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10 Fun Facts About Frank Gehry, the Da Vinci of Architects

The one-of-a-kind Keep Memory Alive Event Center was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry with 199 windows, no two the same shape or size in a stainless steel canopy. Read on for our favorite facts about the man behind the design, Frank Gehry.

1. Gehry has also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.

2. Gehry studied architecture and design at the University of Southern California and Harvard University and has received more than a dozen honorary degrees from various universities.

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3. He served in the United States Army.

4. Gehry is known for his use of bold, postmodern shapes, eclectic style and original building materials.

5. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Gehry’s passion for architecture stemmed from building cities to play with from items he found at his grandfather’s hardware store.

6. He’s also designed jewelry for Tiffany’s, lamps, vodka bottles and a hat for Lady Gaga.

7. Gehry’s recent projects include a new Guggenheim facility in Abu Dhabi and the new Facebook headquarters in California.

8. “Vanity Fair” has referred to him as “the most important architect of our age.”

9. An avid sailor, Gehry has a yacht named “Foggy” and is a member of the California Yacht Club.

10. He was honored in 1989 with the prestigious Pritzker Prize that recognizes a living architect whose work has provided significant contributions to humanity through architecture.

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5 Hot Summer Wedding Trends

Weddings are always changing and traditional weddings are a thing of the past. Read on to see some of the trends for summer of 2015.

Boho Weddings – Flower crowns, loose waves and lace hippy chic is one of the most popular themes for weddings this summer.

Drone Wedding Photo and Video – With new technology, comes a new way to capture your wedding day. Of course, you still want to hire a professional photographer and videographer, but a drone offers a one-of-a-kind view!

Bridal Jumpsuits – Forget the big puffy wedding dresses of the past, for 2015, it’s all about the stylish, chic wedding fashion.

Deep Wedding Colors – Even though your wedding is in the summer, there are no rules on what colors you select and this season it’s about rich red wine and navy.

Two Wedding Dresses (or more!) – For the fashion forward bride, this is a cool way to display multiple looks and get various photos in different attire.

Tell us what you think, which trend is your favorite and what do you think should be the next big wedding trend?

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It’s All In The Food at Keep Memory Alive Event Center

When putting together an event, especially a once in a lifetime experience like a wedding, there are so many elements to take into consideration – of course the location and the atmosphere, and also decor, entertainment and above all, FOOD! Your guests will remember the amazing memories of the event, but the first thing they probably will recall is the food. We have multiple catering options available at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center in Las Vegas to ensure you have the best food for every budget. Read on to learn about the people behind our catering and their cooking philosophies.

  • Four Seasons – With a reputation for exceptional fine dining and amazing service, Four Seasons Las Vegas’ wedding catering team offers elegant cuisine and will create a menu along with you, meeting all your needs. They offer catering to different cultures and religions and have sample menus to choose from or you can create your own.
  • Wolfgang Puck – His name says it all! When you book our venue, you have the unique opportunity to also book Wolfgang Puck’s catering for your dining option. They will guide you from designing a delicious menu to personalizing every detail of your event day. Using only the freshest, seasonal ingredients, their team can do seated, buffet, small plates or even specialty stations. With Wolfgang’s reputation, you can’t go wrong.
  • Gustav Mauler – A native Austrian, Gustav E. Mauler is President and CEO of Gustav International Chartered, a restaurant, hospitality, management and consulting company based in Las Vegas. Mauler influenced changes in the hospitality industry in Las Vegas, paving the way for independent restaurateurs and celebrity chefs to come to the city. He has mentored numerous aspiring chefs who have gone on to become executive chefs at some of Vegas’ top properties and restaurants.
  • Cut and Taste – Our newest catering option, this innovative team is not only creative but they offer high quality dining at a fraction of the cost. Since each event is unique, they are focused on each clients’ needs individually. Cooking new-age American cuisine with ethnic twists, they believe presentation is just as important as the flavor and are really changing up the catering world.

Whatever you choose, know that all food is served fresh from our 3,000-square-foot, Wolfgang Puck-designed restaurant kitchen directly to your guests’ plates.

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Singer Kenny Loggins Performs at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center

What’s Better Than Live Music at Las Vegas’ most unique Event Center?

Soft rock singer and songwriter, Kenny Loggins, gave an outstanding, intimate performance on March 25 at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center during the American Integrity Insurance event. Loggins performed for about an hour and a half after a sumptuous dinner which was provided by Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. Loggins performed solo and with the Blue Sky Riders, singing all of his popular songs including “I’m Alright” and the famous “Footloose,” which got the crowd pumped!

