A handful of powerful A-listers have offered up some outrageously extravagant prizes – including luxury vacation packages and intimate dinner dates – to support the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala this month.
The star-studded event, which is celebrating its 18th year, includes a lavish dinner prepared by top chefs Wolfgang Puck and Masaharu Morimoto, as well as as top-tier entertainment by Carole King, Queen Latifah, Jordin Sparks, Andy Garcia, Ricky Martin and more.
Though the big names and delectable food are certainly enticing, it’s the live-auction items that are generating the most buzz.
First up: Four lucky winners will be treated to a lavish dinner date with Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, George Clooney, which will take place at Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber’s spectacular estate in Cabo San Lucas.
A second Cabo package boasts a dinner with rocker Sammy Hagar at his beachfront home followed by a three-night oceanfront stay at one of Mexico’s highest-rated hotels — the five-star Palmilla Resort. If that weren’t enough, Sammy is also throwing in an all-night bash with him and his friends at his Cabo Wabo Cantina bar as part of the extravagant prize.
Legendary illusionist David Copperfield has also offered up his incredible Caribbean hideaway on Copperfield Bay in the Bahamas as part of a personalized vacation package for four. The tropical paradise vacation includes a personal photographer, Jeff Mitchum, who will take keepsake photos from the trip - and David himself will provide entertainment in the form of live magic shows.
Plus, for the first time ever, tiger-tamers Siegfried & Roy are opening up their legendary Jungle Palace home to one lucky bidder and 11 of his or her friends, where they will enjoy a dinner prepared by “Iron Chef” Morimoto.
Other items up for grabs include a 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith valued at $300,000 and a secret auction item that organizers will only describe (so far) as a “onetime opportunity with a major award-winning TV series.”
Proceeds from the gala and the auction will raise research funds for degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy. This year, Gloria and Emilio Estefan will be honoured for their work with spinal chord injury research.
The glamorous auction will be held at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on April 26.