LAS VEGAS (Nov. 19, 2013)—The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group (SWRG) presented representatives of the Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health organizations with a $25,000 check at the Green Carpet Event held at the Smith & Wollensky Las Vegas location on Nov. 19. The restaurant group recently partnered with the two Las Vegas headquartered organizations during its 53rd National Wine Week to support the important work done on behalf of patients and their families with neurological disorders.
“We take pride in cultivating memorable experiences for our guests and strive to make a meaningful impact where we can,” said Michael Feighery, president of SWRG. “It has been amazing to see how our patrons poured out their support of these two organizations during National Wine Week and we are pleased to make this donation in support of the continued work to improve the lives of so many patients and their families affected by brain disorders.”
Every 70 seconds someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Between 7 and 10 million people have Parkinson’s. The effect of these and other brain diseases reach far beyond those who are afflicted, today more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with dementia.
“The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health offers a unique model of integrated care and research, including an exceptional caregiver program and an extensive clinical trial program,” said Larry Ruvo, co-founder and chairman for Keep Memory Alive. “With help from partners like Smith & Wollensky on the front line as we fight Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as frontotemporal dementia and multiple sclerosis, together we will find cures for these mind-robbing diseases.”
During the event, SWRG announced its continued support of the organization through the holiday season with proceeds from the Smith & Wollensky “Private Reserve” Wine Gift Pack benefiting the organizations. To purchase, visit the online shop at www.smithandwollensky.com.
About Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides state-of-the-art care for cognitive disorders and for the family members of those who suffer from them. The physicians and staff at the Center for Brain Health continuously work towards the development of early diagnosis and the advancement of knowledge concerning treatment of cognitive disorders, which could one day delay or prevent their onset. Patients receive expert diagnosis and treatment at the Center for Brain Health, which offers a multidisciplinary patient-focused approach to diagnosis and treatment, promoting collaboration across all care providers, offering patients a complete continuum of care and infusing education and research into all that it does. The facility, designed by Frank Gehry, houses clinical space, a diagnostic center, neuroimaging rooms, physician offices, laboratories devoted to clinical research and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center. For more information, visit http://www.clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth.
About Keep Memory Alive
Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. By supporting Keep Memory Alive and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas. For additional information call (702) 263-9797 or visit www.keepmemoryalive.org.
About Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group
Since its establishment in 1977 as America’s premier fine dining steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky has been committed to delivering unparalleled hospitality and the best USDA Prime steaks, dry-aged for tenderness and flavor and hand cut on-premise daily. Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group is headquartered in Boston and owns and operates nine iconic Smith & Wollensky locations in Miami Beach; Chicago; Las Vegas; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; Houston; and two restaurants in Boston. The acclaimed wine list, rich ambiance and exceptional service are designed to provide guests with a truly memorable steakhouse experience. Smith & Wollensky has received numerous local and national awards, including the “Grand Award of Excellence” from WINE SPECTATOR® and the “Award of Excellence” from Distinguished Restaurants of North America. Follow Smith & Wollensky on Twitter at twitter.com/smithwollensky.
Photo caption (left to right): Larry Ruvo, co-founder and chairman for Keep Memory Alive; Kim Lapine, vice president of marketing for SWRG; Michael Severino, board member for Keep Memory Alive and general manager of Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada; Michael Feighery, president of SWRG; and Camille Ruvo
 Keep Memory Alive Chairman’s Message, www.keepmemoryalive.org