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Best Locations for Fantastic Wedding Photos in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Wedding PhotoYou’re getting married in Las Vegas? Whether you’re a Las Vegas local or coming into town to celebrate your big day, there’s so much planning and preparation involved on your wedding, that you have to rely on professionals for their expertise. From your Las Vegas wedding event venue, cake, flowers or photos, you need the recommendation of an wedding expert to guide you in the right direction. Before or after your wedding at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center, we checked with local photographers to see where the best locations are to have some great photos taken around town to capture your special day for a lifetime.

Your Wedding Venue – This isn’t a surprise that it’s the first pick – when you’re choosing your venue, every bride is checking out different areas for photo opps and rightfully so! The Keep Memory Alive Event Center offers creative and beautiful photo opportunities, from the stunning Frank Gehry – designed stainless steel building lit up in your wedding color, to the Reflection Garden and breezeway. Be sure to ask the venue for location ideas to shoot at, as there might be some areas you aren’t aware of or you are not able to see, that would make for a cool photo location!

Golf Course – Golf courses are the perfect backdrop for any bride and groom. You just can’t go wrong with the green.

Red Rock Canyon – As Nevada’s first National Conservation Area, Red Rock Canyon makes for amazing photographs. Being outdoors in nature is always a safe bet when it comes to photographs, especially at sunset. Located only 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, if you have time to include photos here, don’t miss out!

The Neon Museum – This inspiring location makes for artistic and legendary photos. Spanning two-acres, this museum houses more than 150 historic hotel and casino signs from Las Vegas. Capturing photos at this historical museum is one memory definitely worth having.

The Las Vegas Strip – We had to include all the glitter and lights of the Las Vegas Strip! Even if you’re a local, taking photographs along the Strip, specifically in front of the Bellagio Fountains, “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, The Venetian, Caesars Palace and Fremont Street, is a fun and cool way to remember your wedding day.

Which location would you choose?

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50 Shades of Wine – Blindfolded Wine Tasting Event

Love wine tasting and the element of surprise? Landry’s combined the two in a unique event hosted at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center with a blind wine tasting for their general managers.

KMA Wine Tasting VenueThe Keep Memory Alive center is no stranger to serving exquisite beverages or catering, except this time the attendees were blindfolded. Indeed, this private event began with all the guests seated around the room, while the commentator introduced the afternoon’s activities before each guest was then blindfolded so they couldn’t see. Assistants were on hand to help pour and guide guests while they tasted each wine. Blindfolded, guests were able to unplug and savor each sip of wine and the flavors they might not have noticed had they been distracted by a visual diversion.

Hosted by Henry “Hoby” Wedler, founder of the nationally recognized chemistry camp for the blind and host of Francis Ford Coppola’s Wine Tasting in the Dark experience, this enlightening two-hour wine tasting event allows guests to explore how flavors and aromas in wine are accentuated when experienced in complete darkness using the blindfold. Welder believes when a person who can see is in complete darkness, they feel more vulnerable and their senses become heightened, thus bringing out more flavors in the wine.

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Guests remarked how informative the event was and loved the uniqueness from other typical wine tastings. At the end of the event, Wedler revealed that he is actually blind.

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Top 10 reasons to host your Las Vegas Wedding at the Keep Memory Alive Center

1. Legendary architect Frank Gehry designed the amazing building. He’s also designed the Guggenheim Museum, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, leading “Vanity Fair” to name him the “most important architect of our age.” You’ll get that “wow” factor before even stepping into the ceremony.

2. When you host your unforgettable Las Vegas wedding at the Keep Memory Alive Event Center, you are actually helping others remember. Special event proceeds support the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center and go towards enhanced treatment, research and prevention of brain disorders.

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3. We customize every wedding by crafting the ultimate best with focus on details and individualized attention which results in an unrivaled guest experience – we’ve hung a seven-tier wedding cake from the ceiling and brought in a monogrammed dance floor for guests to get their boogie on.

4. We know the to-do lists are endless for wedding planning, but one thing you can cross off your list with us – facility fees. Lounge furniture, portable bars, Narumi china, Riedel glassware as well as flatware and linens designed by Frank Gehry are all included.

5. Go green! We have energy-efficient windows, climate control on the lower 15 feet of the event center and special window coverings that track the sun throughout the day in order to conserve heat and air conditioning so our windows open and close as the sun moves.

6. Wolfgang Puck has been cooking for the Oscars party for 20 years and personally designed our kitchen to the exact specifications of his dream kitchen. We offer world-class dining options or bring in your own chef to create the perfect wedding menu.

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7. We know it’s oftentimes hard for kosher clients to find kosher facilities so we are proud to offer kosher capabilities and will work directly with the rabbi for proper preparation.

8. The event center has 199 windows, no two the same shape or size – similar to snowflakes!

9. Located only minutes from the Las Vegas Strip so you can party the night away but spare your guests the trek through a smoke-filled casino.

