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Vegas - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Dita Von Tesse

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At Power of Love's 2011 afterparty, "bubble girls" descended from the ceiling to pour Dom Perignon for guests. below, clockwise from left: Speed painter Jean Francois brought John Lennon's image to life in minutes for a stunned crowd in 2010; signature gala décor; Michael Bublé performed in 2008. and husband Rande Gerber offered to their vacation home in Cabo. The highlights don't end there: In 2008, Michael Bublé refused his entertainment fee, donating it back to KMA. The event's 10th anniver- sary, catered by Puck, Emeril Lagasse, and Nobu Matsuhisa, raised $22 million, the largest single-night fundraising figure to date (assisted by the $700,000 sale of two custom Frank Gehry doghouses). The return of Siegfried and Roy in 2009 to perform with their tigers marked their first and last performance since Roy's disastrous attack. Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday included Stevie Wonder singing "Happy Birthday" and LL Cool J joined onstage by Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, and Tommy "Hitman" Hearns for "Mama Said Knock You Out." In 2014, guests were treated to a duet between Gloria Estefan and Carole King. Plus: A black bustier-clad Rita Moreno made her way from the stage to shimmy for good sport Steve Wynn. Ruvo demurs when asked how she and Larry are able to attract such serious wattage each year. "This is about getting the message out the old-fashioned way—by talking to anyone we can. And everyone has been touched in some way by these diseases." May 21; 702-263-9797; . keep memory alive's power of love gala draws a star-studded roster of attendees. this year, the event celebrates tony bennett's 90th birthday— expect surprise performances.  53

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