CATCH Las Vegas Makes Waves with Star-Studded Debut at ARIA Resort & Casino

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATCH LAS VEGAS MAKES WAVES WITH STAR-STUDDED DEBUT AT ARIA RESORT & CASINO

New York and Los Angeles’ Buzziest Dining Destination Opens New Enclave on Vegas Strip

 

CATCH Las Vegas, the globally inspired, seafood-centric hotspot favorited by boldface names from NYC to LA, has officially opened doors to its new enclave at ARIA Resort & Casino.

True to form, CATCH Las Vegas’ weekend of opening celebrations drew star-stacked guest lists, culminating with Casamigos’ coveted annual Halloween party. George Clooney, Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, Karolina Kurkova, Austin Stowell, Joey Fatone, J.B. Smoove and Marlon Wayans were among the elaborately costumed guests to enjoy celebrated CATCH dishes paired with Casamigos cocktails, a surprise DJ set by Kendall Jenner, and performances by Nas and DJ Cassidy. The Chainsmokers, Floyd Mayweather and Jermaine Dupri and other VIP guests attended Friday’s progressive event highlighting CATCH’s seamless transition from early evening to late night parties with special performances by Rudy Mancuso and Lexy Panterra.

The venue at ARIA amplifies CATCH’s signature experiences – from statement-making, photo-friendly visuals to decadent seafood and sushi combination towers – for The Strip. As guests traverse through the picturesque entryway – a surreal, 80-foot-long tunnel-like pergola, offset by twinkling trellises and colorful blooming walls, it almost feels like stepping into a secret garden or hidden world.

 

Statements by the CATCH Partners

CATCH Co-Founder Mark Birnbaum: “It has been a long-term goal of ours to bring CATCH to Las Vegas. It’s a dream come true to see our name in lights and we couldn’t think of a better resort than ARIA to bring the high-energy CATCH experience to life.”

CATCH Co-Founder Eugene Remm: “Las Vegas is the mecca. We’ve taken the great food, the great service, and the great vibe of our CATCH properties and transplanted it to one of the greatest markets in the world.”

CHG Partner Tilman Fertitta: “Everything we do at CATCH is so special in a new and modern way. We’re so excited to take CATCH to the next level in Las Vegas, one of the great destination cities in the world.”

Internationally Inspired Cuisine

In this setting of glitz and glamour, CATCH is steadfastly committed to delivering a globally inspired selection of dishes seen through modern perspective, innovative flavor combinations and spectacular presentations.

 

  • Seafood Sharables – Guests can dive in with an assortment of bright appetizers that highlight fresh and succulent seafood. The Catch Ceviche infuses the bold flavors of mango and blood orange ponzu with Alaskan King Crab, Maine Lobster, shrimp, and scallops. The decadent Truffle Sashimi allows guests to indulge in both tuna and Hamachi paired with chili ponzu, caviar and rich black truffle purée.
  • High Rollers – In addition to soon-to-be-announced Las Vegas-exclusive sushi rolls, CATCH also offers its famed signatures. The vegan Veggie King Roll is made with king oyster mushrooms, cashew and spicy miso. For a unique and delicious flavor profile, guests can opt for the Hellfire Roll, which uses spicy tuna in two ways with Asian pear and balsamic.
  • Global Flavors – The hot appetizers feature an assortment of dishes with cultural origins ranging from Asian to Spanish. Favorites include the buttery and rich A5 Japanese Miyazaki Wagyu, prepared tableside on a signature hot stone with yuzu soy, garlic oil, Maldon sea salt and sesame; the Grilled Spanish Octopus, served with crispy potatoes, sofrito and creamy garlic aioli; and the American Lobster Mac & Cheese.
  • Larger Plates – CATCH ups the ante on the Las Vegas feast with options like the 25-Day Dry-Aged Tomahawk: 36-ounces of all natural, grass-fed beef with caramelized onion wagyu butter; and the 2.5 Pound Cantonese Lobster prepared with sake, oyster sauce, scallions and garlic.
  • Delightful Desserts – Over-the-top desserts celebrate indulgence with treats like the “Hit Me” Chocolate Cake that encourages guests to smash the liquid “Klondike” bar perched atop a brownie, devil’s food cake and roasted white chocolate ice cream. Other delights include the  Vegan Pistachio “Cheesecake” with coconut sorbet and black cherry jam and The Carnival, a wheel of warm ricotta donuts with dipping sauces like cream cheese frosting, raspberry lime, milk chocolate, and salted caramel.


