The Ultimate Las Vegas Philanthropic Gala: Diamonds, Exotic Travel, Classic Cars, And Curated Experiences
According to the Organization For Economic Co-operation and Development, The United States led the world last year in charitable donations, a whopping $28.67 billion dollars worth. So it is no wonder that one of the largest, wealthiest and most respected charity galas, the Power Of Love, in Las Vegas also netted quite an amount last year, for a one-night celebration: $28M, with $8M from a single donor. This year, actually, this Saturday, they are expecting to do even better, due to the dazzling, over-the-top auction prizes, even for Las Vegas.
On Saturday, February 26, Keep Memory Alive (KMA) will host its 15th annual Power of Love Gala at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Along with an evening of live entertainment, Power of Love guests will enjoy a significant auction bidding experience with impressive, one-of-a-kind items to benefit Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. It is a substantial treatment center in Las Vegas, opened in July of 2009, where many substantial donations have helped the center thrive. A recent Luxist piece was written on Steve Wynn's commission of a James Rosenquist painting for the Clinic.
The live auction on Saturday evening will have items (see images next page) and experiences that are both pricey and priceless -- a private lunch with Lee Iacocca, and the opportunity to win the I-Legacy, one of 45 limited edition Mustangs. Luxist wrote about this unusual opportunity recently. Then, there's an eight night wine tour of Italy for four people, curated by Michael Mondavi, another wine trip to Australia, ownership of a new Fisker Karma, time in the Los Angeles recording studio with Kenny 'Babyface" Edmonds, and more. The silent auction will have ownership experiences like winning the Mercedes 2012 SLS AMG Roadster, and original Blue Dog art by George Rodrigues and others. There are many more entertainment, travel, and cultural adventures, jewelry giveways from Tiffany's and Harry Winston, to high end shopping sprees.
Some auction items are listed on the next page. A complete listing is on the Keep Memory Alive website.
This package includes a two-night stay for two in a Gansevoort Park Avenue suite, two tickets to the DVF runway show at New York Fashion Week in September 2011, an exclusive tour of DVF headquarters, a special Chef's menu for four at Mario Bartali's Casa Mono in New York City and a $1000 shopping spree at DVF Las Vegas at The Shoppes at the Palazzo.
Another auction item will be an 18-karat white gold and diamond pendant from the Tiffany & Co. Leaves Collection, designed by Frank Geary. This item is especially important because funds raised at prior Power of Love auctions, benefits Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, one of Gehry's own architectural projects.
Inspired by the energy and architecture of New York City, Harry Winston jewelers designed a Ladies Avenue Night Cluster watch, an 18-karat white gold item, with diamonds on Bezel, with dial-on strap.
This Gala generates the bulk of KMA's annual revenue, and is necessary for the continued success of KMA's and the Center for Brain Health's mission to enhance treatment levels, and continue the cutting-edge research of neuro-cognitive disorders, with over 100 clinical research trials currently underway. Here are a few more of the auction prizes:
Lunch with Lee Iacocca, and the I-Legacy
The new Fisker Karma
Michael Mondavi - a curated wine tasting experience in Italy
A Blue Dog painting by George Rodrigues
Gold and diamond Lagos bracelet
Four winners receive an hour private batting session from Shane Victorino. Then, they will watch Victorino put his words into action with two Diamond Club
level tickets to a Philadelphia Phillies 2011 regular season home game.