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Some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry honored Andrea and Veronica Bocelli at the 19th annual “Power of Love” gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. The star-studded event raised funds for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against brain diseases including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy.
Highlights from the night included a special performance by Andrea Bocelli, along with heartfelt tributes from Robin Thicke, Gloria Estefan, Martina McBride and George Benson.
Estefan kicked off the night with her hit “Coming Out of the Dark” followed by a special rendition of “In My Daughter’s Eyes” alongside Martina McBride.
Later in the evening, R&B crooner Thicke took the stage to perform “Magic” and “When I Get You Alone,” while jazz legend Benson treated guests to a special rendition of “Masquerade” featuring a 60-piece orchestra.
The guest of honor, Bocelli performed numerous hits including “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Con te Partiro,” before being joined by Celine Dion to reprise their smash hit “The Prayer” for the first time since 2011.
Celebrity supporters who also attended the event included Quincy Jones, Sharon Stone, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Emilio Estefan, Jean Paul & Eloise DeJoria, Suzanne Somers, Steve Schirripa, Siegfried & Roy and Clint Holmes.
Continuing its 19-year history, the “Power of Love” gala showcased a celebrity-chef-packed dinner prepared by superstar chef Giada De Laurentiis and the team of Wolfgang Puck. Guests were treated to a Dom Pérignon reception and bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, including a week-long vacation on Sir Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands, a seven-day fishing excursion with celebrity chef Michael Mina and an exclusive dining experience with television writer/producer Norman Lear in Beverly Hills.