Sensational Sips

Reimagined classic cocktails pop with flavor, visual display and dramatic delivery at CATCH Las Vegas. Also on the menu, guests find a selection of non-alcoholic creations, an extensively curated wine list and an assortment of spirits.

  • Creative Cocktails – CATCH offers innovative cocktails with names that pay homage to pop culture icons, like the Ziggy Stardust with Volcán Blanco Tequila, white peach, ginger beer, lemon and Hellfire Bitters. Catch 22 – a Las Vegas exclusive – begins with a puff of cotton candy that dissolves before guests’ eyes as a concoction of vodka and yuzu pours atop the pillowing cloud in the glass.
  • Worldly Wine – CATCH Las Vegas features a balanced and playful wine list with a mix of regional and international varietals designed to pair well with CATCH’s diverse cuisine. Highlights of the menu include over a page of sake offerings as well as an extensive selection of rosé wines. Additionally, the menu features the Captain’s Stash, a reserve section of wine that includes premium, fine and rare selections listed above a $1,000 price point.


Lush Design

Tapped to deliver a memorable experience and high-energy transitions from dinner to late-night, Rockwell Group led the design of CATCH Las Vegas, drawing inspiration from the Los Angeles location as well as the Mediterranean to create a warm and welcoming oasis.

Design highlights of the restaurant include:

  • An Iconic Entry – From the moment of arrival, guests are drawn into CATCH Las Vegas’ dramatic 80-foot-long arched pergola, lined with twinkling foliage overhead and vibrant, bloom-infused flower walls featuring intimate seating/photo nooks. The flooring is made of red and white oak reclaimed from abandoned farms and warehouses in the Eastern United States.
  • Main Dining Room – The contemporary, nature-inspired feel is most evident in the main dining room. The centerpiece is the iconic olive tree standing at the middle of the room beneath its own glass roof. A rustic grey wood trellis overhang defines the seating area, creating the feel of an outdoor garden. Custom-dyed Italian leather banquettes with teak wood framing salvaged from historic buildings surround tabletops featuring walnut planks and blackened metal details.
  • Elevated Bar – The bar space features a 16-foot-tall vaulted ceiling, creating a spacious environment, as well as an open backbar with views of the adjacent dining room. The backbar display is made of 10 feet of tiered, glowing liquor bottles that reflect in mirrors to create a dazzlingly expansive optical illusion.
  • Private Lounge – Off the main dining room, the private lounge’s refined atmosphere reminiscent of a library is perfect for after parties. The centerpiece of the room is a custom five-foot-diameter crystal chandelier. Dark walnut wood paneling millwork creates a moodier impression while a tufted leather bar and intimate velvet banquettes offer the soft and luxurious feeling of a private club or speakeasy.

CATCH is located within the main lobby at ARIA Resort & Casino. It is open for dinner Monday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. The lounge is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. To make reservations, call ARIA Concierge at (702) 590-5757 or visit OpenTable.

ABOUT ARIA Resort & Casino

ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, spectacular amenities, high-end service and premium meeting and convention space. Combined with its unparalleled amenities including luxurious shopping at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegas has ever seen.  ARIA and its neighboring properties are a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit ARIA.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About CATCH Hospitality Group

Catch Hospitality Group partners Eugene Remm, Mark Birnbaum and Tilman J. Fertitta have propelled globally-influenced seafood restaurant Catch (2011) from a standalone NYC flagship to an international phenomenon with successful locations in Los Angeles, Playa del Carmen and Las Vegas at the ARIA Resort & Casino.