10. Are your wedding colors pink and purple? Blue and green? Whatever they are, we have a customized LED lighting system to set the inside and outside ablaze in color for a truly magnificent photo.

Tell us your thoughts about our center, leave your comments below!

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Unique Las Vegas Event Center is the Perfect Place for Charity Events

One look at the Frank Gehry-designed Keep Memory Alive Event Center Las Vegas and you know you’re in for an event like none other. Nestled in the downtown Symphony Park just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, the attention-demanding building seems worlds away from the corporate cluster of boring and bland hotel ballrooms.

One of a Kind Frank Gehry Design

Walking through the breezeway and lush Gehry-designed garden into the undulating stainless steel canopy dotted with 199 windows (no two the same shape or size), you can’t help but let your mind wander to imagine the almost infinite amount of ways the space can be transformed. From weddings, corporate events, bar and bat mitzvahs to social celebrations, the event center combines iconic design, extraordinary dining and the city’s most innovative LED light presentation to create a truly unique experience. And with the proceeds going to the research, treatment and clinical studies at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, your unforgettable event will help others remember.

“It’s always exciting to watch clients and guests walk into an event and see their face just light up in awe, not knowing where to look first,” said Keep Memory Alive Event Center Director David Watts. “Our team is passionate about creating one-of-a-kind experiences and we’re always thinking of new ways to up the wow factor.”

Fight MSA Event attracts Celebrity Guests

Such was the case at the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA event held in February to raise funds for his battle against Multiple System Atrophy, a degenerative neurological disorder. Legendary rockers, such as Alice Cooper and Sammy Hagar, and celebrity chefs including Daniel Boulud and Michael Mina, came together in an epic night to entertain and cook for 450 guests, raising nearly $525,000.

“We wanted a venue that could do it all, from staging to lighting to catering and the Keep Memory Alive Event Center had everything, plus the design and the aesthetic is just really breathtaking,” said event organizer Elizabeth Blau. “We couldn’t have been more thrilled with the whole process. Our event was a major success because of the Keep Memory Alive Event Center and its team!”

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2 Big Reasons to choose an Off Strip Event Center in Las Vegas

Do you have a special event coming up over the next year? Planning a wedding or celebrating an anniversary? Need to find an event center for a corporate function? People and companies from all over the world choose Las Vegas as a destination for important events. If you are planning such a function, you may think that booking a venue on the Las Vegas Strip would be your best choice. While that stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is a famous stop for tourists, as an event location it has several drawbacks that could lead to large headaches. Thankfully Las Vegas offers numerous world class off Strip venues for your events. Here are two big reasons to avoid the headaches from the resorts and casinos to instead host your occasion at an off Strip event center in Las Vegas.

Avoid the Traffic Jams

The Las Vegas Strip is the most congested roadway in the state of Nevada. Want to schedule your event for a weekend? Hope you enjoy driving in bumper to bumper traffic. As any resident of Las Vegas will warn you, during peak times the Strip is jammed with cars. Even if you only need to travel from one hotel to another, plan for a considerable commute time in heavy traffic. You can’t even ask the taxi driver to use side roads, many of the Strip resorts are accessible only from Las Vegas Boulevard. All of this adds up to delays and frustration for your guests when your event is held on the Strip.

Choosing an off Strip event center in Las Vegas, on the other hand, will let you leave all the traffic behind. Enjoy the wide, modern, and well lit Las Vegas city streets. Your guests will be able to arrive on time and ready to enjoy your event.

Leave the Second Hand Smoke Behind

First time visitors are often surprised to learn that the Las Vegas Strip is one of the last places in the world where smoking is allowed in almost all public areas. With the exception of restaurants, people can smoke in nearly all areas of the resorts. The result is a tobacco filled atmosphere which blankets everything from the casino floor to the high end shopping malls. Cigarette smoke is impossible to escape when on the Las Vegas Strip.

If you are hosting an event at a resort on the Strip, your guests will be forced to travel through smoke filled areas on their way to your function. This is because all Las Vegas resorts are designed so that foot traffic has to go through the casino floor to reach any destination in the hotel. Regardless of where your event is being held, your guests will have to pass through the casino and be exposed to secondhand smoke. Not only is this bad for the lungs, but it leaves the lingering smell of tar on your clothes.

Make the smart choice and leave the cigarette smoke behind by booking an off Strip Las Vegas event venue. When your function is held off Strip, you and your guests don’t have to travel through rooms full of smoke. Instead you will find convenient parking and easy access to the event center. Your guests also won’t have to come home smelling like a cigarette factory.

Keep Memory Alive Event Center is the premier off Strip event venue in Las Vegas for weddings, special occasions, and corporate functions. Contact us today to find out more at 702.263.9797 or eventcenter@keepmemoryalive.org