On Friday, March 15, Keep Memory Alive, fundraising entity for Cleveland Clinic Nevada, and the City of Las Vegas celebrated the life and legacy of veteran journalist, television personality and Las Vegas enthusiast Robin Leach by renaming a portion of Clark Avenue to Robin Leach Lane. The new landmark runs past Cleveland Clinic Nevada and The Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas’ burgeoning downtown. Attendees included Robin Leach’s son Steven Leach and his family, as well as Las Vegas notables Keep Memory Alive Co-founders Camille and Larry Ruvo; Mayor Carolyn Goodman and husband Oscar Goodman; Ward 5 City Councilman Cedric Crear; singer-songwriter and Las Vegas entertainer Clint HolmesandLas Vegas Review-Journal entertainment reporter and long-time colleague of Robin Leach John Katsilometes.
A dear friend of Camille and Larry Ruvo, co-founders and chairpersons of Keep Memory Alive, Leach attended the original Keep Memory Alive fundraising dinner more than 20 years ago at Spago, helping it to evolve into the now signature Las Vegas philanthropic event, the annual Power of Love® gala.
Leach is survived by his three sons who issued a statement about the street dedication saying,”The beautiful show of community love with this everlasting memorial of Robin Leach Lane means so much to the Leach family. Robin is looking down with humility and raising a glass of champagne in appreciation of this honored dedication. He couldn’t have hand picked a finer location for his namesake lane. As a play on one of the famous Beatles’ songs, ‘Robin Leach Lane is in my ears and in my eyes and all the people that come and go stop and say hello.’ Thank you to everyone who made this special tribute possible. Much love from the Leach family.”
An avid advocate for Keep Memory Alive, Leach donated his time, talent and iconic voice to support its mission to fund the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, which offers research, care and resources for patients and their caregivers in the fight against cognitive diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple system atrophy, frontotemporal dementia and related disorders, multiple sclerosis and more.
“Robin was truly one-of-a-kind and we are forever grateful for his support of Keep Memory Alive and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health,” said Mr. Ruvo. “It is an honor to dedicate a piece of Las Vegas’ burgeoning downtown to Robin and his continuing legacy within the community and beyond.”
Notable Las Vegas residents joined Camille and Larry Ruvo, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Ward 5 Councilman Cedric Crear for a dedication ceremony on Friday, March 15. Guests in attendance included President and Chief Executive Officer of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Myron Martin, as well as colleague and close friend of Leach, John Katsilometes, who will emcee the festivities.
The celebration took place the evening before the 23rd annual Power of Love® gala – an event Leach voiced for more than two decades.
“Robin Leach will always be remembered, not only for his larger than life public persona and coverage of our never-ending entertainment and dining options, but also for what he quietly did for our community,” said Mayor Goodman. “The city of Las Vegas and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health are indebted to Robin for his fun-loving spirit and generous efforts.”
“It is appropriate that the street that connects the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and The Smith Center be named for a man who was a great supporter of both institutions,” said Martin. “We miss him dearly.”
Photos by Denise Truscello