 

With a focus on culture and brand, New York based restauranteurs Remm and Birnbaum spent two decades building CHG into one of the country’s most successful restaurant management companies. Dubbed by Forbes Magazine as the “New Kings of New York Hospitality,” Remm and Birnbaum pioneered dynamic hospitality experiences using food, service and vibe to create seamless transitions between dining, nightlife and entertainment. In addition to Catch, CHG operates midtown American brasserie Lexington Brass (2011). American businessman Tilman J. Fertitta, whose privately owned Landry’s, Inc. ranks among the largest restaurant corporations in the U.S., has spent nearly 40 years cultivating his hospitality empire. The “World’s Richest Restauranteur,” according to Forbes Magazine, Fertitta is the star of CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer, the proud owner of the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets and is the owner of the Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels.

 

For more information please visit http://catchhg.com/; also find CATCH on Instagram.

Photos: Katie Holmes, Orlando Bloom, and Hailey Baldwin Attend the TAO, Beauty & Essex, Avenue, and Luchini LA Grand Opening

Katie Holmes, Cindy Crawford, Orlando Bloom, and Hailey Baldwin Attend the TAO, Beauty &
Essex, Avenue, and Luchini LA Grand Opening

 

Drawing some of Hollywood’s biggest names, TAO Group, along with real estate developers Richard Heyman and Grant King and Dream Hotels, celebrated the highly-anticipated TAO Asian Bistro, Beauty & Essex, Avenue, and Luchini Pizza + Bar Grand Opening with an exclusive invite-only block party.
Katie Holmes, Cindy Crawford, Orlando Bloom, and Hailey Baldwin were among the Hollywood elite who came out to celebrate TAO Group’s Los Angeles debut.

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potted at Avenue, Cindy Crawford and hubby Rande Gerber enjoyed a fun night out, while DJ Khaled took the stage for a surprise DJ set. Orlando Bloom was also seen at the nightclub with a group of friends, while Draya Michele was seen dancing it up at a table with gal pals. Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross arrived together looking more in love than ever at Beauty & Essex restaurant. The inseparable couple weren’t afraid to show their affection for one another as Evan was spotted giving her a sweet kiss on the cheek. Jamie Chung was all smiles with husband Bryan Greenberg and were seen enjoying sweets at the Beauty & Essex dessert bar. Meanwhile at TAO Asian Bistro, Hailey Baldwin dazzled in a sparkly number showing off major leg. Enjoying late night slices of pizza at Luchini, were Michael Bay and Owen Wilson, who both kept a low profile throughout the evening.

Taking the stage for a surprise special performance were NAS, Busta Rhymes and Anderson Paak while Ross One, DJ Cassidy, Chantel Jeffries, Chris Masterson, and Devin Lucien manned the decks throughout the evening.
Tyga made an appearance with pal Scott Disick along with other notable guests including: G-Eazy, Zoe Saldana, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Nicole Scherzinger, and more. Guests enjoyed Poke Wonton Tacos, Petit Imperial Wagyu Sliders and Grilled Cheese, Smoked Bacon & Tomato Soup Dumplings from Chef
Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex and Chef Ralph Scamardella of TAO Asian Bistro and imbibed on Tao-Tinis and Emerald Gimlets specialty cocktails.

Avenue will officially open its doors on  Tuesday, March 21. TAO Asian Bistro, Beauty & Essex restaurant and Luchini Pizzeria & Bar will open to the public in early April.

Dream Hollywood will open separately and later this Spring with a new dining and nightlife concept from TAO Group called The Highlight Room, a rooftop lounge, pool and grill atop of the hotel. TAO Group
will exclusively manage all of Dream Hollywood’s food and beverage operations, marking their first West Coast venture.

