Keep Memory Alive / Lou Ruvo Center

Keep Memory Alive Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Credit: Little Vegas Wedding

Keep Memory Alive Center at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Credit: Little Vegas Wedding

Keep Memory Alive Center at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

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888 West Bonneville Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106

eventcenter AT keepmemoryalive DOT org

General Information: This building, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, is unforgettable. Primarily serving as a center for research and treatment of Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, the event center is attached to the clinic through a breezeway courtyard, but is separate from the clinic.

Spaces available include the Kenneth Baldwin Breezeway (400 people) and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center (400 seated, 700 standing). There is also the adjoining Betty Fulton Reflections Garden for smaller ceremonies. While on my tour it was suggested a couple might hold a wedding ceremony in the breezeway then move indoors for the reception portion. This would make for extremely effective use of the space and highlight all that it has to offer.

As is probably expected, the Center is technologically advanced, and offers huge plasma TV screens for displaying photo slide shows, as well as incredible sound and a customized light setup for both inside and outside the building. Included in the center are additional decor touches like furniture designed by Gehry, custom linens and dish and glassware featuring the first sketch that inspired the building’s design. (See below for a list of what is included in the rental fees)

Although the space is very uniquely shaped, it is tremendously versatile and can look equally good with round tables, long tables or a cocktail reception set up. 199 differently sized windows let in light, adding to the airiness in the space.

Since they serve as a non-profit organization, the Keep Memory Alive Foundation can only allow 500 hours a year to dedicate to events for profit, such as weddings. As a result, it is recommended you book early if you are set on holding your event at this one-of-a-kind building.

Outside Photographers Allowed: Yes.

Facility Fee & What’s Included: For 4 hours the facility rental rates are $5,000 for events Mondays through Thursdays and $7,500 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional time is $500 an hour. This includes use of the in-house furniture which is a fabulous array of Frank Gehry designed sofas, Pedrali chairs, tables and bars – but that’s just the start, and an entire decor list can be provided upon request.

Also included: custom Gehry designed linens in various colors as well as custom designed Narumi china, Reidel glassware and flatware. You are also granted access to the custom LED lighting package which offers various pre-programmed colors and completely changes the space. (Seriously, it’s incredible.) Audio/visual setups are possible, but the costs are additional.

Keep Memory Alive Center works with a list of preferred vendors for decor, catering and more, but if you wish to work with someone in particular, please contact them to inquire further.

Receptions: Preferred caterers include Wolfgang Puck Fine DiningMaster Chef Gustav Mauler and Four Seasons. Food and beverage costs are additional and tax, a 20% service charge, and a 5% handling fee of the total bill are added.  If you wish to work with another caterer, approval must be received from the Keep Memory Alive event staff, and an additional $25 per person charge with 200 person minimum is applied to your bill.

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Last updated: April 2013

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