arm of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at the Cleveland Clinic in Symphony Park in downtown Las Vegas.
The funds raised on October 16 will support services, care, and resources for patients and their caregivers to fight neurocognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple system atrophy, and multiple sclerosis.
Mars is a recurring headliner at the Park Theater in Park MGM, having just finished his scheduled appointments last weekend. He is expected to return to the venue in 2022. The dynamite live performer (who uses Pyro to great effect) has eight No. Notched 1 Billboard singles and collected 11 Grammy Awards.
Boyz II Men, most recently headlining the Mirage Theater, has won four Grammys and nine American Music Awards. The vocal group has also opened for Mars on Tour, including New Year’s Eve 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena.
This year’s 25th annual event honors intake sizes Smokey Robinson and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Genting Berhad Chairman and CEO KT Lim receives the Global Community Leadership Award. Lim’s company owns Resorts World.
As the organizer announced in a statement, Lim will be honored “for his outstanding achievements and his generous philanthropic support for people with neurodegenerative diseases”. Lim founded the Community Chest charity in Malaysia to fund research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
The Power of Love Gala is also a feast for gourmets. Celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay lead the multi-course gourmet dinner.
The gala last took place in March 2020 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The grandeur of the 2021 Gala is evident as Lim’s company is building a permanent event pavilion specifically for the show.
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