PHOTO CREDIT:  Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Full list of attendees include: Adelaide Kane, Al Harrington, Alesso, Anderson.Paak, Angela Lindvall,
Annalynne Mccord, Anthony Anderson, Ashlee Simpson, Ashley Benson, Aureta Thomollari, Avan Jogia,
Baron Davis, Bethany Marie, Bryan Greenberg, Brandon Boyd, Kaskade, Cassie, Catt Sadler, Charlotte McKinney, Cheryl Burke, Chloe Bartoli, Christina Milian, Cindy Crawford, Conor Dwyer, Coolio, Craig Robinson, Dani Song, Dania Ramirez, Danny A, David Foster, David Guetta, Derek Hough, DJ Khaled,
Draya Michele, Eiza González, EJ Johnson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Evan Ross, Everett Williams, ‎G-Eazy, Gregg Sulkin, Hailey Baldwin, Holly Madison, Izabella Miko, Jacey Duprie, Jadene, Jamie Chung, Jason Paakkonen, JC Chavez, Jessica Szohr, Jordan Clarkson, Justine Skye, Kaia Gerber, Katie Holmes, Lady Victoria Hervey, Larry English, Lisa Dengler, Logan Paul, Madelaine Petsch, Matthew Modine, Michael Bay, Michael Chiklis, Michael Imperioli, Morris Chestnut, Mr Brainwash, NAS, Nev Schulman,Nick Young, Nicole Scherzinger, Nikia Provenzano, Novak Djokovic, Odell Beckham Jr., Orlando Bloom, Owen Wilson, Pam Hetlinger, Paris Hilton, Quincy Brown, Randy Gerber, Randy Jackson, Redfoo, Retna the artist, Rocky Barnes, Russell Simmons, Ryan Phillips, Saul Rasco, Scott Disick, Scott Lipps, Sebastian Maniscalco, Serayah, Shanina Shaik, Shaun Ross, Shay Mitchell, Stassi Schroeder, Stephen Hill, Taco,  Tania Sarin, Tara Reid, Tim Bryan, Tyga, Victoria Justice, Von Miller, Wilmer Valderrama, Zoe Saldana, Chef Chris Santos + Ralph Scamardella, Ben Watts and Busta Rhymes.

DRYBAR LAS VEGAS FLAGSHIP SHOP OPENING JULY 1

Drybar Vegas Bar Area_Credit Jeff Green

DRYBAR LAS VEGAS FLAGSHIP SHOP OPENING JULY 1

 

After much anticipation, Drybar will open shop in Las Vegas in the Miracle Mile Shops Friday, July 1. Drybar’s refreshingly simple concept: “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts” has captivated a legion of loyal clients nationwide. The 2,797 square foot Las Vegas shop is the brand’s largest footprint to date, with 20 styling chairs and features all of the signature elements that define the unique Drybar experience. However, exclusive for Las Vegas, the flagship shop has a full cocktail bar, built-in photo booth and live DJ, as well as an Event Manager to host and plan parties for all occasions. The Las Vegas shop aspires to be the ultimate “pre-party” destination for ladies visiting Sin City.

 

The Las Vegas shop is Drybar’s 63rd location, and with additional openings on the horizon in NYC, Los Angeles, and Miami, the brand is on track to have over 70 locations by the end of 2016.

 

“We are beyond thrilled to finally be open in Las Vegas,” said Alli Webb, founder of Drybar. “Our clients have been anxiously awaiting a location on the strip for years and we’re so excited to finally make it a reality.” Drybar will be conveniently located just inside the North Entrance of Miracle Mile Shops just off Las Vegas Boulevard, across from Sephora and the Planet Hollywood casino.

 

Drybar provides professional blowouts at a flat price, regardless of hair length or thickness (wash included!). The list of styles reads like a cocktail menu: the Cosmo (lots of loose curls), the Straight Up (straight with a little body), the Southern Comfort (big hair, lots of volume), the Mai Tai (messy and beachy), the Manhattan (sleek and smooth) the Dirty Martini (tousled and textured) and for the little ladies, the Shirley Temple.

