Keep Memory Alive hosts its annual Summer Social and Rodeo on Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9 at the historic Shakespeare Ranch in Glenbrook, Nev. Established in 1865, Shakespeare Ranch is one of the oldest settlements on Lake Tahoe and only opens to the public a few times per year.
The weekend is for a worthy cause as funds raised stay in Nevada to help fund and facilitate world-class research and programming at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to provide critical care and hope for those living with brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and more, and their dedicated family caregivers.
Festivities kick off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 8 with a family-oriented authentic rodeo complete with carnival games, auctions, western-style BBQ, and a performance by country/rock band Left of Centre.
At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9, attendees will indulge in a gourmet dinner in the property’s historical barn paired with luxury wines and spirits curated by master sommeliers. Rock legend REO Speedwagon will treat guests to a private performance under the Tahoe stars.
The Summer Social and Rodeo also will recognize Bob Davidson, founder of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, for his commitment to helping young people become successful learners. The Davidson Institute for Talent Development in Reno has served profoundly gifted students through several programs, including:
- Davidson Young Scholars program, which to date has provided more than 8,000 students ages 5 to 18 with guidance, mentors, advocacy and summer programs.
- Davidson Fellows Scholarship, which grants scholarships to young students through the age of 18 in the fields of math, science, technology, engineering, philosophy, literature and music. It has been named one of the top 10 most prestigious scholarships in the world by U.S. News & World Report.
Additionally, the Davidson Academy, a public school for middle and high school students, located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus is free to Nevada residents and has been named the number one middle school and high school in the country by Niche.com.
“The support of Bob Davidson and his family has allowed Keep Memory Alive to accomplish some remarkable goals,” said Larry Ruvo, co-founder and chairman of Keep Memory Alive. “We know from research, in part, by clinician scientists at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, that life-long learning offers a protective factor against Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative brain diseases.We applaud Bob’s passion and dedication in guiding children to reach their full potential through the work of the Davidson Institute for Talent Department.”
Since opening its doors in 2009, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health has grown to be one of the largest Alzheimer’s clinical trial sites in the country and the only top 10 neurology program in the state of Nevada according to U.S. News & World Report, with numerous first-of-its-kind programs and research initiatives, including:
- The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention Center – a collaboration with Maria Shriver and the first in the world to offer a women-specific center for Alzheimer’s disease prevention, research and caregiving support.
- The Professional Athletes Brain Health Study – the largest and longest study of its kind looking at the long-term effects of repetitive head impacts in a group of professional and retired bull riders, boxers and MMA fighters.
- Angie Ruvo Endowed Caregiving Chair – a position among the first-of-its-kind, aimed at creating best practices for Alzheimer’s and other dementia caregivers through evidence-based research. Held by Lucille Carriere, PhD, the Angie Ruvo Endowed Caregiving Chair complements the center’s vibrant caregiver program, which has provided more than 92,500 visits to its no-cost community educational, therapeutic and support services.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit keepmemoryalive.org/rodeo.