LAKE TAHOE — A weekend event at the Shakespeare Ranch raised $315,000 for the nonprofit Keep Memory Alive (KMA) and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Camille and Larry Ruvo hosted the Shakespeare Ranch Rodeo on Friday. On Saturday, world-renowned restaurateur and chef Emeril Lagasse prepared an intimate dinner at the ranch.
At the rodeo on Friday, $110,000 was raised from ticket sales and the silent auction. With more than 300 attendees and perfect weather, guests were able to enjoy fun activities throughout the day: an exciting rodeo, watermelon eating contest, a barbecue buffet and silent auction.
At Emeril Lagasse’s dinner on Saturday, 85 guests enjoyed the chef’s decadent dishes. The surprise of the night was Lionel Richie – a last-minute guest of Michael Milken. The auction on Saturday raised $315,000, which included big-ticket items such as personal songs performed by Lionel Richie live and a weekend with Lagasse.
All money raised during the weekend will benefit KMA, the Las Vegas-based nonprofit that supports work towards enhanced treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, Huntington’s disease and memory disorders of all kinds. KMA also supports enhanced resources for caregivers who live with those afflicted by these disorders.