 

At the core of the experience is Drybar’s over-the-top customer service and obsessive attention to every last detail. The Las Vegas shop features Drybar’s signature design, including custom Italian chairs, tufted fabric walls, marble bars with built-in phone docking stations, and flat screens featuring your favorite chick flicks. Drybar also offers a full line of professional hair styling products & tools, created for the perfect blowout. The brand launched exclusively with Sephora in March of 2013, and is now in all 319 U.S. Sephora doors, along with select Ulta and Bloomingdale’s locations. In fall 2015, Drybar launched their product line in all 117 U.S. Nordstrom doors, 53 Canadian Sephora doors, and opened their first store-within-a-store concept in Nordstrom’s Pacific Centre flagship store in Vancouver, B.C.

 

Founded by longtime stylist Alli Webb, Drybar has become a regular stop for celebs such as Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Garner, Chrissy Teigen, Zooey Deschanel, Emma Roberts, Lana Del Rey, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rita Ora, Rose McGowan, Molly Sims, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus, Nina Garcia, Katherine Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver—just to name a few!

 

Named one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas of 2010” by Entrepreneur magazine and New York Magazine’s Boom Brands of 2013, Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on one thing and being the best at it. The idea was a natural one for founder Alli Webb and came from a lifetime of frustration overpaying for blowouts at traditional salons. Alli was named 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2013 by Fast Company, and was featured on the Cosmo 2013 Power List by Cosmopolitan magazine, as well as the Fortune 40 under 40 List. “The Drybar Guide To Good Hair For All,” the first book by Alli Webb, will be published in October 2016 by Abrams Publishing.

 

Drybar Las Vegas is open Monday – Thursday 8AM-11PM, Friday – Saturday 8AM-12AM and Sunday 8AM-11PM.*

 

Appointments can be booked online at www.thedrybar.com, through the Drybar iPhone app or by calling (877) 379-2279.

 

Drybar Las Vegas – 3666 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

 

More information can be found at: http://www.thedrybar.com/las-vegas

Drybar Vegas_Credit Jeff Green Drybar Vegas Storefront_Credit Jeff Green

Drybar to Open Las Vegas Flagship This Summer

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DRYBAR TO OPEN LAS VEGAS FLAGSHIP THIS SUMMER

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After much anticipation, Drybar will open in Las Vegas in July 2016. Drybar’s refreshingly simple concept: “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts” has captivated a legion of loyal clients nationwide. Now Drybar is opening a flagship shop on Las Vegas Boulevard in the Miracle Mile Shops. This 2,797 square foot location, the brand’s largest footprint to date, will consist of 20 styling chairs and will feature all of the signature elements that define the unique Drybar experience. However, exclusive for Las Vegas, Drybar Miracle Mile will have its own built in DJ booth, a full bar and photo booth, as well as an Event Manager to host and plan parties for all occasions. The Las Vegas shop aspires to be the ultimate “pre-party” destination for ladies visiting Sin City.

 

With additional openings on the horizon in NYC, Seattle, Miami, Toronto and Los Angeles, the brand is on track to have over 75 locations by the end of 2016.

 

“We are beyond thrilled to finally be opening in Las Vegas,” said Alli Webb, founder of Drybar. “Our clients have been anxiously awaiting a location on the strip for years and we’re so excited to finally make it a reality.” Drybar will be conveniently located just inside the North Entrance of Miracle Mile Shops just off Las Vegas Boulevard, across from Sephora and Planet Hollywood’s casino.

 

Drybar provides professional blowouts at a flat price, regardless of hair length or thickness (wash included!). The list of styles reads like a cocktail menu: the Cosmo (lots of loose curls), the Straight Up (straight with a little body), the Southern Comfort (big hair, lots of volume), the Mai Tai (messy and beachy), the Manhattan (sleek and smooth) the Dirty Martini (tousled and textured) and for the little ladies, the Shirley Temple.

 

At the core of the experience is Drybar’s over-the-top customer service and obsessive attention to every last detail. The Las Vegas shop will feature Drybar’s signature design, including custom Italian chairs, tufted fabric walls, marble bars with built-in phone docking stations, and flat screens featuring your favorite chick flicks. Drybar also offers a full line of professional hair styling products & tools, created for the perfect blowout. The brand launched exclusively with Sephora in March of 2013, and is now in all 319 U.S. Sephora doors. This past fall, Drybar launched their product line in all 117 U.S. Nordstrom doors, 53 Canadian Sephora doors, and opened their first store-within-a-store concept in Nordstrom’s Pacific Centre flagship store in Vancouver, B.C.

 

Founded by longtime stylist Alli Webb, Drybar has become a regular stop for celebs such as Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Garner, Chrissy Teigen, Zooey Deschanel, Emma Roberts, Lana Del Rey, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rita Ora, Rose McGowan, Molly Sims, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus, Nina Garcia, Katherine Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver—just to name a few!

Named one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas of 2010” by Entrepreneur magazine and New York Magazine’s Boom Brands of 2013, Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on one thing and being the best at it. The idea was a natural one for founder Alli Webb and came from a lifetime of frustration overpaying for blowouts at traditional salons. Alli was named 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2013 by Fast Company, and was featured on the Cosmo 2013 Power List by Cosmopolitan magazine, as well as the Fortune 40 under 40 List.

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Drybar Miracle Mile will be open Monday – Thursday 8AM-11PM, Friday – Saturday 8AM-12AM and Sunday 10AM-11PM.*

 

Appointments can be booked online at www.thedrybar.com, through the Drybar iPhone app or by calling (877) 379-2279.

 

Drybar Miracle Mile – 3666 Las Vegas Blvd South, Suite #180 Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

 

 

Follow Drybar on:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thedrybar

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thedrybar

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/thedrybar

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/thedrybar

 

*Store hours are tentative and subject to change.

Jérôme New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer Hair by Jenny Balding Recap

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Stylist Jenny Balding styled the hair at 5:31 Jérôme SS14 debut collection during New York Fashion Week.
To create the look:
Collaborating with the designer to take the concept of mixing luxury with street, Jenny Blading created a slightly disheveled look with a 90’s feel.  “This is an excellent way to create perfectly disheveled texture…think Cindy Crawford in her supermodel heyday.” – Jenny Balding
 
  • Prep hair with Redken rootful 06 root lifting spray from roots to midlength and blow dry to create lots of volume.
  • Create movement and slight wave by using a 3/4″ curling iron. Take large sections to create slight wave texture.  Shake out.
  • Apply Redken powder grip 03 to the roots and this really applifies the hair.
  • Sweep over to one side in a loose manner and this will create a deep side part.
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Stars Celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th Birthday in Las Vegas at Keep Memory Alive’s Annual “Power of Love Gala” Fundraiser

STARS CELEBRATE MUHAMMAD ALI’S 70TH BIRTHDAY IN LAS VEGAS AT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE’S ANNUAL “POWER OF LOVE GALA” FUNDRAISER 

Event Honored “The Greatest of All Time” at Fundraiser for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center

“Ali 70th From Las Vegas” Airs on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 p.m.

Presented by Bill Edwards Presents

 

Keep Memory Alive’s 16th annual Power of Love Gala on Saturday, Feb. 18, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas brought out some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment to celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday and raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center.

 

Highlights of the evening included a heartfelt “Happy Birthday” serenade by Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg leading the crowd in chanting “Ali” during his performance of “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and famed boxers Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield and Tommy “Hitman” Hearns joining LL Cool J on stage for “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Stars like Sean Combs, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard and David Beckham gave personal remarks and remembrances about “The Greatest” while Lenny Kravitz, Cee Lo Green and Kelly Rowland performed for Ali and the sold-out crowd of about 2,000.

The once-in-a-lifetime birthday celebration, “Ali 70th From Las Vegas,” will air nationally on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 p.m. local time in all markets. ABC will air the celebration in Las Vegas at 4 p.m. PT that day as well. For possible ABC broadcast in all other markets, viewers should check their local listings.

Performers and celebrity supporters who appeared at the event included Cindy Crawford, Randy Gerber, Samuel L. Jackson, David Beckham, Larry King, Quincy Jones, Ken Jeong, Buzz Aldrin, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Common, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Combs, Anthony Hopkins, John Legend, Chris Cornell, Cee Lo Green, Joe Perry, Slash, Terrence Howard, Kris Kristofferson, David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Jim Brown, Randy Couture, Brad Garrett, Kelly Rowland, Dave Koz, Robin Leach, James Gandolfini, Steve Schirripa, John Paul DeJoria, Tony Danza, Raphael Saadiq, Haley Reinhart, and Sammy Hagar.  Boxing icons who attended include Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Tommy “Hitman” Hearns.

In keeping with its 16-year history, the Power of Love Gala showcased a celebrity-chef-packed dinner featuring creations by Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Michael Mina and Wolfgang Puck. Guests were treated to a Dom Perignon reception and were able to bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, including Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves he wore to defeat Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas in 1965 and an extravagant vacation of a lifetime for two couples on David Copperfield’s private island in the Bahamas.

The gala’s celebration for Ali aligns with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s recent launch of a landmark study examining the long-term brain health of professional fighters. Aiming to improve the safety and health of fighters, the study will help determine whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, along with other tests, can detect subtle changes in brain health that correlate with impaired thinking and functioning.  Researchers hope the information uncovered by this research will eventually result in better ways to prevent permanent brain injury in not only fighters, but also in others who may suffer from brain trauma.

The Power of Love Gala was produced by Bill Edwards Presents Inc. and supported by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Muhammad Ali Enterprises and Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The star-studded celebration for Ali honored the boxing legend’s contribution to the world and raised awareness for Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

About Cleveland Clinic:

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at http://www.clevelandclinic.org/.  Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

 

About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:

Cleveland Clinic 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. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning mild cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset.  Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center.  For more information, visit www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.

 

About Keep Memory Alive:

Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. By supporting Keep Memory Alive and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas.  For additional information call (702) 263-9797 or visit www.keepmemoryalive.org.

 

About The Muhammad Ali Center:

The Muhammad Ali Center is a cultural attraction and international education center that is inspired by the ideals of Muhammad Ali. The Center serves as the global hub for championing the social significance of Muhammad Ali; its experience incorporates as organizing elements, six prevailing core values of Ali’s life: respect, confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, and spirituality. Much more than a place to tell the story of one man’s incredible 70-year journey, the Muhammad Ali Center reaches beyond its physical walls to fulfill its mission. In 2012, the Center’s activities will ensure that the rising generation understands and actively adopts Ali’s core values to create a powerful new movement: Generation Ali. For more information, please call (502) 584-9254 or visit www.alicenter.org.

 

About Bill Edwards Presents Inc.:

A premier live entertainment company, Bill Edwards Presents Inc. has been producing world-class attractions for more than a decade.  The company has established itself through producing shows and events in a variety of venues – including festivals, theaters, casinos-resorts, performing arts centers and arenas.  Known for its reputation of aligning with award winning talent, Bill Edwards Presents is based in St. Petersburg, Florida. www.billedwardspresents.com

 

About The LVCVA:

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With approximately 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 10.6 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA’s mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.VisitLasVegas.com.

Actress Rasheda Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali
Actor Samuel L. Jackson and wife LaTanya Richardson
Recording artist Chris Isaak and his dog Rodney
Brad Garrett and IsaBeall Quella
Recording artist/actor Kris Kristofferson

 

Recording artist and actor Common
Actor Anthony Hopkins
Singer Haley Reinhart
Actor Tony Danza, television personality Larry King and sportscaster Charley Steine

 

Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin (L) and Michelle Sucillon
Recording artist John Legend
Recording artist Lenny Kravitz
Recording artist Ne-Yo
Chef Emeril Lagasse, Keep Memory Alive Founder Larry Ruvo, recording artist Sammy Hagar and illusionist David Copperfield
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